Appalachian State University — Coordinator Outdoor Programs

Appalachian State University invites interested applicants for the position of Coordinator of Outdoor Programs to become a part of the University Recreation (UREC) team as we facilitate an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities transform, engage, and care for the App State community.

This position is primarily responsible for working with the Assistant Director in the overall administration, fiscal management, implementation, and supervision of the Outdoor Adventure Trips and the Climbing Wall at the Student Recreation Center. This position also includes responsibilities to closely collaborate with the operations of other Outdoor Program areas including the Outing Center, Teambuilding, and Bike App.

The Coordinator directly reports to the Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs.

You will succeed in this position if you are committed to

  • Advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strongly believe in the benefits of experiential and adventure-based learning activities.
  • Ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to engage and thrive.
  • Enhancing students’ career readiness and leadership skills.
  • Inspiring and empowering a vibrant, active, and healthy community.
  • Be available to work in a flexible schedule that requires some evenings, weekends, and designated holidays.

Who we are
At Outdoor Programs, we believe we are educators who develop and positively impact students using experience as our textbook and the Outdoors as our classroom. We excel in building connections through experiential and adventure-based activities.

At University Recreation (UREC) we believe in an equitable University Recreation community with opportunities for everyone, with everyone. Learn more about UREC at this link

Appalachian State University is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of members of historically underrepresented groups.

You will have the opportunity to

Program Operations

  • Design and implement a comprehensive trips program for a diverse App State community, that is focused on human-powered adventure programs such as rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and rafting, hiking and backpacking, caving, and other outdoor pursuits in the Southern Appalachians and beyond.
  • Administrate and coordinate the daily programs and operations of the indoor Climbing Wall in the Student Recreation Center including our adaptive climbing program.
  • Actively collaborate with the Outdoor Program Leadership team to the supervision, trainings, and operations of other program areas (Outing Center, TeamBuilding, and Bike App)
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate program policies.
  • Ensure continuity in departmental and university business practices across all areas of Outdoor Programs (i.e Trip Reports, Incident / Accident Reporting, Annual Reports, etc.)
  • Design and implement custom programs by building new and maintaining existing strategic partnerships with other offices and departments across campus.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Hold self, students, and staff members accountable to departmental expectations of creating an inclusive environment at UREC facilities.
  • Promote inclusive ways to advocate for the needs of all students.
  • Maintain sensitivity to different perspectives and identities.
  • Challenge cultural norms to explore change.

Student Development

  • Recruit, retain, and mentor a diverse crew of 30-40 Outdoor Programs student staff that represent the App State community.
  • Design, coordinate, and lead training opportunities that focus on the growth and development of student self-awareness, group dynamics, leadership, outdoor technical skills, and employability skill sets.
  • Actively engage in reflection of personal identity and how it influences work with students and colleagues, which includes professional development opportunities.
  • Teach CPR, AED, and First Aid classes for University Recreation Student Staff and App State community participants.
  • Continue professional development by involvement in professional organizations and participating in regular continuing education.
  • Develop and coordinate staff appreciation initiatives in order to retain student employees and build a sense of belonging within the team.

Fiscal Management

  • Budget, track, and reconcile all expenses related to the Adventure Trips and Climbing Wall areas on a monthly basis.
  • Assist in the annual budgeting process for Outdoor Programs. This includes developing, forecasting, and reporting on revenues and expenses related to Adventure Trips and Climbing Wall areas. Total budgetary oversight is $250,300 within a $320,000 Outdoor Program budget.

Risk Management

  • Provide oversight for risk management related to Outdoor Programs trips and the Climbing Wall.
  • Monitor outdoor program industry trends and recommend modifications to risk management policies and procedures.

Facility and Equipment Management

  • Develop and implement effective and fiscally prudent procedures for the issuance, maintenance, and purchase of program equipment for Climbing Wall and Trips.
  • Monitor and stay updated on outdoor program industry national standards for climbing wall facilities, and program equipment.

At a minimum, you should have

  • Bachelor degree in a related field.
  • 100 total days in the field (including personal days) with 35-40 of those being professional trip leading expedition experience varying from 1 to 8 days in extension.
  • One (1) year of practical work experience in a leadership role at an indoor climbing gym.
  • Demonstrated competency of active involvement working on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Valid driver’s license upon the first day of employment with a minimum of two years of driving experience and a clean driving record.

The preferred candidate will have

  • Master degree in a related area.
  • Technical outdoor competency in at least two (2) of the following skill areas: whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, backpacking, and/or challenge course facilitation.
  • One (1) year of administrative/coordinative professional experience in working in a leadership capacity in outdoor recreation with an emphasis on staff development, fiscal management, and program implementation.
  • Certifications in the following: Wilderness First Responder, AMGA/PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor, AMGA/PCIA Climbing Single Pitch, ACA Swiftwater Rescue and/or Challenge Course Facilitator Level I (ACCT).
  • Experience providing student outdoor leadership development opportunities in a college recreation setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in outdoor equipment usage and maintenance.

Salary and benefits
Between $37,000-$40,000 plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit:

How to apply

To Apply, use link below…..

For full consideration, applicants must submit all the required documents which should clearly demonstrate how the applicant meets the requirements of the position.

  • Cover letter, which summarizes qualifications and expresses interest in the position.
  • Current resume which includes dates of employment. Additionally, you may include a trip log.
  • Answers to supplemental questions (on the on-line application)
  • Name and contact information of at least three professional references.
  • Attach Cultural Awareness response – Please limit your response to 400 words

We intentionally strive to employ individuals who possess the skills necessary to effectively promote an inclusive and diverse program for all Appalachian State University students. Our effort is to create an environment that recognizes, respects, and celebrates differences. Please respond to this statement by:

  • Expressing your cultural self-awareness,
  • Describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, and
  • Demonstrating how you apply these to the learning/working environment.
  • The deadline to submit applications is September 3rd, 2021.

For questions about the position, please contact Erin Sanders. Assistant Director of Sports Programs & Communications at

This position is anticipated to start in late November 2021.

Additional Salary Information: Between $37,000-$40,000 plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: