Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Climbing Programs

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Classification:Student Services Professional 2 (E)
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Student Services
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Athletics, Other, Recreation/Event

Position Summary: The Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness (DRAW) is looking for a dynamic and energetic person to join our team as the Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Climbing Programs.

DRAW includes Outdoor Adventures, the Student Recreation Center, Patty Ice Arena, and Patty Pool. The Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator-Climbing Wall Manager will work closely with the OA Coordinator, a graduate assistant and 6-8 student employees. While the primary focus of this position will be managing the indoor climbing wall and the outdoor rock/ice climbing wall, additional duties may include helping with OA trips, equipment rentals and summer camps, as well as collaborating with other departments and programs. This position requires that you are able to flex a work schedule as needed to accommodate for classes, weather, going in the field and office work. Weekend and evening work required, short notice possible. Many hours spent at heights, in a harness, while hanging from a rope system. Many hours spent outside in cold environments requiring the ability to stay warm using a personal clothing system.


Experience managing a budget and all other aspects of a business (human resources, inventory management, accounts payable/receiving, product evaluation, and marketing).
Entrepreneurial skills.
Rock and Ice Climbing Instruction experience, documented time teaching basic climbing principles (belaying, climbing mechanics, anchors).
Experience managing an equipment rental program; including climbing equipment, skis and snowboards.
Risk management experience with high perceived risk
Route setting on artificial walls

Required Experience:

Two years of experience with outdoor education including risk management, programming, marketing, assessment and evaluation, supervision and budget management. Two years experience teaching outdoor education related material in both a field and classroom setting. Five years of experience rock and ice climbing (50 days/year). Experience driving large vehicles with numerous passengers.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position:

Experience with carpentry; basic woodworking, painting, staining, etc.
Experience with risk management, building, maintaining, and marketing.
Professional Climbing Instructor certifications (AMGA, PCIA, CWA, ACCT).
Instructor level certification one additional field outside climbing.

Typical Education or Training:

Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possess current Wilderness First Responder (or greater) certification and instructor level certification in climbing.
US Driver's license with a clean record.

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2017 and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Application Review Date:  Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on Monday, June 5, 2017 to be considered.  Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Special instructions to applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action:

The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:  http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to: http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.


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10BUDGET: Direct the fiscal operation of the climbing wall programs, which includes revenue and expense analysis and projections relative to this program.Essential
10PERSONNEL: Assist the OA coordinators to recruit, hire, train, evaluate, supervise and develop a student staff for the climbing facilities. Schedule staff to work all the climbing wall open hours, belay classes, events, special programs and competitions. Plan and execute a student staff training program centering on the PCIA/AMGA CWI certification curriculum. Promote learning and development in students by encouraging outcomes such as intellectual growth, ability to communicate effectively, enhanced self-esteem, clarification of values, leadership development, reflection, social responsibility, and achievement of personal goals.Essential
40FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Supervise and maintain the indoor and outdoor climbing facilities. Management of an indoor climbing wall, outdoor climbing/ice wall, and a yurt. Regularly scheduled inspection and documentation of all gear used at the facilities. Purchase of replacement hardware, ropes and other nylon products. Setting up and facilitating regular wall inspections. General day to day maintenance of the climbing facilities including; loose t-nuts, panels, broken or defective holds, the climbing wall yurt and the pellet stove in it. Set the standards for route setting at the facilities, train route setters. Taking the lead on route setting at the facilities making sure that routes remain fresh and in good repair. Organizing the formation of the ice used for our outdoor ice climbing tower during the winter months. Develop and administer safety standards and policies that are compliant with state, federal and outdoor industry guidelines and standards at the climbing facilities.Essential
40PROGRAMMING: Instruct existing academic courses for DRAW including; Beginning Rock Climbing, Technical Climbing: Ice and Rock and Ice, and Expedition Rock Climbing. Fulfill administrative duties for courses such as writing syllabi, course evaluations, requesting textbooks and prep time. Plan and execute regular climbing events, clinics and competitions. Being the primary point of contact and manager for the entire Outdoor Adventures program when the coordinator is in the field, on holiday or off contract. Use student staff and volunteers to put on a regular schedule of belay certification classes at the climbing facilities. Be the primary contact for all climbing wall special programs including: student groups and clubs, school groups, birthday parties, corporate events and other private parties. Manage the youth climbing programs at the facilities. This will include managing the coaches and helping to guide the direction of this program. Also responsible for long-term planning and vision for the climbing facilities.Essential

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