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Coordinator of Recreation

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Type: Full-time
Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT
Categories: Staff

Overview: Quinnipiac University has an opportunity available for Coordinator of Recreation. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Recreation, the Coordinator will be responsible for co-creating and delivering a strategic vision and direction which develops the newly established climbing and outdoor adventure program to a premier level. In addition, the Coordinator will effectively set relevant goals and priorities, coordinate assessment efforts, establish learning outcomes and learning strategies, and ensures programs and services are intentionally aligned with the shared missions and strategic plans of both Campus Life and Quinnipiac University. This position will be responsible for the operation of a new climbing wall, guided trips, a cycle share program, and outdoor gear rental in Quinnipiac’s new Recreation & Wellness Center.
About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,800 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in more than 140 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Computing and Engineering, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's "Best Colleges" issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in The Princeton Review's "The Best 387 Colleges." Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. Please visit for more information. An education at Quinnipiac embodies the university's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st-century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities, and fostering lifelong connections and success. The university believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The university's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.
  • Responsible for all day-to-day operations of climbing wall, outdoor equipment rental, and cycle share program, as well as the development of various guided outdoor adventure trips
  • Organizes, schedules, implements, leads, and evaluates outdoor recreation activities including clinics, workshops, and challenge course programs
  • Supervises, operates, and maintains the rock-climbing facility which includes but is not limited to inspecting equipment, route setting, and route maintenance
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate all climbing and outdoor adventure undergraduate and graduate student staff
  • Manage the budget, purchases, inventory, and maintenance of equipment used to run the Outdoor Adventure Program
  • Provides direct oversight and advising to multiple Club Sport teams based in Outdoor Recreation (ie. Climbing & others) and other relevant team as assigned
  • Co-create, implement, and assess outcome-based educational initiatives including but not limited to training for club sports athletes, climbing and outdoor training, and other team-based activities
  • Support the Assistant Director and Recreation professional staff in planning and oversight of office-sponsored events
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan for the Office of Recreation
  • Assists in development of short- and long-term goals for the University’s Outdoor Adventure and overall Recreational goals
  • Co-develop, interpret, and enforce University policies and procedures related to recreation, outdoor adventure, climbing, and club sports
  • Assists with events or programs within Campus Recreation
  • Weekend and evening hours required as needed based on programmatic requirements, area/department responsibilities, and University events
  • Support University, divisional, and office-wide programs and initiatives including but not limited to the Quinnipiac University Strategic Plan, CARE Team, Orientation, Admissions Recruiting Days, and Graduation
  • Serve as a team player within the Office of Campus Life and Division of Student affairs related to committees, initiatives, and areas of personal or professional passion/focus
  • Act as a liaison and key ambassador to the campus and local community for recreation
  • May assist with additional responsibilities and perform other duties as assigned
Education Requirements:
  • Master's degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, recreation administration, sport management, leisure studies, student affairs, wilderness education, or comparable area
  • Experience may substitute for some of the above education requirements
  • At least one year of work experience in a Climbing Wall program and Adventure program in higher education (graduate assistantships, undergraduate work, and internships are acceptable for considering full-time equivalencies to meet minimum year of experience)
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, budget management, supervision, strategic thinking, and organizational abilities/skills
  • Ability to excel with and advocate for diverse populations in a complex environment
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce results through a collaborative, team-oriented approach
  • A positive attitude with high standards of personal integrity and professional competenceHigh degree of self-motivation, energy, persistence, and follow-through
  • A commitment to advance the cause of higher education and the mission of Quinnipiac University
  • Ability and willingness to work within a flexible schedule which will include evening and weekend hours
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • First Aid & CPR Instructor Certification
  • Current climbing certification (American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor or equivalent)
  • Current wilderness medicine certification (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder)
  • Experience supervising and managing Climbing Wall staff
  • Experience developing and leading outdoor recreation educational programs
  • Budget development and management experience
Special Instructions to Applicants:


Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Please note that the university has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For more information, please visit

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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