The Division of Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University is excited to announce a search for the Director of University Recreation and Wellness (RecWell). RecWell is entering its second year as a reorganized unit within the Division of Student Affairs through a consolidation of Campus Recreation and Wellness Promotion. The Director will serve a critical role in developing, shaping and leading the newly established area.
The Director will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
The Director of University Recreation and Wellness position is a critical component of an organizational restructuring within the Division of Student Affairs. The restructuring is part of a multi-phased process by which Student Affairs will position itself to better meet the changing and dynamic needs of its multi-cultural student body. Other large-scale initiatives included in this organizational transition include: a multi-million dollar renovation of the Holmes Student Center (student union) which will house student organizations and leadership development when it reopens in fall 2019, establishing a relevant and progressive vision of Fraternity and Sorority Life, re-visioning campus community standards, development of a robust auxiliary operations including implementation of a campus dining plan, e-sports facilities and housing master plan, meeting the increasing need for student support services for on-line educational programs, and understanding the role of advocacy within a social justice framework.
This position will work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and other campus stakeholders to create and implement a vision for recreation and wellness across campus. The Director will provide strategic direction and support for a portfolio of critical services and meaningful student engagement opportunities, including: Facilities Operations; Competitive Sports; Fitness & Wellness; Outdoor Adventures; Wellness, Assessment, & Communications; and Business & Membership Services. The Director will ensure excellence within their areas of oversight though the use of best and next practices, on-going assessment, program and policy development, relevant staff professional development, staff supervision and evaluation as well as data-informed quality improvement.
The successful candidate requires a relevant master’s degree, minimum of seven years of leadership and managerial experience; demonstrated working knowledge of student services; a student–centered mindset; views innovation and strategic thinking as critical components of the work environment; is enthusiastic about contributing to a team of outstanding professionals; and maintains a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.
A Master’s Degree in a field relevant to the position (e.g., Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation Management, Leisure Studies, Sports Management, Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, Higher Education, or closely related field).
2. At least 7 years of experience with progressive responsibilities in administering collegiate recreation facilities, programs, and services. 3. At least 5 years of experience hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating full-time and part-time staff (professional, graduate, or undergraduate). 4. At least 3 years of experience developing and managing budgets, including user fees, income generation and expenses. 5. Demonstrated understanding of the components of wellness and the ability to develop and implement strategies to engage the campus in wellness. 6. Demonstrated commitment to professional development of self and staff members, including experience with professional associations. 7. Competencies in application of student learning and developmental theory, student learning outcomes assessment and program evaluation. 8. Knowledge of the rules, regulations and practices governing risk management, emergency response, patron safety and liability issues related to management of collegiate recreation programs and facilities. 9. Ability to promote and market events, programs, services and facilities. 10. Data management and computing skills. 11. Good organizational and problem solving skills; ability to effectively prioritize work; manage multiple tasks simultaneously; work independently; and demonstrate sound judgment. 12. Ability to foster and maintain a collegial work environment, which includes positive communication, development of good interpersonal relationships and exhibition of a cooperative attitude with diverse individuals (supervisors, faculty, staff, students, participants, and potential constituents). 13. Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills; ability to collaborate with constituents and the campus community. 14. This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment criminal background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.
An understanding of student development theory, behavior change theory, environmental planning theory and demonstrated success in the implementation of programs to a culturally diverse population. 2. Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and diverse environment by being able to manage change and work with diverse internal and external constituents. 3. Certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, and Blood Borne Pathogens. 4. Membership with the NIRSA(National Intramural Recreation Sports Association) required; preferably an active role in the organization.
Required Applicant Documents
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About Northern Illinois University
Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with over 19,000 currently enrolled students.
Facts at a Glance
Date Chartered: 1895
Location: DeKalb (population 43,849); 65 miles west of Chicago
Alumni of Record: 240,000
Total Student Enrollment: 19,015
College of Law: 264
Total Faculty/Staff: 3,303
Instructional faculty: 1,174
Administrative and professional staff: 891
Operating staff: 1,521
Student/Instructional Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Class Size: 23
DeKalb main campus: 756 acres; 64 major buildings