Assistant Director of Outdoor Experiences and Programs

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Athletics / Recreation, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The University of Denver’s vision is to be a “great private university dedicated to the public good.” Founded in 1864, DU is actively implementing its dynamic strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. Among the plan’s most significant goals are strengthening the 4Dimensional (4D) Experience for all students, including advancing intellectual growth, pursuing careers and lives of purpose, exploring character, and promoting well-being.

At the Kennedy Mountain Campus, we build Pioneers for Life through excellence, character, and connection. We operate with an adventure mindset, creating and fostering a daring culture every day. Inspired by our location in the Rocky Mountain West, we always find a better way forward; we work with optimism, passion, grit, and integrity. We forge lasting relationships one interaction at a time, and our value to the University of Denver is the degree to which we offer connection points to a broad and diverse community. That's why were always looking ahead, not just to the next adventure or what's next in outdoor programs. Were also looking at what's next for you and how we can help you build a career you're proud of.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Outdoor Experience and Programs, the Assistant Director of Outdoor Experiences and Programs will be instrumental in developing and delivering student-focused programming such as - Outdoor Leadership, skill development courses, trips program, and the development of activity areas on the Kennedy Mountain Campus and beyond.

Essential Functions

Program Design and Management

  • Design, plan, organize, schedule (1 year in advance), communicate, and operate multi-faceted, accessible, and inclusive adventure programs with clear goals and objectives.
  • Lead outdoor leadership and skill development trips, workshops, and courses. Primary areas include- Wilderness medicine, rock climbing, backcountry and mountain travel, backpacking, trail running, and ropes course facilitation.
  • Develop, collect, and analyze all documentation for the Adventure Programs (accident reports, incident reports, AOR’s, agreements, participation records, program evaluations, participant evaluations, personnel appraisals, and related)
  • Coordinate travel with government agencies, KMC operations staff, and other contractors as needed.

People Management and Development

  • Build, lead, and develop a strong team of student adventure staff.
  • Day-to-day management, and supervision of adventure staff, to ensure quality in facility operations, programs, and overall success of adventure programs, events, and services.
  • Act as on-call during overnight activities, along with other KMC and adventure staff.

Event Management and Execution

  • Assist with the day-to-day oversight of First Ascent programs, in addition to, or in the place of, the Director of OEP and The
  • Director of Kennedy Mountain Campus Operations.
  • Assist with Kennedy Mountain Campus events that require adventure staff.
  • Provide excellent communication and dissemination of information before and by “meeting and greeting” customers for scheduled events. Diffuse difficult conflict situations while troubleshooting to resolve issues and apply customer experience principles to ensure quality and safety for event management.
  • Manage staffing at events.
  • Complete the post-event report and address any issues/feedback that arose.

Risk Management and Safety

  • Conduct routine audits and inspections of equipment and facilities such as the climbing walls, ropes course, and outdoor locations to identify potential risks associated with all aspects of competitive sports programming concerning participant safety per national and local standards and best practices.
  • Manage adventure programs through industry guidelines; ensure staff is adhering and up to date on safety policies and procedures.
  • Create an internal training model for staff to complete.
  • Assist in the management of activity certifications and wilderness medicine certifications for the respective program area.
  • Identify issues and areas of improvement and provide viable and logical solutions.

Marketing, Promotion & Communication

  • Assist in managing marketing and communications for Adventure Programs, including weekly newsletters/emails, program launch emails, and social media campaigns and posts.
  • Organize opportunities and ensure a presence at promotional events.
  • Monitor the website for correct information and to avoid out-of-date information, providing content for blogs and social media.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with event scheduling, employee scheduling, and program registration software.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate the work of others.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
  • Proactive
  • Flexibility
  • Teamwork

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in kinesiology, sports management, health education, recreation, student affairs, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two (2)+ years working in a higher education adventure program.
  • Demonstrated competency leading rock climbing programs within a single-pitch and multipitch environment.
  • Demonstrated competency in leading and developing adventure programs
  • Wilderness First Responder certification

Preferred Qualifications

  • Four (4)+ years’ experience in adventure programming.
  • Wilderness Medicine Instructor
  • AMGA SPI training or certificate (or higher level of training)
  • Management of overnight and extended adventure trips
  • Demonstrated competency in developing and instructing outdoor leadership curriculum

Working Environment

Works in all weather conditions and varying facilities and environments.
Works regularly on nights, weekends, and holidays.
Noise level is moderate.
Exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

Physical Activities

Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 70 lbs. with assistance.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 27, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$65,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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