FLSA Status: Months Per Year: 12 Hours Per Week: 37.5
Position Description University Recreation (UREC) inspires, educates, and empowers the Seattle University community to live happier and healthier lives. In support of the Seattle University mission to educate the whole person, UREC is committed to ensuring the student recreation experience is positive, inclusive, safe, and transformative.
The Director of University Recreation provides leadership and supervision of a comprehensive university recreation program that includes multiple facilities and a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the Seattle University community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Director of University Recreation must have a passion for engaging students in meaningful learning outside of the classroom while providing a suite of high quality programs, activities, and services that support the health and wellness of the Seattle University community.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, the Director of University Recreation oversees the staff, budget, operations, risk management, policies, and programs of the 180,000 square foot Redhawk Center and Eisiminger Fitness Center, an Aquatics program that includes two pools, a full-service Fitness program, a Competitive Sports program that includes Intramural Sports and 15+ Sport Clubs, and the Outdoor program. The Director supervises a team of 6 professional staff, 3 Graduate Assistants, and over 100+ student employees. The Director collaborates with a variety of campus partners, including Athletics, Wellness & Health Promotion, the Center for Student Involvement, Housing & Residence Life, the Student Health Center, Counseling & Psychological Services, Orientation, and others to ensure the delivery of programs and services that meet the holistic needs of a diverse community.
Hire, train, manage, supervise, develop, and evaluate 6 professional staff, 3 Graduate Assistants, and more than 100+ student employees, either directly or indirectly;
Plan, administer, manage, and reconcile departmental budgets;
Develop and execute short and long-term financial strategies including revenue forecasting, and planning for operating and capital budgets;
Ensure compliance with all university budget and purchasing policies;
Develop a staffing plan that meets the needs of the department while adhering to the annual budget allocation; Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for University Recreation;
Respond to and resolve member complaints and maintain accurate complaint records;
Administer, develop, implement department policies, procedures, and risk management practices.
University Leadership: 25%
Promote University Recreation programs and services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni;
Serve as a member of the Divisional of Student Development Leadership Team;
Collaborate with a variety of campus partners, including Athletics, Wellness & Health Promotion, the Center for Student Involvement, Housing & Residence Life, the Student Health Center, Counseling & Psychological Services, Orientation, and others to ensure the delivery of programs and services that meet the holistic needs of a diverse community;
Participate in divisional and campus committees as directed by the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students;
Represent the division and the university to external constituents, including regional and national-level professional associations;
Other duties as assigned.
Facilities Management: 15%
Supervise the operations, equipment, and maintenance needs of the 180,000 square foot Redhawk Center & Eisiminger Fitness Center, including 2 pools, a full-service fitness center, courts, functional training spaces, multi-purpose gym, locker rooms, and other spaces;
Develop and facilitate long-range planning for facility enhancements and preventative maintenance plans via asset inventory practices;
Work closely with Facilities and vendors to respond to annual and incidental equipment and facility maintenance needs.
Assessment & Planning: 10%
Oversee the department's efforts to assess the quality and effectiveness of programs and services;
Develop and oversee implementation of new programs and services as indicated by student/member feedback;
Stay attuned to best practices and emerging research and continually evaluate the department to ensure it meets or exceeds professional standards.
Bachelor's degree in recreation administrator or other comparable program and a minimum of three years previous experience administering an educational program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above;
Evidence of ability to provide leadership and problem-solving skills in analyzing recreation needs of emerging adults, especially college students;
Demonstrated experience supervising and developing professional staff and graduate students;
Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentations and group facilitation;
Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends;
All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision and values;
All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check;
First Aid/CPR/AED Certification required within 90 days of hire and maintained throughout employment.
PREFERRED Master's degree in recreation administration, higher education/student affairs, or a closely related discipline; Five years of full-time professional experience, preferably in a higher education setting, with previous experience in administering a campus recreation program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Benefits at a Glance Consistent with its fundamental Jesuits value, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage, and plan for your future with a generous 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits. You may also take advantage of 100% tuition remission benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Christmas break closure, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at: https://www.seattleu.edu/hr/benefits/
Application Instructions Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.