1939 Associate Director, Campus Recreation


TITLE Associate Director, Campus Recreation




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Campus Recreation

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Student Affairs


The Associate Director, Campus Recreation manages specified operations of the Bill R. Foster and Family Foster Recreation Center and the Betty and Bobby Allison Recreation Fields. The Associate Director, Campus Recreation supports the management of functional area activities and events which supplement the academic program of Missouri State University. Functional areas of Campus Recreation may include, but are not limited to, Recreational Sports, Fitness and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, Business Operations, Facilities including Maintenance and Custodial, and Aquatics and Risk Management. The Associate Director, Campus Recreation works in conjunction with other Missouri State University and community entities to promote Campus Recreation to a diverse population. The Associate Director, Campus Recreation assists with goal setting, assessment, and long-range planning for the department. The Associate Director, Campus Recreation assumes other responsibilities as directed by the Director, Campus Recreation.


Education: A Master’s degree in Health, Exercise Science, Recreation Management, Student Personnel/Affairs in Higher Education or a related area is required.

Experience: At least three years of successful administrative experience in recreational management is required. A strong background in facility/risk management and/or program implementation as it pertains to recreational sports, fitness and wellness, aquatics and outdoor adventures is required. Experience with budgets and supervision of graduate students or professional staff is required. Experience working in a diverse environment and/or with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred.

Skills: Effective organizational, management, leadership, computer, communication, and interpersonal skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Experience with recreational management software is preferred.

Certification: American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and First Aid certification are preferred, but must be obtained within 30 days of employment. CPR/AED/First Aid/Lifeguard and Wilderness First Aid instructor certifications are preferred. Other preferred certifications include Certified Pool Operator, Aquatic Facility Operator, and/or Wilderness First Responder.

Other: The scope of the position occasionally requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, seminars, and workshops.


1. Assists with establishing and implementing short and long-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, operating procedures, and assessments for Campus Recreation, monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness, and initiates changes required for improvement.

2. Provides for the appropriate implementation of delegated facility and programming tasks through the selection, training, daily supervision, and evaluation of Campus Recreation employees including Assistant Directors, maintenance and custodial staff support, Graduate Assistants, and student employees.

3. In conjunction with Assistant Directors develops and leads efficient programming areas by creating high quality comprehensive recreational activities and fitness and wellness programs that encourage healthy lifestyles and enhance quality of life for the entire campus community.

4. Assists with facilities operations, in conjunction with the Director, Campus Recreation, by identifying and coordinating building repairs, maintenance, and safety requirements, recommending facility improvements, assisting with maintenance of inventory control records on furnishings and equipment, and coordinating maintenance repair and follow up.

5. Facilitates the development and implementation of professional development activities for Campus Recreation employees.

6. Manages financial resources within budget limits and in accordance with University guidelines under the guidance and supervision of the Director, Campus Recreation by planning, developing, and overseeing designated budgets.

7. Provides appropriate and timely response to system-wide or building specific needs, emergencies, crises, or other situations requiring departmental intervention.

8. Assures the involvement of a broad campus base and develops the support of related organizations by developing co-sponsored or complementary programs and forming strong networking ties with campus organizations, departments, and campus programming committees.

9. Assists with the creation of a full and positive campus life by cooperating with other components of Student Affairs including, but not limited to, Magers Health and Wellness Center, Plaster Student Union, Residence Life, the Office of Student Engagement, and Student Activities organizations.

10. Participates as a member of the University community by serving on various committees and task forces as assigned.

11. Provides support for the administrative needs of the organization and supports Campus Recreation functions in the absence of the Director, Campus Recreation.

12. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of Campus Recreation.

14. Supports the overall success of Campus Recreation by assisting with all programming areas and general operations in addition to completing special projects and performing other duties as assigned by the Director, Campus Recreation.


The Associate Director, Campus Recreation is supervised by the Director, Campus Recreation and supervises full-time professional staff, graduate assistants, and student employees.