The Director of Recreational Sports leads a comprehensive, student-centered program designed to meet the recreational needs of a diverse campus community of over 10,000 students. The Director’s portfolio includes oversight of a 140,000-square foot stand-alone recreation facility; a team of seven full time professionals, five custodians, and over 200 student employees; $2.6 million budget; and the following programs and services: fitness, indoor climbing, informal recreation, instructional programs, intramural sports, outdoor trips and equipment rentals, sport clubs, special events, and athletic training. The Director of Recreational Sports collaborates with campus partners to enhance the student experience and support student success by fostering the delivery of programs and services that meet the holistic needs of an active community. The Director of Recreational Sports reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Supervision & Administration (50%)
Cultivate an environment that inspires student engagement and development
Provide leadership to 7 professional staff, 5 custodians and over 200 student employees
Plan, develop and manage the Recreational Sports annual budget (approx. $2.6 million that includes allocable, non-allocable and Foundation accounts)
Direct the comprehensive administrative oversight of all recreation programs and services: fitness, indoor climbing, informal recreation, instructional programs, intramural sports, outdoor trips and equipment rentals, sport clubs, special events, and athletic training services
Provide oversight to the development and administration of department policies, procedures, and risk management practices
University Leadership (20%)
Promote recreation programs and services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni
Serve as a member of the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team
Collaborate with a variety of campus partners; foster the delivery of programs and services that meet the holistic needs of a diverse community
Serve on various Division and University committees
Facilities Management (20%)
Supervise the operations, equipment, and maintenance needs of the Recreational Eagle Center (140,000 square foot stand-alone recreation facility)
Manage facility preventive maintenance, make decisions regarding service and supply expenses, capital planning, and equipment repair/replacement expenditures
Develop and facilitate long-range planning for facility enhancements and preventive maintenance
Work closely with the Facilities Planning & Management department and vendors to respond to annual and incidental equipment and facility maintenance need
Assessment & Planning (10%)
Oversee the department’s efforts to assess the quality and effectiveness of programs and services
Provide oversight for the implementation of new programs and services as indicated by student/member feedback
Stay attuned to best practices and emerging research while continually evaluating the department to ensure it meets or exceeds professional standards
Master’s degree in Recreation, Sports Management, Student Affairs, or related field
Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience with recreation services, preferably at the collegiate/university level, to include the development, implementation, administration, and assessment of programs and services
Commitment to student learning and engagement
Demonstrated budgetary experience in development, management and fiscal reporting
Demonstrated personnel management experience with development of professional and student staff
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Must be a team player, promote collaboration, and work cooperatively with others
Ability to work independently, plan and organize work efficiently and accurately, maintain multiple ongoing projects at any given time, and communicate effectively and in a professional manner with all levels
Strong interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) and commitment to quality customer service
Valid driver’s license
Prior director level work experience in recreation or a related unit
Ten or more years of progressively responsible experience with recreation services, preferably at the collegiate/university level, to include the development, implementation, administration, and assessment of programs and services
Five years of supervisory experience and department leadership
Financial oversight of a departmental or significant budget of six figures or higher.
Demonstrated experience and ability to work as part of, and lead a collaborative team of professionals, custodians, and student employees
Experience in facilities/operations management, capital projects, strategic planning, and program design & development
Strategic thinking and planning skills
Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships within division and throughout the institution
Active involvement in NIRSA
Current certification in first aid, CPR, and AED
Applications due: March 23, 2020
For additional Information please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs Kathryn Oleson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Heise at email@example.com
Internal Number: 936
About UW-La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “...our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the... Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
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