We’re excited about the momentum we’re building here at Purdue RecWell and we’re looking for a leader to join our team. If you’re a highly motivated professional who dreams big, sweats the details, empowers others, leads by doing, and believes that the work we do in collegiate recreation is more than just a job, it's a calling, then we'd love you for you to join our team.
The Assistant Director of Climbing and Challenge Education reports to and works collaboratively with the Senior Assistant Director of Fitness & Special Programs to develop, oversee, and administer a comprehensive and progressive challenge education program. The program includes both low and high team challenge courses as well as an indoor top rope climbing wall and bouldering wall. This position works to ensure that all areas of oversight meet the demands of the university community, while also promoting our mission and values. This position provides leadership through hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating student employees. The Assistant Director of Climbing and Challenge Education conducts regular assessments of facility and equipment safety, user satisfaction, and implement new initiatives based on industry trends. Working with the Senior Assistant Director, this position will participate in budget allocation and program outreach efforts. Additionally, this position develops and cultivates relationships with campus and non-campus constituents. Some evening and weekend work is required.
Administration. Program and administer the challenge education (low and high team challenge courses), and climbing/bouldering wall programs. Goals include: programming comprehensive and diverse programs that meet the demands of the university and surrounding community while also promoting our mission of teaching healthy lifestyle habits and promoting lifelong learning; develop and implement policies and procedures for the programs to ensure risk management, safety, learning, teamwork, and participation; develop and implement regular assessments of the program to measure learning outcomes, development opportunities, customer satisfaction, and participation statistics. Work collaboratively across campus and in the community to provide challenge education and climbing programs to student organizations, staff groups, academic classes/learning communities, school and corporate groups, etc. Work collaboratively with the internal communications and campus marketing staff to promote and market the programs through various media.
Personnel Management. Hire, train, supervise, schedule, and evaluate student and other part-time staff to work in above programs. This includes: ensuring that staff are well-versed in the policies of the department and university, ensuring that staff are properly trained in dealing with emergency situations, teaching staff proper facilitation and climbing wall management skills, communication, customer service, decision making and conflict resolution skills. Provide ongoing training and development opportunities through staff meetings, in-service trainings, and evaluations. Ensure appropriate certifications are completed and request appropriate network and building security privileges.
Safety. Responsible for keeping up to date on all national (ACCT, CWA, etc.) standards related to challenge and climbing wall programs to ensure programs are operating according to, or above standards. Conduct regular and routine maintenance and inspections of all facilities and equipment utilized by above programs. Schedule and coordinate all necessary and standard inspections by licensed/approved inspectors as needed.
Budgets. Working with the Senior Assistant Director to develop operating and personnel budgets for assigned areas. Maintain budgets in accordance with department practices and tolerances. Reconcile expenditures and ensure prudent stewardship of resources. Work collaboratively with business office to ensure that business functions employee best practices and are consistent with university standards. Purchase equipment and maintain appropriate inventory control procedures of all program specific inventory.
Other Duties. Collaborate and assist with other divisional and departmental planning, policy development, implementation, evaluation, and special events, as assigned by RecWell leadership. Serve on assigned departmental and University committees. Other duties as assigned.
Education. Bachelor’s degree in areas such as outdoor recreation, recreation management or related field. Master's degree preferred.
Experience. Minimum of 2 to 3 years of relevant experience in program management and staff supervision, preferably in a college setting. Can consider direct graduate experience. Experience in challenge course education and climbing wall operations is strongly preferred.
Ability to independently manage all aspects of low and high team challenge programs, as well as climbing and bouldering wall operations.
Ability to establish long and short term program and revenue goals consistent with the mission of the university and the division.
Ability to build, develop, and cultivate relationships across campus with a variety of constituents.
Demonstrated ability to plan and implement employee training and risk management sessions and supervise a student workforce.
Ability to be self-motivated, energetic, service-minded and adept at solving problems.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents.
Must possess strong communication (written/oral) as well as interpersonal skills.
Proficient with computer software (word processing, spreadsheet, electronic communication, etc.).
About Purdue University
Purdue University is a public institution founded in 1869, with more than 10,000 employees and 44,500 students, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The university offers excellent benefits, including employer-funded retirement plans and reduced tuition rates for staff and immediate family members. West Lafayette is conveniently located one hour northwest of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago. The area offers a variety of entertainment and cultural opportunities. Residents enjoy a low crime rate as well as a thriving and diverse economy. Opened in October 2012, our award winning facilities include over 470,000 square feet of space with fitness and multi-purpose rooms, climbing & bouldering walls, recreation pool, and indoor turf. Outdoor facilities also include over 107 acres of playing fields, sand volleyball, basketball and tennis courts. Purdue University in an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.