University Recreation (UREC) inspires, educates, and empowers the Seattle University community to live happier and healthier lives. In support of the Seattle University mission to educate the whole person, UREC is committed to ensuring the student recreation experience is positive, inclusive, safe, and transformative. University Recreation (UREC) includes the following program and operational areas: Aquatics, Competitive Sports (intramural sports and sport clubs), Facilities, Fitness, Marketing, and Outdoor Recreation.
UREC is a part of the division of Student Development therefore, we are committed to creating a vital and engaged campus community that challenges and supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to learn and develop the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead and serve in an interdependent, global society.
PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION
The Assistant Director of University Recreation, Outdoor provides primary leadership and support for a comprehensive university recreation outdoor program that includes a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the Seattle University community, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The Assistant Director must have a passion for engaging students in meaningful learning outside of the classroom while providing a suite of high-quality programs and services that support the health and wellness of the Seattle University community. This position will additionally be a lead for the department risk management working group and external advisory committee.
At Seattle University Recreation,You Belong. Through our programs, services, facilities, and staff we strive to be intentional in supporting equity and inclusion. We work to create an accessible environment celebrating the diversity of our campus community. UREC is committed to on-going listening, learning, and un-learning. We actively question norms and embrace failing forward to support systemic change. We hold ourselves and each other accountable to address and combat racism, homophobia, ablism, antisemitism, xenophobia, misogyny, and discrimination in any form. UREC believes when people are not only included-but celebrated as their whole, authentic selves- we all can live happier, healthier, more successful lives.
Manages daily operations of the Outdoor program and the services office, including reviewing and approving trip proposals, trip logistics, managing equipment rentals, managing lift ticket and climbing pass sales, and maintaining third party affiliations with frequent vendors such as Crystal Mountain, and local climbing gyms.
Manages all UREC Outdoor budgets, working with the Associate Director to monitor and administer agency accounts, gift accounts, and university allocations. Additionally, forecasts annual revenue and expenditures.
Promotes all UREC Outdoor services and programs, working with the Assistant Director – Marketing to determine timelines, printed materials and social media pushes.
Assess outdoor equipment use trends, evaluate equipment condition at least annually, plan a maintenance and lifecycle replacement schedule and procure all capital purchases.
Perform ongoing and period assessment of the UREC Outdoor program, staff, and services offered, with an annual report to the Director of University Recreation.
Coordinate and administer a comprehensive risk management plan for UREC Outdoor program, including conducting regular audits, ensuring programs and equipment are operating according to industry standards and best practices.
Review, revise, and enforce policies and procedures, including incident response protocols, to ensure all are aligned with institutional priorities and kept in compliance with the industry best practices for risk management and Washington Health Code.
Educate and empower students and staff to improve risk management practices, including understanding and navigating departmental policies, institutional procedures, and protocols put in place to proactively mitigate risk.
Ensure all UREC Outdoor staff receive & maintain the necessary training and certifications. Coordinate student staff (re)certification throughout the calendar year, including, but not limited to, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), driver training, and safety seminars.
Serve as a member of the departmental Risk Management working group and external Advisory Committee.
Supervision & Leadership
Recruit, hire, train, supervise and continually evaluate 20+ UREC Outdoor student staff, which may include undergraduate and graduate students, interns, and volunteers.
Coordinate and advise a group of student leaders who schedule and facilitate diverse offerings of trips, workshops, and events for outdoor education and recreation.
Provide managerial and leadership experiences, and additionally create and promote professional development opportunities for student and professional staff.
Chair at least one departmental working group (Assessment, Risk Management, Marketing, or Technology).
Assists with the management and implementation of departmental assessments.
Represents the department on division and university-wide committees, and coordinates initiatives as appropriate.
Cultivate collaborative relationships with various Seattle University departments (i.e. Orientation, Housing’s Outdoor themed-floors) and community organizations, to establish and/or maintain a thriving Outdoor program.
Be an active member in a national organization such as AEE, AORE, JASPA, ACPA, and/or NIRSA.
Performs other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in recreation, human development, sports management/administration, or a related field plus a minimum of two years of professional experience in the administration of outdoor recreation programs or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Minimum of two years of experience with student or volunteer supervision, and leadership development or relevant experience.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presentations and group facilitation.
Strong organizational and planning skills.
Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification required within 90 days of hire and maintained throughout employment.
All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision and values.
All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.
Master’s degree in recreation administration, higher education/student affairs, or a closely related discipline.
Five years of full-time professional experience, preferably in a higher education setting, with previous experience in outdoor program management experience, risk management and budget oversight, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Preferred experience in the following: backpacking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, single-pitch climbing, snow sports, trip planning, leadership development, team building and high/low element courses.
Leave No Trace Instructor certification or equivalent.
About Seattle University
University Recreation (UREC) includes the following program and operational areas: Aquatics, Competitive Sports (intramural sports and sport clubs), Facilities, Fitness, Marketing, and Outdoor.University Recreation inspires, educates, and empowers the Seattle University community to live happier, healthier, and more successful lives. Whether it is promoting wellness, providing worthwhile recreational activities, or building community, the Department of University Recreation is an integral component of a Seattle University student’s holistic education. UREC is a part of the division of Student Development therefore, we are committed to creating a vital and engaged campus community that challenges and supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to learn and develop the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead and serve in an interdependent, global society. UREC Values•Student Focused: Students are essential to the success of the department and enable UREC to provide facilities and programs designed to fit the students’ needs. •Community: Building positive relationships through working and participating in recreation.•Proactive: Assessing programs, risk, policies..., and procedures to provide high quality services and programming aligned with the needs of Seattle University.•Learning Focused: Working in UREC provides the opportunity to put skills and education into practice in a mentoring environment allowing for growth and development•Fun: Working in a recreational setting should be enjoyable and rewarding