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University of Colorado Outdoor Program Coordinator in Boulder, Colorado

Outdoor Program Coordinator

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Recreation Services welcomes applications for an Outdoor Program Coordinator! Under the supervision of the Outdoor Program Assistant Director, this position oversees and operates the climbing gym and Outdoor Program rental center, a component of the Outdoor Program in the Department of Recreation Services. The purpose of the Outdoor Program is to provide opportunities for physical and social interaction, student development, student employment, safe-risk taking, skill development, environmental awareness, and ultimately a healthier university community. This position will have an afternoon and evening schedule including a weekend day during the school year.

Who We Are

Recreation Services is a valued campus resource and partner dedicated to supporting student success. We offer a variety of high quality, convenient, innovative and inclusive ways to help you connect with yourself and your campus community. The Rec is a LEED Platinum (highest ranking sustainable design) facility with over 300,000 square feet of recreation and fitness activity space. We are a student fee-funded service and our student-led, CUSG Recreation Board and team of experts will ensure we meet the evolving needs of a dynamic recreation, fitness and wellness service that supports student engagement, academic and personal success.

The Outdoor Program provides a gateway for students to enjoy the great outdoors, while also emphasizing skill acquisition, safety, positive group dynamics, environmental awareness, and fun. These objectives are obtained through utilizing the climbing gym, rental center, trips program, and challenge course.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Program Administration

  • Oversee:

  • Climbing gym promotion, marketing, staffing, risk management, course planning, and delivery.

  • Rental operations which includes, group rentals, equipment repair and purchasing, and charging patrons late and replacement fees.

  • Update point of sale information and website with new semester offerings.

  • Provide quality internal and external customer service.

Climbing Gym Operations

  • Manage budget, project revenues, and expenditures, purchase equipment.

  • Oversee and ensure safe operations of the climbing gym, student manager supervision, and best practices related to safety and risk management.

  • Manage and keep records of the climbing gym maintenance, including route setting, inspections, gym floor, and hardware repairs.

  • Assist student coordinators with a climbing competition every spring.

Rental Center Operations

  • Oversee budget, project revenues and expenditures, maintain the inventory of rental equipment.

  • Responsible for repair and replacement of equipment as needed.

  • Supervise student manager and ensure quality customer service practices.

Employee Supervision

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate climbing gym and rental center student staff and student coordinators.

  • Manage all aspects of student employee payroll.

  • Develop curriculum and provide instruction for in-house staff training, and maintain required documentation on all staff training and certifications.

  • Oversee weekly route setting ensuring safe and quality routes are being built.

  • Support employee development through training, coaching, evaluations, and leadership opportunities.

Outdoor Program Administration and Operations Assistance

  • Assist the Outdoor Program with additional tasks that may include assessment, strategic planning, staff training, incoming student trip support, outdoor climbing training, staff skills checks, and challenge course facilitation.

  • Have on-call responsibilities for trips and challenge course programs several weekends a semester.

Recreation Program and Facilities Quality Control

  • Participate in the development of ideas and suggestions for program and facility improvement.

  • Attend Recreation Center classes or programs and use various facilities and equipment periodically for quality control.

What You Should Know

  • This position will have an afternoon and evening schedule including a weekend day during the school year.

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include evenings, weekends and some overnight trips.

  • Have on-call responsibilities for trips and challenge course programs several weekends a semester.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary is $40,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Outdoor Recreation, Education, Natural Science, or related field.

  • Previous climbing gym employment, route setting and climbing instruction experience.

  • Ability to obtain Commercial Motor Vehicle certification within 6 months of employment and ability to pass a related physical.

  • Wilderness First Responder Certification, or ability to obtain within first 3 months of employment.

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include evenings, weekends and some overnight trips.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of climbing gym best practices and route setting.

  • Ability to instruct on safe climbing practices and techniques.

  • Knowledge of outdoor and climbing equipment.

  • Ability to direct, train and supervise staff.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Progress toward a Master's degree or a Master's degree from an accredited college/university in Outdoor Recreation, Education, Natural Science or related field.

  • Outdoor climbing & instruction experience.

  • Staff supervision experience.

  • Experience managing a climbing gym.

  • Experience managing a rental center.

  • Climbing Gym Instructor Provider certification.

  • Single Pitch Instructor Certification (AMGA or PCIA).

  • Challenge course facilitation experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A current resume.

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by April 21, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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This organization participates in E-Verify. We will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each employee's I-9 form to confirm work authorization.