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Venture Out Assistant - Adventure Recreation and Custom Programs

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: Recreational Sports Aux
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Recreation / Event, Student Affairs / Services

Job Description

When was the last time you changed the world?
In Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, that’s exactly what we’re doing every day—guiding, nurturing, and supporting students as they learn and grow into the leaders and world-changers of today and tomorrow.

We’re currently searching for a part-time Venture Out Coordinator to join our Recreational Sports team in Blacksburg, VA to help us in our mission. So, if you have a passion for student development and outdoor adventure programming, please keep reading.

1) You’ll be joining the Recreational Sports Venture Out team; a department centered on promoting fitness, sport, wellbeing and adventure by providing excellent recreational facilities and programs.
2) You’ll be reporting to the Assistant Director of Venture Out, in a Regular twelve-month, 100% administrative professional appointment. 
3) You’ll be responsible for the adventure trip programs as well as developing custom trip experiences
4) You’ll have the chance to grow and take advantage of a developmental plan with opportunities to advance within the Department and the Division.
5) You’ll be offered a base compensation package between $17-$20 per hour as well as a budget for professional development!

1) THE UNIVERSITY: Virginia Tech as an employer is committed to developing well-rounded employees who are active members of the university community as well as the community at-large. From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a variety of benefits and perks to help team members build a fuller and more balanced life.
2) THE DIVISION: For our students and ourselves, the Division of Student Affairs believes that changing the world requires courageous leadership and commitment to curiosity, integrity, civility, and service to others. Our culture is defined by a commitment to our Aspirations for Student Learning.
3) THE TEAM: The Department of Recreational Sports enhances the quality of life for the university community by educating and encouraging participation in activities that promote healthy lifestyles, social interactions, and leadership skills. The department creates an atmosphere that encourages individuals to develop life-long involvement in recreational activities and is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of a diverse community by offering quality structured and informal recreational opportunities.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Recreation Management, Sports Management or related fields; and/or equivalent experience.
• Outdoor recreation and leadership portfolio (i.e. adventure recreation, challenge course and team building facilitation, climbing/bouldering wall operation, trainings, trip leading and outing experience)
• Knowledge, skill, and ability to serve as lead instructor for at least two of the following Outdoor Program activities: skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, flatwater canoe, sea kayak, whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, or other clinics and workshops (such as swift water rescue, leave no trace workshops, team building/group initiatives)
• Experience with computer systems,(Microsoft Office)
• Wilderness First Responder certification with First Aid and CPR credentials within 90 days of hire

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working with Federal, State and Local Governments to obtain recreational permits
• Experience leading trips in variation of environments
• Ability to function independently and to complete projects with limited supervision; manage ambiguity and collaborative decision making structures; have strong problem-solving skills; show high levels of flexibility and adaptability; excellent mentoring skills; and ability to work effectively with a diverse student population Experience with social media applications and information management.
• Experience with presenting to and training groups
• Experience supervising student employees at a collegiate level Experience staffing and managing a comprehensive challenge course
• Nationally recognized certification(s) such as: Association for Challenge Course Technology, American Mountain Guides Association, American Canoe Association, Leave Not Trace, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, International Mountain Bike Association, experience working within college outdoor program(s), Outward Bound, the National Outdoor Leadership School or similar entity Ability to demonstrate initiative and leadership, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work with a wide and challenging range of students, parents, community members, and coworkers

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$17-$20 per hour

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military 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 on any other basis protected by law.

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