Academic Program Coord, Int

Northern Arizona University
Geography, Planning&Recreation
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Oct 14, 2021

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Job Title: Academic Program Coord, Int
Location: Geography, Planning&Recreation
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 605526
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

Assists in the maintenance and coordination of the Park Ranger Training Program (PRTP) within the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation. The PRTP is a significant component of the Park Protection Emphasis within the undergraduate Parks and Recreation Management degree and is offered to affiliate students seeking the training prerequisites to obtain employment as a law enforcement ranger with the National Park Service. The position ensures the implementation of policies and practices as established by the university and the National Park Service; assists in coordination and instruction of classroom and field-based program activities; and assists in conducting oversight, review, and analysis of the effectiveness and policy compliance of the PRTP.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Follows standard policies, practices, and guidelines with some latitude for personal decision making. Personal discretion in policy implementation is guided by university and National Park Service standards and procedures.
  • Demonstrates intermediate knowledge of concepts, processes, and practices related to the PRTP.
  • Diagnoses causes of problems; proposes potential solutions within policy and practice; applies broad knowledge of concepts and procedures to coordinate and deliver instruction, facilities, and logistics through cooperating personnel, outside organizations/agencies, and vendors.

Essential Position Responsibilities

Program Coordination:

  • Assists in development of program content, maintains operational aspects of the program.
  • Assists in scheduling of adjunct instructors and facilities within the program’s budget.
  • Assists in purchasing supplies and procurement of facilities.
  • Distribute, collect, and process forms and documents related to the program.
  • Coordinate events related to the program.

Program Evaluation and Management

  • Assists in evaluation of instruction by adjunct instructors.
  • Instructs others on program guidelines and details.
  • Helps to ensure compliance with National Park Service contract requirements and policy.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable university and other laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Maintains records related to instruction, student performance, and instructor performance through the use of electronic databases and other means.
  • Researches, summarizes, and analyzes information related to program activities to compile data needed for special or recurring reports.
  • Supervise field activities that include adjunct instructors, role players, and student workers.

Instruction and External Contacts

  • Serves as liaison for the program and as a primary point of contact to potential and current students, staff, faculty, and external stakeholders and constituents.
  • Delivers presentations to communicate information about the program.
  • Instructs topics within scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Two to four years experience in land management, parks and recreation management, or criminal justice.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education, parks and recreation management, or other field related to land management.
  • Experience in public land management law enforcement.
  • Current or past law enforcement commission with a public land management agency, law enforcement general instructor and/or law enforcement topic specific instructor certification (e.g., firearms, control tactics, use of force).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, guidelines, and procedures related to the Park Ranger Training Program.
  • Knowledge of administrative and procurement processes related to the Park Ranger Training Program.
  • Knowledge of land management law enforcement policies and practices.
  • Knowledge of organizational practices and principles.


  • Training program management, coordination, and execution.
  • Coordination of instructional activities, data evaluation, and work prioritization.
  • Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Works independently.
  • Exercises good judgement and professionalism.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


The budgeted salary amount is $32,000 annually. This is a 10 month, .75 FTE position (36 hours per week).

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

August 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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