Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals
The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Coordinator for Sport Clubs and Communication in the RecSports Department. This is an exempt, 12 month, full-time; non-tenure track staff position.
The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 28,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff that serves our students through 21 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.
The Department: The RecSports Department facilitates a wide variety of recreation-based opportunities for the University community. The RecSports Department manages four recreation facilities, including the TRECS (Tennessee Recreation Center for Students), the SAC (Student Aquatic Center), the RecSports Field Complex at Sutherland and the RecSports Fields at TRECS. With the doors open for more than 100 hours per week, the RecSports Department aims to engage students in a variety of recreation activities including intramural sports, group fitness classes, personal training, outdoor adventure trips, Sport Clubs, aquatic programs, open-gym, climbing/bouldering, racquetball, weight lifting (free weight or machine), and/or cardio equipment. The RecSports department is also the 2nd largest employer of students on campus with more than 300 students employed part-time for the majority of the year. The RecSports Department strives to satisfy varying degrees of interest in recreation, while designing activities that promote health and wellness, social and cultural interaction, professionalism, and leadership, all while staying on the cutting edge of technology, in order to foster an environment conducive to supporting the academic experience at the University of Tennessee.
Reporting to the RecSports Associate Director for Programming, Education and Evaluation, the Coordinator is responsible for the management of the Sport Clubs Program and Communication functions for the RecSports Department. This includes overseeing all student personnel, management, budget, facility event management and service delivery decisions with the guidance, assistance and approval of the Associate Director. The Sport Clubs Program is primarily supervised by one professional staff member who oversees 1 graduate assistant and student staff members.
This position is directly responsible for the Sport Clubs Program and Communication functions of the RecSports Department. The Program Coordinator oversees operations related to the activities and development of approximately 40 student organizations designated as Sport Clubs, supervise and direct one graduate assistant and student sport club staff, communicates with volunteer coaches, advise and support the development of the student officers as leaders, advise students when initiating new clubs, propose and oversee the program budget, manage equipment and inventory, coordinate all club travel and planning, coordinate club use of facilities and department resources, initiate and manage university contracts for club activities, market the program, serve as liaison to community businesses, organizations, and vendors, and keep records of participants and activities. Student leadership development is an important aspect of this position which includes training and evaluating the risk management procedures of the sport clubs program. This position also serves other needs of the RecSports department, including staff training and collaboration with other campus organizations. The communication aspect of this position designs and develops a full range of communication resources for the department and supervises and develops student marketing support staff. The RecSports website will be managed cooperatively by the RecSports staff. The goal for communication is on creating awareness, participant interest, increased participation and encouraging our students to make healthier lifestyle choices. Another important duty for the program coordinator is overseeing internal and external partnerships that enhance the mission and image of the RecSports Department. The Program Coordinator also implements assessment and outcomes for the Sport Club and Communication areas. Developing students is a primary responsibility for this position; students develop essential skills for enhancing and contributing to a positive image of one’s self, the institution, and academic experience at the University of Tennessee.
Master's Degree in Sports Management, Recreation, Marketing, Business Admin or other related field.
1 year experience working with students and student groups in a university campus recreation program OR 3 years working in a related recreational sports field (i.e., Parks & Rec, etc.)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to motivate/lead/manage students, design/execute programs, communicate with wide range of stakeholders, make decisions in a consistent/equitable manner, coordinate large amount of diverse information/resources, use computer software systems such as Microsoft Office/Adobe Creative Suite/Dreamweaver in a Windows network environment, present ideas/information to groups, take initiative, problem solve, meet deadlines and collaborate effectively with a team, and create/manage technology resources such as web pages and electronic communication; Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
2 or more years professional experience working with students and student groups in a university campus recreation program; Experience supervising graduate assistants and student employees; Presentation and team building facilitation experience; Experience with communication media; Membership and participation in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Skill in student organization advising, budgeting, program evaluation, and risk management.
About University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville buzzes with energy, ideas, and optimism. Great professors and students from throughout the world live and work in a friendly, safe campus community located in scenic East Tennessee. The campus and its signature "Hill" lure students with green space, nearby lakes, and vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The University of Tennessee is a land grant university established in 1794 and is the state’s flagship institution. The university welcomes and honors people of all races, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The Recreational Sports Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides opportunities for the social and physical development of students through: aquatics, facilities operations, fitness, informal recreation, intramurals, outdoor recreation and sport clubs. It is a department of the Dean of Students Office and serves students, faculty, and staff of the university community by providing a wide variety of programs and well-maintained facilities for almost any sport or fitness oriented person.