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Assistant Director, Adventure

University/Agency Illinois State University
Civil Service Classification Program Coordinator
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Posting Duration 10/7/2022 - 10/20/2022
Probationary Period 12 months

Job Description

The mission of Campus Recreation is to enhance the quality of life of our unique members by educating and encouraging active participation in recreational opportunities that develop leadership skills, foster social interaction, and reinforce healthy behaviors. The Assistant Director, Adventure Programs will be responsible for the development, coordination and administration of all adventure programs and services provided through the Department of Campus Recreation.


Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Sport Management or related field.
Three or more years of professional experience in outdoor adventure programming or similar adventure programs; experience in a collegiate environment preferred. Two years as a graduate assistant will count as 1 year of professional experience.
Knowledge and demonstrated teaching experience in outdoor adventure activities. Activities may include, but are not limited to camping, climbing, gym climbing, caving, bouldering, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, kayaking, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing.
Demonstrated experience as it relates to managing and operating a challenge course that includes both low and high ropes courses with dynamic and static elements.
Demonstrated experience in managing a team of students, employees, or volunteers to accomplish operations.
Demonstrated experience in the safe and effective management of an indoor rock climbing facility.
Demonstrated experience with the use and maintenance of a broad range of outdoor equipment.
Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated skills in budget and personnel management.
Desired Qualifications
Master's degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Sport Management or related field.
Possess American Red Cross CPR/AED/BBP and First Aid basic certification or must obtain within the first six months of employment.
Possess American Red Cross CPR/AED/BBP and First Aid Instructor Certification or must obtain within the first year of employment.
Possess American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Instructor certification or must obtain within the first year of employment.
Possess Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder certification or equivalent or must obtain within the first year of employment.
Understanding of risk management protocols and emergency action plans.
Demonstrated experience in supervising or managing full-time personnel.
Experience as an instructor in paddle sports, indoor or outdoor climbing, challenge course facilitator, and outdoor living skills.
Demonstrated experience leading a broad range of outdoor trips and familiarity with liability issues related to outdoor recreation.
Demonstrated experience with equipment procurement and rental operations.
Familiarity and comfort with Innosoft Fusion or similar software package.
Familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Office Professional 2010.


Up to $61,000 annually


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Contact Information

University/Agency Illinois State University
Department/College Human Resources
Contact Molly Buse
Phone Number 309-438-8311
Comments Please fully complete the entire application including, but not limited to, the education and work experience portions. Please list all education and all jobs you have had. Do not leave gaps in employment. You must list all duties you performed in the job duties section (Phrases such as "See Resume" are not acceptable). Failure to follow any of these instructions may constitute an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

College or university transcripts (may be unofficial) must be submitted prior to the application deadline in order to receive full consideration. Transcripts can either be uploaded with your application or submitted via the options listed below.

In order to be eligible for Veteran's Preference points on the exam, appropriate military service documentation, such as a DD214, may be faxed, mailed, or delivered to Human Resources.

Transcripts and/or DD-214 paperwork may be faxed or mailed to Human Resources by the application deadline:

Fax: 309.438.0011, Attn: Molly Buse
Address: Illinois State University
Human Resources
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300

The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. No participation other than submission of applicant materials is required from applicants that qualify to take the exam. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview. The active register for this classification will be voided when the position is filled.