Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Education

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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: Other, Recreation/Event

Position Summary:

It is our mission to provide the university community with opportunities and facilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation on campus and out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska. UAF DRAW is looking for an experienced outdoor enthusiast to join our staff. This position will take the lead on experiential education and student leadership development. We are looking for someone to bring energy, experience and work ethic to our team. DRAW values diversity, inclusion and acceptance. We are looking for someone to champion those characteristics by way of the outdoor education program.


10BUDGET: Direct the fiscal operation of the programs, which includes revenue and expense analysis and projections relative to trips, rentals and classes.Essential
25PERSONNEL: Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, supervise and develop student employees and graduate assistants. Work with the assistant coordinator to assist in planning, delivering and implementing programs related to the climbing facilities and classes. Plan and execute a student staff training program to develop core competencies through regular staff training and assessment. Promote learning and development in students by encouraging learning and programming 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
30ADMINISTRATION: Develop new and instruct existing academic courses in the RECR and NRM (Minimum 2 credits/semester). Fulfill administrative duties for courses such as writing syllabi, course evaluations, requesting textbooks and prep time. Work directly with SOM and the new Sports, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT) degree. Supervise and assist staff who instruct other classes. Work towards offering a larger and more cohesive academic program. Develop and administer safety standards and policies that are compliant with state, federal and outdoor industry guidelines and standards. Manage compliance with permits. Participate in long-term planning and vision for Outdoor Adventures. Assist with Outdoor Adventure camps by mentoring the graduate assistant.Essential
30PROGRAMMING: Develop and administer comprehensive outdoor programming on and off campus through the Outdoor Adventure (OA) trips, classes, and rentals. Establish a culture of inclusivity, acceptance, diversity that makes Outdoor Adventures valuable to everyone in the UAF Community. OA trips include, but not limited to, half-day to 2 weeks in the field around Alaska and outside the state. Mediums of travel include skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, climbing, river travel, kayaking, and more, often in arctic temperatures. Other programming includes training courses for varied abilities, competitions, clinics, rental equipment, guest speakers, etc. Responsible for maintaining an equipment rental program with an inventory value over $250,000. This includes maintenance, price structure, replacement plan, account management with dealers and advertising.Essential
5MISC: Participate in campus committees and clubs.Essential


Ability to manage a budget and all other aspects of a small business (human resources, supervision, inventory management, accounts payable/receiving, product evaluation, and marketing).

Required Experience:

  • Two years experience teaching outdoor education related material in both a field and classroom setting.
  • 5-10 years experience participating in outdoor recreation sports on a regular basis.
  • 50+ backcountry field days in the last five years (Alaska experience preferred).
  • Experience driving large vehicles with numerous passengers and trailers.
  • Experience with climbing wall management.
  • Preferred experience in a higher education setting.
  • Previous experience working with youth camps in an adventure setting.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (or greater) certification (or ability to obtain in 3 months).
  • US Driver's license and ability to meet UAF driving standards. http://www.alaska.edu/risksafety/download/TransportationSafety.pdf
  • Two years of experience with outdoor education including: risk management, programming, marketing, assessment and evaluation, supervision and budget management.

Typical Education or Training:

  • Instructor level certification in kayaking, rafting, climbing and/or other disciplines.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (or greater) certification (or ability to obtain within 3 months).


Please include your resume, a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and the enthusiasm you will bring to our department and three professional references.

Review Date:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date of May 29, 2018 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time.

Background Check:

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

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.

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/ 

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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