1934 Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures


TITLE Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Director of Campus Recreation

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR 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.

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.

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 Missouri Driver’s License is required or must be obtained within 30 days of employment.

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

15. 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.

17. 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 Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures is supervised by the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and supervises assigned graduate assistants and undergraduate student employees.


MARCH 2017


Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 3 - 270 Points: Supervision of a limited number of (a) operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a very small number of professional employees, or an equivalent combination of (a) and (b). The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is generally responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and provides major input into hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.