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 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.
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