The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) provides a wide variety of outdoor recreation and education opportunities through adventure trips, technical skills trainings, outdoor rental equipment, a bicycle maintenance shop, indoor climbing wall, challenge course programing, environmental education and academic courses. The program seeks to be inclusive of all levels and abilities and contributes to the holistic well-being and academic experience of the university. Located in the center of Richmond, Virginia this urban university has an outdoor playground at its back door. Within walking distance is class IV whitewater, 25 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, and outdoor sport climbing. A short drive provides access to the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the Atlantic coast. The Outdoor Adventure Program Outdoor Center and Climbing Wall Coordinator is responsible for the daily operations of all Outdoor Adventure Program facilities. Program facilities include the Outing Rental Center, bike shop and Cary Street Gym Climbing Wall.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE
Assist in coordinating purchases of equipment and supplies, assist with developing budgets, specifications and review bids following university purchasing procedures.
Schedule programs and student staff at all OAP affiliated facilities. Additionally, this position will work with other OAP professional staff to schedule the trips programs and challenge course.
Work with student managers and OAP professional staff on operating and/or equipment problems associated with all OAP programs and facilities, report regularly to the Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Program and designated staff in the Department of Recreational Sports.
Ensure security of all VCU Rec Sports facilities during and at the conclusion of all OAP programs and activities including: opening and closing; inventory of equipment and supplies, opening and closing of POS system and maintaining accurate documentation of property security.
Student Staff Supervision
Coordinate and communicate with OAP Professional Staff to ensure the presentation of a unified front to staff and customers.
Recruit, hire, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate all OAP student staff on daily basis and report to the Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Program.
Assist with the training and evaluation of OAP managers and trip leaders by preparing training materials, operating manuals, payroll, performance plans for evaluation, and conduct staff meetings following department and university schedules, processes and standards.
Regularly monitor employee payroll, discipline issues and the student employee incentive program.
Regularly monitor staff time and payroll using RealTime software system.
Assist with planning and conducting of training sessions/staff meetings for all OAP staff
Assist in conducting semesterly evaluations with all student staff.
Assist in providing an effective risk management program which includes: equipment storage, first aid equipment and supplies, conducting safety/accident prevention programs and procedures for emergency care in the Outdoor Adventure Program facilities and on trips.
Regularly review program handbooks, policies, and procedures to ensure that program operations are aligned with industry best practices.
Serve as a risk management liaison to all OAP affiliated facilities and student staff.
Assist in the with the continued development and management of the Student Outdoor Leadership Experiences (SOLE) program.
Confirm that all trip leaders develop the necessary skill sets that will enable them to effectively lead trips for the Outdoor Adventure Program.
Coordinate with VCU Residential Life and Housing to provide a variety of trips and activities that foster community development and personal growth to the Outdoor Adventure Living Learning Community
Serve as a trip leader when there is a shortage of qualified staff to ensure adequate risk management on trips.
Co-lead extended and international adventure programs as needed.
Assist in the development, supervision and accounting for revenues/expenditures of funds in the OAP operating budget, repair and reserve budget, change fun and petty cash fund.
Develop and present annual budget requests.
Prepare, analyze and be responsible for program evaluations and participation statistics in areas of responsibility.
Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, in-service education sessions and other divisional or departmental meetings.
Participate in other Division of Student Affairs initiatives/programs as required.
Assist in the overall operation of the department by providing input and completing assigned projects, annual goals and objectives and annual reports.
Maintain professional skill sets and certifications as appropriate for job responsibilities and as a professional. Actively contribute to the evaluation and enhancement of the Outdoor Adventure Program.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Program.
Master's degree; degree in recreation, sport, adventure education, physical education or related field preferred
Minimum two years of demonstrated experience in challenge programming, outdoor programming and facility management
Demonstrated knowledge of challenge course operation and management
Extensive knowledge and experience in developing and delivering challenge programs
Demonstrated ability to instruct a minimum of 3 of the following activities: rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, rafting, skiing/snowboarding, caving, mountain biking, cycle touring, backpacking, Wilderness First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder training
A demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem solve and meet deadlines
Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills
Experience and skills in operating computers
Ability to lift and handle physical equipment set-ups for various activities
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder instructor
Instructor level certification with one of the following organizations: AMGA, PCIA, LNT , ACA, or equivalent
Ability to obtain instructor certifications related to position responsibilities
Experience working in a culturally diverse setting
Experience working in a university/college recreational sports setting
Experience and skills in operating PC with Windows XP system or higher and related database, spreadsheet and word processing applications
Position involves working some evenings and weekends
Position is located in a non-smoking work area
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Position includes full VCU Professional Staff benefits package – health insurance, vacation and tuition waiver. Up to a $2,000 signing bonus available to assist with moving and relocation expenses.
About Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the premier urban, public research university in the state, was founded in 1838 and is situated in Richmond, Virginia. The institution serves over 31,000 students, and has over 190,000 alumni and more than 23,000 employees. For more information about VCU, visit www.vcu.edu/about-vcu.