Company Name:

Western New Mexico University - Outdoor Program

Location:

Silver City, New Mexico

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Other

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Master's Degree

Posted

April 15, 2018

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Outdoor Program Coordinator

Outdoor Program Coordinator

Under the supervision of the Outdoor Program (OP) Director, assist the growth and development of a comprehensive outdoor adventure program that includes curricular and co-curricular components to enhance the learning experience at Western New Mexico University (WNMU). The incumbent will interact with students, faculty, staff, and community members; manage and participate in student trips, freshmen orientations, assist with student training, and provide general oversight of the university outdoor gear rental center (The Outpost). Situated in a biologically and culturally diverse region of southwestern New Mexico, the WNMU campus is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The main campus is located in Silver City, a Continental Divide Gateway Community just 6 miles south of the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest and less than 100 miles from the US/Mexico border. With hundreds of miles of hiking and biking, outstanding biological diversity, and more than a half million acres of designated wilderness, there’s never a shortage of things to do!

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, lead and provide oversight of student trips organized through the Outdoor Program to include developing programs, implementing, assessing and maintaining best practices, risk management and environmental stewardship;
  • Assist with outdoor orientation summer programming (OOP) trips;
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with multiple off-campus service sites to develop appropriate service projects;
  • Assist in training students who will lead trips including new student orientation; advise student leaders on all aspects of trip coordination from logistics to group leadership and safety;
  • Facilitate university-wide awareness of legal, liability, and safety issues for experiential activities;
  • Oversee day to day operations of the gear rental facility, including management of a small cadre of work study students – includes gear maintenance and bi-annual gear inventory; communicate with OP Director regarding gear needs;
  • Instruct, or co-facilitate instruction of outdoor skills such as hiking, backpacking, skiing, orienteering, risk management, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, environmental ethics, and/or general camp-craft;
  • Assist in coordinating logistics- on and off campus- for certification courses including Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid classes, CPR/First Aid courses, and others;
  • Facilitate assessment efforts for outdoor programs;
  • Supervise maintenance of records and documentation of all trips for assessment and risk management purposes;
  • Attend OP meetings and participate in programmatic design and evaluation;
  • Support and contribute to the goal of achieving greater diversity and student retention at Western New Mexico University;
  • Work effectively with the many constituencies in a university environment to foster the development of new programs and initiatives (i.e. ecotourism, high-school bridge programs);
  • Attend department meetings;
  • Foster sustainable initiatives for local community enhancement;
  • Demonstrate commitment to a liberal arts education;
  • Act in a socially responsible manner and model environmental sustainability by exercising financial prudence, using university resources wisely, and supporting ecological initiatives and innovation;
  • Attend professional conferences (e.g. AEE, WEA);
  • Obtain and maintain defensive driving certification;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • skill and experience with large-group facilitation and group initiatives;
  • knowledge and application of current adventure education and experiential education models, theories and readings used in adventure and outdoor curriculum;
  • experience with current professional standards, including institutional risk management standards and practices;
  • coordination of logistics, assessing best practices, business management, student supervision, and leading others in outdoor and backcountry settings;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • significant experience performing the skills, teaching the skills, and teaching students how to teach the skills covered in the courses to be taught;
  • knowledge and experience working in diverse university settings;
  • supervision/management of students;
  • Spanish fluency preferred;
  • specific experience in university outdoor program coordination and freshmen orientation programs is preferred;
  • student staff training and skill in a variety of outdoor activities is preferred;
  • coursework related to outdoor education, environmental science, and outdoor administration and the ability to teach both curricular and co-curricular courses are highly desirable;
  • successful applicants will maintain high academic and performance expectations and accountability that mirrors high professional expectations and accountability for students;
  • ability to work with a wide and challenging range of students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Experience with Outward Bound, the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Wilderness Education Association, a college/university outdoor program or similar is preferred.


Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in  Outdoor, or Adventure Education, or related field with appropriate experience.
  • Must hold current defensive driving certification and Wilderness First Responder certification or equivalent, or be able to secure certifications within one month of hire.
  • Minimum Leave-No-Trace trainer certification or higher.
  • Nationally recognized certifications such as AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, ACA, Swiftwater Rescue are requisite for student instruction.


TO APPLY: Please visit Western New Mexico University

https://wnmu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=661&job=outdoor-program-coordinator



Company Name:

Western New Mexico University - Outdoor Program

Location:

Silver City, New Mexico

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Other

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Master's Degree

Posted

April 15, 2018

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