Participating in and supervises the day-to-day operation, maintenance, and administration of the Asheville School's mountaineering program. Oversees the hiring, training, testing, and certification of staff of the program. Develops and implements various mountaineering programs such as climbing, fly fishing, caving, ice climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, back packing, and challenge courses. This includes but is not limited to overseeing all logistics and planning, scheduling or trips and meetings, monitoring our permits and accreditation requirements, management of our gear and physical plant in addition to overseeing our risk management plan. Ensures that all appropriate health and safety standards are maintained. This position reports to the School’s Assistant Head of School for Student Life.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Oversees and coordinates the recruitment, training, scheduling, certification, and performance of employees of the program; supervises the day-to-day activities of staff and maintenance employees.
2. Oversees and coordinates the administration of the facilities, to include scheduling of facility operations and contract management.
3. Overseeing all logistics and planning, scheduling or trips and meetings, monitoring our permits and accreditation requirements.
4. Performs regular safety inspections of equipment and facilities to reduce hazards and to provide maximum safety to the students and employees who use the equipment.
5. Overseeing our risk management plan for the mountaineering program.
6. Develops, implements, and oversees a variety of mountaineering programs for students, faculty, staff, and/or members of the general public. School activities are top priority.
7. Hires, trains and schedules qualified instructors and all other program staff.
8. Surveys students and employees and evaluates programs to determine public needs and how to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
9. Participates in the development of annual operating budgets, meets budget commitments and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
10. Develops and maintains records of operational facility usage and safety records.
11. Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies.
12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Responsible for the planning, logistics, staffing, and implementation of the new student orientation, camping trips.
Minimum Job Requirements
· Applicants should demonstrate teaching experience related to the subject matter.
· Applicants should be able to demonstrate mastery in several of the mountaineering programming areas including: rock and ice climbing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, caving, and backpacking.
· Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
· Applicants should show evidence of having the equivalent of at least five years' full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time employment) working in outdoor recreation and education or a closely related field within the last ten years. (A candidate with less industry experience may be considered if the applicant can show evidence of extensive teaching, student advising, and course development in the area of recreation management). A strong academic background in at least one area of outdoor recreation/education is required. Applicants should show evidence of extensive experience in venue selection and developing programming that is appropriate for the participants skill levels.
· Master's Degree is preferred with experience in outdoor recreation programming, adventure education or related field.
· Documented success in teaching adventure recreation academic coursework.
· Wilderness First Responder certification required.
· Minimum of AMGA SPI climbing certification or ACA Level IV white water kayak instructor certification or ability to obtain upon hiring.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
· Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
· Extensive knowledge in several Mountaineering Programming areas including, but not limited to: rock and ice climbing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, caving, and backpacking.
· Knowledge and implementation of Leave no Trace practices.
· Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
· Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
· Knowledge of contract documents and specifications.
· Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications including the MS office suite of tools.
· Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
· Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
· Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
· Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
· Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
· Knowledge of certification standards in area of specialty.
· Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
Conditions of Employment
· Successful candidate must submit to pre-employment physical examination and medical history check and background check.
· Must maintain certification status.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
· The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
· Work environment involves exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
· Work may involve exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
Asheville School does not discriminate in its employment decisions or practices on the basis of gender, age, race, color, marital status, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any disability that can be reasonably accommodated in the administration of its educational policies and school administered programs.