Graduate Professional Assistant of Outdoor Adventures and the EDGE

Fairfax, VA
$26,400 compensation package
Nov 30, 2022
Feb 05, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Graduate Professional Assistant of Outdoor Adventures and the EDGEOpen to George Mason University graduate students enrolled for the 2023-2024 academic yearGeorge Mason University's Division of University Life is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, team-centered, and forward-thinking individual for the role of Graduate Professional Assistant of Outdoor Adventures and the EDGE in Mason Recreation. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:Mason Recreation is a dynamic organization that includes a strong team consisting of 24 full-time professionals and over 400 student staff members. We support multiple programs including The EDGE: Team Development and Experiential Learning challenge course located on Mason's Sci Tech Campus, Outdoor Adventures, Fitness, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Aquatics, and Well-Being. Our Fairfax campus facilities include the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) (125,000 square feet), the Aquatics and Fitness Center (AFC) (91,000 square feet), Skyline Fitness Center (11,000 square feet), four Fields (natural grass and turf), Tennis Courts, and nature trails.Remuneration:The Graduate Professional Assistant position will consist of a $26,400 compensation package that includes a stipend payment of $16,800. The remaining compensation will be applied towards tuition, evenly distributed between the Fall and Spring semesters. The position will be from August 10, 2023 to May 9, 2024. Responsibilities: Outdoor Adventures (75%):Assist the Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures with operation of the Outdoor Adventure (OA) program. Collaborate with Mason Recreation and other departments on campus to expand the outreach of OA on campus;Develop and lead OA programs that have a focus on the well-being initiative of Mason Recreation and the University;Assist with recruitment, interviewing, hiring, training, and supervising student trip leaders, 10-20 per semester;Mentor and guide OA student trip leaders in their professional and leadership development;Take a leadership role in marketing and administering the equipment rental program, including equipment logistics and tracking;Responsible for supervision of trip leaders and office staff. Develop a staff schedule based on availability and work needed;Assist in planning a comprehensive and complete calendar of OA events throughout the year. Provide a mixture of day and overnight trips and in-person and virtual programs;Plan and co-lead an extended break trip for Mason students in 2023. This 3 to 5 day trip will be offered in the US or Canada. The Graduate Assistant will work with a variety of departments on campus, such as Risk Management, Study Abroad, and student organizations to develop a trip that will be educational in scope in an outdoor setting;Lead and assist with adventure trips;Collaborate with Mason Recreation and other departments on campus to expand the outreach of OA on campus;Assist with developing and marketing OA summer adventure camps;Assist as needed with the development of Mason's Outdoor Orientation program Project Peak, which is offered in collaboration with New Student and Family Programs;Register students for trips and gear rental in Fusion, send trip confirmations, and prepare pre-trip paperwork for staff leading trips. Communicate with staff about the logistics for weekly trips;Overnight and weekend work will be required; andAssist with departmental special outreach events, as assigned.The EDGE (25%):Facilitate virtual, low ropes, portable, and high ropes challenge and team building programs, as needed during the Fall and Spring semesters;Conduct outreach to Mason student groups. Develop collaborations with a variety of departments across Mason and create specific curricula as needed; andAssist with marketing and special events to enhance the outreach of EDGE to the Mason community.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree required from an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in recreation, physical education, adventure education, or a related field;Students must be admitted to a graduate degree program at George Mason University;Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA;This position requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, and is eligible for renewal upon mutual agreement;Previous experience with trip leading;Personal and professional experience participating in two or more of the following: rock climbing, hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, orienteering, biking, or other related outdoor activities;Proven supervisory experience and good customer service skills; andMust be able to become CPR/ First Aid/ AED certified and Wilderness First Aid certified within 3 months of employment.Preferred Qualifications:Previous experience with challenge course facilitation and rental center operations;AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or PCIA Top Rope Climbing Instructor;ACA Level 1 Canoe Instructor or higher;ACCT Level 1 facilitator;Wilderness First Responder; andAmerican Red Cross First Aid/CPR instructor.

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