Associate Director, Outdoor Programs & Leadership

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Associate Director, Outdoor Programs & Leadership🔍Recreation and Wellness, Stanford, California, United States📁Student Services📅Feb 16, 2021 Post Date📅88492 Requisition #ABOUT STANFORD RECREATION & WELLNESS

Stanford Recreation and Wellness is aligned with the pioneering spirit of Stanford University. We are committed to bold and purposeful engagement where sport, recreation, and wellness combine to create a campus and workplace where everyone’s well-being flourishes.

As part of the country's leading collegiate athletic department, we work cohesively, lead with courage, pursue and revere excellence, and ignite a culture of wellbeing through moving, adventuring, playing, belonging, learning, and cultivating equity the best we can.

We are building a community that is inclusive and a diverse team that is committed to excellence. We take risks. We are willing to lead. We do the right thing. We create innovative solutions. We promote a culture of gratitude and recognition. We have fun. If that sounds like you, join us.


The purpose of the Associate Director for Outdoor Programs and Leadership is to provide leadership and supervision for the Outdoor Center, student led adventure-based off campus experiences, and a low-ropes team development course. This includes training and mentoring student trip leaders, managing the weekend trip program, coordinating SPOT (adventure based new student pre-orientation program), and providing direct supervision for the Assistant Director of the Outdoor Center and the Coordinator of Outdoor Experiences. This position will hold a lecturer title with the School of Medicine and teach within the OUTDOOR academic portfolio .

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop, train, and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students to lead adventure-based experiences.
  • Plan and implement student led adventure-based weekend trips including all logistical operations, maintaining permits and land management relationships.
  • Create and review field experience documentation (i.e. trip binders, LOPs, incident reports, etc.).
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of the SPOT program.
  • Provide direct supervision for full time and part time staff within the outdoor experience program area (Rental Center, Outfitting, Team Development course)
  • Teach or assist in the teaching and administration of academic courses within the Outdoor Education portfolio (10-12 units per year).
  • Hire and train field instructors for Outdoor Education leadership courses.
  • Engage in critical analysis of student performance based on course outcomes.
  • Assist with budget development and the monitoring of expenditures.

To be successful in this position, you will bring :

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years of employment experience in the field of campus recreation/outdoor education or a combination of education and relevant experience in campus recreation/outdoor education, leadership and team development. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification.
  • Experience with low ropes course operations, program design, and facilitation
  • Professional experience with outdoor education field programs

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management.
  • Advanced analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology experience.
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.


  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone, write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel.
  • Travel on campus to schools/units.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

DAPER’s Integrity:

This position, along with all DAPER coaches and staff, is responsible for the integrity of Stanford’s intercollegiate athletics program and for the reputation of Stanford University. This position is responsible for ensuring that his/her involvement with Athletic Department activities maintains the integrity of the University’s reputation and does not negatively impact the relationship between the University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additionally, this position must comply with University policies and procedures, NCAA and PAC-12 rules and regulations.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 7503
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 88492




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Job No:
Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 4/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time