Program Coordinator for Outdoor Pursuits, Recreation

Job Details

Category:: Professional
Department:: Campus Recreation
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Mar 2, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 49793
Position ID:: 143476

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Staff Assistant (SL-2)

Salary: $44,374 - $45,705

The Department of Campus Recreation is looking for an enthusiastic team player to assist in the leadership and administration of all operational and programming aspects of a comprehensive university outdoor pursuits program.

Campus Recreational Services, reporting to the Division of Student Affairs, offers a multi-faceted program that is designed to encourage positive lifestyle choices and promote lifelong learning through both wellness and physical activity. The department manages the newly renovated Recreation Center at the East Gym and operates six core program areas: Fitness, Open Recreation, Intramurals, Club Sports, Outdoor Pursuits and Wellness Services. Through these programs the department serves approximately 80% of undergraduate students, as well as graduate students, faculty & staff, alumni, University affiliates and community members.

Binghamton Outdoor Pursuits is dedicated to the promotion of physical activity, wellness and a deeper understanding of nature through experience-based outdoor, adventure and environmental education. Annually serving over 1,200 participants, our instructors lead non-credit outdoor recreational activities, as well as teach credit bearing courses under the Office of the Provost and University-Wide Courses.

The Program Coordinator for Outdoor Pursuits is not an entry level position. Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Program Coordinator will have the ability to function independently and to complete tasks with limited supervision, manage ambiguity, and work within collaborative decision-making structures as needed. The ideal candidate must have strong problem-solving skills and show high levels of adaptability. This position requires well developed interpersonal skills, clear and consistent communication, including broad inter-departmental communication and an understanding of and an ability to work within the Binghamton University and Campus Recreational Services' administrative procedures and policies. Well-rounded leadership abilities including performance evaluation skills and team development processes are critical.

This position will supervise a student staff of approximately 8 employees (office staff and activity leaders). Major duties will include program administration, personnel management, and programming.


  • Assist with the overall administration of and representation of the Outdoor Pursuits program within the department, division and campus
  • Oversee day-to-day office and equipment rental center duties. Facilitate office operations in participant registration and equipment rentals, oversee routine program promotion and contribute to the social media/marketing direction of all adventure activities, trips, OUT courses and challenge course programs
  • Participate in the recruiting, supervision, training and evaluation of Outdoor Pursuits undergraduate and graduate student staff members, both in the office and in the field settings. Responsible for training student staff in equipment utilization, storage and repair as well as outdoor leadership and skills workshops. Provide supervision, mentoring and evaluation of student staff as well as guidance with staffing issues
  • Teaching assigned credit classes and leading non-credit programs, providing logistics support of assigned programs. Specific assignments will be based on expertise in the field of adventure programming with leadership and teaching responsibilities to include but not limited to backpacking, cross-country skiing, winter camping, mountain biking, tree climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, four-season backcountry travel and expedition leadership
  • Outdoor equipment procurement, maintenance and repair
  • Monitoring van fleet maintenance and scheduling; facilitate class and activity logistical planning
  • Assist in venue scouting and determination
  • Assist in the creation of the Outdoor Pursuits annual budget forecast by making purchasing recommendations and reviewing Rental Center revenues/expenses
  • Collect data and maintain statistical reports to track program participation and equipment utilization


  • A Bachelor's degree in recreation, environmental studies or related field
  • At least 2 years of post-graduate experience in outdoor trip guiding and/or educational leadership. Graduate Assistantship experience will be accepted as an equivalent of one year's experience
  • Wilderness First Aid certification AND Level 1 Ropes Course certifications, or the ability to attain certifications within six months
  • Must have knowledge, experience and proven abilities in student supervision, teaching and/or curriculum development
  • Knowledge of industry standards to plan and lead courses/programs with best practices in specific technical areas. This position requires experience across multiple technical areas including but not limited to backpacking, cross-country skiing, winter camping, mountain biking, tree climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, four-season backcountry travel and expedition leadership. Our ideal candidate will have proficiency in technical areas spanning all four seasons
  • Must have experience in planning and leading ropes course programming/team building activities
  • Excellent mentoring skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse and wide range of students, professionals and community populations
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, to think laterally and undertake initiatives
  • Must be in good physical condition, capable of extensive physical exertion and possess the emotional stability and maturity to care for others over extended time periods and in adverse circumstances
  • Must be willing to work overnights, weekends, holidays and spend extended time in the field with student groups
  • Must hold a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record and the ability to drive program participants in a 15-passenger van including trailer with competency


  • A Master's degree in Outdoor recreation, Environmental education, Environmental studies, Organizational development or similarly related field
  • Wilderness First Responder certification or the ability to attain within six months
  • Understanding of fiscal management systems including point of sale operations, reconciliation, purchase orders and invoicing

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

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Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: March 22, 2022

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

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  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

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