Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7081598 (Ref.No. BSU26035)
Posted: July 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Administer and manage Outdoor Pursuits programs and informal recreation equipment operations; includes the following areas: trips and workshops, climbing center, expansive outdoor equipment rental center, informal recreation equipment checkout, and locker/apparel services; position has significant responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of all staff and patrons due to the unique offsite nature of programming; also serves to provide program staff management; nightly and weekend facility coverage; and supervision of special events as needed; typical work schedule will include evening times during the week and weekend and extended trip management responsibility.

Ball State University Recreation Services is looking to add an additional member to its staff, the Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits. Recreation Services, a department within Business and Auxiliary Services, has a reputation of managing facilities and programs in a safe, customer service oriented, and professional way. Recreation Services is looking for someone with the appropriate qualifications, certifications, and demeanor to manage multiple programs, areas, events, and students, while at the same time contributing to a positive work atmosphere.

Job Function:

Administer and manage Outdoor Pursuits programs and informal recreation equipment operations; includes the following areas: trips and workshops, climbing center, expansive outdoor equipment rental center, informal recreation equipment checkout, and locker/apparel services; position has significant responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of all staff and patrons due to the unique offsite nature of programming; also serves to provide program staff management; nightly and weekend facility coverage; and supervision of special events as needed; typical work schedule will include evening times during the week and weekend and extended trip management responsibility.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Education:

Master's degree or higher in Outdoor Leadership, Recreation, Physical Education, Leisure Studies, Parks & Recreation Management, Sports Administration, or related field.

Minimum Experience:

At least one year of professional experience in managing outdoor programming including climbing wall, equipment rentals, and trips; must have a variety of experiences leading groups in outdoor settings; experience working within a recreational sport or outdoor recreation setting and have direct management of employees. Two years of graduate assistantship in a related field may be counted as one year of professional experience.

Preferred Experience:

Two or more years of professional experience in collegiate outdoor programming including climbing wall, equipment rentals, and trips; experience leading and teaching multiple outdoor recreation activities; experience with recreation management software for registrations and inventory. Two years of graduate assistantship in a related field may be counted as one year of professional experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform research, planning, development and administration of all trips (including day, weekend, week-long, and custom), climbing wall programs, outdoor rental center, and equipment room services (lockers, equipment operations, and washer/dryer maintenance). 
  • Develop policies and procedures for Outdoor Pursuits programs and informal recreation equipment services.
  • Oversee equipment inspections (Climbing Wall Monthly, Climbing Wall Semi-Annual, and other climbing and rental equipment) to ensure the well-being of participants and patrons.
  • Plan and execute annual staff training if applicable and regular in-service trainings for both Outdoor Pursuits and informal recreation equipment centers.
  • Provide support with the purchasing and maintenance of Outdoor Pursuit facilities, vehicles, equipment, and supply inventories.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate Outdoor Pursuit staff if applicable and potential interns or practicum students.
  • Manage all special events that take place at the climbing wall (competitions, specialty climbing nights, etc.).
  • Manage the student payroll system for all Outdoor Pursuits and informal recreation equipment staff.
  • Provide support in development of Outdoor Pursuits and informal recreation equipment area strategic plans, goals and objectives, and program assessments.
  • Provide support to the Director in the development of reports on program participation, activities, incomes, expenses, and evaluate program data to provide documented justification for program proposals and budget or personnel adjustments.
  • Provide support in authoring and updating all employee and participant guidelines.
  • Work with recreation marketing staff to coordinate and oversee all Outdoor Pursuits program publicity and public relation efforts.
  • Establish working relationships with individuals, agencies, and groups as necessary and appropriate, or as assigned.
  • Provide support with the management of full-time field facility attendants for custodial and event set-up and tear-down needs.
  • Provide support with other programs and activities as assigned, including special events.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.



 

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