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Director of Campus Recreation

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The University of Arizona has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for this search. Applications should include a letter of interest clearly addressing the position requirements, and a resume. Materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com with subject heading “UA Campus Recreation", in addition to completing an application in UACareers.

For best consideration, please submit materials before January 26, 2018. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Confidential nominations and inquiries should be forwarded to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at jfewing@keelingassociates.com.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Director of Campus Recreation
Department Campus Recreation (8706)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

As the chief administrative officer for the Department of Campus Recreation, reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services and Business Development in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management/Academic Initiatives & Student Success, the Director of Campus Recreation leads a strong and committed staff and manages facilities that serve a campus community of over 50,000 individuals. The Department provides a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty with programs that cover the competitive, informal, social, cultural and instructional aspects of recreational activities. Campus Recreation also provides students a learning laboratory for personal growth and the development of life long skills through active experiences and a focus on well-being. Campus Recreation is part of a Division dedicated to student well-being which supports retention and success, and the Director plays a role in envisioning and implementing strategies to meet this commitment.

The Director is responsible for a wide variety of administrative and supervisory duties for a multi-faceted and dynamic Campus Recreation program. The Director utilizes a broad range of programmatic, financial, personnel, and facility management skills while overseeing: facility design and construction; program and policy development; leadership development; program assessment; strategic planning; facility scheduling and coordination; retail operations; budget; personnel; maintenance; security; and risk management.

Campus Recreation boasts innovate and extensive facilities that span the UA campus, including three gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 30,000 sq. ft. weight room, tennis courts, athletic fields and an award-winning expansion of the main recreational facility including newly designed and renovated all gender locker rooms. Ten major areas compose Campus Recreation: Facilities Operations and Special Events; Membership and Retail Operations; Intramurals; Club Sports; Fitness and Wellness; Aquatics, Youth and Family; Outdoor Recreation, and Marketing, Outreach and Sponsorship.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Provide visionary leadership in directing, supervising, and evaluating a leadership team of 5 professional staff responsible for providing strategic direction in program area coordination; through direct reports, provide direction and supervision for staff of 30 full/part time staff and over 300 student managers and employees.
• Cultivate a culture of innovation and dedication to effective student development outcomes.
• Administer a $10 million budget and secure partnerships and other alternative sources of funds to enhance and expand programs and services.
• Direct the leadership team in strategic planning and ensure all program areas effectively develop long range planning that relates to the department’s overall strategic plan.
• Communicate information regularly to the University and external community regarding Campus Recreation and all programs and facilities.
• Develop, facilitate and promote effective collaborative relationships among faculty, staff and students; academic and student support units; community groups; and national, regional, and local professional recreational sports associations to build strong partnerships with Campus Recreation programs and services.
• Develop and direct research and assessment efforts regarding student satisfaction for Campus Recreation programs and services and other user groups, being mindful of the importance of campus recreation services to student recruitment and retention efforts.
• Provide direct and indirect supervision to the business office.
• Create and support professional development opportunities for staff to include professional association involvement, training programs, and one-on-one staff development/coaching.
• Oversee the Recreation Advisory Committee, serving as a non-voting ex-officio member, and assist the chair with agenda development and other projects that impact Campus Recreation programs and services.
• Co-lead the Health & Wellness Fee Advising Committee.
• Recruit and hire new professional and support staff. Direct new staff orientations.
• Provide oversight and direction for all retail operations and develop corporate sponsorships in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs.
• Consult and advise the Assistant VP for Student Affairs and University leadership regarding issues, needs and concerns for Campus Recreation programs and services as they relate to students, faculty, alumni, retirees, and other affiliate constituent groups who utilize the facilities and services.
• Develop, direct and manage effective strategies of collaboration with academic departments to address healthy lifestyle issues, and provide non-credit (and potentially credit) instruction related to sports, fitness and well-being.
• Prepare reports and proposals, as necessary, including major equipment purchases and replacements as needed.
• Serve as a member of the Healthiest Campus Coalition with the attendant duties related to this role, including participation in meetings, presentations, reporting relationships and leadership for the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management/Academic Initiatives & Student Success.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

The Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Arizona must be a skilled administrator with an understanding of personnel management, budget and finance, and facility planning and management. The Director must be able to contribute to the University’s efforts to support student well-being and possess an understanding of the role that Campus Recreation can play in these efforts beyond offering traditional programs. To be successful, the Director must be able to: communicate effectively and positively with all constituencies on campus; develop relationships that lead to collaborative efforts; work successfully in a diverse community and ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for staff and patrons; develop and enforce performance standards for staff and facility policies for patrons, soliciting input from affected populations as necessary; and seek innovative solutions that are supported by data or research.

Minimum Qualifications

• A master’s degree in Recreation, Health and Physical Education, Public Health, Sports Management, Higher Education, Business Administration, or a related field.
• A minimum of seven years of demonstrated experience in the development, administration, implementation and assessment of an innovative and comprehensive recreation program, or a program of similar breadth and complexity, with experience in managing and supervising professional staff.
• Be a highly motivated, energetic, self-starting team player with a proven record of success in administering a broad-based recreation or similar program with extensive facility management experience and expertise.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the value of and a commitment to building a culture of well-being for the entire campus community that extends beyond the programs offered in Campus Recreation.
• Possess effective communication skills, including strong consultative, collaborative and mediation skills; excellent presentation and writing skills; and proactive and responsive interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrate a commitment to professional development of self and staff members, including experience with professional associations.

Preferred Qualifications

• A PhD, or equivalent, in Recreational Sports Administration, Public Health, Physical Education, Higher Education or a related field.
• Possess experience working in a campus recreation program or in another campus-based program of similar breadth and complexity.
• Retail and operational management experience within recreation facilities.
• Have experience in a program operating multiple facilities.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22281
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Michele Schwitzky
mschwitzky@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/25/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

The University of Arizona has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for this search. Applications should include a letter of interest clearly addressing the position requirements, and a resume. Materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com with subject heading “UA Campus Recreation", in addition to completing an application in UACareers.


For best consideration, please submit materials before January 26, 2018. Review will continue until the position is filled.


Confidential nominations and inquiries should be forwarded to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at jfewing@keelingassociates.com.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a master’s degree in Recreation, Health and Physical Education, Public Health, Sports Management, Higher Education, Business Administration, or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No

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