Positioned between Minneapolis, MN and Madison, WI, along the majestic Mississippi River in the midst of grand bluffs and breathtaking outdoor scenery, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of Recreational Sports. This position at UWL is an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the lives of college students. The student-centered culture at UWL is what makes our university special.
Due to the retirement of the long-serving director, UWL has begun a new nationwide search for the next Director of Recreational Sports. We are looking forward to welcoming a new director by July 1, 2021. This position leads a comprehensive, student-centered program designed to meet the recreational needs of a diverse campus community of over 10,000 students. The Director's portfolio includes oversight of a 140,000-square foot stand-alone recreation facility; a team of seven full-time professionals, five custodians, and over 250 student employees; and a $2.6 million budget. The Director collaborates with campus partners to enhance the student experience and support student success by fostering the delivery of programs and services that meet the holistic needs of an active community. This position reports to the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs.
UWL provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. The vision for the Recreational Sports Department is to create a thriving community enjoying active and healthy lives. The mission is to enhance the UWL experience by offering diverse programs, innovative services, growth opportunities, and welcoming facilities with inclusion as one of the fundamental values. There is a commitment to equal access to our facility and programs regardless of ability, age, citizenship, economic status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
The department consists of 9 programs: 1) indoor climbing; 2) sport clubs; 3) fitness to include group fitness, personal training, and a fitness center; 4) informal recreation; 5) instructional programs; 6) intramural sports; 7) Outdoor Connection gear rental and trips; 8) special events; and 9) athletic training. We are one of the most popular programs on campus and consistently have nearly 90% of the student body participate in one or more of our programs annually. We are also one of the largest student employers on campus with over 250 employees serving in a variety of positions, including customer service representatives, intramural supervisors, promotions, events supervisors, building managers, climbing wall supervisors, outdoor connection representatives, lifeguards, and intramural officials and intramural score keepers.
Master's degree in Recreation, Sports Management, Student Affairs, or related field
Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience with recreation services, preferably at the collegiate/university level, to include the development, implementation, administration, and assessment of programs and services
Commitment to student learning and engagement
Demonstrated budgetary experience in development, management, and fiscal reporting
Demonstrated personnel management experience with development of professional and student staff
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Must be a team player, promote collaboration, and work cooperatively with others
Ability to work independently, plan and organize work efficiently and accurately, maintain multiple ongoing projects at any given time, and communicate effectively and in a professional manner with all levels
Strong interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) and commitment to quality customer service
Valid driver’s license
Prior director level work experience in recreation or a related unit
Ten or more years of progressively responsible experience with recreation services, at the collegiate/university level, to include the development, implementation, administration, and assessment of programs and services
Five years of supervisory experience and department leadership
Financial oversight of a departmental or significant budget of six figures or higher.
Demonstrated experience and ability to work as part of, and lead a collaborative team of professionals, custodians, and student employees
Experience in facilities/operations management, capital projects, strategic planning, and program design & development
Strategic thinking and planning skills
Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships within the division and throughout the institution
Active involvement in NIRSA
Current certification in first aid, CPR, and AED
Electronic submission of application materials is required. To apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu. For additional information regarding the position, please visit https://www.uwlax.edu/search-screen/director-of-recreational-sports/.
Additional Salary Information: The approved annual target salary for this position is $78,000.
About University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UWL's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UWL strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UWL ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableC...ollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UWL has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UWL boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UWL’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UWL campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UWL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UWL.
As a prospective UWL employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Annual-Security-Report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UWL does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.