Outdoor Adventures Coordinator

Company: Outdoor Adventures - University of Miami

Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Transforming Lives

The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.

CORE JOB SUMMARY                                                                                                                                    

The Program Coordinator (working title; Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures) is responsible for assisting the development, direction, and evaluation of a comprehensive Outdoor Adventures program and assisting in supervising and maintaining outdoor space and equipment.  The Coordinator will increase participation and diversification of outdoor recreation programs and participants.  The Coordinator will collaborate with student affairs partners (i.e., Housing, Wellness and Recreation, Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Sustainability) to promote student engagement and foster physical well-being by all campus community members.  This position will report to the Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures.

CORE JOB FUNCTIONS                                                                                                          

  • Directly oversee the equipment rental program and climbing wall operations, including inventory, inspections, maintenance, staff training and supervision, and purchasing.
  • Develops and maintains maintenance procedures for equipment and climbing wall documents for preventative maintenance protocols.
  • Responsible, along with the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures, for the hiring, training, scheduling, evaluation, and development of student staff.
  • Assist with oversight of operational budgets related to programs and ensures accountability for program expenditures.
  • Provide departmental assistance for Outdoor Adventures and outdoor programming spaces facility supervision.
  • Assist with marketing, budgeting, strategic planning, and continued development of Outdoor Adventures.
  • Develop and implement on-campus outdoor adventure events by guiding student employees in creating outdoor adventures related to community events for campus constituents and working with outside groups to deliver regular wilderness-based classes, lectures, and events on various topics.
  • Assist with the Outdoor Adventures Trips program and co-lead outdoor trips.
  • Assist with the development of the annual Trip Leader training curriculum. Facilitate training for technical and non-technical skills in a variety of sports.  These should include but are not limited to camping skills, rock climbing, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, skin diving, kayaking, backpacking, group development, risk management, wilderness medicine, and Leave-No-Trace outdoor ethics.
  • Assist with managing the daily business for Outdoor Adventures, which includes an indoor climbing wall, trips, and clinics program, rental center, and a wide range of specialized programs, activities, events, and projects that support the Department of Wellness and Recreation and Housing and Residential Life. 
  • Assists with miscellaneous special projects assigned by the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures or Director of Recreational Sports Programs.
  • Monitor and assist with the risk management plans for all outdoor adventure programs.

CORE QUALIFICATIONS                                                                       


High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Recreation Administration, higher education/student affairs administration, management, or related field preferred.

Certification and Licensing:

Certification as a Wilderness First Responder or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of 1 year of full-time professional experience in an outdoor recreation program.  A combination of relevant experience and education may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated pursuit of professional development through a national organization (AORE, NIRSA, etc.)
  • Ability to meet the requirements to drive University and personal vehicles.
  • Possess strong knowledge and understanding of Climbing Wall facility operations and standards.
  • Understand facility maintenance needs, including preventative care, repair, and upkeep of all climbing wall facilities and rental equipment, including but not limited to camping, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, and kayaking.
  • Knowledge of current literature, trends in adventure programming, and risk management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of skills, techniques, and certifications involved in programming a variety of outdoor adventure activities.
  • Basic understanding and ability to execute outdoor adventure-based programming on a college campus.
  • Demonstrated experience administering risk management and best practices in outdoor adventure programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships across campus.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, proposal, and monitoring of revenues and expenditures.
  • Ability to recruit and retain student personnel and monitor staff certification.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with evaluation and assessment including applications, data collection, and reporting.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; proficiency in computing skills and assessment.
  • Evening and weekend work required.
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

Job Status: Full time

Employee Type: Staff

Pay Grade: c103

How to Apply

Apply at Univ of Miami Jobs - https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UMCareerStaff/job/Coral-Gables-FL/Program-Coordinator--Outdoor-Adventures_R100058946-1
Posted on: June 21, 2022
Job Type: Full Time
Application Closing Date:
April 21, 2024
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree
Region(s): Southeast US