Associate Director for Sports Program

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Job # 036735 Department Code 00000 Department Recreation Services Job Title Associate Director for Sports Program Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs

Evenings and weekends required

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Associate Director for Sports is a senior level management position in the Syracuse University Recreation unit responsible for leadership, development and management of the Sport Club and Intramural Sports programs. The Sport Club program consists of 50 competitive, instructional and recreational clubs with over 1,500 participants. The Intramural Sports program includes 24 sports activities and has over 2,800 participants. The Sports work group consists of (3) full time staff and 60 student staff.

Associate Director directly supervise (2) full time staff members and manages an operating budget of $350,000. Associate Director for Sports establishes, coordinates and implements appropriate risk management and compliance plans for all Sports programs. Innovative, quality programming is critical to the success of the Barnes Center at The Arch operations.


Master’s degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Sports Management or related field.

Minimum 5 years experience working in college/university recreation or related field.

Experience managing Sport Club and Intramural Sports programs.

Minimum 5 years experience developing and supervising student staff.

Job Specific Qualifications

Demonstrated history of supervising staff from diverse identity backgrounds.

Sports officiating experience.

Demonstrated ability to assess and promote inclusive club and intramural sport programs.

Experience with managing the operations of multiple program areas.

1st Aid/ CPR Instructor certifications
Variable work schedule.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Excellent planning and organization skills.

Excellent team work skills.

Excellent conflict management skills.

Excellent decision making skills.


Provides overall direction and supervision of Sport Club program. Plan and direct required semester training sessions for club officers, participants and coaches relating to University policies and Sport Club program rules. Responsible for managing annual mandatory anti-discrimination and harassments training, including Title IX training with other campus partners. Provides supervision, leadership and direction to (2) fulltime staff members, (1) Student Program Assistant, (5) student supervisors and the Sport Club Council. Coordinates and provides onsite supervision of Sport Club practices and competitions. Reviews and updates Sport Club policies and procedures. Assists with organizational meetings for new clubs. Manages web based Sport Club administration program. Interviews, trains and approves Sport Club coaches. Resolves sportsmanship issues and violations of program policies. Implements appropriate risk management plans for program operations. Coordinates Emergency Action Plans. Enforces policies and procedures relating to Sport Club participation. Maintains accurate club rosters and training records. Verifies participant eligibility. Manages club scheduling, travel and event management.

Provides overall direction and supervision to Intramural Sports program. Directs training and development of (1) fulltime staff member and 50 officials and supervisors. Plans overall schedule of Intramural activities and explores new programming opportunities to increase participation and involvement. Plans, develops, teaches and leads officials training clinics. Develops, reviews, revises and enforces policies and procedures relating to Intramural Sports program operations and participation. Ensures that programs are operating within departmental and university guidelines. Coordinates and provides onsite supervision of Intramural Sports programs.

Establish, coordinate and implement comprehensive risk management plans for all program areas. Manage Athletic Training contract and manage procedures relating to concussion polices for sports programs. Schedule Athletic Trainers for competitions and practices for high risk sports. Arrange for Athletic training access for all sports participants. Serve on department Risk Management Committee. Develop, review, revise and enforce policies and procedures relating to program participation. Through regular visitations and audits, position evaluates and monitors risk management and policy compliance for all sports activities.

Evaluate effectiveness of programs on an ongoing basis, using appropriate assessment tools, such as surveys, program evaluation forms, and staff summaries. Collect data relating to program operations, participation and participant satisfaction and learning. Utilize feedback to inform future priorities, enhancements, and initiatives which respond to the changing needs of students and the University.

Develop and manage program operating budget of over $350,000 in accordance with university and departmental policies. Accurately forecast, track and record program expenditures. Oversee club budget allocation process. Purchase, maintain and inventory program equipment. Ensure payroll activities for Sports work unit are performed accurately, timely and in accordance with university policies.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

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