The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks an innovative and creative-thinking director of recreation services beginning July 1, 2020. The director is primarily responsible for creating varied and dynamic recreational opportunities for the Colby community that will enrich the student experience by cultivating diverse, meaningful relationships and developing healthy lifestyle habits. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide strategic direction and long-range planning for one of the most expansive athletic complexes in the country
Develop and drive an outreach plan, including marketing and branding, to the Colby community in an effort to maximize participation
Maintain annual budget for the recreation, wellness, club sports, and intramural programs; process reimbursements and initiate payments as necessary
Oversee a comprehensive fitness and wellness program including developing programs to meet student, faculty, and staff needs and hiring qualified fitness instructors and student leaders
Develop annual events and themes around healthy lifestyle choices; schedule/lead outdoor activities in all seasons
Organize educational classes surrounding nutritional cooking demonstrations, CPR/Frist Aid certification, lifeguard certification, etc
Work closely with campus and community partners to develop equipment and venue planning, maintenance, and functionality
Develop a comprehensive student employee training program for intramural sports
Hire student staff to work as commissioners and officials for recreational programs and leagues
Incorporate the usage of InnoSoft, IMLeagues, or similar online platform for managing all aspects of leagues
Oversee payroll for intramural workers
Advise club sport captains, schedule trainings and meetings throughout the year to review goals and needs
Provide administrative guidance to clubs by coordinating practices and games and maintaining rosters
Develop and oversee concussion, liability, travel, emergency, and risk management protocols for all club sport activities
Track and maintain equipment relating to club and intramural sports
Coordinate on-site supervision for club and intramural activities, events may occur on weekends, evenings and/or early mornings
Organize Jan Plan Mule Games programming; work with the Offices of Communication and Campus Life on marketing and promotions
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
The director of recreation services will report to the director of athletics. This position has significant interactions with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other outside constituencies.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.
General office, athletic facility, and campus environment. The position will require work outside and in inclement weather. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, twisting, and occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive and/wrist motion is required. The position will be a full-time, fiscal year appointment, with frequent evening and weekend work required throughout the year with those dates determined by the director of athletics.
Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:
Director of Recreation Services - Search Committee Office of Human Resources Colby College 5500 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901-8855
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
5 plus years of increasingly responsible leadership in athletics, facility management preferred
Experience with National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) preferred
Outstanding oral and written communications skills and attention to detail
Strong self-initiative and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines with minimal supervision
Ability to effectively communicate with local and regional stakeholders
Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
Ability to excel as a member of a diverse community
Must possess creative initiative, flexibility, and high energy
Aptitude for collaborating with others and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, coaches, administrators, and campus colleagues
Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
Ability to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis based on game schedules and travel as required
About Colby College
Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.
In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.
Colby is a member... of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and has 28 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division III level, and four programs (men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic Skiing) that compete at the Division I level. The department also hosts a variety of club and intramural sports. Over one-third of Colby’s 2,000 students participate in intercollegiate sports, and in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department.
The College is constructing a new, state-of-the-art athletics complex, scheduled to open this fall, which is destined to be among the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000 square-foot athletics center will include an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center with Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, strength & fitness center, training rooms, and coaching suites. Additionally, the College recently opened a 70-acre-plus outdoor competition center that consists of three gleaming new competition and recreational fields that are also among the finest outdoor venues in Division III.