Outdoor recreation has historically been reserved for people who have the social and economic privilege to pursue leisure activities. The University of Washington Bothell Outdoor Wellness Program is trying to change that. Our core values are Community, Leadership, Wellness, and Exploration. As a student-funded organization, we create programming and offer services that are affordable, inviting, and accessible to our entire student body. We build community by creating programs that are welcoming and by hiring student leaders who reflect our diverse student population. Our focus on wellness through immersion in the natural world encourages participants to seek new experiences, to build relationships, and to challenge themselves through outdoor pursuits. In conjunction with our outdoor programs, we also manage The Nest Outdoor Gear Shop. This shop was funded by the Student Activity Fees Committee and offers outdoor gear free of charge to any currently enrolled UW Bothell student. Since we opened our doors in the winter of 2015, we have heard time and time again from students that they would not have tried hiking, skiing, or camping if they did not have access to our shop.
Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement http://www.uwb.edu/diversity
Our Student Affairs Department, has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Manager for Outdoor Wellness.
Program Management and student advising
•Manage the day-to-day operation of the Outdoor program and gear shop
•Co-manage the day-to-day operation of the Fitness Center front desk, inclusive of gear shop rentals
•Collaborate with other departments to create inclusive programs that promote and celebrate diversity
•Create a leadership/group initiatives curriculum and put it into action
•Coordinate and collaborate with other departments to create a comprehensive series of social justice training programs and activities for students in the outdoors
•Respond to the changing needs and values of UW Bothell’s increasingly multicultural student population
•Create programs that address the limitations recreation and wellness pose for historically underrepresented communities and work to dismantle barriers
•Conduct needs assessments and research current trends in outdoor education and keeps Director apprised of what is found
Supervise, recruit, train, advise, and evaluate student staff
•Recruit, hire, train and evaluate Outdoor staff, including gear shop and trip leaders
•Conduct multi-day training for student employees
•Develop, assess, and revise learning outcomes for student staff and the program under the direction of the Director of Recreation and Wellness
Administrative and operations management
•Plan, schedule, and facilitate staff meetings
•Develop policies, rules and regulations for Outdoor activities
•Develop Outdoor schedules, which will include outdoor trips, educational workshops, and weekend events
•Inventory control and maintenance of outdoor recreation gear
•Serve on Division of Student Affairs and University related committees; and work cooperatively with colleagues on campus and at other institutions.
•Risk management oversight for Outdoor program
•Work with Director and Assistant Director to provide strategic risk management direction for other areas of Recreation & Wellness, inclusive of Intramurals, Fitness, and Health Promotion
•Stay abreast of best practices and network with colleagues via professional associations.
•Staff major events and programs, including campus events, for example, Convocation, Graduation, Student Housing, Move in, Orientation, etc.
•Apply advising techniques and knowledge of the student development process in identifying support resources and services appropriate to student needs
•Collect participation statistics and create reports quarterly
•Assess program and compare to industry trends annually and keep Director apprised of what is found
•Manage budget for Outdoor Programs
•Oversee and approve payroll for student employees
•Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with Director of Recreation & Wellness, weekly professional staff meetings and meet regularly with student staff
Other duties as assigned
•Assist in the overall evaluation of the Department of Recreation & Wellness
•Serve and participate on University committees as assigned
•Perform additional duties as required
•Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Affairs & Director of Recreation & Wellness.
•Bachelor's degree in Student Development, Sport Management, Recreation, Athletic Administration, Education or related field of study.
•At least two years' experience of outdoor program experience working with diverse populations
•Have an understanding of outdoor recreation within the context of culture
•Demonstrated record of leading outdoor experiences in a variety of activities, including but not limited to at least 3 of the following: backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking/canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain and/or road biking, indoor climbing, caving
•Ability to function in a fast paced environment and adapt quickly to changing priorities
•Strong conflict resolution and customer service skills
•Work effectively in a multicultural environment
•Current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications, or obtain within 6 months of hire
•Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, or obtain within 6 months of hire
•Ability to think creatively to develop outdoor education opportunities
•Strong attention to detail
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Master’s Degree in Student Development, Sport Management, Recreation, Athletic Administration, Education or related field of study with 3-4 years of experience working directly with campus recreation, wellness and/or fitness
•Member of a national organization such as NIRSA, NASPA, or ACPA
•Current First Aid/CPR/AED instructor certification
A work schedule that fluctuates due to after-hours activities, meetings, and events is common. The Program Manager is expected to attend major student activities and events held on campus and in the local community. The Program Manager has regular and frequent contact with students, as well as frequent contact with faculty, staff, and administrators. Late night and weekend hours are part of the normal work week and frequent work from home is necessary in order to research new programs and attend to reports and requests for briefings. The position requires significant evening and weekend commitments throughout the year including some overnight trips.