Assistant Director, Outdoor Pursuits

Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, Athletics, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job Summary

The Assistant Director, Outdoor Pursuits provides operational direction of Campus Recreation programming including the Eagle Challenge Course, adventure trips, equipment rental, educational skill clinics and courses, Pedal Power bike share program, and operates the Waterfront facility. Assists in the analysis of program effectiveness and establishes future direction of programming.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Typical duties include but are not limited to:

•Provides operational direction of the assigned program area.

•Oversees the recruitment, hiring, and training of staff and part time OPS staff that assist in carrying out the goals and objectives of the functional area.

•Develops and implements risk management and safety plans. Ensures all safety practices are followed.

•Collects and analyzes data to assess and evaluate programs and initiatives. Prepares monthly reports, presentations, and proposals.

•Assists in the development and implementation of policies, procedures to ensure effective operations.

•Develops and manages the operating budgets for the assigned functional area to ensure program alignment with fiscal allocation.

•Participates in goal setting and long range planning. Develops goals, student learning outcomes, and program objectives. Assists with the development and implementation of the overall departmental strategic plan.

•Stays current on trends and best practices to develop new and improved programming. Participates in state, regional, and national professional organizations, conferences and workshops.

•Serves as essential personnel and provides assistance in the event of an emergency on campus.

Other Duties:

•Assists with special projects as assigned.

• Serves on assigned campus recreation and university work teams and committees as needed .

•Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation Management, Sports Administration, or closely related field.

Four years of full-time professional experience related to the position.

Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered.

Experience operating a personal computer and proficient in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, and Outlook).

Current CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications or able to obtain within three months of employment.

Current Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain within six months of employment.

Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation Management, Sports Administration, or closely related field.

Two years of full-time professional experience in higher education campus recreation related to the position.

Experience scheduling and supervising the work of students, support, and professional employees.

Current American Canoe Association Certification or ability to obtain within six months of employment.

Current American Red Cross (or equivalent) Lifeguard Certification or ability to obtain within six months of employment.

Experience scheduling and supervising the work of students, support, and professional employees.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of recreation, intramural sports, and fitness programming.

Knowledge of student intellectual, emotional and social development theory, techniques and research.

Knowledge of risk management standards and practices.

Knowledge of inventory control principles and methods.

Knowledge of marketing principles including promotion, fundraising, and public relations.

Knowledge of budget control principles, practices, and procedures.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects.

Ability to establish collaborative and strategic relationships with a diverse group of colleagues, students, and the general public.

Ability to work successfully as both a member of a team and independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to take initiative to plan, organize, coordinate and perform work in various situations when numerous and diverse demands are involved.

Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures, goals and objectives.

Ability to effectively manage the work of others by providing information, guidance, and motivation.

Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends as necessary.

Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity of its student body and workforce and actively promotes equity and inclusion.


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Salary Range

$48,000 - $52,000

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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