INSTITUTION/DEPARTMENT: University of Houston is a Tier One institution with over 46,000 undergraduate and post graduate students enrolled. This campus is considered to be one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. The Department of Campus Recreation has an indoor facility that contains five basketball courts, five volleyball courts, a Multi-Activity-Court for indoor soccer, in-line hockey, team handball, badminton and tennis. The quarter mile suspended track surrounds all of the courts, one of the largest indoor climbing walls in Texas, as well as a 24,000 square foot fitness zone containing strength and cardio equipment. The 70-meter indoor pool contains a competitive diving well and floating bulkheads. Included in the outdoor leisure pool is a slide, sand volleyball court and plenty of deck space.
The Outdoor Adventure Instructional Assistant will perform a variety of duties to support the Assistant Director in the daily operations and management of the Outdoor Adventure program. This individual will maintain a high level of customer service, risk management, professionalism, and respect. This individual must use problem solving skills and delegate duties to maintain a safe and effective environment for participants and staff. Evening/weekend/holiday work is required. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Provide assistance in the supervision and daily operations of the climbing wall, clinics, equipment rentals, team building, adventure trips and the Outdoor Adventure office.
Supervise Outdoor Adventure Staff to include recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluating; manage bi-weekly student payroll using a computer-based time-keeping system
Work with Outdoor Adventure Staff to develop their leadership, management, customer service, and evaluation skills on a daily basis
Develop and execute a series of staff and patron audits as it pertains to customer service and policy violations
Assist in communication with professional and student staff as well as members and guests to ensure that information pertaining to hours, updates, events, and departmental activities is disseminated accurately
Develop and maintain a budget for the Outdoor Adventure payroll and maintenance and operations
Oversee and manage equipment rentals, inventory, maintenance and records
Oversee and manage climbing wall equipment and gear, inventory, maintenance and records
Monitor and update equipment rentals and equipment tracking systems
Develop and execute fall and spring all-staff trainings, trip leader training, bi-weekly supervisor meetings and monthly in-service training for the Outdoor Adventure Staff
Work with the Assistant Director to fully utilize Fusion, Connect2, Basecamp and Baseline software platforms
Assist with the marketing and promotion of Outdoor Adventure programs
Complete statistical reports regarding daily usage of the climbing wall, equipment rentals and adventure trips participation
Conduct periodic inspections and risk management assessments of the climbing wall and adventure trips
Assist in the oversight of the Outdoor Adventure inventory and repair and replacement plan
Implement and enforce departmental policies and procedures
Drive a university 12-passenger van and trailer
Actively serve on departmental committees
Serve as contributing member of the professional staff and the recreational sports profession by participating in goal setting and long-range planning, attending conferences, and preparing presentations and proposals
Scouting, leading and supervising adventure trips
Special projects and other duties as assigned
Specific Qualifications: Experience in outdoor recreation and technical skills to lead trips required. Wilderness First Responder certification required. Applicants should demonstrate ability to lead, organize, manage, and supervise multiple outdoor pursuits. Possession of a valid Texas Driver’s License is required. Experience in climbing wall operations and maintenance preferred.
Personal Training/ Group Fitness
Assist in management of human resources for the Group Fitness and Personal Training program, including the recruitment, interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating of up to 20 – 50 fitness professionals (group fitness instructors and personal trainers)
Assist in leading monthly in-service meetings for Group Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers
Create the schedules for Personal Trainer on Duty, Fitness Zone, and special events as well as assist in development of Group Fitness schedules.
