Program Coordinator, Environmental Planning and Development & Duke Energy TRAILS (Trail Recreation and Adventure Institute for Leadership & Service)

Program Coordinator, Environmental Planning and Development & Duke Energy TRAILS (Trail Recreation and Adventure Institute for Leadership & Service)


Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Road
Wentworth, NC 27375
Phone: 336-342-4261


Commensurate with education and experience



Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Closes: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Target Start Date

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Expected Work Hours

M-Th 8 am - 5 pm, F 8 am - 3 pm; may vary to meet the needs of the program

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree: Recreation Management, Parks & Recreation, Outdoor Education, Environmental Planning, Community Planning, Environmental Policy, Tourism/Hospitality, Education, or a related field. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills required and ability to collaboratively work as a team member
  • Ability to provide instruction during the day, evening, and weekends
  • Ability to facilitate instruction using a learning management system.
  • Ability to use technology to deliver instruction
  • Ability to cultivate relationships/partnerships with landowners, business & community leaders, government officials, stakeholders, and general public
  • Commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, and the academic, intellectual and social development of all students and employees

RCC requires the use of a Learning Management System [LMS] to facilitate instruction regardless of the mode of instruction. RCC's LMS is Moodle 3.10. Instructional staff and faculty must demonstrate LMS readiness or complete a self-paced RCC Learning Management System [LMS] training without compensation.

National, state, or other licensure if applicable to the instructional position assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Administration of grants and grant compliance
  • Budget creation and management
  • Experience in trail planning, design and layout, construction, maintenance, assessment or management
  • Experience in formal or informal instruction in a variety of indoor/outdoor settings
  • Outdoor skills in areas such as hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing

Position Description

Program Coordinators are professional, credentialed staff with the primary responsibility of providing administrative leadership for assigned credit and non-credit programs and providing a quality learning experience for Rockingham Community College (RCC) students in the respective programs. Program Coordinators are responsible for but are not limited to program development, organizing, promoting, and teaching. Program Coordinators work collaboratively with internal and external partners to facilitate education opportunities and program development relevant to workforce needs.

Program Coordinators are expected to perform all aspects of program management and instruction-related duties in a timely manner and in accordance with the mission, policies, and procedures of the College, the North Carolina Community College System, and with appropriate accrediting entities where applicable. Program Coordinators are also responsible for providing placement, advising, follow-up support services and performing other duties as assigned.

This position will be responsible for facilitating the Duke Energy TRAILS [Trail Recreation and Adventure Institute for Leadership & Service] program at RCC which includes non-credit workforce courses and the Environmental Planning and Development Associate of Applied Science degree program.

Program Development

  • Planning, developing, administering, non-credit promoting, and recruiting for Duke Energy TRAILS at Rockingham Community College and the credit Environmental Planning and Development (EPD) Associate of Applied Science degree program.
  • Following established policy and procedure, leading and regularly convening the TRAILS and degree program advisory committee and serving as liaison between the advisory committee and the administration.
  • Interacting with the program advisory committee to determine state-of-the-art practices, procedures, and equipment related to maintaining an up-to-date instructional program that would be valued and needed by the employers in the Rockingham Community College service area and beyond.
  • Providing leadership with the research and development of information necessary to teach the appropriate courses to the students of Rockingham Community College.
  • Monitoring professional information sources to determine trends and innovations in one’s field that lend themselves to integration into the instructional program.
  • Developing and monitoring internships/apprenticeships for non-credit and credit students.
  • Coordinating with off-campus learning sites.
  • Implementing and facilitating the non-credit and credit programs
  • Maintaining SACSCOC Accreditation for the AAS program and ensuring program compliance.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Teaching programmatic courses ~ (9 – 12) contact hours per semester.
  • Planning and organizing the curriculum as approved by the RCC Board of Trustees, the North Carolina Community College System, and other accrediting entities. 
  • Developing, with other program faculty and appropriate administration, program level competencies that outline expected student learning outcomes.
  • Identifying and/or developing instructional materials needed to teach the program competencies prescribed in the approved curriculum by Rockingham Community College, the North Carolina Community College System, and other accrediting entities.  Includes adhering to local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Supporting faculty in the development of course syllabi that outline clear and appropriate student learning outcomes and expectations that reflect program competencies.
  • Guiding instructors in the use of the course description set forth in the North Carolina Community College System combined course library when developing or assessing student learning outcome.
  • Providing leadership in the development of appropriate assessments of established learning outcomes for all courses taught in the program.
  • Reporting student progress in mastering established learning outcomes based on identified and approved assessments.
  • Implementing and providing effective instruction which demonstrates appropriate knowledge of his/her specialized field in accordance with best practice literature.
  • If necessary, teaching an appropriate instructional course load in accordance with policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.
  • Demonstrating the effective use of pedagogical methods to meet various student learning styles and/or guiding instructors to do the same.
  • Administering appropriate assessments and/or testing to measure student learning outcomes in all courses and/or guiding instructors to do the same.
  • Maintaining appropriate classroom standards that include the effective management of students in the classroom and the management of classroom and lab facilities and/or guiding instructors to do the same.
  • Ordering textbooks, instructional materials, and supplies as needed for instruction following established procedures.
  • Developing and recommending class schedules cooperatively with other departments and divisions of the college and submitting to the appropriate Director, Dean, or where applicable, Department Chair.
  • Identifying and/or recommending equipment needed to teach the competencies prescribed in the approved curriculum by the RCC Board of Trustees, the North Carolina Community College System, and accrediting entities.
  • Maintain compliance with established North Carolina Community College System performance measures, national benchmarks, etc. for the appropriate curriculum as prescribed by the North Carolina Community College System and accrediting entities.
  • Providing timely and accurate reports including reports related to instruction such as 10% reports and grade reports.
  • Recommending adjunct faculty to the appropriate Director, Dean, or where applicable, Department Chair to teach courses as needed in his or her assigned program.

