The Climbing and Bouldering Wall Program Coordinator reports to and assists the Assistant Director for Fitness and Fitness Facilities with the daily logistical operations and management of the new Eldorado designed climbing and bouldering center located in the new Duncan Student Center. This position must have experience supervising a climbing facility and possess instructor-level skills and certifications. The Climbing and Bouldering Wall Program Coordinator has primary responsibility for developing, maintaining and ensuring compliance of policies and procedures and will lead orientations, instruction, supervision, route setting, maintenance, and management of a safe and fun climbing environment. The position is responsible for personnel management that includes: recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, supervising and evaluating approximately 10 to 15 student staff. Additionally, there are administrative duties related to completing usage and incident reports, equipment purchasing, and other pertinent records. The position provides student development opportunities through hands-on experience by fostering leadership and teamwork development, as well as reflection and discernment. The Climbing and Bouldering Wall Program Coordinator will be expected to further develop a climbing culture that supports the broader university mission and is responsible for ensuring a safe and fun rock climbing and bouldering experience.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Climbing and Bouldering Wall Management
Coordinate and supervise the management, operations, and enforcement of all policies and procedures to maintain a safe environment and manage the associated risks of an indoor rock climbing and bouldering wall.
Have a general knowledge of trends and philosophy of climbing and bouldering wall management, operations, and instruction.
Serve as a mentor and role model to student staff in relation to performance expectations, professional development, and student staff development/leadership.
Develop and lead climbing and bouldering wall staff meetings and training in collaboration with the Assistant Director over topics such as climbing/bouldering belay-specific training, training on policies, procedures, inclusivity, customer service, and risk management.
Monitor student employee safety certifications for compliance with stated requirements.
Develop and administer policies and procedures for climbing and bouldering wall facility and employee manuals.
Instruct and interact with climbers by assisting with technical advice (e.g. body positioning and movements) and create a welcoming atmosphere for all users.
Develop and lead skill assessment, climbing and bouldering wall orientations, classes, and special events.
Implement annual employee evaluations, including conducting and reviewing evaluations, recommending merit raises, and changes to improve employment process and productivity.
Demonstrate knowledge of ALL workings of the climbing wall operations, safety protocols, systems and procedures necessary to teach participants proper belay skills consistent with policy and procedures.
Climbing and Bouldering Wall Operations
Determine employee schedules, monitor schedules for accuracy and adequate supervision, adjust scheduling based on area needs and budget, and oversee time edit processing and bi-weekly payroll approval.
Evaluate climbing wall staff knowledge, techniques, and performance, and provide feedback.
Coordinate and supervise setting and stripping routes, repairing t-nuts, removing broken holds, replacing torn or missing tape/tags, cleaning holds, and inspecting equipment.
Set climbing routes of varying difficulty on a regular basis.
Understand aspects of the physical structure and equipment (breaking strengths, equipment, equipment wear, knot tying, etc.)
Secure the climbing wall when not in use.
Recruit, hire, onboard, train, supervise, mentor, and facilitate professional development for approximately 10-15 student employees.
Identify safety/risk management concerns in the climbing and bouldering wall center, and inform Assistant Director of issues and resolutions.
Serve as a contributing member of the RecSports Risk Management Committee.
Collaborate with Assistant Director to provide inclusive programs and services to underrepresented populations.
Climbing and Bouldering Wall Administration
Document participant records, e.g. activity waiver, orientation/skills check.
Maintain usage log for all ropes according to policy and procedures.
Research vendors and products for quality and pricing, make selection and purchase products and equipment for program operations.
Submit marketing requests to Assistant Director within established timelines, policies, and procedures.
Demonstrate active engagement with and support of the department mission, vision, and values of RecSports, the Division of Student Affairs and the University of Notre Dame.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s in recreation administration, sports management, leisure studies, physical education, kinesiology, or comparable degree.
Minimum of two years of work experience working and managing a climbing and bouldering wall in a collegiate setting.
Certifications in CPR/First Aid and AED.
1-3 years of personal top rope and lead climbing experience (Indoors).
Climbing Wall Instructor Certification (CWI) with the Lead Endorsement – from either the CWA, PCIA, or AMGA.
Experience with programming or service delivery for diverse community populations.
Master’s degree in recreation administration, sports management, leisure studies, physical education, kinesiology, or comparable degree.
Possess a current CPR, AED, and First Aid Instructor certification, or ability to obtain.
Direct personnel management experience of student staff: recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluating student staff.
Budget development and budget management experience.
Top Rope Climbing Instructor/Top Rope Site Manager Climbing Instructor from PCIA, CWA or AMGA.
Single Pitch Climbing Instructor PCIA, CWA or AMGA.
This position will take a major leadership role in the early development of policies, procedures, instruction, and staffing of the new climbing and bouldering center located in the Duncan Student Center.
The successful candidate will also possess a commitment to formulating educational opportunities, consistent with the mission of a Catholic University founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
TO APPLY - Climbing and Bouldering Wall Program Coordinator
Applications will only be accepted via ND.jobs; applicants click here to view the job posting and/or to apply. Deadline to apply is June 26, 2017.
Posting number: S17489
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information:
This a full-time exempt position within the Division of Student Affairs.
The University of Notre Dame offers outstanding benefits including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; paid holiday and vacation leave; wellness benefits; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more. Click here to view a complete list of benefits offered to exempt employees at the University of Notre Dame.
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