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AS Outdoor Center Challenge Program Coordinator 2020-2021

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Location: Bellingham, WA
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AS Outdoor Center Challenge Program Coordinator 2020-2021

About the Department

The purpose of the Associated Students Outdoor Center is to enhance opportunities for members of Western’s community to involve themselves in outdoor recreation activities. The Outdoor Center provides a spectrum of programs, resources and services to enable the students, faculty, staff and Alumni Association members to safely participate in a variety of activities, develop and refine skills, practice environmental responsibility, and interact with each other and members of the community. 

The Associated Students Challenge Program exists to aid in the development of group dynamics, provide leadership skills, and effective communication skills while helping the groups Identify and reach their collective goals. This is accomplished through tailored group activities on Western’s campus, at the Lakewood challenge course, and off campus. Our knowledgeable facilitators have been trained in leadership, risk management, group dynamics and Challenge Course Industry Standards. 

About the Position

The purpose of the Challenge Program is to provide opportunities for the development and practice of individual and team skills through experiential activities. The Challenge Program experience is designed to be a fun and safe forum for exploring issues of personal behavior and group interaction. The Challenge Program Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Viking Outdoor Recreation Administrative Staff with a variety of tasks associated with the operation of the program. 

The Challenge Program Coordinator is responsible for managing the challenge course and all program equipment.  The Coordinator also manages all of the facilitators and their work schedules. 

Terms of Position

This is a four quarter position. This position starts the Monday before the start of classes summer quarter. This position works an average of 9 hours per week. The position holder may work more some weeks and less other weeks depending on the office’s needs. The position holder may be expected to work during intersessions, but has seven weeks of vacation throughout the term of position to be coordinated with the position supervisor.

Required Qualifications
  • Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • Ability to complete the entire term of the position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Effective organizational and time management skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.  
  • Ability to work within deadlines and problem solve. 
  • Ability to communicate in an effective manner that is welcoming to wide variety of people. 
  • Knowledge of department and the position’s responsibilities. 
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide variety of people on Western’s campus and in the Bellingham community. 
  • Ability to perform safety checks on cables, ropes, slings, helmets, hardware, paths, and any other related equipment used on the course. 
  • Briefing and debriefing skills. 
  • Group process and developmental skills. 
  • Experience with Challenge Course Programming and Challenge Course operations. 
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certification. 
AS Employment Responsibilities
  • Serve the diverse membership of the Associated Students in a professional and ethical manner by:
    • Being familiar with and upholding the AS Charter, all WWU policies, and all AS policies including the Personnel Policy, Code of Conduct, and Program Standards.
    • Attending all AS staff development events including, but not limited to: pre-fall orientation, pre-winter, and pre-spring staff developments. 
    • Being knowledgeable of the AS organization and its general operations.
    • Serving on search committees as designated by the AS Personnel Director.
  • Ensure the legacy of this position by:
    • Working in conjunction with the Viking Outdoor Recreation Administrative Staff as well as Challenge Program Course Coordinator.
    • Working with the previous position holder to complete a minimum of 15 hours of unpaid internship as well as providing a 15-hour internship to the incoming position holder.
    • Working with the Administrative Coordinator to Develop and maintain a legacy document as required by the AS Personnel Policy.
AS Outdoor Center Responsibilities
  • Uphold Outdoor Center mission statement, norms, and expectations by:
    • Devoting an average of 9 hours per week to the Associated Students and Outdoor Center. \
    • Providing availability for Outdoor Center promotions, events, and speaking engagements. 
    • Participate in training conducted by the Outdoor Center Program Coordinator. 
    • Working in conjunction with the Viking Outdoor Recreation Administrative Staff as well as Challenge Program Administrative Coordinator. 
    • Recognizing the worth of the individual and the group in all activities. 
    • Establishing and maintaining a respectful working relationship with all other members of the Outdoor Center Staff.  
  • Ensure the Outdoor Center serves the needs of the Associated Students by:
    • Providing a variety of programming.
    • Performing other duties as needed or assigned by the Viking Outdoor Recreation Administrative Staff
Position Responsibilities
  • Enable Challenge Course Facilitators to help students and groups to build camaraderie, teamwork, and trust by: 
    • Contacting and scheduling staff to work booked programs. 
    • Organizing trainings and activities to develop the skills required to facilitate groups utilizing the Challenge Program along with the Lakewood Manager and the Outdoor Center Program Coordinator 
    • Relaying client interest and information from the Administrative Coordinator to facilitators so as to insure that the unique client needs are met.  
    • Keeping an up-to-date schedule available in order to maintain visibilitand to communicate program needs to the Administrative Coordinator.  
    • Holding facilitators accountable for safety on the course through trainings and management of appropriate certifications. 
    • Managing equipment inventory. 
    • Relaying to the Administrative Coordinator what appropriate materials are needed. 
  • Ensure that the Challenge Course is functional, safe, and meets industry standards by: 
    • Ensuring that all equipment is in adequate working condition. 
    • Replacing ropes, harnesses, helmets, and hardware as needed. 
    • Keeping an up to date inventory of all Challenge Course Program equipment. 
    • Performing a full inspection of the Challenge Course on a regular basis. 
    • Staying up to date on changing industry and safety standards. 
    • Assuring the course meets the ever changing industry standards. 
    • Taking steps to ensure that the course passes its annual external inspection. 
    • Ensuring that all changes suggested during external inspections are executed in a timely and effective manner. 
    • Attending and obtaining training on specific Challenge Course guidelines and regulations  
    • Directly reporting any issues to the Lakewood Manager. 
  • Market the Challenge Course Program by: 
    • Acting as a representative for the AS Challenge Course Program.  
    • Planning and implementing new course development.  
    • Promoting the Challenge Course Program and its resources at WWU events. 
  • Hire and train Challenge Course facilitators by: 
    • Reviewing and processing all facilitator applications. 
    • Conducting interviews of potential facilitators as needed. 
    • Working with the P.E 105 instructor to identify potential facilitator candidates. 
    • Ensuring that facilitators are adequately trained for the responsibilities and tasks they are performing. 
    • Managing all facilitator applications and organizing their portfolios.
Academic Emphasis All majors are encouraged to apply. 

Starting hourly wage of $15.15.

Application Instructions
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. In your cover letter please also specifically address the following questions: 

1. Why are you interested in working for the Associated Students? 
2. Why are you interested in working in this position? 
3. What specific skills, knowledge, and/or experience (paid and volunteer) do you have that would help you be successful in this position? 
4. Will you be available for all mandatory AS Staff Development trainings (this will not conflict with school) including Summer Training on June 22nd, Fall Training between September 7th – September 18th, Winter training on Jan 4th, and Spring training on March 29th? 
5. What is your schedule of availability for a job interview? 
Closing Date Notes Application open until April 10th.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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