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Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits

Ball State University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 23, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Recreation & Leisure Studies, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Student Affairs, Athletics, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Posting Details

Position Title

Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits

Additional Information

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.

Inclusive Excellence Statement

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.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

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.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Minimum Experience

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.

Minimum Other

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.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree or higher in Outdoor Leadership, Recreation, Physical Education, Leisure Studies, Parks & Recreation Management, Sports Administration, or related field.

Preferred Experience

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.

Preferred Other

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.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised


Required Certifications

Wilderness First Aid Certification and Climbing Wall Instructor Certification

EEO Statement

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.

About Ball State University

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.


Recreation Services:134050

Department Information

Department Email or Phone Number, 765-285-3570

Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Perform research, planning, development and administration of all trips (including day, weekend, week-long, and custom), climbing wall programs, outdoor rental center, and equipment room services (lockers, equipment operations, and washer/dryer maintenance).



Job Duty

Develop policies and procedures for Outdoor Pursuits programs and informal recreation equipment services.



Job Duty

Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate Outdoor Pursuit staff if applicable and potential interns or practicum students.



Job Duty

Plan and execute annual staff training if applicable and regular in-service trainings for both Outdoor Pursuits and informal recreation equipment centers.



Job Duty

Work with recreation marketing staff to coordinate and oversee all Outdoor Pursuits program publicity and public relation efforts.



Job Duty

Provide support with the purchasing and maintenance of Outdoor Pursuit facilities, vehicles, equipment, and supply inventories.



Job Duty

Oversee equipment inspections (Climbing Wall Monthly, Climbing Wall Semi-Annual, and other climbing and rental equipment) to ensure the well-being of participants and patrons.



Job Duty

Manage all special events that take place at the climbing wall (competitions, specialty climbing nights, etc.).



Job Duty

Manage the student payroll system for all Outdoor Pursuits and informal recreation equipment staff.



Job Duty

Provide support in development of Outdoor Pursuits and informal recreation equipment area strategic plans, goals and objectives, and program assessments.



Job Duty

Provide support to the Director in the development of reports on program participation, activities, incomes, expenses, and evaluate program data to provide documented justification for program proposals and budget or personnel adjustments.



Job Duty

Provide support in authoring and updating all employee and participant guidelines.



Job Duty

Provide support with other programs and activities as assigned, including special events.



Job Duty

Establish working relationships with individuals, agencies, and groups as necessary and appropriate, or as assigned.



Job Duty

Provide support with the management of full-time field facility attendants for custodial and event set-up and tear-down needs.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you hold a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have the ability to work evenings and weekends?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Licenses/Certifications
  2. Undergraduate Transcripts
  3. Master's Transcripts

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