Assign all clients to personal trainers
Coordinate certification, licensing, & continuing education opportunities for fitness professionals
Be informed of fitness trends to implement group fitness and training formats that are relevant and effective for a diverse campus culture
Have the ability to instruct a variety of group fitness formats and train multiple levels of clientele
Assist in the instruction of the ACE Certification preparatory courses
Maintain Group Fitness and Personal Training equipment inventory
Maintain a clean and safe exercise environment in group fitness and personal training spaces
Assist with the maintenance of the Group Fitness and Personal Training budget
Contribute to the evaluation of fitness professionals
Assist the fitness leadership team in the administration in all five pillars of operation (open recreation, personal training, group fitness, certification/education programs, and special event/partnerships)
Work occasional night and weekend hours as required
Create and implement incentive-based programs for Campus Recreation participants
Create and implement incentive-based programs for Fitness Professionals
Organize and implement Fitness-based special events for Campus Recreation participants
Coordinate with the departmental Special Events committee to facilitate participation from Fitness staff
Specific Qualification: Hold a nationally recognized group fitness certification and/ or personal training certification (e.g. ACSM, NSCA, NASM, ACE, or NCSF)
REC SPORTS & FAMILY PROGRAMS POSITION:
The Rec Sports and Family Programs Instructional Assistant will assist the Assistant Director and Coordinator with the daily coordination and management of a comprehensive program that includes Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and Family Programs. This individual will maintain a high level of customer service, risk management, professionalism, and respect. This individual must use problem solving skills and delegate duties to maintain a safe and effective environment for participants and staff. Evening and weekend work is required. This position reports directly to the Rec Sports and Family Programs Coordinator. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Oversee recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, managing, and evaluating sport officials
Assist in recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating, scheduling, and managing Rec Sports supervisors and Family Programs staff
Assist with program administration platforms including IMleagues.com, Fusion, Connect2, and WhenToWork
Responsible for the oversight of the Sport Club Council
Assist in the development of club officer trainings and leadership workshops
Assist with summer youth camp program
Assist with planning of yearly program calendars
Contribute to yearly program assessments
Assist in the marketing and promotion of programs
Assist with the management of bi-weekly student staff payroll
Responsible for equipment maintenance and inventory control
Responsible for field management and lining
Implement/enforce departmental policies and procedures
Actively serve on departmental committees
Serve as contributing member of the professional staff and the recreational sports profession by participating in goal setting and long-range planning, attending conferences, extramural tournaments, and preparing presentations and proposals
Special projects and other duties as assigned
Must acquire and maintain an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor certification
Specific Requirements: Minimum requirements are at least one year of experience working in a leadership or supervisory capacity within intramural sports, sport clubs or youth/camps. Knowledge and experience working with IMleagues.com and fusion. Experience working as a sport official at the high school level is preferred.
EDUCATION: The University of Houston offers quality advanced degree programs in several areas that typically match the skills and interests of students looking for INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT positions within the Department of Campus Recreation. For general information about graduate degrees at UH please visit http://www.uh.edu/admissions/apply/graduate/index. More detailed information about Department of Health and Human Performance degrees can be found at http://www.uh.edu/class . Information can also be found at http://www.coe.uh.edu/ for the Administration and Supervision-Higher Education program.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO GRADUATE SCHOOL: Deadlines are based on each program’s published dates and guidelines. Most application deadlines fall in February so please apply early. Interested candidates should apply for graduate admission as soon as possible to have the best chance of being admitted. All those seeking admission to these programs must have the appropriate GPA (3.0 or higher) and entrance exam scores (GRE and/or MAT) to be fully admitted. Any IA offer will be conditional on the individual being approved for admission to a UH graduate level program.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Sports Management, Recreation, Business, Marketing, or related field and acceptance to a University of Houston graduate program. Minimum requirements are at least one year of experience working in a leadership or supervisory capacity or similar student based group. Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated leadership ability are also desirable. Team oriented ideals, willingness to work hard, and a desire to learn is important in this position. Must hold or be able to obtain an American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid certification prior to employment; instructor certified preferred.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants for these positions must submit cover letter, resume, GPA, GRE test scores and a list of 3 references (complete with phone and email) via email to: Outdoor Adventure: Arleen Rodriguez, Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventure, email@example.com, Fitness: Andrew Jones, Assistant Director, Fitness, firstname.lastname@example.org, Recreational Sports: Katie Geter, Coordinator, Recreaional Sports & Family Programs, email@example.com. Resume review will begin immediately. Interviews will be conducted through Phone or Skype. Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled with review beginning Novemer 8th.
Additional Salary Information: University approved out of state tuition waiver (IA must pay in state tuition & fees) and stipend of $1500/month pending acceptance into a University of Houston graduate program. Stipend is for ten months effective August – May. Summer hourly employment may be available. Student Health insurance is available and information can be found at http://www.uh.edu/healthcenter/insurance/.
About University of Houston
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is a culturally diverse public urban institution seeking to become one of the nation’s top research universities. The University is located on 567 beautifully landscaped acres near downtown Houston. The University has over 46,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The student population has more than 60% minority students (African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American) and 9.4% are international students representing more than 100 countries. UH is considered to have one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. UH is located in Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the world.