Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation Center

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Athletics/Recreation

Position Title: Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation Center
Job Description:
Reporting to the Director of the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), the Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the Director to provide diverse outdoor recreation, climbing wall, and leadership training opportunities for the Mines community.

Climbing Wall - Responsible for daily operations of the ORC/Student Recreation Center Climbing Wall. Create overall vision, development, execution, and assessment of the climbing wall. Plan, develop, and schedule climbing wall programming that will meet the diverse needs of the Mines community, while anticipating and responding to both current and national trends. Manage involvement and clinic participation, payment, registrations through Fusion. 

Trips and Events - Responsible for operations of trips and events. Create overall vision, development, execution, and assessment for off-campus trips, lead the wilderness orientation program, and assist with the Oredigger Camp. Plan, develop. and schedule trips and events that will meet the diverse needs of the Mines community, while anticipating and responding to both current and national trends. Manage involvement and clinic participation, payment, registrations through Fusion. Work with colleagues and students on campus for new programs that are inline with institutional goals.

Staff Supervision - Hire, train, schedule, supervise, evaluate and complete payroll for all climbing wall and trips/event staff. This includes training in general policies and procedures, area-specific training, risk management, work flow management software, required document training, CPR and First Aid. Teach students job skills such as time management, conflict resolution, public speaking, teamwork, adaptability, and flexibility. Provide opportunities that incorporate learning outcomes while providing service to the campus community.

Other responsibilities include risk management, campus collaboration, student recreation and assisting the Director in the overall management and leadership of the ORC. This position will support the Bike/Ski shop and rental center as needed.

This position is expected to work a flexible schedule which includes nights and some weekends.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in outdoor recreation, communications, recreation management, or related field
  • Broad-based experience in higher education outdoor recreation and off-campus wilderness and adventure trips with expertise in more than two of the following: multi-day backpacking, hiking, skiing (all types), rafting, kayaking, rock climbing (single and multi-pitch), ice climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding/split boarding, snowshoeing
  • Experience supervising employees, drafting schedules, hiring, managing budgets
  • Experience with staff training, curriculum development, and evaluation of training
  • Excellent organization, leadership and communication skills (written and oral), interpersonal skills and computer literacy 

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record that is maintained throughout the duration of employment
  • CPR/First Aid Certified, or obtain within the first 3 months
  • Wilderness First Responder (80 hour course) and certified or higher EMT/WEMT, or obtain within the first 3 months
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master’s Degree in outdoor recreation, communications, recreation management, or related field
  • Active member in two or more of the following professional organizations:   AORE, NIRSA, AEE, AMGA, ACA, AIARE, AAA

Current certifications and ability to teach to a professional standard or credential in the following:

  • NIRSA Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certified/ Climbing Wall Instructor Certified/ AMGA Guide Courses or higher in Ski, Alpine, Ice, or Rock Climbing Disciplines.
  • Ability to teach or become qualified to teach Wilderness First Aid (16-hr courses)
  • American Canoe and Kayak Association with Instructor Level Trainings/Certifications in kayaking, stand up paddle boards, or canoeing; State of CO Licensed White Water Raft Guide
  • AIARE Level I and/or Level II  AND Instructor Training Courses
  • Experience with other institutions or universities (NOLS, Outward Bound, American Alpine Club, Wilderness Education Association, etc.) 
  • Permitting on public and private lands- Access experience with the NPS, NFS, BLM, state parks, country parks, city parks
  • Experience with rental reservations, gear repair, and Point of Sale systems
  • Previous experience with bike and/or ski maintenance
  • Experience running an indoor climbing wall, training and supervising staff, wall/floor inspections and maintenance. Organizing and running bouldering competitions. Route setting for bouldering, top rope, and lead climbs.
  • Experience researching program equipment, bidding, PO’s, purchasing gear specific to program and trip needs.
  • Experience planning or partnering with other groups to run large campus events
  • Software systems such as: Fusion, Windward, all Microsoft Professional programs, Rock Gym Pro, Smart Waiver,
  • Previous experience teaching or teaching assistant (ta) collegiate academic course for credit
  • Experience with planning and implementing a new student wilderness orientation program, budgeting, recruiting and training staff, participant registrations, program evaluations
  • International Travel/Global Experiences, personal and professional, ability to speak a second language for areas of travel
  • Various Domestic travel experiences in various forms- car, bus, plane, train
Department Description: The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) provides outdoor recreational opportunities, resources, and leadership training for the members of the Mines community. The ORC facilitates trips and events that include: backpacking, camping, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, rock and ice climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, snowshoeing, avalanche training, whitewater boating, and much more. The ORC is located in a state of the art facility that opened in 2007. The facility includes a 4,000 sq. ft. climbing wall, a nine foot tall free standing outside boulder, a trip planning room, a resource room, a bike and ski shop, as well as rental and storage facilities.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume, cover letter, certifications and an experience/activity log (required). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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