Assistant Director of the Outdoor Pursuit Center - Miami University in Oxford Ohio

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Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

United States


Detailed Job Description

Job ID:  544.  Assists the Director in the administration and management of all Outdoor Pursuit Center programs and operations (challenge course programs, academic courses, living learning communities, rental/retail area, climbing center, domestic and international trips). This position has significant responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of all staff and patrons due to the unique off-site nature of programming. The Assistant Director is required to perform duties with limited supervision and will be required to make independent decisions.  Also serves to provide program staff management, facility coverage, and supervision of special events as needed.


- Assists with the supervision and management of outdoor instructors, interns, and student employees.

- Responsible for the recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating of 10 – 20 student staff.

- Responsible for the management of student and classified payroll system for all OPC staff. 

- Manages Team Building program (includes a high and low ropes course as well as portable initiatives).

- Maintain the challenge course facilities and preform quarterly inspections.

- Responsible for the purchasing and maintaining equipment for programs managed.  

- Manages the rental/retail center operations.

- Responsible for buying, merchandising and tracking inventory in the retail center.

- Responsible for annually reviewing and updating policies and procedures for areas managed. 

- Responsible for the administration of some programming related to the Outdoor Leadership Living Learning Communities.

- Responsible for instructing EDL 195: Facilitation and Group Dynamics, EDL 290.R: The Nature of Outdoor Leadership and other academic courses. 

- Establish working relationships with individuals, agencies and groups that further enhance the Outdoor Pursuit Center (OPC) mission. 

- Provides the Director with reports on program participation, activities, revenues, and expenses, and evaluates program data to provide documented justification for program proposals and budget.

- Assists in the development of OPC strategic plans, goals and objectives, and program assessments. 

- Assists with coverage of other OPC programs and special events as needed. 

- Assists with RSC facility coverage, and other departmental special events as needed. 

- Attend regional and national conferences/meetings. 

- Completes other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of experience in outdoor recreation

- 2 years of supervisory experience

- Current CPR and First Aid certification (or ability to be acquired within 30 days of hire date);

- Level 2 Challenge Course Practitioner Certification

- Valid driver’s license and ability and willingness to drive a 12 passenger van with a trailer

Preferred Qualifications

- Master’s degree in recreation or related field

- Wilderness First Responder Certification

- Challenge Course Manager Certification

-  Ability and willingness to travel 

- Teaching experience

- Retail experience

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Keyword Phrases

  • Recreational Sports Center
  • Assistant Director of the Outdoor Pursuit Center
  • #1 Nationally for best teaching
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Inclusive, equitable working environment
  • Athletic Department & Coaching
  • Facilities Management
  • Student Activities
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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