The Assistant Director provides leadership, vision, and supervision of a comprehensive Outdoor Programs team comprised of five areas: Trips, Outdoor Gear Rental, Team Building – Challenge Course, Bike APP, and Climbing Gym. This position oversees all aspects of Outdoor Programs, including daily operations, fiscal & risk management, policies & procedures, scheduling & event planning, and staff development & supervision. The Assistant Director directly supervises two full-time Coordinators and a team of approximately 75 student staff. The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Director for Programs.

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Bachelor’s degree.
Three (3) years of administrative/coordinative professional/graduate assistant level experience working in a leadership capacity in outdoor recreation with an emphasis on staff development & supervision, fiscal & risk management, and program implementation. Two (2) years as a graduate assistant equals one (1) year of work experience.
Proof of record of 450 field days of professional and trip leading capacity on outdoor expedition trips varying from 1 to 8 days in extension.

Required Skills:

Current Wilderness First Responder Certification or ability to obtain within the first six months of hire.
Current SPI, BMCI, or TRG certification or ability to obtain certification within the first 12 months of hire.
Valid driver’s license upon the first day of employment with a minimum of two years of driving experience and a clean driving record.

Preferred Skills:

Technical outdoor competency in at least two (2) of the following skill areas: a) whitewater (class III-IV) rafting and/or kayaking, b) rock climbing, c) backpacking, d) canoeing, e) caving, and/or f) stand-up paddleboarding.
Experience managing an indoor climbing gym.
Demonstrated field experience facilitating teambuilding.

About Appalachian State University

As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Application Instructions

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