The Department of Campus Recreation within the Division of Student Affairs at Utah State University seeks a positive, collaborative, and dynamic individual to join our team as our Coordinator of Outdoor Programs. Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Outdoor Equipment and Facilities, the Coordinator of Outdoor Programs is responsible for the collaboration, development, coordination, implementation, and daily operations of all aspects of the Utah State University Outdoor Program consisting of the challenge course, climbing wall academic classes, and supporting the Assistant Directors in all other programs related to Outdoor Programs: Alternative Programs, Non-credit Classes, Retail, Rentals, Adventure Trips, and General Operations. This individual will be a key team member of the Campus Recreation Department, which provides aquatic programs, club sports, fitness/wellness, intramurals, outdoor recreation, special events, extramurals, and collaborative programs.
Directly manage and oversee the USU Challenge Course (70% time of the position).
Assist the Assistant Directors in the administration, implementation and supervision of the overall Outdoor Program and staff to include: academic climbing classes, adventure trips, alternative programs, climbing wall, rental shop, retail, yurt rentals, and outdoor equipment. (30% time of position)
Manage the day-to-day instruction and technical proficiency in academic climbing wall courses.
Develop and update policies and procedures for the challenge course including manuals, inspections, and program reports.
Compile, prepare, and maintain records for Outdoor Programs such as budget, participation numbers, rental reports, injuries, and incident reports.
Develop program challenge course facilitator manuals, trainings and workshops, internships, including a comprehensive staff training program and training modules.
Responsible for inventory and maintaining Outdoor Programs Challenge Course equipment.
Coordinate maintenance work for all areas of responsibility including specific equipment maintenance and inventory.
Assist in the development and implementation of risk management protocols for areas of responsibility within Outdoor Programs.
Responsible for scheduling, coordination, instructing of ACCT Level I Facilitator trainings.
Establish a relationship with external vendors for annual inspection and staff certification.
Work evenings and weekends when necessary regarding outdoor program special events.
Understand and represent the mission and vision of Utah State University Campus Recreation Department.
Assist with the marketing and promotion of all outdoor programs.
Collaborate with other outdoor programming staff to create and implement an international trips program.
Assist the Assistant Directors in expanding the number of experiences available to Utah State students through Outdoor Programs annually while ensuring each experience is aligned with USU Campus Recreation's mission.
Responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, mentoring, and evaluating Outdoor Programs Challenge Course Facilitators.
Indirectly supervise student staff in other Outdoor Programs areas.
Research, develop, monitor, and adhere to the Outdoor Programs budgets with direct oversight of the USU Challenge Course.
Oversee program student payroll, tracking, and approvals.
Research & Assessment
Evaluate Outdoor Programs and services to determine overall effectiveness and satisfaction to recommend possible changes as deemed appropriate.
Assist in the development and implementation of the Outdoor Programs research and assessment agenda to include development of student and program learning outcomes.
Prepare written communications such as monthly reports, annual reports, participation statistics, etc.
Actively participate on a variety of Aggie Recreation Center, Campus Recreation and University committees as assigned.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in sports management, recreation administration, outdoor education, physical education, kinesiology/exercise science, business administration, or a related field.
Equivalent of 2-3 years full-time, professional level experience managing and developing Challenge Course programs at a college/university or other community/private recreational programs during which time the applicant has acquired and demonstrated the ability to perform the essential duties of the position.
Possess a minimum of ACCT Level II Facilitator (ability to obtain within 6-months of hire)
Demonstrate competency of activity set-up, management, and tear down utilizing ACCT and ANSI Standards and approved equipment.
Demonstrated ability to provide instruction and possess technical proficiency in climbing wall academic classes.
Specialized software management, for example: RecTrac, Fusion, Rent Master, etc.
Knowledge of the Challenge Course Industry
Current CPR/First Aid Certification.
Demonstrate knowledge of the following:
Computer hardware/software operation
Principles of superior customer service
Demonstrate ability to do the following:
Interpret and apply university, Aggies Recreation Center, Campus Recreation, and USU rules, regulations, policies and procedures
Establish programmatic goals, facilitate change, and implement innovative programs and services
Oversee the work of others
Coordinate the timely completion of multiple tasks
Work independently under general supervision
Work as a part of a team to reach set goals
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
Generate and follow verbal and written instructions
Provide excellent customer service
Adapt to changes in the work environment
Work effectively in a multicultural environment
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
Work varying hours including early mornings, late evenings, and weekends
Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience (including Graduate Assistantship).
Previous supervisory experience in higher education and campus recreation desired. Prefer experience developing quality student programs and implementing risk management policies for safe facilities and programs at a Challenge Course/Teambuilding setting.
Demonstrated ability to provide instruction and possess technical proficiency in a variety of outdoor applications including kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting, etc.
Possess current Wilderness First Responder, Ski Technician, Bike Mechanic Instructor, AMGA, PCIA, etc. certification(s).
Experience with event/fundraiser organization, marketing and promotion.
Active involvement in AORE and/or NIRSA – Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”
2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Cover letter"
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Minimum $38,250 commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.
Internal Number: 2019-2437
About Utah State University
The Department of Campus Recreation at Utah State University is housed in the Division of Student Affairs and is one of the most dynamic growing departments on campus. Home to 16 professional staff members and seven graduate assistants, Campus Recreation strives to serve the students with top notch programs and services. With a state-of-the-art facility opened in November 2015, included three basketball courts, three levels of cardio and weight training, a climbing and bouldering wall, two sand volleyball courts, two outdoor basketball courts. The Aggie Legacy Field is 154,000 square feet of synthetic playable surface including two flag football fields, two softball fields, soccer field, rugby pitch, lacrosse field, and ultimate frisbee. Campus Recreation also manages the HPER Building and Fieldhouse which includes six racquetball courts, four basketball courts, two pools, weight training and cardio loft. This is an exciting time to join the Utah State University Campus Recreation team as we continue to grow our programs and develop our students into future leaders.
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant universit...y. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.
The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.
USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and
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Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.