Reporting to the Deputy Director of Athletics and Recreation, the Director of Recreation Sports has responsibility for directing the overall planning and assessment of programs, services, and facilities in accordance with the articulated goals of the University and national best practices; working with the Northwestern community to ensure that the programs, services and facilities meet their respective needs and that the Recreation Department continues to be an integral part of a holistic campus life. The Director of Recreation serves as a member of the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Senior Staff, the policy making group for the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
This position is responsible for the day-to-day operation, policy direction and maintenance of all units and facilities within Campus Recreation. The Director is responsible for fostering a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization, including but not limited to, staffing and programming. This position will also adhere to a program that encompasses an understanding of wellness as a component to the overall campus recreation plan.
This position is administrative in nature and carries a very high level of responsibility within the overall management of the Recreation Department in alignment with the values and mission of the Department of Athletics and Recreation. The Director of Recreation must also have a willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
The incumbent is responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
*Note: Not all aspects of the job are covered by this job description.
This position requires willingness and ability to work nights and weekends.
Develop and promote a shared vision that drives departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities and the on-going organization of work. Create and implement short-term and long-term organizational plans consistent with the strategic plan to ensure mission effectiveness.
Recommends operating policies and procedures for the Aquatics, Beach, Fitness, Instructional Sport, Intramural, Sailing, Sport Club, Self-Directed Recreation, Tennis and Wildcat Summer Camp Programs.
Responsible for the overall management, administration, and marketing of campus wide recreation services facilities and programs.
Direct all operations, which include the recruitment, supervision, evaluation, development and oversight of exempt and non-exempt support staff in the execution of their duties.
Establish and promote cross functional collaboration with similar units within Athletics and Recreation.
Responsible and accountable for establishing a culture of inclusion throughout the organization.
Plan, manage and evaluate the annual operating budget, which includes budget planning, revenue generation, expense analysis, cash controls and establishing pricing and fees for all Fitness and Recreation services.
Responsible for the establishment and review of operational and personnel policies/procedures consistent with Department and University policies and procedures, industry best practices, state and federal laws as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Prepares annual reports on program status and recommends modifications or expansion of existing programs for review by the Deputy Director of Athletics and Recreation.
Assigns staff to regularly inspect their programs, equipment and related facilities for safety and to initiate prompt corrective action to maintain a safe operating environment.
Coordinates all program facility use, scheduling needs and maintenance/repair requests with the Associate Athletics Director, Facilities and Operations.
Provides departmental leadership in establishing a culture of comprehensive excellence that minimizes risk and enhances quality programs and safety.
Answers and addresses/resolves patron complaints and concerns.
Serves on various University committees as assigned.
Represents the University as the Fitness & Recreation spokesperson at conferences and national organizational meetings.
Spearhead collaborative partnerships with other campus colleagues/departments that focus on annual overarching health and wellness themes & research opportunities that the Northwestern campus and recreation industry can benefit from.
Performs special projects as assigned by the Deputy Director of Athletics and Recreation.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Ten years of progressive experience with a minimum of five years in an upper level administrative position in a comparable athletics unit.
Strong leadership and administrative skills.
Strong commitment to student and staff development.
Demonstrated background and experience with oversight and management of staff.
A demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituents.
Demonstrated achievement in managing a budget and developing new and diverse sources of revenue to support programs and facilities.
Ability to think strategically in order to best address the recreational needs of current and future stakeholders.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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