• Graduate Assistant - Adventure Recreation

    Location US-AL-Jacksonville
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Graduate Assistants
    Salary Max
    USD $9,000.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    CENTERS is a management company that specializes in campus recreation. We partner with universities to manage their departments, facilities, finances, and deliver exceptional customer service. Since 1998, Centers remains the first and only mission centric organization committed to student development and departmental excellence on behalf of its clients. Centers is currently operating campus recreation centers at ten universities within the United States.


    The Graduate Assistant of Adventure Recreation is responsible for assisting in planning and implementing programs for JSU UREC Adventure Recreation, as well as assisting in developing a climbing wall program for the new Student Fitness and Wellness Center opening in 2019. 


    Core Responsibilities:

    • Assist the UREC full-time staff with all aspects of the Adventure Recreation programs and services as qualified and assigned 
    • Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of a new climbing wall program
    • Assist in the planning, development, scheduling, leading, and administration of Adventure Recreation outdoor trips as assigned
    • Assist in recruitment, training, oversight, human resources, and payroll of assigned programming part-time staff 
    • Assists with the preparation, forecasting and monitoring of income and expense budgets as it relates to assigned programs
    • Create, implement, and evaluate new programs and events as assigned 
    • Creates and develops administrative as well as program policies and procedures within the areas of responsibility 
    • Assist with promotional activities 
    • Assist with Adventure Recreation and climbing wall equipment, including purchasing, inventory, rentals, maintenance and repair as qualified and assigned
    • Oversee development and implementation of departmental Adventure Recreation special events for students and members
    • Serve as department liaison to university special events as assigned
    • Assist with all-staff trainings
    • Attend biweekly meetings with supervisor and staff meetings as assigned

    Other Responsibilities:

    • Evening/Weekend work responsibility as required
    • Hold regular office hours each week
    • Other duties as assigned


    Minimum Requirements:

    • Accepted into JSU’s Master’s program
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures
    • Fiscal integrity
    • Human resource management abilities
    • Leadership and supervisory abilities
    • Ability to work as part of a professional team that collaborates effectively with colleagues
    • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm
    • Analytical skills to: identify problems, assess alternatives, render consistent, logical decisions
    • Knowledge of standard practices in campus recreation and programming
    • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles
    • CPR/AED/FA certified (or the ability to become certified)

    Preferred Requirements:

    • AED/CPR/FA Instructor certification
    • Wilderness First Responder Certification
    • 1-2 years of progressive experience in campus adventure recreation, outdoor pursuits, and/or climbing
    • Experience overseeing part-time employees within program areas

    Technical Competencies:

    • Knowledge of CSI/Spectrum software
    • Some knowledge of HR theories and best practices in recruitment and staff development
    • Basic accounting knowledge; capability of understanding budgets
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

    Professional Competencies:

    • Adaptability, analytical & critical thinking, initiative & motivation, planning & project management, decision making & judgment, business acumen, customer service, teamwork, diversity awareness, interpersonal relationships, communication, integrity, leadership, long-term focus, organizational learning & change management

    Human Relations:

    • Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include external customers and vendors. Contact involves troubleshooting, informing, exchanging information, negotiating, making recommendations, and giving information or instructions

    Work Environment and Physical Demands

    Work Environment:

    • Office environment/ pool environment
    • Non-smoking environment
    • Moderate to loud noise
    • Local, regional and national travel as required

    Physical Demands:

    • Sitting at desk or table for at least 50% of the work day
    • Walking or working with facilities 50% of the work day
    • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
    • Occasional bending, stooping
    • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
    • Hearing and talking


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