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Interim Assistant Director, Campus Life and Outdoor Education
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 6, 2020
Title Interim Assistant Director, Campus Life and Outdoor Education
University Tufts University
Medford\/Somerville, MA, United States
Department Office for Campus Life
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Athletics and Recreation Services

This is a limited term position ending January 31, 2021.

The Office for Campus Life (OCL) coordinates a wide range of services to support the whole student. The Office for Campus Life serves as a resource for life outside of the classroom, promoting and encouraging a healthy balance between curricular and co-curricular experiences and opportunities. The staff of the Office for Campus Life is responsible for student leadership development, campus programming, student group advising and mentoring, as well as the daily operations of the Mayer Campus Center, Hayes House and Curtis Hall. The Office for Campus Life takes a leadership role in the planning and implementation of New Student Orientation.

The Interim Assistant Director position is a ten month temporary appointment, professional staff position with two major areas of responsibility. Responsibilities include oversight, advisement, and management of the Tufts Mountain Club (TMC) including all aspects of the club’s annual operations; as well as advising, training, and oversight of a comprehensive outdoor recreation/adventure Pre-Orientation program, Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO). Other responsibilities include assisting with the daily operation of the Office for Campus Life; including attending mandatory meetings, trainings, and professional development opportunities, as well as assisting as an administrative presence at various major campus events, including supporting Pre-Orientation and Undergraduate Orientation efforts.

The Interim Assistant Director is responsible for: Planning and assessment for both programs; developing and reviewing risk management systems and continually maintaining standards, goals and objectives based on best practices regarding risk and liability. Maintains program records, generates reports, evaluates and assesses all programs, setting program standards, goals and objectives for TMC and TWO. Supervise all aspects of the planning, coordination and implementation of TMC and TWO. Responsible for budget planning and management for TMC and TWO. All parts of the position require working directly with student leaders, including managing the selection, advising, training and evaluation of student leaders within TMC and TWO. Assisting student leaders in training and fiscal control on all financial matters relating to their organization.

Assists TMC and TWO with the daily operation and management of facilities including TMC Office in Hayes House and TWO Equipment room in Harleston Hall, campus vehicles and equipment. Includes oversight of all operations at the TMC managed satellite location, the Loj in Woodstock NH. Serve as a direct University contact to off campus vendors. Assists in acquiring and processing contracts, permits, transportation and equipment rental. Works directly with several University departments including but not limited to Residential Life, Undergraduate Orientation, Facilities, Emergency Management, Tufts University Police Department, Health Services, Community Relations, Admissions, Athletics, and Student Affairs. Working directly with University Advancement on any fundraising goals or objectives for the programs. Serve as the University’s primary contact for a very large and involved TMC and TWO alumni group. Work directly with the Alumni Office on all aspects of alumni connections and involvement.


Basic Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Orientation or relevant discipline with 3 years’ experience (including 1 year of experience managing an outdoor experience).
Must have a Wilderness First Responder Certification, basic MS Office skills, and technical expertise in Outdoor education/recreation, including Leave No Trace principles, rock-climbing (including top rope site management) kayaking, canoeing, backpacking and wilderness camping.
Experience with outdoor education skills teaching, knowledge of current trends and industry standards in outdoor recreation programming and higher education are also a plus.
Able to demonstrate planning and organization skills.
Must be teamwork oriented and possess good interpersonal and communication skills.
Computer competency required to maintain records, generate reports, and communicate with co-workers and constituents.
Ability to live and work in both remote places and urban spaces.
Ability to live and work outdoors in all seasons.
Ability to lift and carry up to 40+ pounds with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications:
At least 1 year experience with an accredited higher education level outdoor program.
Experience with first year orientation wilderness programs at a college or university level.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
An ability to maintain a flexible schedule is required. Nights, weekend and 24 hour on-call responsibilities during actual Wilderness Orientation program. Some nights and weekend responsibilities may be required for TMC events and programs. Trips to the TMC Loj in Woodstock NH will be required as needed. Some nights and weekends will be required for OCL annual all campus events.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

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