Coordinator for Experiential Learning & Outdoor Pursuits
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.
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.
Manage existing partnerships across campus and develop new collaborative programming in and outside the Recreational Sports Department.
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.
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.
Master’s degree in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field.
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.
Ability to lift/move equipment and materials associated with the position, and climb to heights of 43 feet.
Valid driver’s license.
Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (with CPR & AED).
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.
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.
Demonstrated experience managing an indoor climbing facility.
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.
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 a comprehensive public university located in Beaumont, Texas. The city of Beaumont is 80 miles from Houston, 30 miles from Louisiana, and offers easy access to both the Gulf Coast and Texas Lakes regions. Lamar University offers 100 undergraduate courses of study, 47 master’s programs, and doctoral degrees in audiology, deaf education, educational leadership, and engineering.
Lamar University is proud of the $19 million Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, a 130,000 square-foot complex offering fitness, wellness, and recreational opportunities to the campus through the Department of Recreational Sports.