This position provides visionary leadership in development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive recreation and wellness program designed to meet the needs of a diverse campus community of nearly 22,000 students.
This position provides oversight of fitness and wellness programs and services, recreational and competitive sports, experiential outdoor offerings and indoor rock climbing, and esports. They oversee strategic planning, assessment initiatives, and reports key performance indicators associated with recreation, student wellness, and other well-being initiatives. They ensure effective marketing, directs departmental emergency preparedness and risk management efforts, supervises staff in the department, provides Divisional leadership with other university colleagues providing student well-being support, and assumes leadership roles for collateral assignments.
Given the nature of the role and evolving changes in the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), the responsibilities, supervision, projects, and areas of oversight may shift over time and as institutional, divisional, and student needs warrant. They are expected to be highly visible within the student environment and among campus colleagues; to position the department as a leader in the creation of innovative programs to meet holistic student needs; to facilitate student involvement in department decision-making; and to have a mindset of diversity, inclusion, and equity to ensure access and participation.
Provide visionary, strategic, innovative, flexible, and change-oriented leadership
Oversee the development, implementation, evaluation, and integration of programs and services using best practices and institutional expectations to enhance student learning, success, and engagement
Supervise professional staff (both full-time and part-time) and student employees, assuring positive organizational culture, empowerment with accountability, personal and professional growth, and congruence with University and Division values and expectations
Facilitate and oversee all strategic planning and assessment efforts for the department
Develop and coordinate a communication strategy that conveys wellness messaging to students supporting a holistic and integrated approach to well-being
Assess, design, and implement safety and risk management prevention efforts for programs, services, and facilities; ensure security and safety; exercise appropriate procedures to prepare and respond to student emergencies and crises
Foster a supportive environment for student success and health behavior through the development and application of population-level initiatives including prevention activities and health assessments
Oversee financial operations; construct, monitor, and adjust budgets; manage multi-year capital improvements plan; determine financial operating models and other strategies to ensure long-term stability of the department; identify new sources of revenue and cost efficiencies for short- and long-term success
Provide leadership for department alumni and donor relationships in partnership with DSA leadership and University Development
Ensure compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, standards, and laws, and conduct regular policy reviews to align organization with student needs and compliance obligations
Champion current and future student recreation, sport, and fitness needs; assure department offerings are diverse, inclusive, equitable, and support the learning and personal development of students
Oversee club sports development, risk management, and educational intent
Develop and oversee outdoor education programming for students and student groups, assuring offerings are safe, fun, and learning-oriented
Identify and offer adaptive programming activities for students with disabilities
Manage community activities, special events, and tournaments; identify additional events and opportunities to generate sponsorships and revenue to increase services, programs, and support for students
Actively cultivate and sustain critical partnerships including but not limited to those within academic departments, athletics, facilities, GVPD, faculty, staff, and students
Assure active leadership and involvement of staff within NIRSA and other appropriate professional organizations
Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Master's degree in Recreation, Exercise Science, Sports Administration, Student Affairs/Higher Education, Health Promotion, or related field
Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible leadership experience within recreation and/or health and wellness including experience in budget management, staff supervision, facilities, and programs
Demonstrated skill in interpersonal communication and collaborative relationship building
Proficiency with computers and technology (e.g., recreation management software)
Understanding of student- and recreation-related risk management and mitigation strategies
Ability to articulate a comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of student development
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a capacity to effect change in the institutional culture and operations
Knowledgeable about national best practices in university recreation and student wellness/health promotion
The emotional intelligence and political intuition to navigate institutional culture
Relationship building skills with the ability to work collaboratively with key campus and community partners are highly desirable
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