Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits
Ball State University
Ball State University Recreation Services is looking to add an additional member to its staff, the Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits. Recreation Services, a department within Business and Auxiliary Services, has a reputation of managing facilities and programs in a safe, customer service oriented, and professional way. Recreation Services is looking for someone with the appropriate qualifications, certifications, and demeanor to manage multiple programs, areas, events, and students, while at the same time contributing to a positive work atmosphere.
Position Function: Administer and manage Outdoor Pursuits programs and informal recreation equipment operations; includes the following areas: trips and workshops, climbing center, expansive outdoor equipment rental center, informal recreation equipment checkout, and locker/apparel services; position has significant responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of all staff and patrons due to the unique offsite nature of programming; also serves to provide program staff management; nightly and weekend facility coverage; and supervision of special events as needed; typical work schedule will include evening times during the week and weekend and extended trip management responsibility.
At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. At least one year of professional experience in managing outdoor programming including climbing wall, equipment rentals, and trips; must have a variety of experiences leading groups in outdoor settings; experience working within a recreational sport or outdoor recreation setting and have direct management of employees. Two years of graduate assistantship in a related field may be counted as one year of professional experience. Ability to obtain Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Climbing Wall Instructor Certification. All certifications must be obtained within 90 days of employment but may be dependent upon available certification locations and dates. Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy; must be able to work evenings and weekends.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree or higher in Outdoor Leadership, Recreation, Physical Education, Leisure Studies, Parks & Recreation Management, Sports Administration, or related field. Two or more years of professional experience in collegiate outdoor programming including climbing wall, equipment rentals, and trips; experience leading and teaching multiple outdoor recreation activities; experience with recreation management software for registrations and inventory. Two years of graduate assistantship in a related field may be counted as one year of professional experience. Possess current Wilderness First Responder (WFR); Professional Membership – National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), or Association of Experiential Education (AEE); certification in American Canoe Association Level 1 Instructor or higher; American Mountain Guides Association or Professional Climbing Instructors Association Single Pitch Climbing Instructor or higher; WFA/WFR Trainer; Swiftwater Rescue Technician.
Required Certifications: Wilderness First Aid Certification and Climbing Wall Instructor Certification.
Apply online at: http://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/26029. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Ben Peak. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through August 13, 2021.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.