This position oversees and manages a robust experiential education program at Johns Hopkins University. The program encompasses Outdoor Pursuits, the Johns Hopkins Outdoor Club, the Pre-Orientation program, climbing facilities and outdoor-related clubs. The Assistant Director will supervise the Experiential Education Coordinator, manage training and instructor development for student instructors, and oversee finances and administration for all programs. Hopkins encourages candidates who value professional and personal development and will actively contribute toward a culture of inclusiveness within both the department and University setting.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Administrative Responsibilities (50%)

Manage program finances for Outdoor Pursuits, Pre-Orientation, Climbing Wall, and all Hopkins Outdoor Leadership Training activities ($150,000 including trip fees).
Identify participation trends and highlight funding needs.
Develop and expand Alumni network to increase sense of connection to the program as well as donor development.
Meet with University Risk Management to facilitate ongoing communication regarding training, certifications, policies, and incidents/near misses.
Arrange and apply for operating permits for the program through the National Forest Service and other local parks.
Oversee Outdoor Pre-Orientation Program for JHU incoming first-year students and collaborate with other Pre-O programs and First Year Experience department
Plan, market and instruct Intersession trips and trainings as necessary
Develop strategies to improve both quality and participation for existing and new programs.
Assist in goals and projects of the Office of Recreation (staff trainings, web site projects, other duties as assigned)
Manage program equipment (purchasing, repair, inspection) and vehicle maintenance to ensure ideal operation.
Manage and maintain the EE JHU website and social media accounts
Manage and direct student office and logistic workers (Approx. 10)
Oversee the trip signups, trip database program, Authorize.net account, and trip sales website.
Manage certifications and records of certifications for student instructors.

Training & Instructor Development (25%)

Design, coordinate and lead weekend training trips within technical specialties (Backpacking, Caving, Canoeing, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, and Whitewater Kayaking)
Coordinate logistics, planning and training for all Outdoor Pursuits and Johns Hopkins Outdoor Club trips.
Help students develop outdoor technical skills, and leadership experience.
Plan and direct ten-day Hopkins Outdoor Leadership Training Instructors Course.
Implement ongoing training and risk management policies for all EE specialties
Develop, publish, and implement program policies and guidelines.

Staff Selection & Supervision (25%)

Supervise the Experiential Education Coordinator

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding


Bachelors Degree required; preferably in an Experiential Education related field.
Three to five years management experience within the outdoor field.
Wilderness First Responder certified or higher.
Professional Outdoor Certifications required in program specialties such as, Sea Kayaking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Climbing Wall, Whitewater Kayaking and Whitewater Canoeing (ACA, BCU, AMGA, CWA, PCIA, IMBA).

Preferred Skills:

Masters Degree in Experiential Education related field preferred.

About Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,256 and is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The campus consists of 140 acres. Johns Hopkins was ranked 9th in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report.

Centered on a departmental mission of “Be More” Hopkins Athletics and Recreation is in a period of fast-paced progress and building on its strong foundation. The department is committed to the core tenants of competitive success, student-athlete experience, and developing strong community connections within the greater Baltimore/Maryland region. This new chapter includes investments in state of the art athletic and recreation facilities, innovative programming and partnerships, mental and physical well-being, and strengthening the connections between holistic student development and the professional world.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted at the following link: https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Recreation-Administrator/1009404900/ For additional information, questions, or to express interest please email Jake Olkkola - Deputy Director of Athletics and Recreation [email protected]

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