The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 500 staff members that serve our students through 21 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.
The Department: The RecSports Department facilitates a wide variety of recreation-based opportunities for the University community. The RecSports Department manages four recreation facilities, including the TRECS (Tennessee Recreation Center for Students), the SAC (Student Aquatic Center), the RecSports Field Complex at Sutherland, and the RecSports Fields at TRECS. With the doors open for more than 100 hours per week, the RecSports Department aims to engage students in a variety of recreation activities including intramural sports, group fitness classes, personal training, outdoor adventure trips, Sport Clubs, Aquatic programs, open-gym basketball, climbing/bouldering, racquetball, weight lifting (free weight or machine), and/or cardio exercises. The RecSports department is also the 2nd largest employer of students on campus with more than 300 students employed part-time for the majority of the year. The RecSports Department strives to satisfy varying degrees of interest in recreation, while designing activities that promote health and wellness, social and cultural interaction, professionalism, and leadership, all while staying on the cutting edge of technology, in order to foster an environment conducive to supporting the academic experience at the University of Tennessee.
Provides oversight, supervision, and management for operating two to three programs areas such as Aquatics, Fitness, Intramurals, Outdoor Programs, or Sport Clubs. Serves as a key member of the Director’s senior leadership team assisting with developing department goals, objectives, and initiatives. Provides input and direction on decisions concerning personnel, budget, equipment, and/or facility maintenance to ensure effective/efficient operation of RecSports
This position oversees two to three coordinators depending and skills and relevant experiences. This position will be responsible for program planning and special events, approve payroll, and provide supervison and evaluation of full time staff. This position will also oversee all the Student Staff Development for the Department.
Required Qualifications: Master's degree required; Three (3) years of professional experience working with students in a campus recreation program or similar organization of comparable size.
Preferred Qualifications: Ability to work with diverse constituencies, prioritize multiple work responsibilities in time-sensitive situations, work with limited supervision, supervise, and delegate work to student staff, exercise good judgement, handle different situations with confidence and leadership, and be flexible; Experience with computer programs (i.e. Microsoft Systems, online group management systems, online assessment tools, Innosoft Fusion, WhentoWork, Connect 2); Knowledge of the role of, trends, and best practices in campus recreation. Demonstrated presentation skills and teambuilding facilitation experience; Ability to work with the community and outreach groups. Strong verbal and written communication skills, customer service skills, and interpersonal skills. Membership and participation in the NIRSA leaders in collegiate recreation. American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED certification.
Application Process: Please complete the on-line application for full consideration at https://hr.utk.edu/
Applicants should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three references (with current e-mail address and phone number/s) in the application file. A review of all applications will begin on February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations are welcomed and should be made by submitting information to the Search Committee Chair, Mr. Sean Basso, Associate Director of RecSports Sport, Tennessee Recreation Center for Students (TRECS), 2111 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996. Questions regarding the search may be directed to the Search Committee Chair.
Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2020
About University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling over 28,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the University aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The University values intellectual curiosity, innovative leadership, academic freedom, diversity and inclusion, integrity, engagement, and responsible stewardship of resources.
The Division of Student Life is comprised of nearly 500 staff that serve our students through 21 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.