At University Recreation & Wellbeing, we practice what we preach. We work hard. We move fast. We aren’t afraid to fail, and we certainly aren’t afraid to stand out.
We're beginning a nationwide search for an ambitious and dynamic leader to join us during a pivotal time for our division. With our recent name change and rebranding behind us, we’ve set our sights on opening the Nicholas Recreation Center, a highly-anticipated $87.5M state-of-the-art facility and the first building project of a $236M Master Plan. At the same time, we’ve started to design our second building project of the Plan, a $110M replacement of the current Gymnasium – Natatorium.
As director, you will advocate for and champion present and future recreational and wellness needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Health & Wellbeing within Student Affairs, you will provide visionary leadership for 50 full-time staff members and 500 student employees. Recreation & Wellbeing manages multiple indoor recreational facilities with space totaling nearly 600,000+ square feet - including the opening of the Nicholas Recreation Center, a $87.5M facility, and the design of a $110M replacement of the current Natatorium - plus all the programming inside them. Use of these facilities totals approximately 1.3 million participants annually. In addition, the division manages 64 acres of outdoor space, which is used primarily for intramural sports and sport club programs as well as providing outdoor space for informal use by the campus community. Recreation & Wellbeing generates more than $2.4 million in revenue annually, most of it from student segregated fees and faculty/staff memberships. Day in and day out, we pride ourselves on living our mission, building community, and “leaning yes” to new ideas. We are a tight-knit group with diverse backgrounds committed to removing barriers, building community, and pushing limits.
Grounded in tradition and driven by innovation, UW is a top-ranked institution and a proud member of the Big Ten Conference. Nestled between 15,000 acres of lakes and more than 200 miles of paths and trails, the University and city of Madison seamlessly blend together. We have been named the #1 Best City to Raise a Family, the Fittest City in America, and we’re home to the country’s largest producer-only farmers market (with plenty of cheeses to choose from). With the events and amenities of a big city and the ease and community of a small town, Madison is a special place with a unique vibe.
At University Recreation & Wellbeing, we're so much more than a building. We're building a movement. And we're looking for a visionary to move with us.
Minimum of seven years of significant upper management experience in fiscal and personnel management, recreational programming, and facility management required.
Visionary capacity to identify and implement opportunities to improve Recreation & Wellbeing activities across campus.
Strong leadership and administrative skills.
Ability to think strategically to best address the needs of current and future stakeholders.
Demonstrated achievement in managing a budget and developing new and diverse sources of revenue to support Recreation & Wellbeing programs and facilities.
Demonstrated skills as a team builder and problem solver in a collegial environment.
Demonstrated achievement of goals relating to diversity and inclusion, including recruitment and retention of diverse staff.
***Applications must be submitted through the UW-Madison Job Site: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/504166/director-of-recreation-wellbeing***
Internal Number: 219357-LI
About University of Wisconsin-Madison
With more than 40,000 students, exceptional academics, inspiring faculty and alumni, a beautiful campus and a vibrant college scene, UW–Madison is one of the nation’s premier universities.
UW-Madison is the birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that education should improve people’s lives beyond the university classroom. We believe the work that’s done here at the UW should help people in the state, the country and around the globe.
UW-Madison offers 160 majors and 4,200 courses. Seventy of our academic programs are ranked in the nation’s top 10, and UW-Madison overall is ranked seventh among public universities.
With 933 acres located on the shores of Lake Mendota, UW-Madison boasts a beautiful campus through all four seasons. The city of Madison (population 220,000) has topped many “best” lists — best place to live and work, best college sports town, one of America’s safest cities, a top green city – and offers a combination of campus and city that together make one of the nation’s liveliest college scenes.