The Department of Recreation and Wellness is a broad program located in the Division of Student Affairs, which includes organized and informal sports, fitness, outdoor adventure and experiential education programming. Our mission is to foster comprehensive wellness by engaging students and the UNCG community in experiential and educational opportunities. We promote lifelong success through meaningful and inclusive programs and resources.
The Associate Director of Recreation and Wellness is a senior professional management position reporting to the Director of Recreation and Wellness and is housed within the Division of Student Affairs. This position is critical to the Department of Recreation and Wellness for personnel management, training, planning, communications, budget coordination, decision making, outreach, program development, evaluation, and assessment. The primary goal of this position is to complement the academic mission of the university by providing the UNCG community with programs and services that foster personal growth, development, and engagement in campus life. The Associate Director is the direct supervisor for three full-time professional staff members and indirect supervisor of four professional and three graduate assistant staff members who manage the program areas of; Facilities, Special Events, Aquatics, Fitness, Communications and Outreach. This position supports with the overall organization and administration of the programs, services and facilities including the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, Recreation Field and Belk Recreation Track.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervision of Program Staff- Direct, supervise, evaluate and lead a team of professional and support staff; including 7 full-time, 3 graduate assistants and approximately 150 students, providing strategic direction in program area coordination. Responsible for the organization, administration and budgets for Facilities, Special Events, Aquatics, Fitness and Communications and Outreach. Direct staff in planning, implementing, assessing and evaluating new and current programs operations within Recreation and Wellness. Develop strategies and vision for future growth across program areas- focusing on a commitment to overall health, wellness and well-being of the participants. Collaborate with staff to make decisions regarding policies, liability and risk management issues, revenue generation opportunities, emergency action plans, schedules, training, activities and staffing for all program areas. Create environments the inspire innovation and effective student development outcomes.
Department Vision and Initiatives- Develop, implement and monitor short and long-range plans for program areas of Recreation and Wellness, consistent with the mission of UNCG and goals of the Division of Student Affairs. Along with Director and other Associate Directors, develop strategic direction for the department. Develop, facilitate and promote effective collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff; academic and student support units; community groups; and professional recreational sports associations to build strong partnerships with Recreation and Wellness programs and services.
Assessment and Student Learning- Develop and support research and assessment efforts regarding student learning outcomes and student involvement/satisfaction for Recreation and Wellness programs and services and other user groups, targeting the importance of programs and services to student recruitment and retention efforts. Create an assessment cycle to include surveys, evaluations, satisfaction tools and focus groups. Assist with reporting cycles, program reviews and other continuous improvement initiatives.
Department Marketing and Promotion- Direct and support staff in the creation of communications/outreach materials and enhancing promotional efforts to reach the students, faculty, staff and UNCG community.
Other- serve on Departmental and University committees and work teams. Performs other related duties as assigned.
The University of North Carolina Greensboro and the Department of Recreation & Wellness completed construction and began operations of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness (216,000 sq ft.) in August 2016. UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing and education. With more than 20,000 students, UNCG has a significant and positive impact in North Carolina and the Greensboro/Triad area in particular. UNCG is nationally recognized for its distance learning initiative and serves many rural areas of North Carolina with its highly rated online educational programs. Established in 1892, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded as the first public university in North Carolina for women. In 1963 the school became co-educational, but the legacy of providing both opportunity and excellence continues today.
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately with preference given to applications received by March 18, 2019 at 12:00 midnight EST and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) References, in the References section of the electronic application.
In addition to the brief electronic application, applicants are required to upload the following documents:
• Cover Letter
• List of References
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Master’s degree from a four-year accredited institution. Minimum of five years of proven professional experience in a collegiate recreation and wellness program. Demonstrated successful experience in supervision of staff and student development. Good communication, both oral and written. Knowledge of personal computers and standard software applications (i.e. Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, database management). CPR/First Aid Certification required. Knowledge of the philosophy of collegiate recreation and wellness and how it is incorporated into student learning outcomes and student leadership development. Demonstrated success in collaboration with academic affairs in providing educational opportunities for students. Skill in organizing and administering a comprehensive program to meet the needs of the University community.