The UWild Climbing Program Manager has direct oversight of UWild’s comprehensive Climbing program which includes the IMA Crags Climbing Center, IMA Climbery, Husky Rock outdoor climbing structure, and all indoor climbing programs. Additionally, this position works in concert with other UWild staff to develop and manage the portfolio of field-based programs, with an emphasis on climbing and mountaineering activities.
This position reports to the Associate Director for UWild and serves on the Recreation Leadership Team and other campus committees. It serves as a department resource on program development, outdoor equipment purchasing, staff training, and policy development.
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create a welcoming and respectful learning environment, and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. The incumbent must view themselves as part of not only UW Recreation, but also Student Life, UW campus(es), Seattle and the Northwest region, and the national stage of campus recreation – and promote the department accordingly.
Maintain oversight of a comprehensive Climbing program in accordance with climbing wall and outdoor programming industry standards and department policies to ensure compliance.
Plan and implement the UWild Climbing program including permitting, scheduling, marketing and promotion, registration, facility reservation, policy enforcement, equipment and program evaluation, assessment, quarterly and annual reporting, program development, student development, and interdepartmental networking.
Develop and implement training and meetings with the temporary staff on major policy and procedure topics of concern, including equipment needs, risk management and emergency response, scheduling, and class structure.
Plan, develop, implement, and lead the UWild Climbing Leader Training and co-lead the Wilderness Medicine programs.
Maintain the UWild Climbing Program and Climbing Wall policies and procedures, reviewing annually to update for program and process improvement.
Evaluate new program requests to determine their viability and compatibility with the department and program mission.
Maintain climbing and class or trip specific risk management practices, policies, and procedures.
Compile quarterly and annual statistical program data for department reports.
Serve as the department’s resource on Climbing programming related questions.
Perform an annual audit of the UWild Climbing program to evaluate and analyze based on the Department's strategic plan and goals.
Host Climbing workshops, teach Climbing classes and lead Climbing trips as needed.
Manage the IMA Crags Climbing Center and Climbery facilities to accommodate bouldering, top rope and lead climbing, scheduled classes and activities, and special events. Enforce climbing wall safety rules and ensure sanitary conditions in and around the climbing areas.
Maintain the UWild Climbing class quarterly schedule for on-going classes, trips, and certifications/ training.
Provide on-site event coordination for all Climbing special events.
Monitor and arrange the use of Climbing equipment throughout the year. Maintain and inspect climbing equipment and facility.
Supervise the operations activities at all of the department facilities and fields as needed. Work cooperatively with other members of the department staff in the interest of providing a comprehensive program designed to the meet the needs of the University community.
Establish and maintain professional relationships with other UW departments, local climbing facilities, state and city park departments, Forest Service and National Parks, and industry associations.
Recruit, hire, train and supervise the UWild Climbing instructional and operational temporary employee staff of approximately 40.
Plan, develop and implement training programs. Ensure employees have proper up-to-date training certifications for specific climbing and outdoor programs and first aid administration.
Process semi-monthly payroll in accordance with department and University policy and procedures.
Manage employees and schedules to meet University student and temporary employee requirements.
Prepare an annual budget for the UWild Climbing Program. Project expenditures in staffing, equipment and contract services.
Manage the UWild Climbing budget and maintain internal control of all expenditures and ensure fiscal responsibility and compliance.
Evaluate UWild Climbing equipment needs and make purchases.
Approve Climbing and outdoor program certification needs and handle reimbursements.
Two to three years of professional experience in college/university recreation or related program.
Current Wilderness First Responder certification.
Demonstrated experience in managing a climbing program which includes climbing gym management, and climbing related programs both indoor and out.
Demonstrated experience in training instructional, climbing, mountaineering and field staff.
Demonstrated experience rock climbing on both natural and artificial terrain.
Demonstrated experience setting routes or varying difficulty.
Experience in developing and implementing revenue-generating programs.
Must be willing to work at heights up to 42 feet, may be subject to falling and falling objects may be required to lift or transport light to heavy equipment, and may be required to work with various cleaning products in the maintenance of the climbing wall.
Broad-based experience in teaching and leading at least two of the following competencies: wilderness medicine, backpacking, hiking, camping, snow sports, glacier travel, avalanche safety, mountain biking, bike touring, navigation, fly fishing.
Current Wilderness EMT certification.
Current Wilderness Medicine Instructor certification.
PCIA or AMGA Certification
Leave No Trace Master Educator
AIARE or similar instructor training
Knowledge of scheduling and/or recreation management software (ex. Fusion).
PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018
Internal Number: 153098
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