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Ropes Course and Climbing Programs Manager (4136U), Recreational Sports - 47173
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 23, 2022
Title Ropes Course and Climbing Programs Manager (4136U), Recreational Sports - 47173
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Athletics and Recreation Services

Ropes Course and Climbing Programs Manager (4136U), Recreational Sports - 47173

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

How do you define a quality life? Recreational Sports helps each individual pursue that answer by providing various fitness and wellness programs. Supporting this larger mission requires a focus on daily activities, consistent values, and the continual pursuit of a long-term vision. We're committed to providing an atmosphere and an environment that is accessible, accommodating, and inclusive for a wide range of people and a wide range of abilities. The Department of Recreational Sports offers members of the UC Berkeley community an extraordinary experience to live active and meaningful lives while on campus. Programs and services include group fitness, aquatics, adventure trips, drop-in fitness and recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, personal training, WorkFit, and many other activities. Recreational Sports is enhanced by its indoor and outdoor facilities, including three indoor locations, four pools, five tennis courts, and an outdoor adventure center at the Berkeley Marina.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 5, 2023


The Ropes Course and Climbing Programs Manager is responsible for overseeing all daily operations of the ropes course, teambuilding, climbing wall and outdoor rock-climbing programs. Responsibilities of this position include hiring, training, and supervising instructors/facilitators as well as the ongoing development, program design, risk management and logistical planning of these program areas. The Program Manager is also accountable for the outreach, scheduling, staffing, and designing of custom programs for new and returning clients. In addition to managerial responsibilities, the Program Manager will often have the opportunity to work as an instructor in these program areas.

Involves instructional or program activities related to recreation, leisure, and fitness in an accredited environment; provides first aid and emergency care as necessary, and responds to user/customer needs.

  • Plans, organizes and implements open recreation, special events, instructional programs, leadership programs, and adaptive programs in the ropes course, climbing wall, and outdoor climbing areas.
  • Oversees activities for groups or individual participants in a variety of social, recreational, and physical activities.
  • Plans custom events based on customer goals and objectives.
  • Creates and implements program policies and procedures based on industry standards.
  • Submit requests for use of recreational facilities as needed.
  • Responsible for ongoing development of new group facilitation programs, games, and initiatives.
  • Supervises employee performance, career development and adherence to job standards.
  • Selects, trains, schedules, and supervises staff.
  • Develops and conducts safety, risk management, and emergency management training for program staff regarding equipment usage, and activities associated with each program.
  • Inventory equipment and supplies necessary to maintain all ropes course, teambuilding, climbing wall, and outdoor rock-climbing programming.
  • Establish a schedule of periodic maintenance for all equipment.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all program activities comply with Campus Risk Management Policies and Industry Standards.
  • Reports safety issues to appropriate personnel and recommends improvements.
  • Ensures compliance with the assigned budget and makes budget recommendations to the Director of Cal Adventures as needed.
  • Assists with appropriate public relations and promotional programs in collaboration with the Recreational Sports Marketing and Communications staff.
  • Participates in required professional development activities.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent leadership, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong service orientation, program management, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, developing original ideas, and creative problem-solving skills in a varied and challenging environment.
  • Ability to create a diverse and inclusive program culture that contributes to the shared campus priority of a thriving socially conscious global community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-pressure environment and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of staff and the surrounding community.
  • Has knowledge of and/or ability to learn program activity and industry best practices in climbing, ropes course and team building facilitation (with youth and adult participants).
  • Demonstrated experience in ropes course management and administration.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing a top rope climbing site, teaching belaying, and managing participant belay teams.
  • Ability to work effectively across the organization, internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of computer software applications including word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, internet, and email software, such as the programs in the Google and Microsoft Office Suites.
  • Knowledge of and.or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ACCT Standards.
  • Demonstrated experience in climbing gym management and administration including route setting, climbing equipment, and safety requirements.
  • Ability to define problem areas, collect data, perform preliminary analyses and make appropriate recommendations.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Red Cross CPR/AED (required within 3 months of employment).
  • First Aid (required within 3 months of employment).
  • AMGA CWI Certification (required within the first 3 months of employment).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of and/or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of and/or ability to learn the general fitness industry standards as well as specific knowledge in the administrative processes used in the university setting for fitness programming.


  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder (preferred).
  • ACCT Level I or II (preferred) ACCT Course Manager (preferred).
  • AMGA CWI Provider (preferred).
  • AMGA SPI Certification (preferred) and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
  • The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $47800 - $63500
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see the EEOC poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see the UC policy.

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