We’re excited about the momentum we’re building here at Purdue RecWell and we’re looking for a leader to join our team. If you’re a highly motivated professional who dreams big, sweats the details, empowers others, leads by doing, and believes that the work we do in collegiate recreation is more than just a job, it's a calling, then we'd love you for you to join our team. We move fast, so apply now through the Purdue Careers Portal. It's never been a better time to be a Boilermaker!
The Sr. Assistant Director for Fitness & Special Programs will manage 6 professional staff in the delivery of recreation and wellness programing, primarily in the areas of fitness, integrated communication, student development and climbing & challenge education. This position will report to and work collaboratively with the Sr. Associate Director, Programs. Responsible for hiring, supervising, evaluating, and developing the full-time professional staff who oversee a wide variety of program areas. Provide leadership, expertise, and guidance to all professional staff to ensure diverse, innovative, inclusive, educational, and safe programs. Oversee all budgets within their area of supervision and coach professional staff to become excellent financial stewards. Cultivate and maintain collaborative partnerships with campus and community leaders. Serve on department leadership team to assist with departmental goals, priorities, and policies that require excellent knowledge, initiative, judgment, and critical thinking. May execute capital projects and business continuation plans. Some evening and weekend work may be required.
Duties & Responsibilities
Fitness: Provide administrative oversight for all department fitness programs, services and operations including fitness education/promotion, fitness equipment purchasing, personal training, group fitness and private instructor requests. Responsible for providing personal and professional development opportunities to four professional staff, 40 personal trainers and 30 fitness instructors. Responsible for oversight of budget preparation, planning, and management. Work with staff to ensure appropriate budget management techniques and purchasing procedures. Coach and address professional staff needs on a daily basis.
Integrated Communication: Oversee one professional staff member and a team of 10 student staff who are responsible for oversight of department communication efforts, which include: website, digital signs, print, social media channels, department newsletter and FusionGo app. Serve as the liaison with Student Life Marketing on larger projects. Educate the Purdue community on RecWell facilities, programs and services through multiple fairs, homecoming, preview days, etc. Assess effectiveness and satisfaction of marketing and outreach strategies.
Student Development: Oversee one professional staff member who manages all departmental student development and learning efforts for over 800 student employees. This includes all-student trainings, student employee recognition programs, personal and professional development opportunities and a department student leadership committee. Oversee departmental student hiring, training, and evaluation practices and a professional internship program and its associated development curriculum. Develop relationships with campus partners to increase co-curricular opportunities for development of student and professional internship staff.
Climbing & Challenge Education: Oversee one professional staff member who manages a variety of teambuilding and adventure education programs and facilities including a progressive challenge education program with both low and high team challenge courses, a 55’ tall indoor climbing wall and associated climbing education programs, a 55’ wide bouldering wall and a fast-growing virtual escape room program.
Miscellaneous: Collaborate and assist with other departmental planning, policy development, implementation, and evaluation as assigned by the Sr. Associate Director, Programs. Perform non-scheduled work assignments as needed, and serve on assigned departmental committees.
Application review will begin January 18, 2021.
Education and Experience: Master’s degree in recreation, exercise science, kinesiology, sport management, or related area. Four years of relevant experience, preferably in a university setting. Experience in fitness programming, budget management, and the ability to lead and coach professional staff 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 fitness, integrated communication, student development, and climbing and challenge 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 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, spreadsheets, electronic communication, etc. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
Internal Number: 12338
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.