The University of Miami, Department of Wellness and Recreation, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Residential Life, has a unique opportunity for a seasoned outdoor recreational sports professional.
This first-ever position will report to the Department of Wellness and Recreation, and will be physically located within the brand new (opening Summer 2020) 12-acre UM Housing complex called Lakeside Village. Within the $150M+ complex, over 1,100 UM students will live, learn and play. The new Outdoor Adventures Program will consist of an indoor climbing/bouldering wall, an outdoor fitness area, rental center and trips program for camping and outdoor adventures.
The successful candidate will be an individual who can develop the entire program from the ground up. This is not an entry-level position. Experience in multiple areas will be required.
This is a unique opportunity for a self-starter, experienced and motivated individual who can conceptualize the components and deliver the new Outdoor Adventures Program to the University of Miami Community.
The Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures will coordinate and administer all aspects of the Outdoor Adventures Program as well as supervising and maintaining of outdoor space and equipment. The Assistant Director will increase the participation and diversification of outdoor recreation programs and participants and will collaborate with student affairs partners (i.e. Housing, Wellness and Recreation, Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Sustainability) to promote student engagement and foster physical wellbeing by all members of the campus community.
This position also assists the Director of Recreational Sports Programs by performing tasks associated with assigned special projects.
Creates and initiates Outdoor Adventures offerings. Increases and diversifies program offerings and participation through focused programming efforts and partnerships and collaborations with other campus partners.
Develops leadership and experiential learning opportunities within Outdoor Adventures.
Teaches and leads various outdoor adventure trips (including but not limited to; climbing, paddling, camping, and hiking) throughout the year.
Supervises the Coordinator for Outdoor Adventures. Also oversees the student staff for the climbing and bouldering wall and student staff who assist with facility and equipment maintenance and upkeep and on-going inspections.
Recruits, hires, trains and evaluates student Outdoor Adventures trip leaders and student staff. Develops and implements comprehensive student development program to foster leadership and transferable life skills.
Supervises activity in Outdoor Adventures; ensures the proper procurement, keeping, maintenance, and systematic rental of outdoor equipment.
Develops annual goals with appropriate evaluation and assessment metrics to demonstrate progress.
Develops and manages the Outdoor Adventures budget including all revenues and expenditures.
Develops and implements robust marketing of Outdoor Adventures offerings including, but not limited to social media.
Oversees the Outdoor Adventure’s risk management policies and procedures; leads staff and colleagues in identifying and addressing areas of risk and exposure; implements best practice; advises the Director on area of concern and recommends policy change.
Supervise and maintain of outdoor space and equipment.
Review and develop annual Trip Leader training curriculum. Facilitate trainings for skills that include, but are not limited to basic camp craft skills, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, group development, risk management, wilderness medicine, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics trainings.
Assists with miscellaneous special projects as assigned by the Director of Recreational Sports Programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Degree in Sports Management, Recreation Administration, higher education/student affairs administration, management, or related field.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of full-time professional experience in supervising an outdoor recreation program. Bachelor’s degree and significant full-time professional experience may be considered.
A combination of applicable experience and education may be considered.
Demonstrated pursuit of personal professional development through national organization (AORE, NIRSA, etc.)
Ability to meet the requirements to drive University and personal vehicles.
Exceptional knowledge of skills, techniques, and certifications involved in programming a variety of outdoor adventure activities.
Basic understanding and ability to execute Outdoor Pursuits programming on a college campus.
Demonstrated experience administering risk management and best practices in outdoor adventure programs.
Basic understanding and ability to provide leadership for an Outdoor Adventures Program.
Experience with developing and implementing goals, learning outcomes, and assessment programs.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships across campus.
Knowledge of budget preparation, proposal, and monitoring of revenues and expenditures.
Ability to recruit and retain student personnel and ability to monitor certification of staff.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with evaluation and assessment including applications, data collection, and reporting.
Effective written and verbal communication skills; Proficiency in computing skills and assessment.
Evening and weekend work required.
Work conditions may vary depending upon the location of programs inside or outside. Working outdoors, the work environment may involve exposure to various elements including but not limited to: sun, heat/cold, dust, pollens, precipitation, and other environmental risks.
Physical requirements include talking, listening, sitting, standing, walking, manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, corrected vision, hearing to standard range and use of office equipment. Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all sites and logistics related to outdoor activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to aid students and instructors. When on trips, on feet most days, sometimes for long hours. Must be able to sleep on the ground and camp outside for multiple consecutive days. Depending on program requirements, physical demands may require standing and walking for extended lengths of time and may require lifting, pushing, pulling, moving and carrying items up to 50 pounds
Additional Salary Information: In order to have full consideration of your application materials, you must apply through the UM Human Resources:
You will need to create an account with the university in order to apply. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Internal Number: R100035811
About University of Miami
Where Excellence Meets Purpose. The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida. With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful purpose to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.
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The Department of Wellness and Recreation at the University of Miami aims to foster a lifestyle of responsible choices for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the University and local communities each year. The Department operates the... 140,000 square-foot Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, which is a highlight of the University's Coral Gables campus offering a variety of programs and services including intramurals, club sports, group fitness classes, health and fitness assessments, personal training and wellness programming. Additionally, five lighted grass fields for a multitude of intramural, club and special events are adjacent to the main facility. Four outdoor basketball courts and an outdoor fitness area with hydraulic equipment compliment the department facilities. The Herbert Wellness Center id the premier destination on campus for health and wellness.