The Venture Out Coordinator for Challenge Course and Adventure Programs works with and assists the Assistant Director in the administrative management of all operations and programming aspects of Virginia Tech’s comprehensive outdoor program; Venture Out.
This Coordinator will primarily oversee the day-to-day operations of the Venture Out Challenge Course and Team Building program, including maintenance, development and implementation of custom experiential education programs for university users and community partners. Additionally, this position will aid in the recruitment, supervision, training, evaluation, scheduling and documentation of student staff skill development/progression; support in the supervision of program logistics while leading and evaluating selected programs (i.e. trips, clinics, workshops, trainings, and challenge course sessions) while ensuring risk management planning and execution meet program standards. This will include some nights, overnight, weekend and week-long field work, as well as serving as “on-call” via phone for incident management. Other duties may include, but are not limited to, direct collaboration for achievement of the vision, mission, and strategic goals of Venture Out.
The Coordinator reports directly to the Assistant Director for Venture Out and works in conjunction with members of the Recreational Sports staff to enhance the quality of life for the university community by educating and encouraging participation in activities that promote healthy lifestyles, creating inclusive spaces and social interactions for all, determination, and leadership skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Outdoor Recreation, Recreation Management, Sports Management or related fields of education and equivalent experience - Outdoor recreation and leadership portfolio (i.e. documented challenge course and team building facilitation, climbing wall operations, and adventure trip leading experience) - Experience facilitating on Challenge Courses, Aerial Parks, or High Ropes Courses. - Wilderness First Responder (or higher) certification
- Master’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, Education or other relevant field - Knowledge of experiential education and outdoor leadership pedagogy - Experience working with Federal, State and Local Governments to obtain recreational permits - Experience leading multi-day, wilderness-based trips (ex. Outward Bound, NOLS, etc.) - Industry certifications (ex. ACCT Level II, AMGA SPI, ACA Level 4 Canoeing, Mental Health First Aid, etc.)
Internal Number: 515322
About Virginia Tech
The Department of Recreational Sports operates within the Division of Student Affairs. The Department maintains two recreation/wellness facilities: McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall. McComas Hall offers three basketball/volleyball courts, an eight-lane indoor swimming pool, a weight training and cardiovascular workout area, two fitness studios, spin studio, fitness assessment center, TRX and core area, locker and shower facilities, equipment check out, an elevated jogging track, and a lounge area. The facility is also home to the Student Health and Counseling Centers. War Memorial Hall offers an indoor swimming pool and diving well, 6 basketball courts, 13 racquetball courts, 2 wallyball courts, a gymnastics room, locker and shower facilities, a handball court, a weight room, volleyball courts, a squash court, saunas, a dance/fitness room, and a multi-purpose room. The Department provides programs and services in open recreation, fitness, aquatics, instructional programs, intramural sports, sport clubs, outdoor recreation and special events. The Department also maintains the university tennis courts and golf course. For more information on the department, visit the Recreatio...nal Sports website: http://www.recsports.vt.edu. To learn more about the Division of Student Affairs visit www.dsa.vt.edu.