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Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures (Job Search Status: Currently Accepting Resumes)


The Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures reports directly to the Director of Outdoor Adventures and collaborates with Student Affairs and Recreational Services. This position is responsible for assisting the Director with operations including programming, staff training and risk management. This position will have primary responsibility for teambuilding and challenge course operations. The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the Director and other departments to develop new initiatives linked to Admissions and Advancement. As part of the division of Student Affairs, this program is heavily focused on the experiential education aspect of adventure programming.


1. To provide assistance to the Director of Outdoor Adventures in Student Affairs operations, including:

  • Communicate effectively with staff concerning pertinent divisional and University matters.
  • Assist in select programs including informal activities and special events.
  • Collaborate with other offices throughout the university in running programs that assist all areas in meeting the University’s mission.

2. To design, plan, implement, manage, and oversee all teambuilding and challenge course operations, including:

  • Consult, develop and facilitate initiative and teambuilding experiences for a variety of campus groups.
  • Coordinate marketing, scheduling, and finances for all teambuilding and challenge course operations, including outreach to non-university organizations.
  • Train student leaders to facilitate programs on both high and low ropes course.
  • Review and develop policy and procedures.
  •  Maintain all equipment used for programming.
  • Seek advanced certification for self in challenge course operations.

3. To assist the director in the development of new initiatives, including:

  • Develop enrollment-linked initiatives for high school students in cooperation with the Admissions office.
  • Develop expeditions for alumni groups in cooperation with the Advancement office.
  • Develop a policy manual with standard safety protocols and operating procedures.
  • Obtaining accreditation for the program via industry professional associations.

4. To assist the Director in oversight and implementation of Outdoor Adventure operations, including:

  • Work with student leaders to plan and implement open enrollment outdoor adventure trips for the campus community.
  • Collaborate with faculty, student groups, and sports teams to tailor adventure trips to meet desired educational objectives.
  • Coordinate registrations and information dissemination, manage resource library, and host special events and workshops for Outdoor Adventures.
  • Implementing standardized training for all student staff and assist in staff selection process.

5. Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with Master’s degree preferred. Minimum of two years of experience in outdoor adventure programming required, with experience at the college level preferred. Experience with high and low ropes course facilitation required. International travel experience preferred, with leadership experience a plus. Experience with multiple skill disciplines: rock climbing, caving, canoeing, backpacking, challenge course/facilitation, rental shop operations and/or trip leading. Desired certifications include: Wilderness First Responder, LNT Master Trainer, ACA, AMGA, ACCT, etc. Additionally, administrative capacity requires: computer skills, solid written and oral skills, and ability to multitask. Active in professional organizations such as AORE, WEA, AEE, NIRSA, etc. is a plus.

This is a full-time position with full benefits and annual, holiday, and sick leave. Salary is contingent upon experience.

Mount Saint Mary's University is a private co-ed Catholic liberal arts residential college in Maryland, just south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and approximately one hour from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The student body consists of approximately 2300 students.

To Apply:  Applicants are requested to submit a résumé, three letters of recommendation, and a cover letter which in part addresses the contribution the candidate can make to a Catholic liberal arts institution. Information is to be sent to:

Barbara R. Miller, PHR, MBA
Director of Human Resources
Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures Search
Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

Applicants may also send resume materials to or by faxed to (301) 447-5864. This position will remain opened until filled.

Mount St. Mary’s University has a strong commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices; we seek and welcome candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.


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