Under the supervision and direction of the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation for Outdoor Adventures, the Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures will serve on a team responsible for the daily operation and management of the climbing and bouldering wall. Campus Recreation is a department within the division of Student Affairs that provides recreation and wellness programs to the campus community through the operation and administration of the following: IM Building, McCoy Natatorium, Stone Valley Outdoor Recreation Area, Tennis Center, White Building, Hepper Fitness Center, Outdoor Adventures, Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness and Wellness Programs, and Intramural Sports. Campus Recreation is comprised of 53 full-time staff and more than 900 student staff members.
Job Responsibilities Include:
Assisting in development, management and daily oversight of Outdoor Adventure programming with specific emphasis on planning and daily oversight of an outdoor trips and instructional clinics program with 100+ offerings per year.
Development and assessment of existing and new programs.
Recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, supervising and evaluating over 50 student staff.
Maintaining a high level of customer service.
Oversight and delivery of risk management protocols and practices.
Manage extensive outdoor equipment inventory and coordinate usage among various user groups.
Assistant with the management of daily operations in the rental center and/or climbing and bouldering walls.
Successful applicants must have experience leading several outdoor trip activities such as backpacking, caving, paddle sports, rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, fly-fishing, etc. and be able to train novice trip leaders in best practices. Certification through at least one nationally recognized association (American Mountain Guides Association, American Canoe Association, Leave No Trace, Wilderness Education Association, etc.) is required. Current Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification is required, Wilderness First Responder preferred.
This position requires a Bachelor's degree, Masters Degree preferred. Experience with collegiate recreation programming including climbing gym operation, guide training and trip planning is required. Knowledge of outdoor recreation including guide training & trip planning through past experience in a collegiate setting is a must. Knowledge of basic safety and risk management practices and industry standards as they relate to adventure/outdoor recreation as demonstrated through past program management is required. Work schedule will include some evening and weekend hours.
This position requires independent work on assignments, while reviewing progress and updating the Assistant Director as appropriate. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (oral and written) skills are essential. Must be able to manage multiple priorities to meet deadlines. Attention to detail and good judgment are vital requirements. The successful candidate will have the willingness to lead and work in a team-based environment as well as an eagerness to support and engage with all departmental and Student Affairs initiatives and efforts. Required to take initiative and have flexibility to adapt to shifting workload demands. The ability to foster a positive climate among a diverse group of staff, student employees and participants is essential.
This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding. To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through the Penn State Jobs website using this link, https://psu.jobs/job/86049.
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Penn State University
Campus Recreation is a department within the division of Student Affairs that provides recreation and wellness programs to the campus community through the operation and administration of the following: IM Building, McCoy Natatorium, Stone Valley Outdoor Recreation Area, Tennis Center, White Building, Outdoor Adventures, Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness and Wellness Programs, and Intramural Sports. Campus Recreation is comprised of 53 full-time staff and more than 900 student staff members.
Penn State University is located in central Pennsylvania in the town of State College. State College is nestled in a valley (known as Happy Valley) between forested rolling hills including state park lands and natural forests. The area boasts easy access to hiking, biking, whitewater, climbing, fishing, riding and other outdoor activities. State College plays host to several art fairs and events, farmers markets, local history and special events throughout the year. With 31 Athletic teams, Penn State is hosts multiple collegiate sporting events each week. Additionally, the Bryce Jordan Center attracts well known musicians and events such as Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Luke Bryan, the Harlem... Globetrotters and Paw Patrol.
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