Under the general supervision of the Senior Associate Director of Campus Recreation for Programs, this position is responsible for the development, delivery, leadership and management of all recreational programmatic aspects for Aquatics and Safety on The Penn State campus.
This Senior Assistant Director provides direct supervision to one full time Coordinator and direct and/or indirect supervision of the following student staff positions: high level student managers, lifeguards, swim instructors and safety instructors (approximately 110 student staff). Specific responsibilities include: Program development and management of aquatics programming including assessment of existing and new programs; development, management and oversight of a $800,000+ aquatics programs budget; management, delivery and oversight of risk management protocols and practices; and mentoring and coaching student staff.
As a member of the Campus Recreation management team, the Assistant Director must have an understanding of departmental goals, vision and direction and be able to communicate this information with Coordinator and student staff. The successful candidate will have the willingness to lead and work in a team-based environment as well as an eagerness to support and engage with all departmental initiatives and efforts as well as the Division of Student Affairs.
This position requires independent work on complex assignments, while reviewing progress and updating the Senior Associate Director, Programs as appropriate. Knowledge of student development principles and ability to provide leadership and development opportunities for the general student body and student employees. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (oral and written) skills are essential. Must be able to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines and hold staff accountable. Attention to detail and good judgment are vital requirements. The successful candidate will have the willingness to lead and work in a team-based environment. The ability to foster a positive climate among a diverse group of staff, student employees and participants is essential.
Campus Recreation is a department within the division of Student Affairs that provides fitness, wellness, and recreational programs to the campus community through the operation and administration of the following: IM Building, McCoy Natatorium, Stone Valley Outdoor Recreation Area, Tennis Center, White Building, Adventure Recreation, Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness and Wellness Programs, and Intramural Sports.
The McCoy Natatorium is an 80,000 square foot facility containing three bodies of water: 6 lane, 25 yard competition pool, 6 lane 25 meter recreational pool and a diving well with springboard and 1 and 3 meter platforms. McCoy plays host to local, recreational and varsity swim, dive and water polo matches, informal recreational swimming, diving, water exercise and Boga Fit interval and yoga classes, a full youth and adult swim lesson program and special events such as canoe battleship, and dive in movies. During the summer months the Penn State Outdoor Pool serves campus via informal recreation, swim lessons and plays host to several athletic camps and area groups. This position will play an essential role in the planning for a new, state-of-the art indoor Natatorium, scheduled to begin project planning within the next few months.
A Master’s Degree, is preferred, in educational administration, recreation or sport management, physical education, or a related field. In addition, we prefer a minimum of 4 years of full-time experience managing collegiate or municipal programming with demonstrated experience in aquatic programming, event management, staff supervision and management. Knowledge of basic safety and risk management practices as they relate to aquatic programs and environments in indoor and outdoor areas required. Leadership and supervisory skills to select, supervise, motivate and evaluate full-time and student staff relative to work performance, change management, and peer relationships as demonstrated through past supervision of staff. Budgeting skills to manage multiple program budgets and prioritize use of funds.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with education and level of experience.
Internal Number: 76688
About Pennsylvania State Uiversity
Campus Recreation is a department within Student Affairs that provides recreation, activity and adventure programs to the campus community through the operation and administration of the newly expanded and renovated 300,000 square foot Intramural Building, the McCoy Natatorium, the 700-acre Stone Valley Outdoor Recreation Area, a Tennis Center, the White Building Recreation Center, and Hepper Fitness Center.