The Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness (DRAW) is looking for a dynamic and energetic person to join our team as the Outdoor Adventures Coordinator. DRAW includes Outdoor Adventures, the Student Recreation Center, Patty Ice Arena, and Patty Pool.
It is the mission of UAF Outdoor Adventures to promote and enable UAF students and affiliates to explore, discover, and understand the timeless beauty of wild Alaska.
The Outdoor Adventures Coordinator works with the Assistant Coordinator, a graduate assistant and eight student employees to offer a broad range of outdoor education opportunities to accomplish this mission. The main components of Outdoor Adventures include: backcountry trips, academic classes, a rental operation, youth summer camps and two climbing facilities. The Coordinator will be responsible for training student leaders, teaching and organizing classes and representing the program across campus and the Fairbanks community. With supervision from the Director of DRAW, the Coordinator will determine the long-term vision of the program. This includes continuing to develop the policies and procedures as well as the risk management strategies for the program. Fairbanks, Alaska provides an ideal location for a university outdoor program to thrive and this was recently confirmed when Backpacker Magazine named UAF the #1 Adventure University.
PERSONNEL: Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, supervise and develop a student staff, graduate assistant and assistant coordinator. Work with the assistant coordinator to assist in planning, delivering and implementing programs related to the climbing facilities and classes. Plan and execute a student staff training program so that they can track their training and make it easy for them to take documentation of this with them when they leave the University. Promote learning and development in students by encouraging outcomes such as intellectual growth, ability to communicate effectively, enhanced self- esteem, clarification of values, leadership development, reflection, social responsibility, and achievement of personal goals
BUDGET: Direct the fiscal operation of the programs, which includes revenue and expense analysis and projections relative to all aspects of the program.
MISC: Participate in campus committees and clubs; including but not limited to search committees and Alaska Alpine Club. Other duties as assigned.
PROGRAMMING: Develop and administer comprehensive outdoor programming on and off campus through the Outdoor Adventure (OA) trips, classes, and rentals. Supervise the management and program development of an indoor climbing wall, outdoor climbing/ice wall, a yurt, and accompanying staff. OA trips include, but not limited to, half-day to 2 weeks in the field around Alaska and outside the state. Mediums of travel include hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, climbing, river travel, kayaking, and more. Other programming includes training courses for varied abilities, competitions, clinics, rental equipment, guest speakers, etc. Responsible for maintaining an equipment rental program with an inventory value over $250,000. This includes maintenance, price structure, replacement plan, account management with dealers and advertising. Develop new and instruct existing academic courses in the RECR and NRM. Fulfill administrative duties for courses such as writing syllabi, course evaluations, requesting textbooks and prep time. Supervise staff who instruct other classes. Work towards offering a larger and more cohesive academic program. Develop and administer safety standards and policies that are compliant with state, federal and outdoor industry guidelines and standards. Manage compliance with permits. Responsible for long-term planning and vision for Outdoor Adventures.
Ability to manage a budget and all other aspects of a small business (human resources, supervision, inventory management, accounts payable/receiving, product evaluation, and marketing).
Ability to instruct a variety of outdoor sports in a professional environment. Sports include, but not limited to; Climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, winter camping.
Ability to manage an equipment rental program; including climbing equipment, skis, and rafts.
Program level and field-based risk management experience.
Two years of experience with outdoor education including: risk management, programming, marketing, assessment and evaluation, supervision and budget management.
Two years experience teaching outdoor education related material in both a field and classroom setting.
5-10 years experience participating in outdoor recreation sports on a regular basis.
Experience driving large vehicles with numerous passengers and trailers.
It is the mission of UAF's Department of Recreation, Adventure, and Wellness to provide the university community with opportunities and facilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation on campus and out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska.