Program Coordinator

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Program Coordinator

University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 4067

Location: Community Projects

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Appointment: Regular, part-time (0.75 FTE) position. This position is anticipated to work more hours during the academic year, August - May, with limited hours during the summer months. The exact schedule will be worked out between the finalist and department chair.
The Program Coordinator supports the University's commitment to environmental civic engagement and experiential learning by facilitating strong relationships between the University and regional environmental stakeholders. The coordinator reports to the Director of the Sound Policy Institute, and works closely with the Environmental Policy and Decision Making Department, Puget Sound Outdoors, Civic Scholarship Initiative, Experiential Learning Program, Sustainability Advisory Committee, and other campus departments.
The Program Coordinator collaborates with the Director, other campus colleagues and community members to create, plan, organize and lead events such as meetings, forums, field-based experiential learning opportunities, and workshops for campus and community members on environmental issues of regional concern. This work entails taking an active and continuing role in community meetings, events and initiatives. Field-based experiential learning opportunities will require the coordinator to help develop curriculum and teach outdoor and leadership skills that complement and are integrated with the academic program. The Program Coordinator helps program participants learn about, manage and reflect on group dynamics, while also managing logistics related to transportation (including driving vehicles as needed), meal planning and preparation, and camping/lodging arrangements when needed. The Program Coordinator ensures the safety of experiential learning participants and serves as primary first responder for medical care. The Program Coordinator works with the Community Relations Office to develop, maintain and update the Sound Policy Institute web and social media presence and serves as University contact for members of the campus community and members of our wider community on environmental civic engagement initiatives, including responding to questions, concerns, and requests for use of campus spaces by outside organizations.

  • Five years of experience working with Outward Bound/NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) type outdoor programs.
  • A Master's degree in a related field such as environmental education or environmental studies/science is also a plus, as is experience working with college students.
  • Skill and experience in guiding two or more types of outdoor pursuits (e.g. backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, etc.) is also recommended.
  • Must be able to deal with ambiguity, work creatively both as a team member and independently to design and implement programs, act with composure and integrity both on campus and in the wider community, and be skilled in conflict management.
  • A Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and food worker permit issued by a county or state in the United States is required by the employment start date.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, excellent driving record, and have experience driving 12-15 passenger vans.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:
Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than May 24, 2018 ensure consideration.
Required Documents:
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.
The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 6/1/2018
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