Student Development Support

  • Maintaining posted office hours in accordance with requirements outlined in the Instructional Procedures Manual.
  • Being available to students on a regular basis for out-of-class tutorial support in the courses assigned to teach and/or guiding other program faculty to do the same.
  • Recruiting students for respective program and other programs at Rockingham Community College.
  • Serving as an academic advisor to students with advising responsibilities in the assigned program relative to course requirements, expectations, and completion standards.
  • Participating in the college’s registration and orientation sessions as assigned.
  • Maintaining student files within the department as required by the accreditation agency and state and/or local policy.
  • Referring students to Student Development personnel for guidance, counseling, and resource assistance following prescribed procedures on an as needed basis.
  • Coordinating retention strategies with the appropriate program faculty, other Department Chairs, Directors, Program Coordinators, appropriate administration, and Student Services personnel to maximize student retention.
  • Providing placement assistance to graduates of or students within the assigned program.
  • Providing assistance and information for student follow-up reports and demographics as required by state or local policy and/or reports.
  • Sponsoring and supporting program enrichment activities, particularly student organizations.

Administrative/Business Services Support

  • Recommending a departmental budget for his or her assigned program to the appropriate Director, Dean, or where applicable, Department Chair.
  • Developing bid specifications for instructional equipment, materials, and supplies for the assigned program.
  • Monitoring departmental expenditures to ensure expenditures are within the financial resources allocated to the program.
  • Complying with Fiscal Management System policies and procedures set forth for Rockingham Community College.
  • Assist with grant writing and research, administration of grants and grant compliance.
  • Maintaining, inventorying, ordering, and renting equipment.

Institutional Support

  • Working a minimum 38-hour workweek in accordance with policies outline in the Instructional Procedures Manual.
  • Assisting with the implementation and enforcement of all official policies and procedures of Rockingham Community College.
  • Evaluating all faculty assigned to his or her program in accordance with the faculty evaluation policies and procedure outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Attending meetings, conferences, seminars, briefings, and training sessions called to expedite the business of the college.
  • Attending extracurricular functions such as graduation, campus fund drives, etc. that promote the collegiate life.
  • Serving on local, state, regional and/or national committees upon request and/or approval from the administration.
  • Serving on college committees as assigned to expedite college business and to be involved in the decision-making process of the college.
  • Striving to exhibit a personal and professional attitude that reflects positively upon the individual and the public perception of the community college.
  • Participating in the activities of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Quality Enhancement Plans as required.

Public Relations Support

  • Maintaining effective intra-institution relationships with members of the Board of Trustees, President’s Staff, Administrative Staff, faculty, and support personnel of the service area.
  • Providing appropriate liaison support with the North Carolina Community College System and other relational entities, including Duke Energy, Dan River Basin Association, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, the North Carolina Trails program, local government and other municipal stakeholders, etc.
  • Promoting Rockingham Community College with local, state, regional, and national citizenry.

Professional/Personal Development

  • Participating in Rockingham Community College, North Carolina Community College System, and other authorized professional development programs upon request.
  • Pursuing professional development courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, and institutes designed to enrich and/or enhance the quality of instruction delivered in the classroom and/or laboratory and provide information concerning local, state, and nationwide industry trends. 
  • Pursuing local, state, regional, or national certifications that qualify one’s work against recognized standards in one’s field.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the appropriate Director, Dean, or where applicable Department Chair, Vice President for Academic Affairs and/or the President of Rockingham Community College.
  • The College reserves the right to alter duties, responsibilities, conditions, working hours, and/or job title as necessary.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please complete an online application at

Job Post Contact

Joy Chappell
Director of Human Resources
(336) 342-4261, ext. 2265