Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 111768
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority consideration date will be June 13, 2023.
General Statement of Duties
The primary purpose of the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator is to collaborate with the Assistant Director for Outdoor Recreation in developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive outdoor education and adventures program and the climbing wall. The Outdoor Recreation Coordinator also assists with the administration and oversight of the Emory Sports Fitness Camp during the summer months. As a member of the Recreation & Wellness team, this position also assists with Recreation & Wellness events and programs. The Outdoor Recreation program consists of structured experiential education programming options to foster health and wellbeing, learning, leadership, and inclusion for the Emory community.
This position has equal programmatic responsibilities at two (2) facilities: the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WPEC) on Main Campus and the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) on the Clairmont Campus. This position is a full-time, twelve-month, exempt professional staff member with the Department of Recreation &Wellness and reports to the Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation.
Job Functions and Responsibilities:
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION (40%)
- Assist in oversight of a comprehensive, diversified, and inclusive adventure program, climbing arena, equipment rental, teambuilding/challenge programs and summer camp program including, but not limited to, program management, policy development, trip planning and leading, equipment purchasing and management, staff training, assessment, risk management, special events, budget development and management.
- Assist in development and management of a teambuilding/challenge and outdoor education clinics program.
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the outdoor equipment rental program, including staffing, equipment inventory, maintenance, and repair, and assessing equipment condition to ensure that equipment is clean and ready for use for all programs and rentals.
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the climbing wall including staffing, facility upkeep, programming, and maintaining an accurate inventory of equipment.
- Assist in training, advising, and supporting the Executive Board members and trip leaders of Outdoor Emory, one of the largest active registered student organizations with 800+ members.
- Assist in coordination and administration of the SOAR pre-Orientation program, including trips, training student and volunteer trip leaders, risk management and overall management.
- Assist in collaboration with university programs and departments as well as external partners to increase awareness and develop joint outdoor and experiential education programs to build a sense of community around and through the Outdoor Recreation program.
- Assist in the development of short-term and long-term goals for the outdoor recreation program with a formal assessment process. Assist in attaining pertinent assessment data regarding customer satisfaction and participant & student staff learning experiences for regular analysis and annual reporting. Maintain statistical data for all programs within areas of responsibility.
- Maintain current knowledge of national standards and trends in outdoor recreation, climbing/bouldering activities and summer camp programs and related challenges within Higher Education.
- Serve as a department ranking staff member on duty for recreational programs, which includes, but is not limited to, serving as a first responder for emergency situations and providing emergency care, providing customer service, resolving conflicts, and making decisions and judgments regarding program and facility usage.
- Serve in an on-call function to support recreation facilities and programs.
- Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends when necessary.
- Additional duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONAL AND STUDENT STAFFING & DEVELOPMENT (35%)
- Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate, and develop 80+ student employees and volunteer staff annually for operations, teambuilding/challenge facilitators, climbing wall attendants and trip leaders.
- Supervise, evaluate, and mentor the Outdoor Recreation Graduate Assistant.
- Organize and conduct meetings and training sessions each semester and as needed.
- Instruct a for-credit physical education class within the general education requirement curriculum.
- Create opportunities for experiential learning and transferrable skill development for student employees and participants alike.
- Provide leadership and guidance to Outdoor Emory student organization and student leaders.
- Maintain files documenting training, timekeeping and certifications as required.
FACILITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT (10%)
- Assist in development and evaluation of comprehensive risk management policies, procedures and guidelines for all Outdoor Recreation programs, the Emory Rock Climbing Arena facility and internal summer camp programs.
- Ensure risk management guidelines are in line with industry standards, departmental plans and the University's risk management policies and procedures.
- Instruct CPR/AED/First Aid and other safety courses for internal student and professional staff to ensure policy compliance.
- Assist with informal recreation operations and drop in recreation patrons.
SUMMER CAMP AND OUTREACH (10%)
- Assist in the development and management of an internal summer camp program which includes, but is not limited to, recruitment and hiring of camp counselors, staff, and volunteers; training of camp counselors and support staff; researching grant opportunities, funding applications, and coordinating grant compliance; evaluation of camp counselors; developing effective written programs and learning outcomes of the camp’s daily activities; and record keeping and assessment of the overall program.
- Work with staff, campus partners and local businesses to develop a future summer outdoor education day camp program separate from Emory Sports Fitness Camp consistent with the needs and interests of the Emory community.
- Active membership and engagement in a variety of on-campus, divisional, national, and local committees, including the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), Association of Experiential Education (AEE) and/or NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. Serve on at least one committee, project team, or program within the University Community.
- Assist in development of alumni relations and fundraising events. Seek external partnerships and sponsors to enhance the Outdoor Recreation program.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (5%)
- Assist in preparation, forecasting and monitoring budgets. Maintain records of program participation, revenue generation, and expenditures. Consistently monitor all revenue and expense budgets.
- Monitor and maintain records of all Outdoor Recreation and climbing wall equipment.
- Conduct and audit all payroll procedures for up to 50+ student employees.
Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Physical Education, Recreation/Leisure Administration, Education, or related field. A minimum of one (1) years of related experience in the outdoor industry, preferably within a collegiate recreation program.
Outdoor trip planning and leadership experience in a variety of adventure activities. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with administration, planning, assessment, and implementation of outdoor program staff training. Experience managing outdoor rental equipment. Basic knowledge of the principles, philosophy, standards, and practices of recreation and outdoor or adventure-based camp administration (e.g., program planning, leadership, risk management, budgeting, marketing & public relations). Demonstrated ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated PC computer competency and skills. The ability to plan, promote and evaluate a wide range of recreation services and events for the Emory community through new outdoor recreation and summer camp programs. The successful candidate will promote and cultivate an environment that values inclusiveness and diversity, engage in evidence-based decision-making, and promote student development and learning.
Master's degree in Sport Management, Physical Education, Recreation/Leisure Administration, Higher Education Administration, or related field. 2+ years graduate or professional experience working in an outdoor recreation setting, preferably with college-aged participants. CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor certification. Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment. Leave No Trace Trainer or Leave No Trace Master Educator, ACA Swiftwater Rescue and/or Instructor certification, Single-Pitch and/or Climbing Wall Instructor certification or other industry standard certifications. NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) and/or Certified Student Affairs Educator-Campus Recreation ( CSAEd-CR™) credential.