The Assistant Coordinator of Outdoor Skills Programs (AC-OSP) is responsible for assisting in the leadership and management of a comprehensive university outdoor program. The AC-OSP will assess, design, create, and evaluate all workshops, clinics, and skills courses across multiple technical areas including but not limited to mountain biking, paddle sports, climbing, backcountry travel, and winter sports. This position will also serve as part of the overall administration and leadership team of IU Outdoor Adventures. This includes 24 hour on-call support during programs, field instruction in various outdoor skills, and assistance in the mentorship and supervision of approximately 80 student leaders and budget oversight ($150,000 Operational Budget).
The AC-OSP is responsible for the overall management of the Skills Programs, Gear and Inventory Management, and the Bouldering Wall working with thousands of participants in those programs annually. This person will directly supervise 10-14 part-time and seasonal staff as well as jointly supervise 60-80 student and non-student leaders. The Skills Course Programs serves approximately 250 participants, and includes approximately 50 programs ranging from evenings and weekends to multi-day expeditions. This position will also oversee all outdoor gear including inventory management, purchasing, risk management, and training. Including, directly supervise all adventure specialists, the shop manager, bouldering coordinator, and bike mechanic. The Rental, Retail, and Bouldering Program sees over 4000 reservations per year. Logistically, they will be responsible for managing IUOA Gear and Inventory valued at over $150,000 and will be charged with all purchasing decisions using a comprehensive understanding of current and upcoming programs, as well as a current knowledge of outdoor equipment and apparel trends. This program’s safety and quality are maintained by their adherence to the development of sound risk management practices, purposeful training, and significant evaluation and oversight of the program’s delivery.
• Primarily responsible for the delivery of skill development programs including introductory workshops, field clinics, and multi-day courses. Assesses, designs, creates, and evaluates all workshops, clinics, and skills courses across multiple technical areas including but not limited to mountain biking, paddle sports, climbing, back-country travel, and winter sports Supervision and oversight of all technical outdoor gear including the rental program, the retail shop, and the bouldering wall operations. The responsibilities include staffing, risk management, operational development, inventory, budgets, purchasing, vendor agreements, and records. Directly hire, supervise, terminate, and evaluate the shop manager and all rental and all specialist positions. Programmatic responsibilities include the event management and outdoor proficiency in the following: kayaking, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, skiing, ice climbing, wilderness medicine, and Leave no Trace.
• Serve as an IUOA instructor – Instruct classes, courses, and adventure trips through IUOA. Position will be expected to spend 30+ days in the field and serve as an on-call administrator during programs. To monitor the program’s quality and safety, the person will be expected to join 6-10 programs per year. Trip are primarily conducted over weekends and evenings, with some trips spanning an entire week.
• Oversee the operation and management of the IUOA Bouldering Wall and Bouldering Coordinator.
• Serve on the IMU and SILC leadership team, as well as represent IUOA on other related campus committees.
REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation, sport management, experiential education, business, or related field. Documentation of at least 100 field days in outdoor adventure leadership.
Possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
Knowledge of Wilderness First Responder and Adult CPR. Ability to drive with a trailer. Proficiency in Point of Sale Software, Microsoft Office, specifically Outlook, Word and Excel. Knowledgeable of industry standards and plan all courses with the best practices of each discipline. Thorough understanding of IU’s financial management systems including cash reconciliation, purchase orders, and invoicing. Understanding of outdoor risk management, best practices, and equipment used in the programs of IUOA including paddling, climbing, camping, backpacking, and biking equipment. High levels of interpersonal skills and clear and consistent communication, including ability to have broad inter-departmental communication, and an understanding of and an ability to work within IU administrative procedures and policies. Well-rounded leadership abilities including performance evaluation skills and extensive teamwork. Sound judgment and highly competent in exercising independent decision-making and situation application of IU, Indiana Memorial Union, and IUOA policies. As an on-call staff, be knowledgeable of risk management procedures.
About Indiana University Outdoor Adventures
For more than 40 years, IU Outdoor Adventures (IUOA) has provided the best in outdoor recreation to Indiana University. Since its founding in 1972 as a Union Board committee, IUOA has helped members of the IU community lead active lifestyles by providing opportunities to participate in trips, workshops, and other activities that foster a love of the outdoors.