The Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Recreational Sports Department including the strategic mission and vision of the department, creation and implementation of policies and procedures, facility management, staff hiring, training, and supervision and oversight of full and part-time staff. The Director plays an integral role in the academic and professional development of staff and students’ assets through a variety of high-impact experiences and the promotion and assessment of activities and programs by establishing learning outcomes. In order to be successful, the Director will need to work collaboratively with the Division of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, UTEP Athletics and many departments throughout the University.
Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:
Department Leadership and Management:
Responsible for the strategic mission and vision of the department and creating an inclusive culture that embraces differences such as sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, and national origin.
Responsible for the recruitment, training, professional development and management of all levels of staff within the Recreational Sports Department including more than 100 student employees.
Demonstrates leadership and experience supervising and training full-time, professional and part time staff.
Responsible for the planning, organization, supervision and evaluation of all programs, activities and events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Recreational Sports Department including aquatics, intramurals, fitness, climbing gym, challenge course, outdoor trips, sport clubs programs, membership office, marketing and outreach as well as open recreation data monitoring.
Serves as a member of the Student Engagement Leadership Team and contributes to the broader institutional goals of increasing participation by students in student life activities and UTEP Edge high-impact experiences such as on-campus student employment, student leadership or internships and specific events such as Minerpalooza, Homecoming, Community of Care, Project MOVE and the Regional Leadership Conference.
Budget, Resources and Facility Management:
Provide leadership, direction and the support necessary to ensure that day-to-day facility operations are performed consistently and effectively to achieve high quality outcomes. Develops short and long-range plans, conceptual designs, and capital outlay requirements based on the recreational referendum service debt and student’s needs and utilization demands.
Responsible for the infrastructure of the Student Recreation Center, its capital improvement plan, daily, weekly and annual maintenance as well as long term projected needs.
Responsible for managing and proposing operational annual income and expenditures based on referendum projection and additional income needed (budget)
Responsible for policies and procedures within the Recreational Sports Department in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations; advises personnel regarding the development and implementation of regulatory strategy, potential areas of regulatory concern, and new government/regulatory developments including required training of all personnel.
Maintains a safe, secure, healthy and positive environment that enhances student development and learning.
Develops innovative programs, collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, develops and fiscally manages budgets, resources and facilities.
Student Engagement and Assessment:
Works collaboratively with faculty, departments, Colleges/Schools and administration in developing, leading and assessing a recreational sports program that supports overall student engagement, first-year experience, high-impact activities, and academic success initiatives.
Develops, implements and conducts a comprehensive department assessment plan that includes but is not limited to evidence of student learning, student and customer satisfaction, monthly Department Dashboards, Impact Reports and an Annual Work Plan containing specific and measurable goals and objectives.
Oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive, learning outcome based, programming model that contributes greatly to a positive and vibrant UTEP community.
Coordinates and/or partners on several major events, activities and initiatives including New Student Orientation, Orange and Blue Days, Athletic Tournaments, Miner Melt, Minerpalooza and pre-campus communication with incoming students.
Understands department’s role in accomplishing the University’s mission.
Compiles and submits reports as required by management, state, local, and federal regulatory agencies.
Acts as liaison between department and internal or external customers.
Participates in various committees, professional trainings, industry conferences, and conventions.
Knowledge of all Microsoft Office software and able to learn and use institutional software systems.
Complies with all State and University policies.
Other duties may be assigned.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Minimum Education required: Master’s Degree.
Minimum Experience required: Five years post master’s professional work experience in recreational field with proven ability to plan strategically.
Preferred Experience:Five years post masters professional experience at a college or university in recreational sports and vast experience supervising and training student employees. Demonstrated professional involvement in NIRSA or other professional organization.
Internal Number: 4163
About The University of Texas at El Paso
Located in El Paso-Juarez, a bi-national metropolitan area of two million people, UTEP is successfully pursuing a quest for excellence while strengthening a commitment to access. As a Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university that enrolls more than 25,000 students, UTEP is recognized nationally for its leadership role in changing the face of U.S. higher education serving its primary constituency — residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico — with 74 undergraduate programs, 76 master’s programs and 22 doctoral degree programs, including a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 80% Hispanic student population, UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the bi-national region from which it draws the vast majority of its students. UTEP students are talented, asset-rich, and ready to succeed in the classroom, in the world of work, and the global community. By focusing on Integrative and Applied Learning via a culture of structured support, UTEP students are uniquely prepared to deal with the opportunities and challenges of their disciplines, professions, and their regional and global communities.