This full-time (20-hour) Graduate Assistant will report to the RecWell Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventure. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the overall administration and management of the Outdoor Adventure program (Adventure Center rentals, and Outdoor Adventure trips, and teambuilding programs) including staff training, program development, risk management, supervision, assessment, and marketing.
Responsibilities: ? Written Communication: Develop and maintain a written employee manual for Adventure Center and Outdoor Adventure staff. ? Oral Communication: Provide clear and concise instruction to staff and participants including policy review, trip procedures, gear requirements, planning and preparation, etc. ? Program Development/Implementation/Evaluation: Assist in program development, implementation, and evaluation of the Adventure Center rental, Outdoor Adventure trips/events, and teambuilding programs. Identify new activities to enhance the overall program and encourage participation. This will require the graduate assistant to travel and oversee trips and activities that may require extensive time away from campus. ? Collaboration: Serve on department, divisional or campus-wide committees, as assigned. ? Teamwork/building: Attend and participate in regular meetings such as full-staff meetings and student staff meetings. ? Leadership: Provide leadership within RecWell by providing support to student staff, the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure, and the other graduate and full-time staff. Participation in professional conferences, workshops, and other developmental opportunities. ? Creativity: Assist in market development and implementation for the promotion of Outdoor Adventure activities, Adventure Center rental, and team building programs. Develop new activities and events. ? Group Facilitation: Provide on-site supervision and coordination of special events/conferences that promote the Outdoor Adventure program and department. ? Assessment/Evaluation: Assist in developing and assessing participation data, program evaluations, and learning outcomes, and prepare semester reports that include recommendations for improvement. ? Supervision: Recruit, hire, train, supervise, schedule, and evaluate Adventure Center and Outdoor Adventure personnel. This position is required to assist in staff training that involves extensive traveling to adventure sites, teaching skills, and ensuring that student staff have the knowledge and skills to lead trips independently. The graduate assistant will be required to be out in the field for extended periods of time. ? Crisis Management: Assist in the development, implementation, and oversight of a risk management and emergency response program for the Adventure Center and Outdoor Adventure programs. During university closings and when directed by the Vice President of Student Affairs, assist in serving as one of the staff members to be present to carry out the essential services plan including oversight of Recreation and/or University programs and services. ? Organizational/Analytical: Assist in documenting and maintaining program and personnel information, database management, inventory, and facilitation of personnel payroll. ? Budgeting: Assist in budget development (including personnel, equipment purchases and maintenance, and marketing). ? Research: Assist in conducting research (i.e., benchmarking, surveys, focus groups etc.) to further develop programs, policies, and procedures and make recommendations for improvements. ? Other: Assist in other departmental activities and perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Kinesiology, Physical Education, or Recreation. Admitted to NIU’s graduate school and enrolled in a graduate course of study. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Sport Management, Environmental Education, Kinesiology and Physical Education or Adult and Higher Education. ? This position is designated as security sensitive. In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. ? Current certifications in CPR/AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens. ? Must be able to spend extensive time away from campus in the field facilitating trips, events and staff trainings.
Qualifications: ? Strong experience working in an adventure program setting. ? Strong background in areas of rock climbing, water sports, snow sports, biking, etc. ? Obtain a Wilderness First Aid certification within six months of beginning employment. ? Experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. ? Good organizational skills and ability to work independently. ? Good written and oral communication skills. ? Ability to supervise others and work in a dynamic, changing, and diverse environment. ? Genuine interest in gaining experience and knowledge to enhance chosen career.
Preferred Qualifications ? Experience working in a customer/client environment. ? Professional certifications in climbing, kayaking, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness Education Association (WEA), Leave No Trace (LNT) and/or related certifications. ? Experience in student employee supervision and evaluation. ? Experience working with diverse student and community groups. ? Genuine interest in gaining experiences and knowledge to enhance career development in the Outdoor Adventure field in a RecWell environment.
Additional Salary Information: 9.5 month, 20 hours per week position with full tuition waiver (excluding student fees, off-campus fees, and the cost of books). Other Benefits: if funds available, assistance in conference costs.
About Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University Recreation and Wellness supports personal and academic success by providing outstanding recreation and educational experiences that are inclusive, stimulating, and encourage a lifelong pursuit of wellness. The department fosters community cohesiveness by facilitating opportunities for engagement, leadership, development, and collaboration.