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Community Program Coordinator, Senior

Northern Arizona University
Economic Policy Institute
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Job Title: Community Program Coordinator, Senior
Location: Economic Policy Institute
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605832
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

Special Information
  • Schedule: This position fluctuates from full time during our busy seasons in the spring and fall to no less than .75 equivalent during the programs winter and summer seasons. The position requires the flexibility to work extended and non-standard work hours as needed to accomplish objectives, including evenings and weekends. The yearly schedule will be discussed further during the interview process.
  • This is a Sedona based position as the majority of the work occurs in Sedona and requires incumbent to be on site, and on call, for extended hours and on occasional weekends. When operating programs (approximately 18 weeks a year) employee will be both in Sedona and in the field traveling, with most common destination being the Grand Canyon. For other weeks, when supervising the programs in Sedona but not actually being the lead Coordinator, will visit program sites and assist part-time staff as needed.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Job Description

The Road Scholar program operates weeklong educational travel programs targeted to participants over the age of 50 as well as younger adult family members and children 9 - 13 from all parts of the United States. The NAU program operates 180 programs per year and has 27 distinct itineraries. The successful applicant will serve as the “Sedona Manager” for our larger program that is based on the campus of Northern Arizona University. This position will provide the managerial, administrative, and instructional oversight of all programs that are based in the Sedona area as well as serve as the group leader for many of these programs. Supervision of 4 part-time Sedona based staff.

Education & Presentation - 50%

  • Maintains and develops the educational content and itineraries for Sedona based Road Scholar programs.
  • Conducts natural history programs in the field, National Parks, etc.
  • In the field leadership for week-long to 8-day educational programs for groups up to 40 people in size, providing educational content and leading field excursions as needed to the region’s scenic and educational attractions.
  • Speaks in front of large audiences on a regular basis.
  • Drives participants in University passenger vans to programs itinerary destinations. For motor coach programs, provides interpretive duties of the geography and national history of the areas we pass through.

Program Operations Management - 20%

  • Recruits and schedules instructors, field trips, and works to coordinate and confirm logistical details.
  • Writes weekly post program reports and reviews client’s evaluations to determine potential corrective actions.
  • Proofs and edits Road Scholar program catalog copy, information letters, and weekly schedules.

Community Relations - 15%

  • Acts as the liaison between lodging and dining facilities, the Road Scholar participants, and the Road Scholar Flagstaff office.

Supervision - 5%

  • Supervises and trains team members in subject matter and effective interpretive presentation methodologies utilizing specialized knowledge and skills.

Other - 5%

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A valid State of Arizona driver’s license.
  • Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment.
  • Three years of progressively responsible instructional or subject work experience.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications
  • First Aid and CPR certified. Applicant can attain this post hire and the program will pay for all subsequent refresher courses as needed.
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFR) certified.
  • Well versed in the natural history, human history, geology, geography, and native cultures of the Southwest.
  • Experience with organizational management tools such as Excel and the use of databases.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and make alternative arrangements on short notice.
  • Ability to be flexible and open to different points of view.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as be self-directed.
  • Ability to work with, and be sensitive to the needs of, individuals over the age of 55.
  • Ability to work with all ages during grandparent and family programs.
  • Experience with program development and implementation.
  • Ability to work with people from various culturally diverse backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requiremt

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, NAU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 18, 2022. For questions about vaccines and medical or religious accommodations, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

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 as this campus has 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.


Salary range begins at $47,634 (.75 FTE salary). Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

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

Applications received by February 9, 2022 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

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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