The Assistant Director for Sports is responsible for the design, direction, management, and evaluation of a comphrensive sports program including Collegiate Club Sports, intramural sports, athletic training, special events and related services. Overall responsibilities include the effective management and oversight of programs, facilities, personnel, finances, collaborations, partnerships, safety and risk management strategies. This position also involves compliance with national governing body rules and regulations. The Assistant Director provides tactical and operational leadership designed to achieve the Campus Recreation vision. The position requires representation of the Department of Campus Recreation in a fair, consistent, cooperative and positive manner in accordance with Department and University policy. Evening and weekend work is required. The position reports to the Associate Director for Programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide tactical and operational leadership for the sports program designed to achieve the Campus Recreation vision. The sports program includes Collegiate Club Sports, intramural sports, athletic training, special events and related services.
Responsible for the effective management and oversight of program offerings and facility spaces that achieves exceptional quality, stewardship and accountability.
Plan semester / annual program mix and slate of offerings designed to achieve the vision for sports programs while meeting UA community needs. Work through subordinate staff to ensure curriculum design is consistent with best practices and industry standards.
Collaborate with department staff to ensure facility spaces are maintained as needed to meet industry standards for programmatic use.
Create the annual budget submission for review and approval. Manage the program according to approved budget, carrying out best practices in financial stewardship.
Develop alternate revenue sources for the program as needed to ensure financial viability.
Staff supervision including hiring, training, scheduling, feedback, evaluations, payroll and disciplinary processes for benefited, ancillary, student and volunteer staff. Indirect supervision of independent contractors. The development and engagement of student staff is an emphasis.
Develop for review and approval any pertinent program area policies, procedures, processes and training or operations manuals.
Develop or update necessary emergency procedures, safety practices and risk management processes in conjunction with administration and the department risk management committee.
Develop marketing strategies, publicity strategies and pricing structures. Collaborate with department marketing staff and/or outside agencies as appropriate to implement strategies. Conduct outreach efforts in order to increase awareness and visibility of the program.
Ensure the highest possible level of customer service in order to provide exceptional experiences.
Develop, in collaboration with department staff, appropriate program assessment tools to assess market needs and interests, participant satisfaction and overall program feedback. Report on results, including strategies for process improvement.
Provide ongoing, semester and annual updates on pertinent measures of success, including participation, assessment data, and financial status and area happenings.
Develop and maintain relationships with Campus Recreation, the University of Arizona and Tucson community as necessary to achieve program success, collaborations and partnerships.
Develop and maintain positive relationships with current and potential participants and alumni in order to maximize program success.
Execute equipment and supply purchasing within budgetary parameters according to UA policies.
Inventory and maintain all equipment and supplies to ensure quality, safety and security.
Ensure proficiency in Campus Recreation and University of Arizona policies, procedures and processes.
Engage in Campus Recreation, University of Arizona and pertinent industry training and development opportunities.
Master’s degree in Sport Marketing, Recreation, Sports Management or a related field.
Four years of full-time, relevant professional program oversight for collegiate club sports, intramurals, and facilities.
Three years of staff supervision.
Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and market innovative sports programs.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Experience with collaborative programming and the ability to form positive relationships.
Upon hire, the following American Red Cross (or equivalent) certification training will need to be completed:
CPR-PR, AED, First Aid
Blood Borne Pathogens
Valid driver's license upon the first day of employment (or ability to obtain within 30 days) with a minimum of two years of driving experience
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