The Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Leadership coordinates Outdoor Leadership programs offered each academic year and manages the Ropes Course, Frisbee Golf Course, and Community Garden on our Winona campus while reporting to the Director of Student Activities. This is a fantastic opportunity to build a program and get coordinator level experience. On-campus apartment and meal plan are included in the contract
Develop a comprehensive outdoor trips program with a foundation of “Leave No Trace” principles.
Coordinate program safety and risk management efforts including emergency action plans (EAP) for all trips, student employee certifications, and management of accident/incident reports.
Recruit, supervise, train, evaluate, and schedule student leaders for planned outdoor leadership activities.
Administer assessment, evaluation, and mitigation of risk for all programs, equipment, and facilities including direct on-site supervision of all overnight trips and activities.
Manage existing partnerships across campus, including the Environmental Awareness Center, and in the Winona community, and develop new collaborative programming in and outside the Office of Student Life.
Design, implement, and evaluate student learning outcomes and goals, in all program areas, for continuous improvement.
Manage and maintain all outdoor recreational equipment through detailed inventory procedures, and ensuring it is used in a responsible way for university approved activities.
Manage all aspects of the high ropes course, including staffing, bookings, programming, and maintenance.
Maintain a positive, safe, and inclusive environment providing a wide range of culturally relevant programs.
Develop and administer program and equipment budgets.
Use Involvio for program advertisement and management.
Coordinate and develop the annual winter student bike storage program.
Serve on committees as assigned.
Perform other duties and lead other projects as assigned.
Optional Summer add-on to contract for full operations of Ropes Challenge Course
The ideal candidate must:
Have strong organization, time management, and administrative skills.
Have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
Have a commitment to customer service.
Have the ability to work under pressure in crisis and emergency situations.
Be able to stay in good academic standing in the Human Development master’s program.
Be able to work as part of a team to set goals, meet expectations, and responsibilities for the Office of Student Life.
Evening and weekend responsibilities are expected with flexible workday hours.
Experience in recreational activities and leadership; specific certifications for outdoor leadership/ropes course (e.g., Wilderness First Responder with CPR and AED, Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level 1 or equivalent, etc.)
EEO M/W/D/V All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Apply online at www.smumn.edu/jobs and include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Applications through BlueFish will not be accepted.
Additional Salary Information: In addition to salary and tuition waiver, an On-campus apartment and meal plan are included.
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