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Assistant Director for Venture Out

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Director for Venture Out
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170116
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Provides management and leadership to the university’s outdoor recreation programs which include a rental & retail center, team building program, resource area, trips and adventure program, and anticipated newly constructed challenge course. Supervises all outdoor/adventure recreation staff, which includes 1 part-time Venture Out Coordinator, and over 20 program leads and assistants. This position will implement and promote a newly constructed challenge course that will include low ropes, an adventure course, and a zip line. Lead outdoor recreation initiatives and collaborations across the department, campus, and the community. Position is an integral part of the department leadership team, collaborating with fellow Assistant Directors and senior leadership to advance student development and recreational programming while adhering to departmental core values.

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s degree in Recreation Administration, Sports Management, Outdoor Recreation, Higher Education, or related field.
-Progressive experience in outdoor/adventure recreation in a collegiate, government, or commercial/private setting.
-Demonstrated experience in the successful implementation and evaluation of high quality outdoor recreation trips and challenge course programs.
-Demonstrated experience in preparing and managing budgets, annual plans, inventory, and risk management.
-Demonstrated ability to collaborate and develop effective partnerships in a diverse setting.
-Demonstrated group leadership development and delivering an excellent customer experience.
-Excellent communication skills and ability to deliver presentations and speak publicly.
-Knowledge and ability to effectively use technology systems that support outdoor recreation program management and sales.
-Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification.
-At least two industry certifications in Climbing Site Management, Swift Water Rescue, rock climbing, caving, paddling, whitewater rafting, Leave No Trace and/or outdoor ethics (CWI, SPI, ACA kayak instructor, ACA Stand Up Paddleboard, LNT Educator, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications:

-Recognized experience at the collegiate level in the development, administration, and evaluation of outdoor recreation and adventure programs.
-Knowledge of local and regional outdoor adventure opportunities.
-Marketing and business management experience/training.
-Previous experience teaching for-credit, academic courses related to outdoor recreation and physical activity.
-Previous experience working with a recreation based rental and sales center with a cash handling plan and PCI compliance. Certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA-Instructor) Instructor Trainer; Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) training or background;
-Three or more certifications in Climbing Site Management, Swift Water Rescue, rock climbing, caving, paddling, whitewater rafting, Leave No Trace and/or outdoor ethics (CWI, SPI, AMGA, PCIA, ACA kayak instructor, ACA Stand Up Paddleboard, LNT Educator, etc)

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Schedule varies, regular evening and weekend hours required.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at, and include with the application a cover letter, resume and the name of three professional references with current contact information. Individuals with questions should contact Alison Cross at

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Recreational Sports
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm M-F (schedule varies, regular evening & weekend hours required)
Job Posting Date: 04/17/2017
Review Begin Date: 05/01/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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