James Madison University Recreation (UREC) is accepting applications for an Associate Director for Programs.
The mission of UREC is to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and supportive services. UREC’s qualified staff is committed to excellence and responsive to the developmental needs of their participants. UREC looks for people who are passionate about teaching and working with students. UREC’s award-winning main facility is 278,515 square feet of recently expanded and renovated space.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership and Supervision: Provide leadership and supervision to all programming staff including full-time Assistant Directors, Coordinators, and part-time Graduate Assistants and programming student employees. Responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of the programming staff in compliance with all applicable university guidelines. Conduct program staff and one on one meetings, in accordance with departmental practices.
Develop and maintain a robust array of programs: Develop and maintain an outcomes-based programming model, which emphasizes and starts with student learning outcomes. Maintain a wide variety of programs and services to meet the interests/needs of a diverse university community. Develop and revise program guidelines, policies and procedures related to all programming done throughout the department. Review programming plans and allocate facility space to the various programming areas. Establish criteria for creating new programs, in keeping with participant interests, current trends, data and inclusion of all and recommend the sunset of programs to be reduced or eliminated. Work with the Director to establish any program or service fees where appropriate, utilizing the departmental model for their establishment. Develop planning timelines annually to coordinate with UREC marketing and social media staff.
Student Learning and Assessment: Serve as the department expert in student learning, development, evaluation and assessment. Serve as divisional resource in student learning and assessment as needed. Train student staff on the UREC student learning and development model. Develop and maintain standards for all programs based on student learning outcomes and developmental model. Serve the UREC Student Professional Development Fund Committee and UREC Student Employee Recognition Committee (Advisor to Graduate Assistants). Leads departmental assessment efforts and collaborates and serves as departmental liaison with the Center for Research and Assessment.
Integration and Collaboration: Collaborate with other campus units to enhance the educational and experiential opportunities for JMU students. Develop synergies with other units on campus to enhance learning and build relationships with academic programs. Work with the program chair of the Wellness 100 program, to maintain and enhance the intake process for students in that course, and provide data and feedback as appropriate. Develop ambassador programs and initiatives to enhance inclusion and diversity, and maintain relationships with students and offices that can help identify non-participants.
Administration: Serve as member of the UREC Leadership team, and take an active part in the maintenance of UREC culture and service ethic. Review and recommend the purchase of equipment and supplies for all programming areas, consistent with departmental mission and goals. Prepare and monitor the annual budget as it pertains to programming. Maintains controls and inventories of all equipment and supplies in reporting line. Coordinate Grants Program – support and develop proposals for UREC programs and services for Innovations Grants. Be an active leader and participant in staff and divisional meetings, serve on committees as requested, and manage human resources documents and requirements for programming staff, including approval of payroll. Responsible use of signature authority for the department in the Director’s absence.
Master’s degree in in related field (e.g. sports management, recreation, physical education, college student personnel administration, etc.)
A minimum of five years of related professional experience (a graduate assistantship would be considered ½ year of experience per year)
Demonstrated experience in leadership and supervision of employees
A minimum of five years of professional experience at the assistant director level in a campus recreation setting
Experience in the supervision of full-time staff
Expertise and experience creating a wide variety of inclusive programs and services based on student learning and development theory
Demonstrated ability to teach and coordinate the establishment of student learning outcomes and conduct related assessment
Demonstrated experience working on projects/initiatives in a collaborative manner
About JMU Recreation
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work. In 1996, JMU opened a 140,700 square foot Recreation Center and in 2016, construction was completed for an addition and renovation to bring the building to 278,515 square feet. UREC offers the JMU community a comprehensive menu of recreational and educational opportunities. We have a dedicated student staff of over 500 along with 10 graduate assistants from around the country and 28 professional staff.