This is a professional position responsible for administering a comprehensive outdoor recreation program including outdoor trips, equipment rental, group team-building/challenge course, climbing walls and outdoor resource center within the Campus Recreation Department. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation (Aquatics, Safety & Outdoor Pursuits).
Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates graduate and undergraduate student employees.
Creates and coordinates outdoor pursuits programming, including but not limited to challenge course group team-building programs, climbing wall management, outdoor trips programs, outdoor equipment rental and resource center, and workshops and/or classes on outdoor-related topics.
Teaches and participates in programs.
Creates and manages a comprehensive risk management plan for all assigned programs.
Administers program budgets.
Purchases and maintains equipment inventories.
Oversees inspection and maintenance of single-track biking trails in the SFA Trails and Gardens. Promotes trails and garners support from the biking community.
Serves as liaison to other campus departments, external vendors and the community.
Serves on departmental and university committees.
Coordinates and/or assists with special events and activities as necessary.
Works outside normal office hours and weekends as required.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Physical ability to perform essential job functions, recognizing most programming takes place in an outdoor, adventure-oriented setting. Ability to perform job duties for extended periods of time (more than an hour) while exposed to extreme environmental conditions including but not limited to rough terrain, precipitation, high and low temperature extremes, and wind. Ability to stand for extended periods of time (more than an hour) and ability to lift and carry 35 pounds for extended periods of time (more than an hour) as well as ability to carry a 50-pound backpack up to eight miles per day over rugged backcountry trails. Ability to work at heights, including movement along cables at or over 25 feet above the ground.
One year of related experience is required. Experience in outdoor education and recreation programming is required. Experience with group team-building is required. CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications are required within three months of employment. Wilderness First Aid and climbing instruction cards are required within three months of employment.
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.
Knowledge of professional standards and regulations.
Skill in outdoor activities related to area of responsibility.
Skill in using computer applications including spreadsheet, database, and word processing software.
Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships and work as part of a team.
Ability to set priorities and complete assignments on time.
Ability to train and supervise others.
Ability to obtain CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications within three months of employment.
Ability to obtain Wilderness First Aid and climbing instruction cards within three months of employment.
Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary.
Physical condition adequate to permit full performance of duties.
Master’s degree is preferred. Experience in administration and operation of outdoor trips, climbing wall, and equipment rental program is preferred. Supervisory experience is preferred. Wilderness First Responder and/or PCIA instructor certification is preferred.
Stephen F. Austin State University offers nearly 50 graduate degrees, including two doctoral programs, and enrolls approximately 12,000 students. SFA’s beautiful campus is located in the oldest town in Texas - Nacogdoches, Texas which has approximately 32,000 residents. Located two hours north of Houston in the Piney woods of East Texas, Nacogdoches has a low cost of living and a moderate climate with year-round recreational opportunities.