The Assistant Director of Adventure Recreation reports to the Associate Director of Campus Recreation. The Assistant Director is responsible for the overall planning, assessment and implementation of programs that focus on educational and development needs of students including leadership, team building, outdoor recreation skills, and healthy leisure activities.
These programs include adventure trips, Challenge “Ropes” Course & Climbing Wall, clinics, workshops, equipment rental services and resource library. The Assistant Director also supervisors/mentors the Adventure Recreation Coordinators, manages assigned Special Events and is responsible for various administrative or maintenance tasks.
The Assistant Director of Adventure Recreation will possess a comprehensive knowledge of adventure/outdoor recreation, experiential education, challenge course and climbing wall facilitation, local, regional and national laws and guidelines as they relate to outdoor/adventure recreation, state and national parks to effectively administer outdoor recreational programming.
Develop an overall strategic programming plan inclusive of long and short-term goals and objectives for the implementation of Adventure Recreation Programs.
Supervise and mentor the Adventure Recreation Coordinators, which includes all work plans, performance appraisals and weekly meetings.
Oversee student staff recruitment, hiring, training, development and assessment of work performance to ensure all adventure recreation programming operates with appropriately trained staff.
Develop and oversee the delivery of the Trip Leader Training Class and Challenge “Ropes” Course Facilitator Training Class.
Oversee the daily operations of Seahawk Adventures, including the development and management of all participant program registration, equipment rental procedures, point of sale and on-line store operations, and daily deposit submittals.
Develop annual budget request, manage and reconcile budgets monthly, assess and evaluate the prices associated with programming and equipment rentals on an annual basis to make programs self-supporting.
Responsible for equipment and supply purchasing following university purchasing procedures and maintain inventory for the Adventure Recreation Program.
Partner with departmental leadership in developing, maintaining and evaluating program and equipment standards, policies and procedures (including risk management policies, safety regulations and emergency procedures, standard operating procedures, and staff manuals)
Perform regular evaluations of programming; report results and recommendations to Associate Director. Conducts regular assessments of adventure programming and facilities/equipment; interpret/analyze results and make recommendations to leadership for improvements.
Conduct routine facility and equipment inspections to identify potential risks associated with all aspects of adventure facilities/programming to ensure participant safety and program risk management in accordance with national and local standards and best practices.
Oversee all documentation for adventure programs and ensure confidentiality and proper documentation of any participant waivers and medical information forms.
Collaborates with marketing staff to identify and develop marketing strategies and promotional efforts to educate campus community about adventure/outdoor recreation programming.
Manage and coordinate special maintenance projects with operations staff, physical plant and outside contractors when necessary.
Evaluate participant concerns or complaints and responds with remedies and resolutions.
Perform other duties as assigned by Associate Director(s) and Director of Campus Recreation that align with the mission, vision and goals of UNCW.
Occasional Evening and weekend hours required in order to lead Challenge Courses, staff training trips and regular adventure trips in fulfillment of program objectives.
DEGREE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Post-baccalaureate degree, or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.
Master’s degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, experiential education or related field preferred.
Four to five years collegiate adventure recreation programming experience with professional staff and student personnel supervision.
Supervisory or related transferable skills.
Ability to delegate tasks as appropriate.
Demonstrated experience leading groups in outdoor adventure trips/clinics/programs.
Demonstrated experience leading groups in challenge course facilitation to include group development with emphasis on inner group dynamics.
Leadership experience with Outward Bound or the National Outdoor Leadership School preferred.
Certifications or Licensure (may be acquired after hire):
Wilderness First Responder
CPR/AED/Standard First Aid Instructor or Instructor Trainer Certification
American Canoe Association Instructor or training (Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoe, Kayak and Coastal Kayak)
PCIA, CWA, or AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification
WEA Certificate of Outdoor Leadership or equivalent training/course participation
Leave No Trace Trainer Course completion
Position Closes Monday, May 24th, 2021
Additional Salary Information: Applicants must apply through UNCW's HR Website. No applications submitted through Bluefishjobs will be considered.
Internal Number: 8086
About University of North Carolina Wilmington Campus Recreation
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.
A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned
UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.