Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development
University of Lynchburg
Coordinator oversees the administration, development, and implementation of a comprehensive outdoor adventure and leadership development program that supports the mission of the University by offering experiential activities and high impact practices.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and ensures critical and essential safety protocols for all off campus trips, challenge course programs, climbing wall, tree climbing activities, and any other activity/program offered by OLP
- Oversees coordination of necessary inspections and safety trainings for OLP
- Maintains records of equipment repairs/replacement and program accidents
Management and Administration
- Access campus needs and interests related to leadership and recreation and develop appropriate programs to meet the needs of campus community
- Work with student staff to ensure coverage for all OLP activities and programs
- Responsible for the administration and oversight of the OLP budget, including student payroll management
- Develop and market opportunities to the greater Lynchburg community for adventure course and leadership training opportunities
- Collaborate with academic departments, athletics, students and administration to promote student learning and engagement and high impact practices through programs and activities led through OLP
- Track participation numbers and cost associated with program options to be submitted annually for Board of Trustees reports and Annual Report
- Plan, develop, and implement the first year pre-orientation program, ABOVE, working with FY programs, housing/residence life, and other departments that directly impact first year students
- Plan, develop, advertise and implement on campus summer camp opportunities for local students (K – 12)
Stewardship of trails and facilities
- Oversees the care and maintenance of trails/space surrounding the challenge course; storage facility on Faculty Drive; and all equipment used/owned by OLP
- Manage and maintain recreational gear, adventure and challenge course gear, and the challenge course
- Assist the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development in the implementation of major campus events and traditions, including Hornet Days, as well as supporting other campus wide leadership programs such as, John G. Eccles Leadership Summit, Leadership Awards, Anderson Leadership Conference and student leadership trainings
- Provide assistance with the overall function of the Drysdale Student Center. This could include, but is not limited to: student training, evaluation and supervision; programming; marketing; POS; calendar management; and on call responsibilities.
- Serve as Dean on Call on a rotating basis
- Serve on University committees as interested, appropriate and/or requested
- Perform any other related duties as may be required
Technical and Programmatic Skill Requirements
- Course and element set up and take down; gear retrieval.
- Self-belay climbing, harness tie-in procedures; knot tying; belaying.
- Course and equipment and inspection and maintenance.
- Recreational activity skills, including by not limited to: hiking, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tree climbing, backpacking, caving.
- Knowledge of theory used in processing group facilitation and group dynamics, including diverse experience with the use of activities and exercises used in group training and development.
- Gear and equipment repair.
- Wilderness First Responders or Emergency Medical Technician
- ACA (American Canoe Association) instructor and swift water rescue training preferred
- NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), OB (Outward Bound) or Project Adventure experience preferred
- SPI (Single Pitch Instructor) rock climbing training preferred
- ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) training preferred
- American Red Cross CPR/AED/Wilderness and Remote First Aid Instructor preferred
Oral and/or Written Requirements
Excellent English language oral and written skills needed for effective communication in individual and large group presentations. Excellent reading comprehension and writing abilities. Good mathematical skills for budget preparation. Familiarity with Google and Microsoft Office.
The functions of this position may involve significant amounts of walking, standing, hiking, climbing, driving, etc. Leading adventure programs/activities requires physical fitness and the commitment to living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Most programs are outdoors in weather conditions that can often be extreme. The normal workday is from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m., with considerable hours worked each day beyond those hours, as well as nights and weekends. Some travel is required. As schedules for programs and events may occur after 5:00p.m. and on weekends, schedule will be adjusted accordingly.
Minimum Experience and Education
As the position requires technical training and certifications as they relate to outdoor adventures and programs, the certifications listed above will be required. Bachelor’s degree preferred in recreational leadership, sports management or a related field. However, equitable experience will be considered and is preferred. Selected candidate must successfully pass a background check.
Salary and Benefits
This is a non-exempt position with full college benefits; including, but not limited to, health insurance, dental insurance, professional development options, tuition remission programs for staff and family, and access to gym and health facilities. Salary range $34,000 – $36,000, based on experience plus additional professional development opportunities.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining qualifications related to the position, resume, and three references to Human Resources ℅ B.J. Keefer, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, University of Lynchburg 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or email . Applications are currently being collected and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Anticipated start date January 14, 2019.
University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. University of Lynchburg strives for a diverse and inclusive community; under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with a multicultural and diverse student body.