The Department of Recreation and Wellness at Old Dominion University is seeking candidates for the Coordinator, Outdoor Adventure Program (full-time, 12 month) position. This position will develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive outdoor adventure trip program to engage the diverse student community of Old Dominion University. This position is responsible for collaboration with partners on and off campus, effective and efficient management of program resources, and demonstrating successful programmatic outcomes to support the department and university mission. This position is also responsible for maintaining current certifications and continuing education related to the recreation field and contributes to the overall Recreation and Wellness department and Old Dominion University.
Required Education: Master’s degree in recreation, physical education, higher education or related field or a bachelor’s degree in areas previously indicated along with experience equivalent to an advanced degree.
Required Qualifications: First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications required or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment. Possession of a valid Virginia State driver’s license and insurable driving record or ability to obtain within six months. Outdoor recreation technical certifications required in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or ability to obtain within six months. Knowledge of team and individual facilitation processes and the ability to apply it to outdoor recreation trips and challenge course settings. Specialized knowledge in the management of a wide variety of collegiate outdoor recreation programs. Working knowledge of student development principles and skill to provide development opportunities for student staff and a diverse student body. Prior working experience in the development and implementation of programs in a variety of outdoor recreation areas, including but not limited to back country risk management, land based activities and water based activities. Prior working experience in the management of a variety of outdoor recreation programs including both land and water based activities and trips ranging from one day to multi-day in length. Some experience in group facilitation employing team and individual processes related to outdoor recreation trips. Some prior experience in the selection, supervision, evaluation and development of staff. Some prior experience in fiscal management necessary to develop and manage short and long range budgets, monitor and analyze income and expenses, project revenue and propose appropriate rates. Proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, experienced in desktop publishing, and willing to learn new software programs. Skill in developing both land and water based activities and trips ranging from one day to multi-day in length. Skill to implement safety and risk management practices as they relate to recreational facilities and programs as demonstrated through past facility and program management. Communication and interpersonal skills to work supportively, collaboratively and diplomatically with a wide variety of colleagues, faculty, patrons and students both inside and outside the department. Organizational skills to prioritize workload and meet work assignments, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines to achieve timely progress when assigned multiple tasks and duties. Excellent organizational, management, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with other individuals and departments on camps and in the surrounding community. Ability to hire, select, supervise, motivate and evaluate student employees relative to work performance, employ crisis management techniques, and foster effective peer relationships. Proven ability to manage projects and deliver results. Ability to think critically and present information is essential. Entry-level budget management skills. Ability to work some holidays, evenings and weekends as required by the responsibilities of the job.
Preferred Qualifications: Some international travel experience. Some experience in a collegiate setting and supervising student employees. Knowledge of student development theory. American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA), or American Canoe Association (ACA) certifications.
Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused, public doctoral research university for high-performing students from around the world who want a rigorous academic experience in a fast-paced and profoundly multi-cultural community. With an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, the university offers 70 bachelor's, 54 master's and 42 doctoral degree programs and 2 educational specialists degrees. ODU's eminent scholarship and innovative and engaging teaching foster nationally recognized programs. A determined entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving drives cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships with government, business, industry, organizations, and the arts. In addition to its 185-acre main campus in Norfolk, Old Dominion operates higher education centers in Hampton, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth. The University also offers over 100 academic programs through a thriving distance learning network. It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation. An integra...l part of this policy is to administer recruiting, hiring, working conditions, compensation, training, opportunities for advancement, and termination of employment for all employees without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.