Position Title: Adventure Centre Programs Manager
Reports to: Adventure Centre Director
Wage Category: Exempt (Full time salary)
Date Approved: 5/2017
Under the direct supervision of the Adventure Centre Director, the Adventure Centre Programs Manager is responsible for supporting the AC Director in all aspects of programming and maintenance. This person will be in charge of ensuring program and infrastructure maintenance; sustaining client and community partner relationships; assisting in training; and leadership of part-time and seasonal Adventure Centre staff in order to implement inclusive, safe, and effective experiential education programs. Responsibilities also include support of Summer Camp AC program development and programming with Outpost campers. These responsibilities are conducted according to the organization’s policies, procedures, and all local/state/federal regulations and laws.
The Adventure Centre challenges individuals, teams, and organizations to expand their self-confidence, trust, and leadership skills through a variety of outdoor adventure learning activities. As southwest Michigan’s leader in facilitated low ropes courses, high ropes courses, climbing towers, and team-building experiences, joining our team will allow you to combine industry-leading programming with an inspiring environment. We are a process-focused facility that works hard to assist our groups in transferring their experience under the trees back to their real-world situations—whether that is a corporate office, a middle school classroom, a sports team, Pretty Lake campers, or any other group looking to grow.
We are looking for a passionate, collaborative, inclusive, self-aware, socially conscious and emotionally intelligent person for this role. Some training will be provided.
Lead, coordinate, and facilitate high-quality Adventure Centre programs
Facilitate and interact with self-awareness, providing an equitable and inclusive program to all participants, co-workers, and community members regardless of identity, background, or ability.
Develop and maintain an appropriate, professional, and supportive relationship with client group leaders and staff. Work in conjunction with staff or leaders of each group to guarantee program successfully meets client’s objectives.
Ensure program risk management meets current industry and Pretty Lake standards.
Challenge Course Equipment maintenance and infrastructure development
Ensure program equipment and infrastructure readiness through management of the following key program areas
Plan, assess and implement Challenge Course Equipment maintenance and infrastructure development. Schedule and document quarterly external and internal inspection schedule, maintenance, repairs, removal/retirement, and expansion of Program equipment and infrastructure to meet industry standards and program needs.
Train staff on proper use of all program equipment, including the technical skills necessary to safely operate the program equipment/activities.
Coordinate with Pretty Lake Facilities Director and Development Director to utilize volunteers or Pretty Lake employees as necessary to execute plan.
Ensure all required programming materials are available for each program
Training and Management
Actively train and provide feedback to part-time facilitators on facilitating, processing, and proper equipment use and care to ensure high-quality, safe, and inclusive programs
Coordinate and collaborate with Adventure Centre Director in creating and delivering dynamic staff trainings that address multiple learning styles in order to develop facilitator capacity and program quality
Outpost Summer Programming
If present, supervise and assist seasonal interns in development and implementation of Outpost Adventure Centre programming. If no interns present, develop and implement the following Outpost Adventure Centre programming:
Participate in the hiring of Outpost counselors
Develop pre-season materials and training curriculum for Outpost counselors
Administer oral and written performance evaluation of Outpost program and facilitators; provide feedback
Collaborate with and provide support to Adventure Centre Director in all aspects of Adventure Centre functioning; maintain clear and productive communication
Represent Pretty Lake Camp in Kalamazoo Youth Development Network affinity groups and other collaborations
Collaborate with Pretty Lake staff to continue AmeriCorps relationship
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE
Ability to work with all Pretty Lake staff, clients and community members of diverse ages, backgrounds, abilities and personalities, providing information and services in an equitable and inclusive manner.
Must have a developed consciousness of self-identity and a demonstrated awareness of one’s potential impact
Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, psychology, recreation management, or similar.
Basic understanding of concepts relating to human and group development. Background in adventure/experiential education, group facilitation and/or other human services related field (teaching, psychology, social work, or counseling) is preferred.
Strong ability to communicate ideas effectively and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others.
Ability to perform work in a logistical, orderly, timely, and skillful manner independently
Strong capacity for collaboration
Ability to stay calm and perform work under high-stress situations.
Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding organizational, personnel, client information.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SENSORY DIMENSIONS
Fitness and Flexibility
Perform various positions and postures necessary to conduct tasks
Occasionally lift 50+ pounds.
Manipulate ropes, cables and other related equipment used in tying knots, belaying and rigging used in setup, operation and breakdown of Challenge Course elements.
Negotiate various terrain types and obstacles encountered in program delivery and emergency situations. May include walking up to three miles during course of day.
Manual Dexterity and Motor Skills
Ascend to, traverse at, and descend ladders and other course access equipment at heights that may exceed 30 feet.
Operate various challenge course related gear and equipment including, and not limited to: ropes, harnesses, helmets, carabiners, safety lines, ladders, and pulleys (after training from PL).
Reasoning and Decision-Making Ability
Comprehend and implement oral and written instructions.
Establish priorities and construct further plans after an initial assessment.
Apply risk management procedures in various conditions with a wide variety of participants.
Apply theory-based instruction or training to actual incidents and/or situations.
Work Conditions, Hours and Compensation
Variable. Work locations may be in schools, outside in all weather conditions, etc. Must be prepared to deliver programming in all weather conditions.
Work schedule is variable including long days, short days, late nights and weekends.
Position is full time, exempt
We encourage interested applicants of all social backgrounds to apply. Please send completed resume and cover letter including three professional references to Brittnee King by June 26:
269-375-1950, ext. 113
We will begin scheduling phone interviews the last week of June, and will conduct in-person interviews thereafter. We hope to have our candidate selected and starting by July 24th.
Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions