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The Senior Associate Director of Programs will work collaboratively with and report to the Director of Recreation and Wellness. The position will direct and manage staff in programming areas such as fitness, wellness, climbing/challenge course, sport programs (intramurals, club sports, E-sports), Boiler Kids Camp, nutrition, financial literacy, plus strength and conditioning. Develop and implement program infrastructure, policies, and procedures. Oversee staff in ensuring safe, effective, and efficient utilization of recreation and wellness programs and services. Continually measure effectiveness of programs and staff in conjunction with university goals. Create, plan and manage the annual budget; identify and secure supplemental funding sources. Expected to build and cultivate relationships with numerous campus constituents to help advance the mission of the university, the division and the department. Responsible for oversight of departmental assessment, strategic engagement, student development, alumni outreach and development. Work collaboratively with and provide leadership to full-time and graduate staff in each of these areas to develop, program and administer comprehensive programs and services that are in line with the mission and values of the department. Responsible for supervising, evaluating and leading the staff to ensure continuous professional and personal development. Must stay abreast of regional and national trends in all areas of campus recreation and student life. Responsible for leading departmental initiatives and projects to include fiscal management and strategic planning. Serve on the senior leadership team and management team to provide leadership to the department with the execution of numerous executive and administrative duties of considerable scope and complexity requiring excellent knowledge, initiative, judgment and critical thinking. Some evening and weekend work may be required.
Duties & Responsibilities
Administration: Oversee and manage all departmental program areas including challenge education, climbing, club sports, fitness, intramural sports, Boiler Kids Camp, nutrition and wellness as well as department wide assessment, strategic engagement, student development, alumni outreach and development. Work with staff in these areas to ensure that the department offers programs and services that meet the demands of the university and surrounding community while also promoting our mission and embracing our values. Work with staff to ensure that our programs are diverse, inclusive, educational and safe. Work with staff to develop, prepare and measure strategic goals for the development and growth of program areas, participants and student employees. Establish a culture that embraces innovation and constant improvement through assessment tools and feedback from constituents and stakeholders.
Personnel: Responsible for hiring, supervising, evaluating and developing a number of diverse full-time staff who oversee a wide variety of program areas. Provide leadership, expertise and guidance to all professional staff. Responsible for providing personal and professional development opportunities to professional staff. Provide guidance and coaching to professional staff regarding developing and supervising professional, clerical, graduate and undergraduate student staff.
Departmental Leadership and Fiscal Management: Serve on senior leadership team and management team. As a member of senior leadership, responsible for fiscal planning and development on the department level, developing departmental staffing priorities and best practices. As a member of management team, responsible for developing departmental priorities and policies, cultivating a positive and innovative departmental culture, developing departmental goals and holding staff accountable for goal execution. Responsible for oversight of all program area budgets; work with staff in each area to develop, propose and manage budgets as well as educate staff on appropriate budget management techniques and purchasing procedures.
Strategic Planning: Provide strategic planning and goal setting for future program and department growth and university success. Analyze campus and national trends to determine changing needs for funding models, programs, staff, facilities, and collaboration with other departments, as well as external entities. Maintain relationships with state, regional, and national associations for collaboration opportunities.
Other duties: Work collaboratively across campus and in the community; cultivating relationships that will help to advance the mission and values of the department, division, and university. Serve on assigned departmental and University committees. Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in recreation, sport management, or related area. Minimum 8-9 years of relevant experience. Master’s degree preferred. Can consider direct graduate experience.
five years of collegiate recreation administrative/management experience
experience hiring, training, supervising professional staff
Skills: Ability to offer leadership, vision, and strategic planning that will contribute to a comprehensive sports program that meets the ever-changing needs of the university and local community. Demonstrated ability to supervise, manage, and develop professional staff to carry out their duties with students. Ability to lead department initiatives such as departmental budget management, capital replacement planning and execution, capital project management, program development and continuous quality improvement in all areas. Successful candidate will be self-motivated, energetic, service minded, visionary and adept at solving problems. Ability to work with staff to develop their leadership and program management skills is required. Must show ability to establish long and short-term goals consistent with the mission of the university and the division. Must show ability to build, develop, and cultivate relationships across campus and regionally with a variety of constituents. Successful candidate will be self-motivated, energetic, service minded and adept at solving problems. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents. Must possess strong communication (written/oral) as well as interpersonal skills. Proficient at computer software word processing, spreadsheet, electronic communication, etc. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
Internal Number: 10106
About Purdue University
Purdue University is a public institution founded in 1869, with more than 10,000 employees and 44,500 students, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The university offers excellent benefits, including employer-funded retirement plans and reduced tuition rates for staff and immediate family members. West Lafayette is conveniently located one hour northwest of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago. The area offers a variety of entertainment and cultural opportunities. Residents enjoy a low crime rate as well as a thriving and diverse economy. Opened in October 2012, our award winning facilities include over 470,000 square feet of space with fitness and multi-purpose rooms, climbing & bouldering walls, recreation pool, and indoor turf. Outdoor facilities also include over 107 acres of playing fields, sand volleyball, basketball and tennis courts. Purdue University in an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.