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Employment Opportunity

Coordinator, Outdoor Campus Recreation

Competition Number: 13-4029
Appointment Type: Temporary Part-time
Start/End: August 01, 2013 up to April 29, 2014
  Leave Replacement: Appointment end date may be extended or end early dependent on return of incumbent.
Workload: .25 FTE (8.75 hours per week)
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00276
Location: Nanaimo Campus
Duties: Organize and implement a comprehensive offering of outdoor programs and services for students on the Nanaimo campus.

Development and updating of policy including; hiring and staff training practices, leadership orientation, critical incident management, access to venues, budgeting, reporting, programming and contracting out of services.
Develop annual outdoor program profile.

Liaise with other student program coordinators in matters relating to planning a comprehensive selection of safe outdoor programs suitable for the VIU student population spaced throughout each semester.

Plan detailed promotional materials for all programs on a semester basis including brochures, web pages, social media and institutional communications.
Liaise with gymnasium staff and technician to ensure appropriate registration procedure.

Liaise with appropriate personnel to ensure availability and access to VIU and community facilities when necessary.

Liaise with the technician in matters related to promotions, equipment and supervision of students through regular meetings to review programming issues.
Hire, train and ensure adequate ongoing supervision of work op students, contractors, student assistants and volunteers.

Prepare annual budgets and authorize allocation of funds. Order specific equipment related to outdoor recreation and maintain inventory to industry standards. Prepare annual reports, land use permits and briefs as required including National and Provincial Parks use applications and licensing, crown land tenures, and access to private land including gate keys.

Update coordinator of student services regularly of issues related to programs
Maintain familiarity with the development and safety aspects of all outdoor programs including the development of a working risk management plan based on knowledge of all venues used in any environmental conditions and the resources available.
Ability to plan and organize critical incident response and follow up.
Ensure adequate leadership in all programs based on hiring leaders familiar with institutional policy, leadership experience and knowledge of venues used.
Development of policy regarding access to outdoor equipment for classes, community agencies and contracted services.
Typical programs and services offered include: surfing, hiking, cross country and back country skiing, rock climbing, outrigger and open Canadian canoeing, river and sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, camping, snowshoeing, and nature studies.
  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.

Required Qualifications: Master's Degree in a related field (e.g., outdoor recreation, outdoor education, environmental communications, or administration of outdoor programs) from an appropriately accredited institution and a minimum of 5 years of administration or programming and delivery of an outdoor program at a post-secondary or similar institution.

Recent extensive experience in administration and planning of outdoor programs including staffing, supervision, risk management planning, critical incident response planning and organization, staff selection based on practical experience as well as orientation, evaluation and ongoing supervision of staff and volunteers.

Knowledge of the ecology of and impacts to Vancouver Island venues used in programming.

Knowledge of equipment used in the industry and the ability to evaluate the condition of that equipment from the standpoint of safety.
Knowledge of current rescue technology and related emergency procedures as well as the ability to teach the related skills.

Familiarity with all of the disciplines programmed and venues used and the ability to judge what conditions are appropriate and safe for the client base.
Must possess a valid Class 4 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).

Preferred Qualifications: Certification in or knowledge of current accepted practices in the following skill areas: rock climbing, mountaineering, river rescue, rafting, canoeing, outrigger canoeing, white water kayaking and rafting, sea kayaking, caving, snow sports, avalanche terrain identification, high angle rescue. Recent certification in wilderness medicine or first aid. Recent outdoor management/operations experience.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of education credentials and qualifications
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: April 11, 2013 - April 24, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.