The University of Houston, Department of Campus Recreation seeks a self-motivated and enthusiastic, professional to join our dynamic team of recreational leaders. The Assistant Director is responsible for all aspects of a comprehensive outdoor adventure program with an emphasis on a safe, well-maintained, and adequately staffed environment. The Assistant Director is responsible for supervision and management of program development, risk management, staffing, marketing, policies and procedures, budgeting and payroll; responsible for operations of outdoor program to include equipment rental shop, adventure outings (day and overnight), climbing wall, special events, team-building and educational programs, workshops and clinics, and support summer camps. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Recruitment, selection, training, certification, supervision and evaluation of instructional assistant (GA), climbing wall attendants and supervisors, trip leaders, and rental office assistants; Responsible for the development through instruction, guidance, and feedback to support professional growth and ensure program initiatives are accomplished. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Responsible for program development, implementation, scheduling, and evaluation of all outdoor adventure programs including day and weekend trips locally, nationally, and internationally per semester such as kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, caving, canoeing, and biking. Coordinate logistics for trips including identifying site locations, obtaining permits, managing transportation, and on site logistics.
Plan, prepare, and present in the field instruction of techniques, skills, outdoor ethics, and risk management implementation in remote locations; teach a variety of workshop or clinics such as belay classes, and provide instruction for orienteering, kayak rolling, climbing, trip planning, bike maintenance, and leave no trace classes.
Responsible for the skill development of student staff assisting in the facilitation of adventure programming. Train adventure trip leaders in the following: vehicle use in inclement weather, vehicle inspection and preventative maintenance, roadside repairs, backing and parking with trailers, defensive driving, and emergency response.
Assess, evaluate and mitigate risk for all outdoor adventure programs through direct supervision and management of programs, risk management practices; development and implementation of policies and procedures; climbing wall inspections and maintenance, 12-passenger vans, trailers, and loading and strapping equipment for travel. Maintain accurate records; create various reports, and contract agreements. Contribute to departmental risk and safety plans in collaboration with the departmental Safety Committee.
Assist with long-range strategic planning and assessment; develop and administer assessments/evaluations related to student development programs and learning outcomes; maintain accurate participant and program data and annual reports.
Manage the climbing wall and all outdoor equipment. Provide instruction and oversight for direct reports in rental and adventure trips equipment operations including but not limited to: purchasing, inventory controls, maintenance, cleaning, and customer service.
Develop and execute an integrated marketing plan to increase awareness of Outdoor Adventure programs and services in coordination with marketing team.
Initiate collaborations with campus partners within the Division and academic units to develop and implement programs and events that contribute to student success and foster relationships with interested groups, and special events.
Evening, weekend and holiday hours are required.
Education: A Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Outdoor Recreation or related field. Master's degree preferred.
Experience: The ideal applicant will have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience within a university setting. Minimum requirements include technical and instructional proficiency in a number of outdoor pursuits including but not limited to: rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, backpacking, biking, emergency response, purchasing and maintenance of life safety equipment, search and rescue tactics, group dynamics, and outdoor leadership based topics; climbing wall related topics including but not limited to: emergency response, belay techniques, movements of climbing, lead climbing, route setting, route grading, facility and equipment inspection, purchasing and maintenance of life safety equipment. Proficiency in team building concepts, program design, supervision and training outdoor adventure center staff, student development theory and application, fiscal management, program development, and assessment planning.
Applicants should demonstrate ability to lead and manage graduate and student staff. Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated leadership ability are also desirable.
Skills or Certifications: Candidate must possess American Red Cross CPR, AED, First Aid certifications; instructor certification must be obtained within the first year of employment. Wilderness First Responder and instructor certification; Climbing Wall Instructor or higher level of certification from a nationally reputable company (AMGA, PCIA, CWA). A valid Texas Driver's License is required.
APPLICATIONS: Applications will be taken until the position is filled, however review will begin on January 14, 2019. Applicants must apply online at the University of Houston, Human Resources page at http://www.uh.edu/human-resources/uh-careers/. Please submit cover letter, resume and list of 3 references with online application. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About University of Houston
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is a culturally diverse public urban institution seeking to become one of the nation’s top research universities. The University is located on 567 beautifully landscaped acres near downtown Houston. The University has over 46,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The student population has more than 60% minority students (African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American) and 9.4% are international students representing more than 100 countries. UH is considered to have one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. UH is located in Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the world.