The Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits provides essential services to the campus community through the development, delivery, and management of a comprehensive outdoor pursuits program offered within the Department of Campus Recreation. This position is responsible for the administration of Outdoor Pursuits programs and services and provides leadership and direction for student employees and programs that are designed to provide positive leisure opportunities for students. Finally, this position provides direct oversight to the popular Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop.
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES Program Management • Assist in the implementation and excursion of all Outdoor Pursuits programs including, trips, special events, workshops and certification courses. • Maintains a comprehensive Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop which includes over a thousand (2,000) pieces of outdoor rental equipment and 120 bicycles, a bicycle repair shop, a ski and snowboard waxing service, and a ProShop. • Manages the UNC Ropes Course and indoor Climbing Wall consisting of high and low elements for teambuilding activities that serve over 40 internal and external groups annually. • Provides over twenty (20) Outdoor Educational Workshops including several professional certification courses. • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships in order to exchange information and to develop joint programming opportunities between University and community organizations.
Personnel and Fiscal Management • Hires, trains, and supervises student employees including: rental shop attendants, trip leaders, ropes course facilitators, climbing wall supervisors, bicycle mechanics, workshop instructors and program assistants. • Manages the budget process by planning, developing and overseeing the expenditure and revenue accounts for the Outdoor Pursuits program and making purchases and recommendations related to the Outdoor Pursuits program budget.
Technology and Assessment • Provides leadership, training, and oversight for software as it pertains to gear shop operations including: trip registrations, equipment rentals, and daily transactions. • Administers program surveys to gauge member satisfaction levels, constructive feedback, and learn objective achievements.
Physical Demands: The Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits must possess the physical strength and endurance required to conduct the following activities: leading groups in the indoor climbing wall, working extended periods of time at the ropes course, moving heavy equipment (forty-five pounds or more) and sustaining high levels of activity over long periods of time.
Masters degree in Recreation, Sport Administration or related field
A minimum of one year of full-time experience in coordinating recreation outdoor programming, outdoor facilities or programs, or related recreation programs in a college or university setting is required. Two (2) years of a graduate assistant will be accepted as one (1) year of full-time experience.
Work a varied schedule, including early mornings, late nights and weekends
A demonstrated record of experience in outdoor recreation including facility supervision, event planning and scheduling, recreation programming, and supervising student personnel in a college or university setting is preferred.
A demonstrated record in climbing wall and ropes course management is preferred.
CPR and First Aid certifications
Wilderness First Responder
Swift Water Rescue certification
Leave No Trace Master Educator
Additional Requirements and Information:
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.
Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online (https://www.unco.edu/police/clery/security-report.aspx) and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.
Submit resume, cover letter/letter of application, and a list of references through the online portal.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Internal Number: E01134
About University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado (“UNC” or “University”) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,300 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.
UNC is located in Greeley, Colorado, about 50 miles north of Denver, 50 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and one hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park. The population of Greeley is nearly 110,000 people and continues to grow every year. The campus consists of classrooms, residence halls, and dining/retail throughout the campus. The central campus features tree-lined, mature buildings, while the west campus is distinguished by modern high-rise buildings.
One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030.... The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students – this is how we define a Students First university.
Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of inclusion, equity, and diversity.
Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next 10 years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.
• Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
• Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
• Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
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