Unit/Department Leader(s): Reports to Director, Sport & Recreation, Student Experience About Western
Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of
academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.
Student Experience fosters equitable learning environments in which all students can thrive to their full potential. Through our commitment to integrating research, theory, and practice across all of the programs, resources, and supports we provide, Student Experience leads an ecosystem of people, places, and spaces that empower student thriving. Our vision is for all Mustangs to discover their personalized pathway through Western’s rich, wholistic learning environment; engage in brave conversations with our diverse community on and off campus, and develop the courage to be uncomfortable without fear of failure in order to thrive throughout their degree and after graduation.
The Sport & Recreation pillar collectively works to enrich student thriving through a focus on developing leadership and success in sport and recreation. With a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, we engage Mustangs in active-well-being and inspire spirit and tradition in order to strengthen the bonds of the Western community. Our vision is for students to discover balance in their lives and pursue challenges without fear of failure, ultimately enhancing their ability to thrive.
The Director of Recreation and Active Well-being will lead comprehensive student centred programming that includes intramural recreational clubs, fitness, wellness, aquatics, outdoor programs, and the Western Student Recreation Center, in support of the University’s mission to build an equitable and thriving campus. This includes leading the development and implementation of short and long-term strategic plans, leading and directing the work of others, and promoting the program and service offerings of the portfolio, while also benchmarking, analyzing and evaluating Campus Recreation’s programs and service offerings, identifying and acting on opportunities to improve current offerings, and designing new programs and services as required. The Director will work in collaboration to lead ongoing assessments and evaluations of programs to guide future programming decisions and resource allocation, and will work in collaboration with the Facilities Manager to plan and ensure equipment updates, maintenance, and expansion to meet the recreation and active well-being needs of the campus. 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 wholistic needs of an active community.
Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology, Recreation, or Sports Management or other related field-
Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, Recreation, or Sports Management is preferred
Membership with the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is preferred Experience:
7 years’ experience related to student experience and/or sports and recreation management, including the development, implementation, administration, and evaluations of programs and services with a commitment to student development and engagement
5 years’ experience managing staff and projects
Experience with budget and resource development/management
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Expertise with data collection, assessment and continuous improvement for campus recreation
Knowledge of best practices in building a strong collaborative team and leading people and of performance development methods
Ability to forecast, measure and adjust operational strategy in consideration of trends, facility and program usage
Ability to build and maintain lasting relationships within the department, other University departments, key business partners and external agencies
Sound judgement, analytical and problem-solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
Demonstrated ability take initiative, to work independently and follow through on work assignments
Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and activities both for self and others, and adapt quickly to emerging priorities
Results-oriented with the ability to motivate and coach employees to meet high performance standards, while working effectively as a member of the leadership team
Demonstrated ability to work strategically, tactically, and operationally with a high degree of professionalism to meet outcomes
Superior verbal and written communication skills and confidence interacting with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of an organization
Positive, outgoing attitude and an unwavering commitment to customer service and teamwork, and continuous learning
Knowledge and ongoing attainment and mastery of NIRSA professional competencies for leaders in collegiate recreation (e.g. programming, philosophy and theory, risk management, facility management, planning and deign, )
Personal and professional qualities of integrity and ethics into all aspects of personal and professional self
About Western University
Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.