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Director of Outdoor Recreation

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

Position Title: Director of Outdoor Recreation
Pay Range:

$52,000 - $69,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The purpose of this position is to oversee the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) including: one fulltime professional position, and 40 part time student positions. This position is responsible for managing the rock-climbing walls, all student trip leader trainings, the off-campus trips, workshops and events, the year-round outdoor rental center and bike/ski shop. This position oversees five financial indexes with a budget of nearly $250,000, and also manages two university vehicles.

  • Organize, administer, and evaluate all aspects of the ORC including the management of special events and workshops; rock wall; rental center; bike and ski shop; day, overnight, extended and international trips. Plan and develop programs, policies, procedures and marketing plans for the ORC. 
  • Manage a comprehensive budget, including the management of all expenditures and the generation of revenue for the ORC, as well as daily deposits, tax reporting and the point of sale (POS) system. 
  • Supervise the hiring, training, scheduling, evaluation, discipline and payroll for one full time exempt employee and approximately 40 ORC student staff. 
  • Manage all risk management concerns for the program in conjunction with the Director of Recreational Sports. Reviews and inspects equipment, and vehicles related to the outdoor trips, events, programs, and rentals. 
  • Teach two Physical Activity classes for credit each semester 
Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Education and Recreation/Leadership or related field, 3-5 years of relevant experience. Experience working in university outdoor recreation program. Experience leading backcountry trips; climbing wall work experience

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Valid Driver's License
Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in recreation, leadership, or outdoor education; 5+ years of relevant experience

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Wilderness - EMT
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor
  • State of CO Licensed White Water Raft Guide
  • American Mountain Guide Association
    • Single Pitch Instructor Certification or Provider Status
    • Climbing Wall Instructor Certification or Provider Status
    • Rock Instructor or Multipitch Instructor
    • Ski Guide Course
  • AIARE Avalanche Education - Avalanche Rescue, Level I, and Level II course completion
  • AIARE Course Leader or Course Instructor
  • ACA Kayaking Instructor
  • Other certifications and experiences are required for this position as deemed necessary by the department.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Actively involved in the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
  • Active member of the Climbing Wall Association
  • Experience with other institutions or universities (NOLS, Outward Bound, American Alpine Club, Wilderness Education Association, etc.)
  • Knowledge of permitting on public and private lands- Access experience with the NPS, NFS, BLM, state parks, country parks, city parks
  • Knowledge and skills managing multiple budgets and forecasting for a small business.
  • Knowledge and skill in facilitating small group trainings.
  • Skill in customer service in a number of areas: rental center, off-campus trips, indoor climbing walls, and bike/ski repair shop.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Developing program policies procedures, strategic plans and assessment tools.
  • Managing point of sale systems, online reservations, and online sales.
  • Experience in hiring, training, and evaluating staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintenance and repair of recreation equipment, especially skis, snowboards and bikes
  • Successful purchasing experience in analyzing products and services as well as developing RFPs
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. 
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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Applications close: Mountain Standard Time

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