Outdoor Community Development Coordinator - Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (OEDC) 15743
The Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (OEDC) in the Office of the Provost at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Outdoor Community Development Coordinator. The Coordinator will report to the Assistant Dean for ODEC; and will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, implementation, oversight and evolution of the outdoor community development program. The incumbent will be the key leader for driving the on-going development, implementation, and operations of the program. Some of the activities include organizational development, event development, outdoor economic cluster development, and brand awareness. In the initial stages of the position the incumbent will work on two-three pilot communities and expand to others in the future.
Duties and Responsibilities
Organizational Development (40%)
Develop and lead the outdoor community engagement strategy, policies, and processes for the OEDC and WVU Extension.
Provide leadership for OEDC and WVU Extension Service outdoor economic development initiatives, including effective collaboration training for county-based faculty.
Engage actively in the WVU Extension Service to work with communities and non-profits to develop an outdoor recreation planning strategy.
Work closely with WVU Extension and Davis faculty to further established, and create new, outdoor economic development community partnerships.
Collaborate with WVU Extension faculty to establish outdoor economic development student service-learning opportunities.
Collaborate with WVU Extension faculty in asset mapping and benchmarking in order to identify communities that are positioned to leverage their outdoor recreation assets.
Collaborate with WVU Extension faculty in asset mapping and benchmarking in order to identify outdoor recreation infrastructure needs for the communities.
Support communities by developing outdoor recreation supporting amenities asset assessment process.
Through benchmarking and leveraging state, university, and industry resources help communities develop and implement a plan for supporting amenities development.
Create innovative outdoor economic development workshops and programming to support communities in maximizing ROI.
Support communities through strategy and policy development to facilitate community readiness.
Work with communities to implement creative strategies to increase participation and expand public awareness of outdoor recreation's value.
Work with local partners to identify research gaps and develop the data needed to analyze the impacts of outdoor recreation, support future planning, and priority development.
Work with communities to support them in developing and enhancing outdoor recreation infrastructure that can recognized by national groups. Such designations as ride centers, bike friendly communities, trail towns, etc...
Support and at times lead communities, non-profits, and WVU in grant applications to support outdoor recreation initiatives.
Event Development (20%)
Work with industry, communities, and the state to recruit for profit events to the state and local communities.
Develop outdoor economy strategic summits and conferences to support growing the outdoor economy throughout the state.
Support communities in creating outdoor festivals to facilitate the development of an outdoor recreation culture.
Work with communities, the state, and WVU (including faculty, staff, and students) to report the impact of the events.
Support local communities in setting up events to get locals outside experiencing their outdoor recreational resources. Make connections in tourism, industry, and WVU to provide resources.
Support the outdoor economic development collaborative in developing strategy to grow outdoor businesses, entrepreneurs, manufacturing, etc...
Partner with faculty in WVU Extension and Chambers colleges to develop grassroots small business development and incubation in and around the outdoor industry and related business sectors.
Work with local and regional EDAs, Chamber of Commerce, redevelopment groups, and similar business entities to support a wholistic and strategic approach to develop vibrant outdoor communities.
Work with existing outdoor recreation businesses to position themselves to fully take advantage of the outdoor recreation assets within the state
Work with faculty and students to identify business opportunities that support the development of the outdoor economy.
Brand awareness and development (10%)
Working in collaboration with key partners, support the enhancement of WV as an outdoor brand across the country and world while
Work with individual communities to support the development of their unique outdoor recreation brand
Create detailed reports and/or publications (e.g., fact sheets, manuals, articles) around the metrics gathered from program activities. This includes collaborating with WVU faculty, staff, and partners.
Engage Extension faculty to identify, document, monitor, and promote the impacts, outcomes, and benefits of outdoor economic development programs and partnerships.
Collaborate with Extension faculty to build community capacity using the Community Capitals Framework as a measure of outdoor economic development.
Partner with WVU faculty to apply and inform WVU's rural development process for recreational economies.
Engage with national organizations, companies, and thought leaders about outdoor economic development in WV
Represent WVU, OEDC, and Extension when needed around the outdoor economy
As needed support the other programs in the OEDC and Extension.
Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Recreation, Recreation, Business, Community Development, Leadership, or a related field is required.
Master's degree in a related field is preferred.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressive program management and development
Community engagement for recreation related projects
Experience in event, workshop, and conference development, creation, and implementation
Knowledge and experience with the outdoor recreation industry
Experience helping communities develop a brand around outdoor recreation lifestyle
Experience with outdoor recreation infrastructure development processes
Ability to be innovative, strategic, and thoughtful about multiple constituents and projects.
Demonstrated skills in team building and networking.
Experience with local, state, and federal level land management and community development policy.
Experience facilitating workshops and community meetings.
Knowledge of how outdoor economy assets and strategies coalesce with downtown businesses, retail, hospitality, entertainment, k-12, real estate, and other entities.
Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
Strong oral and written communication skills, including large group presentations.
Needs to be a self-motived innovator that looks for unique opportunities to advance the program and state.
Three (3) professional references with their full contact information.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Feb 15, 2021
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 214303
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