Butler University is seeking an Assistant Director to help lead and support a growing and vibrant Outdoor Recreation program based on the BU|BeWell student experience model including high and low ropes courses, team challenges, equipment rental and inventory, weekend experiences and trips. Serving an active campus community, Outdoor Recreation & Leadership Development is committed to experiential learning, exposing students, faculty and staff to the outdoors, and providing diversity and inclusivity training for all group leaders and trainers.
Advance BU|BeWell through programs and services that promote a holistic student experience for participants. Provide leadership and oversight of a challenge course featuring high and low ropes, and climbing tower. Recruit, hire, and train student and part time staff
Provide pre-matriculation trip for incoming first year students along with weekend experiences and trips for all students throughout the academic year.
Provide innovative programming for the campus community on and off the challenge course.
Lead risk management for the Outdoor Recreation & Leadership Development program
Implement diversity and inclusion initiatives into program areas
Provide innovative leadership development programs to the campus community
Ability to develop students’ leadership, communication, conflict resolution, organizational, and teamwork skills.
Organize the daily, monthly and annual safety equipment inspections
Conduct best practice research and assessment efforts
Collaborate with offices within the Division of Student Affairs and other university departments to ensure cohesive programming and services
Maintain a high degree of visibility to students, faculty, and staff
Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Outdoor Experiential Education, Recreation and Park Management, Environmental Studies or related field
Two years of work experience in an outdoor education field of setting
Challenge Course facilitation experience with a variety of populations
Proficiency in outdoor technical rock climbing, both top site management, and lead climbing activities
Knowledge of static belay traversing, dynamic belay traversing and dynamic belayed vertical
Technical experience, including teaching experience and risk management
Knowledge of at least two of the following: flat water canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding, 3 to 4 season backpacking, caving, mountaineering, backcountry skiing or snowboarding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, domestic travel with groups
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through programming, trainings/workshops or mentoring
Marketing skills, computer skills (Work, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Apps)
Valid Driver’s license plus the ability to drive oversized hauling vehicles with trailers
Certifications (or willingness to work towards certifications) including American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED, Wilderness First Responders or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
Excellent Communication and interpersonal skills - written and oral
Ability to work nights and weekends
Master’s degree in Higher Education, Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Outdoor Experiential Education, Recreation and Park Management, Environmental Studies or related field
Experience working with students in a collegiate setting
Certified to instruct CPR/AED/First Aid courses
Possess current Wilderness First Responder certification
Certification in one or more of the preferred industry certifications such as Swift Water Rescue, AMGA, ACA, LNT Trainer or Master Educator, PCIA, Avalanche Certifications, Wilderness Medical Instructor, ACCT Challenge Course Manager Certification, Level II ACCT Rescue Training or Challenge Course Operation or others deemed appropriate to this role
Working knowledge of equipment rental inventory software systems
Budget management experience
Ability to effectively work with multiple constituencies, organize and manage tasks
Must have the physical abilities to perform all tasks associated with Experiential Education (e.g. lifting gear/kayaks/canoes, hiking with 40lbs backpack, climb challenge course poles)
Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.
About Butler University
Founded in 1855, Butler University is a nationally-recognized master's comprehensive institution located in Indianapolis. The University's six colleges offer more than 65 undergraduate areas of study, 8 pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs to a student body of approximately 4,700. The student-to-faculty ratio at Butler is 11:1 and the average undergraduate class size is 20. The University supports over 44,000 active alumni living in all 50 states and nearly 80 countries worldwide.