Adventure Learning Instructor and Recreation Coordinator
Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Job Posting Title
Adventure Learning Instructor and Recreation Coordinator

Job Description Summary

Job Description
The Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Department (PERA) is seeking an individual with experience working within a community of diverse students and colleagues. Successful candidates will by their teaching, administration, leadership or service demonstrate they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the department and our community.

Under the supervision of the Director of Recreation/Associate Professor of the Practice, the Adventure Learning Instructor/Recreation Coordinator will manage all aspects of the climbing wall, will lead the Outdoor Adventure Education program and support the overall recreational programming for the department. This position is responsible for the curriculum development of the PE Climbing Wall classes and the Outdoor Adventure Education program.

This position supervises student workers and serves as risk manager for the climbing wall and outdoor adventure programs. This position provides support and assists the other areas of recreation including the rental center, open recreation and marketing. This position also assists with long-range strategic planning and assessment; developing and administering assessments/evaluations related to student development programs and learning outcomes; maintaining accurate participant and program data and annual reports.

Primary Position Responsibilities

  • Climbing Wall Instructor & Manager
    • Teach Physical Education courses in the PE curriculum
    • Coordinate all aspects of climbing wall operations including license, inspections and risk management
    • Recruit, hire, train, verify certifications, supervise and evaluate student staff
  • Outdoor Pursuits Instructor and Rental Center Manager
    • Coordinate and lead outdoor pursuit trips
    • Responsible for the skill development through instruction, guidance, and feedback to support growth and ensure program initiatives are accomplished
    • Ensure risk management best practices are followed
    • Responsible for inventory, maintenance, sanitization and replacement of outdoor pursuits and rental center equipment
    • Recruit, hire, train, verify certifications, supervise and evaluate student staff
Secondary Responsibilities
  • Assist in the coordination of all aspects of the Recreation program
  • Assist with Marketing, Communications & Promotions
  • Assist with Open Recreation
    • Responsible for inventory, maintenance, sanitization and replacement of open recreation equipment
    • Recruit, hire, train, verify certifications, supervise and evaluate student staff
    • Engage with students interested in creating new recreational activities
  • Assist with Special Events Programming and Club Sport Competition Supervision
  • Serve as a member on the Recreation Committee
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Recreation or Chair/Director of PERA
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrate experience in Rock Climbing instruction.
  • Possess the ability to instruct outdoor skills -small group facilitation.
  • Possess wilderness medicine and/or strong first aid experience.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and positively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective, working relationships. Exceptional customer service orientation is essential.
  • Demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems as well as devise solutions. Must also be able to work independently as well as to work collaboratively.
  • Possess strong organizational, planning and time management skills with the ability to manage. concurrent projects and handle multiple priorities at once. Must also have a strong focus on attention to detail. Strong project management skills are essential.
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification Required
  • WMI Wilderness First Responder Certification preferred
  • CWA or AMGA certification preferred
  • Valid driver's license and clearance to drive College vehicles (driving record check required)
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: bend, crawl, reach above shoulders, carry lift over 25-50 lbs., squat, climb, kneel, push/pull, walk for long distances.

The Wellesley College climbing wall is housed in the Keohane Sports Center Field House. It is a 750 sq.ft. climbing wall that was built in August 2011 by High Five Adventure Learning.

Worker Sub-Type
Faculty Fixed (Fixed Term)

Time Type
Full time

EEO Statement
At Wellesley, we embrace and honor difference and diversity. We believe the best ideas-the best solutions-draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. As a college, and as a community, we are dedicated to assuring that all members for the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish.

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the diversity of the college community and the curriculum . Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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