Assistant Director - Adventure Recreation

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title

Assistant Director - Adventure Recreation

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus


Campus Recreation - 40120


Student Affairs - 40000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Assistant Director of Adventure Recreation reports to the Associate Director of Campus Recreation. The Assistant Director is responsible for the overall planning, assessment and implementation of programs that focus on educational and development needs of students including leadership, team building, outdoor recreation skills, and healthy leisure activities.

These programs include adventure trips, Challenge “Ropes” Course & Climbing Wall, clinics, workshops, equipment rental services and resource library. The Assistant Director also supervisors/mentors the Adventure Recreation Coordinators, manages assigned Special Events and is responsible for various administrative or maintenance tasks.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Post-baccalaureate degree, or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Master’s degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, experiential education or related field (all degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institution).

Four – Five years collegiate adventure recreation programming experience with professional staff and student personnel supervision.

Supervisory or related transferable skills.

Ability to delegate tasks as appropriate.

Demonstrated experience leading groups in outdoor adventure trips/clinics/programs.

Demonstrated experience leading groups in challenge course facilitation to include group development with emphasis on inner group dynamics.

Leadership experience with Outward Bound or the National Outdoor Leadership School preferred.

Certifications or Licensure (may be acquired after hire):
-Wilderness First Responder

- CPR / AED /Standard First Aid Instructor or Instructor Trainer Certification - ACCT Challenge Course Level 1, 2 and Challenge Course Manager Certification -American Canoe Association Instructor or training (Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoe, Kayak and Coastal Kayak) - PCIA, CWA, or AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification - WEA Certificate of Outdoor Leadership or equivalent training/course participation -Leave No Trace Trainer Course completion

Required Certifications or Licensures

Wilderness First Aid (may be obtained after hire).

CPR / AED /Standard First Aid Certification (may be obtained after hire).

Leave No Trace Awareness Training (may be obtained after hire).

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Department of Campus Recreation organizes and administers a variety of structured and self-directed recreational services that enhance the overall wellness of the university community. Our primary goal is to provide quality recreational experiences directed toward positive change in the physical, cognitive and social domains of the university community thus enhancing the overall educational experience. This goal is accomplished by offering a wide variety of recreational activities, conducting educational workshops and providing professional training. The Department of Campus Recreation provides a multi-faceted program, which includes: Group Exercise/Fitness Programs, Competitive Sports (Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs) Seahawk Adventure Programs, Aquatics, and Special Events. Campus Recreation at UNCW takes a “something for everyone” approach to programming.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings

Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

Months Per Year

12 Months

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