Job Summary: The Alabama Outdoor Recreation Program is a unit in the Department of University Recreation and Division of Student Life. This position contributes to the success of University recreation through strategic management of the Outdoor Recreation program which includes outdoor rental center, bike shop, two climbing walls, trip program, team building, and other developmental activities. These programs focus on leadership development, experiential learning, and encouraging students to explore the great outdoors. They assume a leadership role in risk management and due diligence for the program. The Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation is responsible for providing the overall leadership and oversight for the Outdoor Recreation Program.
Additional Department Summary: The Assistant Director supervises a full-time Coordinator and approximately 35 student employees. Program development, management, and leadership will be a primary focus including, but not limited to planning a calendar of events, promoting programs, establishing goals, creating program guidelines, patron relations, equipment management, budgeting, and risk management. The position reports to and works closely with the Associate Director for Programs on strategic planning to ensure that programmatic, financial, and experiential goals are met. The Assistant Director manages relationships with campus and community partners to research and design new experiential opportunities and create mutually beneficial partnerships. This includes managing relationships with vendors to negotiate product pricing and inventory planning. This position works to maximize student experiences through quality program and customer experiences. The Assistant Director is responsible for fostering an environment for diversity, inclusion and outreach through both programs and services offered. Responsible for completing required training related to laws and regulations, which creates a more hospitable and respectful workplace, and safer work environment. Responsible for holding staff accountable for completion of required training. Has personal accountability for financial reporting and responsibility for establishing, enforcing, and following internal processes and controls as outlined in UA policies and procedures.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of experience; OR Master's degree and one (1) year of experience.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in recreation, health and physical education, college personnel, sports administration, or sports management and at least four (4) years of experience; or Master's degree in recreation, health and physical education, college personnel, sports administration, or sports management and at least two (2) years of experience. CPR and First Aid certification or ability to obtain within two (2) months of employment. Must have valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report as determined by the insurance carrier.
Skills and Knowledge: Comprehensive understanding of personal computers and standard software such as word, excel, powerpoint, and outlook. Strong organizational skills. Ability to analyze and present data summary findings, share insight, and propose recommendations. Flexible in one’s viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at University Recreation and the University of Alabama. Effective customer relations, strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated experience in the training and supervision of student employees to accomplish program operations. Broad base of skills as a participant, trip leader, and/or instructor in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, challenge course facilitation, white water raft guiding, or skiing, . Knowledge of outdoor adventure ethics and best practices. Advanced first aid and current CPR certification. Demonstrated commitment to expand multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills as evidenced through: demonstrating self-awareness; understanding and valuing others; demonstrating knowledge of social inequalities; interacting effectively with a diversity of people; fostering equity and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications: Wilderness first responder or EMT, AORE member, bicycle shop management/bike repair, experience driving a passenger van. Master’s degree in Recreation Management or similar field of study preferred.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster
Method of Application: Visit UA’s employment website at jobs.ua.edu for more information and to apply. The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE), including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.
Excellent benefits, vacation, and holidays (including Spring Break) for more information visit http://hr.ua.edu/.
Applications close: 4 October 2019Central Daylight Time