• Graduate Supervisor - Adventure Recreation

    Location US-OH-Cleveland
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Graduate Assistants
    Salary Min
    USD $12.00/Hr.
    Salary Max
    USD $12.50/Hr.
  • Overview

    About CENTERS, LLC @ Cleveland State University

    Cleveland State University opened the 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center in August 2006. Cleveland State University is selected as one of America’s Best Colleges by US News & World Report by providing a comprehensive metropolitan university committed to a high-quality education to students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests and needs. Enrolling 17,000 students and located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the University offers 8 colleges with degrees in 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. Cleveland State University boasts an NCAA Division I athletics program and offers 200+ student clubs and organizations. With more than $500 million in new construction and building renovations there are 1,250 students living on-campus and 1,000 additional students living in the immediate area. Additionally, there are approximately 2,500 full and part-time faculty and staff employed by the University.


    Founded in 1998, CENTERS is the first company in the United States organized solely for the purpose of providing management services for university recreation, fitness and wellness facilities.  Our focus is on student life, educational outcomes, marketing responsiveness, mission sensitivity and cost effectiveness.  CENTERS currently provides management services to the following institutions: Cleveland State University, DePaul University, Marshall University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Missouri–St. Louis, University of New Haven, Jacksonville State University, Harper College, Moraine Valley Community College, and Mylan Park.


    About Graduate Supervisors:
    A Graduate Supervisor at Cleveland State University will gain essential work and educational experience needed to obtain full-time employment in the sport management or exercise science field and particularly in campus recreation.  A Graduate Supervisor is required to work 20 hours per week in their supervisory role and up to 10 paid hours per week in various capacities throughout the recreation center (i.e. facility supervisor, intramural supervisor, membership representative, fitness instructor, personal trainer, etc.).  While recreation services cannot provide tuition remission to a Graduate Supervisor the annual earnings will help offset the cost of tuition.  Graduate Supervisors must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University (minimum of 2.75 GPA).      


    Position Description:

    Under the direction of the Coordinator – Aquatics & Adventure, the Adventure Recreation Graduate Supervisor will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the adventure recreation program and the summer camp programming area to include outdoor trips and instruction, equipment rentals, team building, various clinics, and the day-to-day operations of camp programming.


    Core Responsibilities:

    • Assist in the creation and implementation an Adventure Center program to include Outdoor Trips, Outdoor Instruction, and Teambuilding Initiatives.
    • Supervise, manage and schedule aspects of the Teambuilding, Adventure Trips and Outdoor Instruction programs.
    • Develop, schedule, supervise and lead diverse outdoor trip programs to include adventure trips and instructional workshops in various outdoor activities.
    • Assist with oversight on the teambuilding program to include facilitating campus, corporate and private group initiative and adventure education training.
    • Responsible for the purchasing and maintenance of outdoor equipment.
    • Responsible for all components of design, documentation, administration, and implementation of a well-researched Risk
    • Management plan to manage risk and minimize the factors contributing to accidents and injury.
    • Assist the Coordinator - Aquatics & Adventure with the oversight, training and supervision of staff hiring, scheduling, supervision and completion of bi-weekly payroll and monthly report.
    • Assist the Coordinator - Aquatics & Adventure with the annual budget to include preparation, forecasting, and monitoring of expense and revenue as it relates to area of responsibility.
    • Supervise the day camp programs and spring break camp programs
    • Attend all Staff and Committee meetings as assigned.
    • Collaborate with Marketing Coordinator to create informational pieces relative to area of responsibility.
    • Assist with maintenance and repair of all program and service supplies.
    • Assist with purchasing equipment and items as needed for specific programs.  

    Site Specific Responsibilities: 

    • Responsible for the operating, preparation, forecasting and monitoring of income and expense budgets as it relates to Adventure Recreation area.
    • Create, develop and enforce administrative policies and procedures as it relates to Adventure Recreation.
    • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate Teambuilding facilitators, Adventure Center trip leaders and workshop instructors.
    • Develop and revise recreation center administrative policy and procedure and risk management manuals.
    • Responsible for staying up to date in all the current trends in adventure education, camps and initiatives.
    • Manage budget, strategic planning, and assessment as it pertains to the program area.
    • Prepare regular written communication such as monthly and annual reports, financial and participation reports and equipment inventory reports.


    Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in recreation, sport management or related field.
      Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
    • Accepted to the University’s Master’s program
    • Must maintain good academic standing within master’s program while working
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester 
    • At least 1-2 years of progressive experience within adventure recreation and trip leading
    • Demonstrated outdoor skills in rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, kayaking and canoeing, and facilitating teambuilding initiatives.
    • 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 recreational sports
    • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles. 

    Preferred Requirements:

    • Wilderness First Responder Certification with AED/CPR preferred
    • Experience overseeing part-time staff within camp and adventure recreation
    • Ability to sell and rent outdoor equipment

    Education and Other Benefits of Employment:

    • Customer service and professional development in working with students, departments and community employers.
    • Opportunity to work with multiple databases and gain skills in a variety of mediums.
    • Increased knowledge in campus programs and services.
    • Opportunity for advancement.
    • Part time employees may be eligible to enroll in our CENTERS 401k plan and receive 3% employer contribution.

    Technical Competencies:

    • 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/fitness facility environment
    • Non-smoking environment
    • Moderate to loud noise
    • Occasional local, regional and national travel
    • Occasional evening or weekend work 

    Physical Demands:

    • Sitting at desk or table for at least 70% of the work day
    • Walking or working with facilities 30% 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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