This Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha provides leadership and performs administrative duties to assure the successful operation of a comprehensive collegiate Outdoor Program. The Outdoor Venture Center includes a trips and workshop program; a large equipment rental and processing space; and a climbing gym with 2,500 square feet of top rope and lead climbing space and a 1,400 square foot, free standing boulder.
The OVC has historically traveled coast to coast in the lower 48, and made one trip to Alaska and two trips to the Baja of Mexico. It makes regular use of hiking, climbing and paddling opportunities in the Midwest and runs week long trips to destinations in Boundary Waters, the Black Hills, and various places in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado annually. There are currently 10 student leaders and a graduate assistant to help with programming.
The rental center is the hub of operations for the Outdoor Venture Center. It includes a large stock of equipment for camping, backpacking, paddling, climbing and some winter activities. Equipment is used to support programs and rented to students and the general public. The rental center is very busy during warmer times of the year.
The climbing wall features two arches, overhanging and inclined zones, a crack, a rappel tower, and the entire top rope surface is lead climbable as well. The flooring is mainly 18 inches of foam with a rubber cover for ease of cleaning and durability. It is one of two climbing walls in Omaha and is quite busy. Programs have historically included basic and advanced climbing, lead climbing, self-rescue, boulder and top rope competitions, and youth and adaptive programming. Six members of the climbing wall staff are currently PSIA certified.
This Assistant Director is to conduct activity programming and promotions; personnel recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluating; student development and assessment; budget development and administration; interpretation and application of university policies and procedures; collaboration with colleges and departments throughout Academic and Student Affairs, Athletics, and Business and Finance; and participation in and promotion of Campus Recreation and Wellness Subdivision programs, activities, and events. Provided is a brief listing of the job description. A complete listing of job responsibilities is available at the UNO Human Resources link provided below in Applications.
Develop, promote, administer, implement, and evaluate all aspects of the Outdoor Recreation programs (Trips, Workshops, and Classes) within suitable industry standards. (20% of job)
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate a core of volunteer and paid leaders to assist with programming tasks; or recruit services and contract through other agencies or businesses as appropriate. (10%of job)
Develop, promote, administer, implement, and evaluate all aspects of the Outdoor Equipment Rental program, including purchasing. (25% of job)
Develop, promote, administer, implement, and evaluate all aspects the Climbing Wall and associated programs within suitable industry standards. (25% of job)
Serve as member of Campus Recreation Central Staff Leadership Team and Wellness Subdivision Risk Management committee (15% of job)
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Sports Management, Student Affairs or related field.
One year full-time, administrative experience in outdoor recreation (NOTE: 2 years Graduate Assistantship = 1 year full-time experience.)
Demonstrated leadership experience in outdoor pursuits activities (i.e. backpacking, climbing, paddling) Preference being given to applicants with experience across multiple activities.
Previous experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity with climbing walls.
Experience with outdoor program equipment rental, maintenance and purchasing.
Familiarity with liability and risk management in outdoor programs and services.
Ability to develop student leaders in program and service areas.
Minimum: Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPRCertification or equivalent. Preference being given to applicants with higher levels of certification.
American Red Cross Instructor Certification or the ability to get it shortly after being hired.
Application Requirements: Each applicant should submit a cover letter and resume with references in their application. Applicants asked to interview will be asked for a trip log as well
About University of Nebraksa Omaha
University of Nebraska Omaha is urban campus located in the largest city in Nebraska with the metro area having a population of around 750,000.
The University of Nebraska Omaha: The University of Nebraska Omaha is one of four campuses comprising the University of Nebraska system and has been a source of quality higher education since 1908. Offering a broad-ranged graduate and undergraduate curricula, UNO grants 95 baccalaureate, 66 masters programs, and 6 doctoral programs through its seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Continuing Studies, Education, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies and Research, and Public Affairs and Community Service.
Campus Recreation: Campus Recreation, a department within Academic and Student Affairs is aligned administratively within the School of HPER and the College of Education. Responsibilities of the Campus Recreation staff include planning, directing, organizing, and scheduling recreational programs for the University Community. Campus Recreation is also responsible for operating the 240,000 square foot HPER Building.
Major programs include: Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Outdoor Recreatio...n,“Mav Kids” Youth Programs, Injury Prevention & Care, and Special Events.
Facilities: HPER Building
$38.6 million renovation completed in October 2010 increased the size of the building to 240,000 square feet. Houses School of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) and Campus Recreation Features:
Four multi-use courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis.
MAC Court for indoor soccer, lacrosse and etc.
22 Hot Tub
1/8 mile Elevated Jogging Track with 3 lanes
North Fitness Center – 6,000 square feet
South Fitness Center – 7,500 square feet
Three Multi-Purpose/Group Ex. Rooms – two of 2,000 sq. ft. and one of 1,500 sq. ft.
Indoor Cycling Room – 1,000 sq. ft.
See more facility information at: http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/facilities.php