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Coordinator of Recreational Sports - Outdoor Pursuits

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Staff Assistant

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Coordinator of Recreational Sports - Outdoor Pursuits

Student Affairs, Division of

Recreational Sports Office

Staff Sub-Type
Staff & Administration

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Salary Range
$50,000-$57,000 (Depending on Experience)

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Position Summary

The Department of Recreational Sports at the State University of New York at Cortland is seeking a highly motivated and energetic professional for the position of Coordinator of Recreational Sports – Outdoor Pursuits. This individual will help develop and coordinate the Outdoor Pursuits program, which includes the Outdoor Pursuits center within the award-winning 150,000 sq. ft. Student Life Center and all programs and projects associated with the center. This individual will have oversight of the Rock Climbing and Bouldering Wall, tripping program, the Cortland Bike Program, and the Adirondack Trailblazers program for incoming first year and transfer students. This individual will also assist with all aspects of student employees at the Rock Climbing Wall and Outdoor Pursuits programs. This is a 12-month, full-time position.

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Major Responsibilities
  • Assist with the management of the Rock Climbing Wall, Bouldering Wall, and the entire Outdoor Pursuits Center in the Student Life Center, which includes maintaining an up to date program schedule, recruitment, training, and evaluation of student personnel, and creating and implementing student staff schedules (evening and weekend hours required).
  • Collaborate with the director of the Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education to plan, schedule and implement various outdoor pursuits activities at the center through tripping program.
  • Provide assistance with the recruitment, interviewing, hiring, training, scheduling, supervision, and evaluation of all student employees (approximately 50) for the Rock Climbing and Outdoor Pursuits Program for the positions of group leaders, belayers, service desk supervisors, and equipment checkout supervisors.
  • Assist with the oversight of the operation of the outdoor recreation equipment checkout/rental service including equipment management, the Cortland Bike Project, creating, and scheduling team building services for campus and non-campus entities, and budget analysis/management for purchasing and maintenance of equipment.
  • Attend all Recreational Sports Department staff meetings.
  • Plan, develop and implement a comprehensive tripping program for individuals with varying levels of skill.
  • Supervise/lead various tripping activities such as white-water rafting, skiing, rock climbing, caving, cycling, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, camping, and kayaking.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Adirondack Trailblazers Program which includes recruitment and training of lead staff, marketing of program, planning and execution of the program, budget management, and communication with campus stakeholders.
  • Assist with onsite facility administration of the Student Life Center outside of the academic year, including summer, winter, and holiday breaks. This includes onsite coverage when needed and assistance with onsite operations.
Functional and Supervisory Relationships

This individual will report directly to the Director of Recreational Sports and will have supervisory responsibility for graduate assistants and undergraduate student workers within the Rock Climbing Wall and Outdoor Pursuits program. This individual will also maintain collaborative working relationships with faculty and staff within the SLC and across the campus community.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Sport Management or related field.
  • Experience in experiential/outdoor education or other relevant field.
  • Experience in recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating student employees.
  • CPR /First Aid/ AED certification AND Wilderness First Responder (must be obtained within first six months of employment)
  • Experience planning, managing, or directing a variety of outdoor recreation activities such as skiing, rock climbing, cycling, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, camping, and kayaking.
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license, with the ability to drive 12-passenger vans.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Sport Management or related field.
  • Prior work experience in a campus Recreational Sports program.
  • Outdoor recreation equipment management experience.
  • CPR /First Aid/ AED instructor.
  • Experience with leading wilderness medicine trainings and certifications.
  • Experience with team building activities for large and small groups.
EEO Statement

The State University of New York at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/ EEO / ADA ) employer. The university actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the university.

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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you have a valid drivers license?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. If you are not currently CPR/First Aid/AED and Wilderness First Responder certified, are you wiling and able to obtain such certifications within six months of hire?
    • yes
    • no
  4. Are you currently employed by SUNY Cortland? If so, please indicate what type of employee.
    • UUP Professional
    • UUP Faculty
    • Management Confidential
    • Research Foundation
    • Represented by CSEA, PBANYS or PEF
    • Full Time Lecturer
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  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References Contact Info. ONLY (minimum of 3)
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 SUNY Cortland

From your first steps on campus, you’ll feel the spirit of Cortland. It’s an energy that extends from the classroom to competition to the community.

SUNY Cortland stands out as one of New York’s top public universities — a medium-sized school that offers academic strength across 68 majors, a high quality of student life and a degree that pays back graduates.

Reputations in teacher education and health-related majors laid the foundation for exciting new programs related to business, natural sciences, the arts and specialized professional fields.

Our students, faculty and staff members are invested in the world around them. Whether it’s a class assignment, independent research or a passion project, Red Dragons look to make a difference.

With more than 1,400 employees, we are the leading employer in the City of Cortland and in Cortland County, and we’re also one of the most desirable places to work.

Job seekers will find competitive salaries, outstanding benefits and an invigorating work environment with full access to Cortland’s exceptional recreation and fitness facilities, library and other resources.

We offer full- and part-time employment in academic, administrative and staff positions, plus a wide range of employment opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students, including graduate assistantships.

Also offering employment opportunities on campus are two affiliated organizations, Cortland Auxiliary and the Research Foundation of SUNY.

Cortland Auxiliary is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides the SUNY Cortland community with food services and the Campus Store, to name a few. 

The Research Foundation for SUNY is a private, nonprofit educational corporation that administers externally funded contracts and grants that support research and discovery for and on behalf of SUNY Cortland. The Research Foundation offers professional, research, day care, tutoring and clerical employment opportunities.

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