Stanford Recreation and Wellness is committed to provide diverse recreational opportunities that inspire health and well-being for our community. We foster an important and integral part of the Stanford experience while working with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners to create a campus environment in which everyone can flourish physically, personally, and intellectually. Our offerings, programs, and courses complement each other by meeting the needs of our community and contribute to the development of such intangible attributes such as leadership, passion for working cooperatively toward a goal, and increase overall physical well-being.
The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) at Stanford University seeks an expert, seasoned, and inventive health, wellness and fitness strategist to serve as Executive Director, Recreation & Wellness. Reporting to the Executive Associate Athletics Director & CFO, the Executive Director will lead a broad organization whose mission is to provide diverse recreational opportunities that inspire health and well-being for our community.
Your responsibilities will include:
Partner with groups across campus to design and implement broad-based, comprehensive wellness initiatives for students, faculty and staff.
Promote health and fitness through a variety of competitive and non-competitive activities.
Enhance the quality of life for all Stanford constituents through creative and meaningful recreation, fitness and wellness experiences.
Provide a medium through which students can learn leadership, management, and interpersonal skills.
Maintain a clean, safe and fair environment that is accessible to all students, faculty and staff.
Oversee a staff of approximately 35 employees and an operating budget of approximately $7.5 million.
To be successful in this role you will bring:
Master’s degree and 10-15 years of relevant work experience.
Strong ability to collaborate, form productive partnerships with multiple groups and balance competing needs and priorities.
Demonstrated record of innovation in executive-level exercise physiology and wellness programming.
Diverse expertise in an array of recreation and wellness areas, including fitness, competitive sports, adventure programs, health improvement and health maintenance.
Expertise in organizational design and business management, preferably in a progressive academic institution or private enterprise.
Strong ability to think strategically, set direction for a large organization and solve complex problems.
Excellent customer service, interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated supervisory skill to hire, train, direct and motivate staff to meet stated goals and objectives and the ability to monitor and evaluate performance.
Ability to work with minimal supervision in a decentralized structure and be comfortable working in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
About Stanford Recreation and Wellness
Mission – We are committed to provide diverse recreational opportunities that inspire health and well-being for our community.
Recreation facilities totaling over 200,000 square feet with 5 pools and over 1,000,000 visitors annually
Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR)
Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC)
Stanford Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC)
Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC)
Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC (ARCAS)
Avery Aquatic Center (AAC)
Ford Center for Sports and Recreation
Stanford Campus Recreation Association (SCRA), a community center for Stanford faculty, senior staff and their families
32 club sports with approximately 1,300 participants each year
Intramural teams with approximately 3,400 participants each year
Physical Education and Kinesiology classes serving over 2,200 participants each year
Summer camps with approximately 1,000 participants each year
Approximately 7,500 annual personal training sessions
640 annual group fitness and recreation classes for faculty, staff and students
Adventure programs and classes with over 800 participants each year; indoor climbing wall with approximately 25,000 visitors annually
About Stanford Athletics
Stanford’s 36-sport varsity athletics program (“Athletics” or “Stanford Athletics”) is indisputably the top athletics department in the country. Stanford Athletics is the all-time leader in NCAA championships (118), has won 24 straight Directors’ Cups (measuring overall athletics success for an intercollegiate program) and has produced at least one medalist in every Olympics in which the U.S. has competed since 1912. Furthermore, Athletics is consistently recognized for its high graduation success rates among student-athletes.
This position, along with all DAPER coaches and staff, is responsible for the integrity of Stanford’s intercollegiate athletics program and for the reputation of Stanford University. This position is responsible for insuring that his/her involvement with Athletic Department activities maintains the integrity of the University’s reputation and does not negatively impact the relationship between the University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additionally, this position must comply with University policies and procedures, NCAA and PAC-12 rules and regulations.
Why Stanford is for you
Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
About Stanford Recreation & Wellness
From its founding in 1891, Stanford University’s leaders have believed that physical activity is valuable for its own sake and that vigorous exercise is complementary to the educational purposes of the university. Within this context for human development, it is the mission of Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation to offer a wide range of high quality programs which will encourage and facilitate all participants to realize opportunities for championship athletic participation, physical fitness, health and well being.