Director of Recreational Sports - REVISED REVIEW DATE



Posting Details

Recruitment Number

936

Working Title

Director of Recreational Sports - REVISED REVIEW DATE

Position Type

Staff/Administrative

Appointment Percentage

100

Division/College

Student Affairs Division

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Division of Student Affairs’ role is to enhance and support students learning experience here at UWL . We work closely with faculty, staff, community members, alumni and most importantly, students to provide quality programs and services which promote learning, leadership, involvement, service and the celebration of diversity. The Division includes a number of departments: Campus Child Center, Counseling and Testing, Student Health Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Life, University Centers, and the Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students office. The staff of the Division is truly student-centered and concerned about the holistic development of the student.

Position Summary

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.

The approved annual target salary for this position is $78,000.

Required Qualifications

• 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

Preferred Qualifications

• 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

Physical Demands

• Ability to stand, walk, and/or sit to perform essential job functions: lift, carry, push/pull on an occasional basis
• Ability to work in various positions, i.e. bending, crawling, reaching, climbing, stooping or kneeling. Some work may require repetitive motion
• Capable of lifting moderate loads and performing equipment set-ups

Working conditions and environment

• Some nights and weekends required

Miscellaneous Information

Inclusive, adaptability, critical thinking, initiative, organization, planning and project management, decision making and judgment, business insight, customer service, teamwork, interpersonal relationships, communication, integrity, and leadership.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation ( TTC ) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/.

Duties/Responsibilities

These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

Supervision & Administration

Duties to Support Responsibility

• 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

Percentage Of Time

50

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

University Leadership

Duties to Support Responsibility

• 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

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Facilities Management

Duties to Support Responsibility

• 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 needs

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Assessment & Planning

Duties to Support Responsibility

• 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

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Duties to Support Responsibility

Percentage Of Time

Essential

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

For your Reference Contact Information document, please include the name, address, email address and phone number of 5 professional references.

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years. https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/download/2018-12-10- UPS -OP-TC-1-Recruitment_FNL.pdf

UW-La Crosse does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 608-785-8013.

Posting Date

02/21/2020

Close Date

Continuous Recruitment

Yes

Continuous Recruitment First Review Date

09/25/2020

Position Contact Name

Patrick Heise & Kathryn Oleson

Position Contact Email

pheise@uwlax.edu & koleson@uwlax.edu
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a current valid driver's license OR have the ability to obtain a valid driver's license, meeting the criteria for driving a vehicle on University/State business?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I prefer my identity remain confidential and have read and understand that if I am the successful candidate for this position, my name may be released.
    • I do not request that my identity remain confidential.
  3. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral


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