University of Wisconsin - Madison - Wisconsin Union
July 3, 2018
Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum
Full Time - Experienced
Outdoor Recreation Advisor
ASSOC STUDENT SV SPEC(T26FN)
Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor's degree required with course work in student personnel, counseling, recreation, outdoor education/recreation or group dynamics. Master's degree with similar coursework preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
* 1-3 years of experience in outdoor education/adventure recreation administration. * 1-3 years advising/instructing/educating young adults and a diversity of groups on topics such as meeting/group facilitation, program and trip planning, recruitment, marketing, delegation, safety/risk-management, budgeting, training, etc. * Experience in outdoor expedition management and field leader training and assessment. * Experience in developmental supervision and management of staff. * Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to produce professional reports and present ideas to a variety of audiences. * Demonstrated critical thinking and decision-making skills. * Demonstrated commitment to creating a work environment that is welcoming and respectful of everyone regardless of identity, background, interest or ability. * Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and facilitate the exchange of ideas, assisting both students and non-students in translating ideas into plans, programs, trips, and trainings. * Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize and mange a number of disparate projects at one time as well as work in a fast-paced and challenging environment. * Wilderness First Responder certification preferred. * Work experience within a college union/student activities or recreational sports setting preferred. * Willingness to adjust personal schedule to the needs of programming, understanding the need to observe, participate in and evaluate trips and programs. Frequent evening and some weekend hours required. * Passion for utilizing outdoor recreation as a way to teach leadership and social education skills.
Advisor to the Wisconsin Hoofer Outing Club and Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Club (65%) * Serve as advisor to Hoofer Outing and Ski & Snowboard clubs (and associated teams) by providing education in areas such as meeting/group facilitation, program planning, recruitment, delegation, safety/risk management, trip planning, budgeting, training, gear management, etc. * Assist club leaders in developing trips, programs, and activities that are welcoming and inclusive to all members of the UW community. * Inform all club leaders and members of institutional policies and procedures which may affect their activities. See that members know where policies are located, what they are, why they exist, and the channels to be followed for change or revision. Take an active role in holding members accountable for following policy & procedure. * With club leaders, develop safety protocols to manage risk associated with club activities. Work with club leaders and staff, create and implement necessary changes resulting from safety audit. * With club leaders, develop gear management and care standards, including the acquisition, inventory, maintenance, and sale of equipment. * Stay current on club revenues and expenses, ensuring the financial viability of the Hoofer Outing Club and Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Club * Develop working relationships with faculty members, administrators, student services staff and student organizations on campus and with external organizations pertinent to club activities and interests. * Foster active club member involvement in program development, leader training and development, and evaluation. * Encourage self-directed student activity, providing maximum opportunity for personal growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. * Encourage club leaders and members to accept responsibility for and invest themselves in specific roles within the club and help them understand the importance of these roles. Take an active role in holding members accountable for appropriate behavior. * Help students find a balance between their academic and co-curricular activities and determine a direction for themselves based on what they are learning in and out of the classroom. * With club leaders, identify areas for necessary technical training/education of club leaders, instructors, and members. * With team leaders, assist in recruitment, hiring, and management of contracted team coaches.
Management and Implementation of Paddling, Camping, and Skiing Instructional Programs (20%) * Recruit, hire, train, and manage instructors in the Outdoor UW private/group experiences program. * Recruit, hire, train, and manage instructors in the Outdoor UW Yoga Program. * Identify opportunities for additional revenue generation and efficiencies through outdoor rentals equipment and merchandising operations. * With club leaders, design curriculum for technical training, education, skill progressions, and instructional training standards (beginner through advanced). * Facilitate and teach instructional workshops and clinics. * When necessary, work with outside instructors facilitators to create pertinent training/educational sessions for club leaders and club members. * Augment and improve Outdoor UW's `Learn' platform through creative investigation and implementation of novel outdoor education opportunities.
Outdoor UW Projects and Operations (10%) * Assist Outdoor UW Director with projects and development initiatives, including Wisconsin Basecamp programming, process improvement projects, educational programming, operations staff training and Hoofer leader training * Provide direction to Outdoor UW and related staff regarding processes, policies, and events * Assist with and fulfill organizational initiatives as directed, including strategic plans and annual goals
Member of Wisconsin Union Program & Leadership Development staff (5%) * Maintain involvement in professional pursuits that improve his/her ability to perform more effectively. * Assist in providing outdoor programming as part of the total Union program and work as part of the Program & Leadership Development staff to improve the quality of the overall program. * Encourage and promote communication, cooperation and collaboration between Hoofers and other Union and University activities and operations. * Participate in the Wisconsin Union's ongoing student development training program. * Participates in the Wisconsin Union's commitment to multicultural education. * Serves as a member of the Wisconsin Union Program staff. *Maintain continuing attention to the changes in student attitudes, trends, interests, and needs in outdoor recreation and make recommendations for change. * With club leaders, supervises club personnel as necessary. * Other duties as assigned.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. A period of evaluation will be required
Internal Number: PVL # 95055
About University of Wisconsin - Madison - Wisconsin Union
The Wisconsin Union unites the university's social and academic lives, fostering the personal growth and relationships that are at the heart of a great education. The Wisconsin Union operates two buildings on the UW-Madison campus, the Memorial Union and Union South. Approximately 20,000 people use the Union buildings each day. The Wisconsin Union is a financially self-supporting division of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Financial support for the organization is provided by income earned by twenty-two food service units and a variety of non-food units such as games, guest rooms, space rentals and campus vending. Substantial support is also provided by student fees. Additionally, each year, the Union's student volunteers and their educational staff advisors, through the Wisconsin Union Directorate, produce hundreds of social, cultural and recreational programs or events for the Madison campus community.