Assistant Director of Mountain Campus

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit


Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of the Mountain Campus (MC) in the Department of Housing & Dining Services (HDS). Nestled in a beautiful, secluded mountain valley at an elevation of 9,000 ft. (2,743 m) lies Colorado State University’s 1,600-acre Mountain Campus. Established in 1914, the Mountain Campus serves as a destination for local, national, and international conferences, research, and education. Over 130 groups and 5,000-6,000 total students and visitors are welcomed each season. Programs and activities at the Mountain Campus shape and inspire current and future leaders’ lives through learning and immersion experiences in the Rocky Mountains, and facilitate research addressing critical issues in ecology, environmental science, and natural resources.

The Mountain Campus operates from mid-May to mid-October each year, and is located 53 miles west of Fort Collins, approximately a 2-hour drive, the last 16 miles of which are on a gravel road. The campus is adjacent to the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park and shares boundaries with Roosevelt National Forest. Abundant opportunities exist for hiking and backpacking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and fishing.

There is no cell phone service or TV reception and internet access is limited. Basic first aid is provided by the campus nurse, but definitive medical care (hospital/ER) is located in Fort Collins. Room and board is included for all staff. The Mountain Campus is managed by the Department of Housing & Dining Services, and includes six career staff and 30 student and non-student seasonal staff and interns.


Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff.

CSU’s Commitment to Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege (nine free credits per year available through CSU, CSU Global, CSU Online Plus, and University of Northern Colorado), Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, Wellness Membership Discounts, Volunteers in Public Schools Leave Program, Athletic Ticket Discounts, and much more! Visit to learn more about working at CSU.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of the Mountain Campus works closely with the Director and other staff to administer the overall day-to-day operations of a comprehensive academic, research and conference facility in a remote mountain setting. The Assistant Director is responsible for all aspects of the campus in absence of the Director on a weekly basis, including crisis, emergency and risk management.

Additionally, the Assistant Director manages the summer academic field courses and educational programs in collaboration with Warner College of Natural Resources, co-directs the environmental and outdoor education program Eco Week in partnership with the Poudre School District and City of Fort Collins, and coordinates the challenge ropes course program. The Assistant Director assists with the campus research program, serves as the coordinator of campus sustainability programs, marketing, communications and outreach efforts, advises and supports the conference and dining services operations, and supervises the full-time Dining Services Manager, in addition to 15 seasonal student and non-student staff and interns.

To be successful, the Assistant Director must be well organized and able to work effectively under pressure with multiple and changing deadlines and priorities, and be adept at problem-solving, decision-making, emergency and crisis management and response. The Assistant Director must possess competency and leadership ability in interpersonal communication and working with diverse teams, including the capability to collaborate successfully with campus and community stakeholders (faculty, staff, and students, governmental and regional organizations).

The individual carries out their responsibilities under the supervision of the Director of the Mountain Campus. It is a full-time position divided between approximately six months live-in at the Mountain Campus and six months on the Colorado State University main campus in Fort Collins. This position should expect to work outside of the standard University business hours and/or work week, particularly while in residence at the Mountain Campus, including time beyond 40 hours. This is a salaried, administrative professional, exempt from overtime position.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Two years professional experience working in a supervisory capacity (2 years of graduate school supervisory work = 1 year professional)
  • Minimum of six months live-in work at a remote location

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Experience in program development, coordination, and implementation
  • Experience working with conference and/or event operations
  • Communication, marketing and outreach experience
  • Budgeting and financial management experience
  • Experience in supervision, training, evaluation, and employee/student mentoring
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, conference participants, municipal, state and federal agencies
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to work effectively in a team
  • Experience working as a challenge ropes course facilitator and/or with rock climbing
  • Mountain recreation (hiking, backpacking etc.) and Leave No Trace (LNT) skills
  • Experience in emergency management and crisis response
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification
  • Able to thrive in a remote mountain setting at 9,000 ft. for six months
  • Willing to work outside of the standard university business hours on a regular basis, including many weekends
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes

Diversity Statement

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Administration and Leadership Duty/Responsibility

  • Partner with the Director to establish campus mission, vision, goals and carry out strategic planning processes
  • Work closely with the Director to provide the leadership, administration, financial management, evaluation and overall day-to-day operations of the campus
  • Responsible as on-site acting director for all campus operations in absence of Director on a weekly basis from May to October, including emergency and crisis management
  • As acting-director, approve and initiate the mobilization of emergency medical services and/or search and rescue operations
  • Supervise 1 State Classified FTE employee – Dining Services Manager, including recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring and guidance regarding professional development needs, and annual performance evaluation
  • Personnel management and supervision of 15 student, non-student and intern direct reports
  • Serve as a mentor and role model to direct reports; schedule and conduct individual weekly meetings with direct reports
  • Co-lead human resource management processes, staff hiring, training and evaluation for 30+ seasonal student, non-student and intern staff
  • Serve as primary liaison for campus technology services and telecommunications
  • Sit on the campus risk management committee, providing input on safety and risk management policies and procedures
  • Collaborate with Director and other professional staff on facilities management planning and decision-making
  • Provide input on campus natural resource management and stewardship decisions
  • In partnership with other professional staff, develop and coordinate campus sustainability initiatives
  • Create and implement assessments of campus facilities, programs, and services; analyze data and identify modifications or new initiatives

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Program Management and Instruction Duty/Responsibility

  • Serve as primary liaison to Warner College of Natural Resources 12-week summer session academic field courses enrolling over 300 students, including faculty collaboration, residential programming, hiring, training and supervision of six resident assistants
  • Direct 5th and 6th grade Eco-Week environmental education program for 20+ elementary and middle schools serving over 1,500 students annually, including instruction, financial management, curriculum development, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of seven instructors and interns
  • Assist with the campus research proposal and approval processes in collaboration with the Director and faculty advisory committee, and help facilitate project logistics for principle investigators and field technicians
  • Manage all programmatic aspects of the Challenge Ropes Course, including instruction, staff hiring and training, course scheduling, invoicing and maintenance

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Communication & Outreach Duty/Responsibility

  • Build new and strengthen existing collaborative alliances, initiatives and partnerships with CSU Departments, Poudre School District, City of Fort Collins, Federal and State land management agencies (USFS, USGS, NPS, CPW, CSFS) and private industry
  • Oversee, develop and implement marketing plan, communications, publications, website edits and social media in collaboration with the Conference Coordinator and other professional staff

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Financial Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide input on the fiscal oversight of $1 million unit budget including management of income, expenditures, purchasing, receivables, deposits, and supply inventories
  • Advise the Director on campus operational planning and management financial decisions
  • Research vendors and products for quality and pricing; make selections and purchase products for campus store and staff uniforms
  • Track, verify and reconcile daily and weekly campus POS financial transactions and deposits for main office and store

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references by application deadline.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Lori Vanagunas,

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, On-call Status

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.