Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits
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.
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Benefits and Community
Length of Assignment
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.
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.
Authorization to work in the US
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be
employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
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
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.
Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires
successful completion of a background check and education
Position Title(s) Supervised
Wilderness First Aid Certification and Climbing Wall Instructor
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.
Department Email or Phone Number
Duties & Responsibilities
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
Develop policies and procedures for Outdoor Pursuits programs and
informal recreation equipment services.
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate Outdoor Pursuit staff
if applicable and potential interns or practicum students.
Plan and execute annual staff training if applicable and regular
in-service trainings for both Outdoor Pursuits and informal
recreation equipment centers.
Work with recreation marketing staff to coordinate and oversee all
Outdoor Pursuits program publicity and public relation
Provide support with the purchasing and maintenance of Outdoor
Pursuit facilities, vehicles, equipment, and supply
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.
Manage all special events that take place at the climbing wall
(competitions, specialty climbing nights, etc.).
Manage the student payroll system for all Outdoor Pursuits and
informal recreation equipment staff.
Provide support in development of Outdoor Pursuits and informal
recreation equipment area strategic plans, goals and objectives,
and program assessments.
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.
Provide support in authoring and updating all employee and
Provide support with other programs and activities as assigned,
including special events.
Establish working relationships with individuals, agencies, and
groups as necessary and appropriate, or as assigned.
Provide support with the management of full-time field facility
attendants for custodial and event set-up and tear-down
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Applications Accepted Through Date
Open Until Filled
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
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you hold a valid driver's license?
- * Do you have the ability to work evenings and weekends?
- Cover Letter
- Undergraduate Transcripts
- Master's Transcripts