Senior Associate Director, Recreation and Outdoor Programs

  Northeast Region School
  Northeast Region
  Collegiate Sports Administration
  Posted/Updated: 12/16/19

Job Summary


Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Works with the department leadership in overseeing and implementing the Department's strategic plan as well as direct oversight of staff development, the department's assessment program, and outdoor programs, services, and facilities including waterfront facilities, climbing wall, outdoor rentals, and the creation of a wilderness outpost, and leadership challenge complex.
  • Responsible for the supervision of several full-time professional, para-professional, part-time and student employees and volunteers.
  • Operates with the discretion to lead these areas and staff with minimal direction; exercises autonomous decision-making; assumes financial oversight of multiple budgets.
  • Manages risk of these comprehensive offerings.
  • Independently develops strategies, programming, and resources for the creation of a comprehensive outdoor experiential learning program.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in Recreation Administration, Sports Administration, Outdoor Leadership, Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, Sports Management, Recreation/Leisure Administration, Education or related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years of full-time related experience (which must include administrative/supervisory responsibility).
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain within 1 month of hire.
  • CPR, First Aid and AED certifications required within 1 month of hire.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and be willing to travel, when necessary, to sites throughout New Jersey for business demands.
  • Experience working with a diverse population and demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Evidence of solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with supervision of professional staff
  • Experience with budget, policy development and compliance
  • High level of integrity, professionalism and sound judgement
  • Experience in a comparable university setting in a position that required responsibility of assessment and/or student development, personnel supervision and policy and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of outdoor leadership in higher education; Experience with developing and assessing student learning outcomes.
  • Experience supervising and developing college student workers and/or young professionals
  • Knowledge of student development theory and experience in applying assessment strategies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Climbing Instructor Certifications from AMGA or PCIA.
  • ACA Whitewater Instructor Certification (Level 3 or above)
  • Experience creating and maintaining a student worker environment focused on outdoor leadership development.
  • Active NIRSA, AORE, or AEE Member
  • Experience in higher education administration; experience in supporting and collaboration with other campus groups.
  • Experience supervising professional staff or comparable experiences (i.e. personnel management skills developed through leadership certificate programs; leadership of peers within work teams, etc.).


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