The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With 1,300 faculty members and more than 30,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is ranked among the top 30 public universities in the nation. The campus, located on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City, provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. UMass Amherst is a highly residential campus, with over 13,000 students living in university housing.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Wellbeing, Access, and Prevention, and located within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, the Director of Campus Recreation provides visionary leadership, supervision, and management of Campus Recreation facilities and programs, including intramural sports, club sports, wellbeing, and fitness. The Director will play a central role in developing creative, state-of-the-art programs and services that animate physical fitness in a comprehensive way among students, faculty, and staff, that support staff and student leadership, and that articulate connections between campus recreation and academic success. As a member of the newly formed Wellbeing, Access, and Prevention Leadership Team, the Director has a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, the Center for Health Promotion, and Disability Services, to build holistic wellbeing programs. The Director will develop funding models and support for expansion of facilities and programs ensuring that the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in the profession. The director is responsible for department oversight of 12 full-time staff, over 300 student staff, and nearly a $2 million budget.
The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related field and have demonstrated progressive professional experience within a campus recreation or wellness organization, including experience with multiple facilities and programs, staff supervision, and budget management; a proven ability in leading organizational transformation, with capacity to effect change in the institutional culture and operations; demonstrated knowledge of the importance of health, wellness, recreation, and fitness to a campus community as well as an understanding of the theories, principles and practices of student development and higher education administration; strong communication, organizational, fiscal, and relationship building skills with the ability to work collaboratively with key campus and community partners. A demonstrated orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of campus life will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of campus recreation.
Review of applications will begin February 14, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, may be submitted online at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne-Marie Kenney at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.