Lafayette College is excited to identify our next Assistant Director of Recreation Services. The Assistant Director is a central part establishing a vision for the organized sports programs and supports a wide variety of opportunities for students to be involved, engaged and ultimately grow. The person in this position provides administrative support for a comprehensive sports clubs program that has a 700-plus member base, supervision for the intramural sports program with a 300-plus participant base, and advisement of 85-plus students in leadership roles.
The ideal candidate will process a working knowledge of student development, recreational sports best practices, learning outcomes and program assessment, experiential learning, and a general comfort with the rules governing competitive and recreational sport. The successful applicant will apply strong interpersonal and administrative skills to create partnerships with colleagues, show a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as being dedicated to meeting students where they are on the learning continuum. The candidate should be committed to the type of student success described in the Division of Campus Life mission and goals for student learning (https://campuslife.lafayette.edu/division-of-campus-life/).
Sports Clubs Program Provide general oversight for the sports clubs as it relates to executive board officer and instructor education plus monitor compliance with a variety of policies focused mainly on managing risk. In carrying out this responsibility, the employee must develop working relationships with a variety of college offices and approximately 85 student leaders.
Ensure that officers, instructors, and advisors are oriented to the full range of policies and procedures essential to operate.
Maintain a timeline and track compliance with established expectations for each organization using our DSE software.
Coordinate the requirements of specific organizations ranging from facility preparation to event staff to medical staff.
Serve as a liaison between individual clubs with leagues, conferences, and NGBs.
Develop, implement, and revisit the risk management procedures for sports clubs annually.
Take steps to raise awareness of individual club sport accomplishments, season and semester highlights.
Recruit, hire, train and student supervisors to support efforts around training, compliance and audits of organizations.
Intramural Sports Program Provide general oversight for intramural sports as it relates an appropriate range of activities and proper supervision of the program plus training of student supervisors, team captains, and sports officials. In carrying out this responsibility, the employee must maintain a working knowledge of IMLeagues software and be proactive about applying risk management practices.
Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate intramural event supervisors and sports officials.
Maintain an intramural sports handbook, training materials and risk management procedures.
Coordinate the scheduling of tournaments, leagues and playing venues include facility reservations.
Design and implement a marketing plan for the intramural sport program.
Maintain current knowledge of standards and trends in intramural sports.
Maintain properly stocked first aid supplies, equipment inventory, personnel and participation records.
Facility Management and Advising Efforts
Implement procedures, generating work orders, scheduling and approving the use of space.
Ensure that learning outcomes including those around leadership development are a part of all student roles.
Assist with design of student training that focuses on consistent performance – especially around emergency response.
Share in the instruction of CPR and first aid certification classes plus red cap drill audits for the department’s employees.
Professional Qualities and Reach:
Participate in weekly staff, risk management and division meetings plus the possibility of representing the Recreation Services Department on division-wide committees and working groups.
Encourage programmatic efforts that promote the integration of student learning with the academic mission of the College, and the Campus Life Division goals for student learning, and leadership development.
Incorporate assessment into programmatic efforts to evaluate the achievement of goals related to student learning.
Remain current on best practices in recreational sports, methods of student development, and a broad range of sport-specific rules associated with national organizations such as NIRSA, AEE, and /or AORE.
Prepare semester and annual reports that include a full range of programs’ effectiveness and impact.
Participation in department’s weekend on-call rotation, student supervisor recognition and training programs.
Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Recreation Services, Dean of Students, or Vice President for Campus Life.
Master's Degree in Recreation or Sports Management, Leisure Studies or a related field combined with at least three years of hands-on experience combing managing sports events, tournaments and staff; advising student organizations; and managing facility spaces. Experience teaching first aid and CPR or proof that skills are sufficient to become a certified instructor. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. In addition to spreadsheets proficiency, a high level of competency with various software platforms widely used in the recreational sports profession.
Additional Salary Information: This position is 12-months administrative position that includes medical insurance, generous retirement benefits, and twenty-two vacation days in addition to College recognized holidays (thirteen plus two floating days). Weekend and evening work is necessary to accomplish expected outcomes. Desired start is February 2020.
About Lafayette College
Lafayette College is an independent, highly selective, residential and coeducational institution of approximately 2,300 undergraduate students. Approximately 87% of students live on campus. Lafayette grants bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Lafayette is located in the city of Easton which, together with Bethlehem, Allentown and adjacent communities, makes up the Lehigh Valley. The valley is rich in history and comprises Pennsylvania's third largest metropolitan area, with a population of over 500,000. In contrast to this urban dimension, the Lafayette campus borders on rolling farmland that stretches north to the Pocono Mountains. Easton is less than a two hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia and the Atlantic Ocean.