1934 Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures


TITLE Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Director of Campus Recreation


The Assistant Director, Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures is responsible for the programming and management associated with Outdoor Adventures including operations of the Foster Recreation Center climbing and bouldering walls, recreational equipment rental and inventory, and facilitation of outdoor trips and clinics. The Assistant Director, Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, and provides leadership to graduate assistants and undergraduate student staff. The Assistant Director, Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures assists with long-range planning and goal setting, working with budgets, maintaining financial and historical records, and assumes other responsibilities as directed by the Associate Director of Campus Recreation. The Assistant Director, Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures works in conjunction with other University departments to promote Campus Recreation programs to a diverse and inclusive population.   


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. A degree with an emphasis in recreation, outdoor education, college student personnel, student affairs, or other related area is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: Two years of experience working in recreation is required; experience with direct administrative responsibilities in outdoor recreation programming is preferred. A strong background in risk management especially as it relates to outdoor recreation is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of climbing wall management and outdoor trip experience is preferred. Strong background in route setting is preferred. Experience with Professional Organization Membership/Involvement (e.g. AORE, AEE, WEA, etc.) is preferred.

Skills: Effective organizational, management, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy is required. A demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. A working knowledge of financial operations is preferred.

Certifications: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED), and Wilderness First Aid instructor certifications are required or must be obtained within 90 days of employment.  A valid driver’s license is required or must be obtained within 30 days of employment. PCIA/AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification is preferred. Wilderness Education Association: Certified Outdoor Leader/Educator is preferred.

Other: The scope of the position requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, and workshops.


1. Manages Outdoor Adventures programs, services, and climbing facilities, including the promotion and implementation of all events with an emphasis on risk management.

2. Maintains a friendly, safe, and inviting environment for all Outdoor Adventures and climbing wall patrons.

3. Assures safety and maintenance checks are performed regularly on all Outdoor Adventures facilities and equipment.

4. Plans all Outdoor Adventures trips including advertising, registration, development of an Emergency Action Plan, and communication with the host site, if applicable.

5. Maintains accurate and complete records for Outdoor Adventures programs including staffing, attendance, financial records, contracts, if applicable, and all other required documents.

6. Completes evaluations for all Outdoor Adventures programs and develops program goals based on feedback, past programming, and participation numbers.

7. Assists in the development of the annual Campus Recreation goals and budget for Outdoor Adventures.

8. Maintains inventory of all Outdoor Adventures equipment and makes recommendations for replacement or repair as needed.

9. Assures the accuracy of Outdoor Adventures program information including printed and online media.

10. Hires, trains, and supervises all Outdoor Adventures graduate assistant and undergraduate student staff focusing on outdoor education, leadership, customer service, and risk management.

11. Assures all student staff obtain and maintain current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications and all Climbing Wall Attendants are certified to provide belay training to patrons.

12. Evaluates and provides regular performance feedback to all student staff to ensure safety measures are taken during programs and customer service expectations are met.

13. Reviews and approves payroll associated with the Outdoor Adventures staff.

14. Supports student staff in the areas of student development, personal development, and professional development.

15. Maintains up-to-date information to benefit students through self-directed research, conducts individual and group advising sessions for staff, increases student awareness of available institutional resources, and assists with planning and assessing student staff evaluations.

16. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

17. Remains competent and current on climbing wall and wilderness safety requirements through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Associate Director of Campus Recreation.

18. Supports the overall success of Campus Recreation by assisting with special projects and assignments as assigned, attending all required meetings, serving on internal and University committees as assigned, and performing all other duties as assigned.


The Assistant Director, Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures is supervised by the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and supervises assigned graduate assistants and undergraduate student employees.