Coordinator for Experiential Learning & Outdoor Pursuits
January 11, 2018
Full-time - Experienced
Recreation, Recreation Programming, Special Events/Tourism, Youth Services
Job Summary/Basic Function
Summary of Position: The Coordinator provides daily management of indoor climbing wall, outdoor adventure trips, team-building for new student orientation, student organizations and Lamar groups, equipment rentals and special events. The Coordinator will deliver programming and train student facilitators to assist with all aspects of the program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Hire, train, schedule, evaluate and supervise student employees in programmatic areas of oversight. • Work collaboratively with colleagues in Recreational Sports, the Division of Student Engagement and Lamar University to provide quality recreational and developmental experiences for students. • Develop a comprehensive outdoors trips program with a foundation in Leave No Trace principles. • Develop, implement, and re-evaluate all policies and procedures for each program. • Administer assessment, evaluation, and mitigation of risk for all programs, equipment and facilities. • Coordinate departmental safety and risk management efforts, including emergency action plans, student employee certifications, and management of accident/incident reports • Develop and administer program and equipment budget. • Design and implement assessment of student learning in all program areas for continuous improvement. • Coordinate the marketing and promotion in programmatic areas of oversight.
Facility & Equipment Management Responsibilities: • Provide daily management of indoor climbing facility, outdoor adventure trips and outdoor recreation programming in the surrounding areas. • Maintain a positive, safe and inclusive environment in all programs and facilities. • Manage outdoor program and indoor climbing wall facility reservations. • Manage internal and external inspections of the indoor climbing facility. • Manage trailer, fleet reservations, maintenance, cleaning, and usage. • Manage a wide range of outdoor equipment and maintain equipment inventory and equipment procurement procedures.
Programming Responsibilities: • Responsible for the year-round design, implementation, and leadership of outdoor adventure trips and programs that occur on evenings, weekends, and during university breaks. • Teach and facilitate team-building and interactive group games designed for leadership of all student recreation staff, new student orientation and student organizations. • Develop and implement special event programming and open enrollment clinics/workshops for the indoor rock climbing facility. • Develop outdoor recreation programming opportunities. • Manage existing partnerships across campus and develop new collaborative programming in and outside the Recreational Sports Department.
Inclusive Programming: • Create new innovative recreational programs to enhance student well-being • Work in collaboration with students, faculty and staff, to ensure the Rec Center provides a wide-range of culturally relevant programs that offer opportunities for engagement and reflection. • Assist in assembling and advising the student advisory committee, which will aid in developing diverse programming efforts. • Collaborate with internal departments, and student organizations to plan, create, and execute outreach activities that both advertise Lamar Recreational Sports programs and increase student organizations usage of the Sheila Umphrey Recreation Center • Review current programs and identify additional opportunities to enrich the program purpose. • Lead the student advisory committee in expanding Recreational Sports overall outreach to first-year students, as well as upperclassmen.
Additional Responsibilities: • Serve on departmental and university committees. • Work occasional evenings, weekends, and university breaks based on program offerings and schedule. • Assist in Instructing department-offered American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid courses. • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: 1. Master’s degree in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field. 2. Minimum of 1 year of full-time experience in the promotion, design, development, and administration of outdoor recreation programs. Two years as a Graduate Assistant in outdoor recreation can be used as one year. 3. Ability to lift/move equipment and materials associated with the position, and climb to heights of 43 feet. 4. Valid driver’s license. 5. Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (with CPR & AED). 6. American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor certification or must obtain within the first 12 months of employment with the expectation to teach department classes.
Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Collegiate outdoor recreation programming experience. 2. Demonstrated experience successfully leading several of the following outdoor recreation activities: rock climbing, caving, backpacking/hiking, sea kayaking, flat-water kayaking, whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting, stand-up-paddle boarding, biking, and skiing/snowboarding. 3. Demonstrated experience managing an indoor climbing facility. 4. Current instructor certifications from one or more of the following: American Canoe Association (ACA), Master Educator and/or Trainer. Leave No Trace (LNT), Stand Up Paddle boarding, and/or Whitewater Kayaking Instructor. -Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association (PCIA) Top Rope Climbing Instructor or American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), Single Pitch Instructor -PCIA or AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor. 5. Current involvement in more than one of the following professional organizations: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), National Intramural & Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), Association of Experiential Education (AEE), National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Demonstrated computer skills including Microsoft Office and knowledgeable with recreation management software.
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.
Security Sensitive Statement
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Open Until Filled
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* Do you have a Master's degree in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field?
* The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC) maintains a list of Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas. A copy of this list can be found at: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/?objectid=EF4C3C3B-EB44-4381-6673F760B3946FBB. As part of your educational qualifications for this position, are you claiming a degree from any of the institutions listed on the THEBC website referenced above?
* Do you possess a Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (with CPR & AED)?
* Are you claiming Veteran's Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? To claim Veteran's Preference under the law you must be: (1) a veteran, including a veteran with a disability; (2) a surviving spouse of a veteran killed on active duty who has not remarried; or (3) an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty. If claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST immediately email to email@example.com your specific supporting documentation at the time of application such as the DD Form 214 (member 4 copy), AND, if applicable, the Dept of Veteran's Affairs Verification of Disability Benefits Letter if claiming a service related disability, a DD Form 1300 to include qualifying Death, Birth, and Marriage Certificates if claiming surviving spouse/orphan. Your email MUST also include your name, position number, job title and the department for each position you are applying for. Documents received after a position closes will not be accepted.
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Required Qualifications: 1. Master’s degree in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field. 2. Minimum of 1 year of full-time experience in the promotion, design, development, and administration of outdoor recreation programs. Two years as a Graduate Assistant in outdoor recreation can be used as one year. 3. Ability to lift/move equipment and materials associated with the position, and climb to heights of 43 feet. 4. Valid driver’s license. 5. Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (with CPR & AED). 6. American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor certification or must obtain within the first 12 months of employment with the expectation to teach department classes
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