The University of Houston, Department of Campus Recreation seeks a self-motivated and enthusiastic, professional to join our dynamic team of recreational leaders. The Assistant Director is responsible for all aspects of a comprehensive outdoor adventure program with an emphasis on a safe, well-maintained, and adequately staffed environment. The Assistant Director is responsible for supervision and management of program development, risk management, staffing, marketing, policies and procedures, budgeting and payroll; responsible for operations of outdoor program to include equipment rental shop, adventure outings (day and overnight), climbing wall, special events, team-building and educational programs, workshops and clinics, and support summer camps. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is required.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
Recruitment, selection, training, certification, supervision and evaluation of instructional assistant (GA), climbing wall attendants and supervisors, trip leaders, and rental office assistants; Responsible for the development through instruction, guidance, and feedback to support professional growth and ensure program initiatives are accomplished.
Responsible for program development, implementation, scheduling, and evaluation of all outdoor adventure programs including day and weekend trips locally, nationally, and internationally per semester such as kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, caving, canoeing, and biking. Coordinate logistics for trips including identifying site locations, obtaining permits, managing transportation, and on site logistics.
Plan, prepare, and present in the field instruction of techniques, skills, outdoor ethics, and risk management implementation in remote locations; teach a variety of workshop or clinics such as belay classes, and provide instruction for orienteering, kayak rolling, climbing, trip planning, bike maintenance, and leave no trace classes.
Responsible for the skill development of student staff assisting in the facilitation of adventure programming. Train adventure trip leaders in the following: vehicle use in inclement weather, vehicle inspection and preventative maintenance, roadside repairs, backing and parking with trailers, defensive driving, and emergency response.
Assess, evaluate and mitigate risk for all outdoor adventure programs through direct supervision and management of programs, risk management practices; development and implementation of policies and procedures; climbing wall inspections and maintenance, 12-passenger vans, trailers, and loading and strapping equipment for travel. Maintain accurate records; create various reports, and contract agreements. Contribute to departmental risk and safety plans in collaboration with the departmental Safety Committee.
Assist with long-range strategic planning and assessment; develop and administer assessments/evaluations related to student development programs and learning outcomes; maintain accurate participant and program data and annual reports.
Manage the climbing wall and all outdoor equipment. Provide instruction and oversight for direct reports in rental and adventure trips equipment operations including but not limited to: purchasing, inventory controls, maintenance, cleaning, and customer service.
Develop and execute an integrated marketing plan to increase awareness of Outdoor Adventure programs and services in coordination with marketing team.
Initiate collaborations with campus partners within the Division and academic units to develop and implement programs and events that contribute to student success and foster relationships with interested groups, and special
Evening, weekend and holiday hours are required.
Education: A Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Outdoor Recreation or related field. Master's degree preferred. The ideal applicant will have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience within a university setting. A valid Texas Driver’s License is required.
Experience: Minimum requirements include technical and instructional proficiency in a number of outdoor pursuits including but not limited to: rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, backpacking, biking, emergency response, purchasing and maintenance of life safety equipment, search and rescue tactics, group dynamics, and outdoor leadership based topics; climbing wall related topics including but not limited to: emergency response, belay techniques, movements of climbing, lead climbing, route setting, route grading, facility and equipment inspection, purchasing and maintenance of life safety equipment. Proficiency in teambuilding concepts, program design, supervision and training outdoor adventure center staff, student development theory and application, fiscal management, program development, and assessment planning.
Applicants should demonstrate ability to lead and manage part-time, graduate, and student staff. Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated leadership ability are required.
Skills or Certifications: Candidate must possess Wilderness First Responder and American Red Cross CPR, AED, First Aid certifications; instructor certification must be obtained within the first year of employment. Climbing Wall Instructor or higher level of certification from a nationally reputable organization (AMGA, PCIA, CWA)
APPLICATIONS: Applications will be taken until the position is filled, however review will begin on January 14, 2019. Applicants must apply online at the University of Houston, Human Resources page at http://www.uh.edu/human-resources/uh-careers/. Please submit cover letter, resume and list of 3 references with online application. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
About University of Houston Department of Campus Recreation
The University of Houston is a Division I college with over 46,000 undergraduate and post graduate students enrolled. This campus is considered to be one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually, with more than 250,000 alumni. The University of Houston is one of only three public Tier One research universities in the state of Texas.
The Department of Campus Recreation provides the UH community an inclusive environment that cultivates the development of life skills through engaging and meaningful recreation programs, facilities and services. With fifteen professional staff and five graduate assistants, our team creates a culture of intentional learning opportunities that provides engagement with our students, faculty, staff, and community to support a student driven department that contributes to student success and leadership. The $53 million Campus Recreation and Wellness Center contains five basketball courts, five volleyball courts, a Multi-Activity-Court for indoor soccer, floor hockey, an...d team handball with a quarter mile suspended track that surrounds all of the courts; one of the largest indoor climbing walls in Texas, as well as a 24,000 square foot fitness zone containing free weights and selectorized equipment. The newly renovated 70-meter indoor pool contains competitive diving platforms, three moveable bulkheads, an indoor spa and sauna; an outdoor leisure pool, slide, and sand volleyball court. The Department of Campus Recreation supports a comprehensive recreation program including Aquatic, Intramural Sports, Fitness, Outdoor Adventure, Sport Clubs, and Summer Camp.