The UWild Field Programs Manager works in concert with other UWild staff to develop and oversee the portfolio of field-based courses and activities. Responsibilities include direct oversight of the paddlesports program, the development of the wilderness educator program, first-year student activities, and other activities that fall into the candidate's field of expertise.
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 program in accordance with outdoor programming industry standards and department policies to ensure compliance.
Plan and implement the UWild programs 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 Leader Training and co-lead the Wilderness Medicine programs.
Maintain the UWild Field policies, procedures, and protocols. 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 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 programs to evaluate and analyze based on the Department's strategic plan and goals.
Host workshops, teach classes and lead trips when needed.
Recruit, hire, train and supervise the UWild instructional temporary employee staff of approximately 40.
Plan, develop and implement training programs. Ensure employees have proper up-to-date training certifications for specific 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.
Provide managerial assistance to UWild facilities and spaces such as Waterfront Activities Center, Crags Climbing Center, and Gear Garage.
Work closely with facilities manager to ensure UWild Programs have scheduled spaces.
Maintain the UWild field class quarterly schedule for on-going classes, trips, and certifications/ training.
Provide on-site event coordination for all special events.
Monitor and arrange the use of equipment throughout the year. Maintain and inspect equipment and facility.
Supervise the operations and 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, area universities and colleges, local recreation facilities, state and city park departments, Forest Service and National Parks, and industry associations.
Prepare an annual budget for UWild Programs. Project expenditures in staffing, equipment and contract services.
Manage the UWild field budget and maintain internal control of all expenditures and ensure fiscal responsibility and compliance.
Evaluate UWild equipment needs and make purchases.
Approve outdoor program certification needs and handle reimbursements.
Two to three years of professional experience in college/university recreation or related program.
Demonstrated experience teaching and/or leading at least two of the following competencies: backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting, snowsports, avalanche safety, mountain biking, bike touring, navigation, and fly fishing.
Demonstrated experience in both program administration, permit application, and field work.
Demonstrated experience in developing curriculum, with an emphasis on Wilderness Leadership.
Demonstrated experience in training field staff in multiple disciplines.
Guide level experience in Sea Kayaking and/or White Water Kayaking
Current certification in Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED.
Current Wilderness EMT certification.
Certified Wilderness Medicine Instructor.
Current Swiftwater Rescue Technician Instructor Certification.
Current ACA Certification in any of the following: River Kayak, Raft, coastal kayak, Surf Kayak, Stand up paddleboard.
AIARE or similar avalanche instructor certification.
Leave No Trace Master Educator.
Working Knowledge of various types of recreation management software (ex. Fusion).
PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018
Internal Number: 153099
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