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Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure Programming (GP209A)

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Norfolk, Virginia 23529
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Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure Programming (GP209A)

The Department of Recreation and Wellness at Old Dominion University is accepting applications for the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure Programming (full-time, 12 month) position. This position will design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive outdoor program to serve the needs of the ODU students, faculty, staff, and community. The Assistant Director is responsible for the operations of the Outdoor Adventure Program, including the Outdoor Adventure Center equipment rental, bike shop, ODU Bike Share program, workshops, Outdoor Adventure Trips, the Climbing Wall, and the Course Miller Partners Challenge Course facility and program. The position is responsible for areas of program design, facility management, assessment, risk management, university collaborations, budgeting and staffing including hiring, training and supervising the Coordinator of the Outdoor Adventure Program, part-time personnel, two graduate assistants, and student employees. This position assists in long range planning and implementation of departmental programming as it relations to the overall mission within the division.


Required Education: Master’s degree in recreation administration, sports management, or a bachelor’s degree in the areas previously indicated along with experience equivalent to an advanced degree.

Required Qualifications:
Experience in administration management of outdoor recreation programs, development, and evaluation including equipment inventory, equipment rentals, and adventure trip experience. Background and knowledge of risk assessment and risk management, particularly as it relates to outdoor recreation activities. Supervisory experience. Excellent organizational, management, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to think critically and problem solve. Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with other individuals and departments on campus and in the surrounding community. Demonstrate computer literacy with word processing, spreadsheet, and/or graphic software programs. Ability to work evening and weekends as required by the responsibilities of the job. First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications. Possession of or ability to acquire a valid Virginia State driver’s license is required.


Preferred Qualifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications. Knowledge of current outdoor recreation management and administrative issues as well as trends related to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. Supervisory experience with student employees. Knowledge of student development theory.

To apply, please visit and select ‘Faculty and Administrative Opportunities’. AA/EOE

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