1941 Director of Campus Recreation


TITLE Director of Campus Recreation




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Student Affairs



The Director of Campus Recreation is responsible for administrative oversight of Campus Recreation and provides leadership and direction in support of the mission, vision, and goals of the department.   The Director of Campus Recreation oversees the management of Foster Recreation Center and the Allison Recreation Fields and develops and implements recreation and wellness programs and services that supplement the academic program of the University. Programs supervised include recreational sports (intramural and club), fitness, wellness, aquatics, and outdoor programs. The Director of Campus Recreation collaborates with other campus and community groups to provide diverse recreational and wellness programs and services.  The Director of Campus Recreation participates in long-range planning that contributes to student development and assumes other responsibilities as directed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.


Education: A Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Recreation, Management, College Student Personnel, or a related area is required.

Experience: At least five years of progressive leadership and administrative recreation experience is required.  Experience with budget development, management, and fiscal reporting is required.  Experience managing recreation facilities, both indoor and outdoor, hosting successful events, and supervising a large professional and hourly staff is required. Experience at the university level to include the development, implementation, and assessment of successful programs aquatics, recreational sports (intramural and club), fitness, wellness, aquatics, and outdoor adventures is preferred.

Skills: Exceptional organizational, management, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to work with and supervise those with different management styles, skill levels, and backgrounds is required.  The ability to evaluate the achievement of departmental goals and objectives through formal assessment and professional reports is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

License: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and First Aid certification are required. National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification and Climbing Wall Instructor certifications are preferred.  Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP), Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (CRSS) or Certified Park and Recreational Professional 9CPRP) designations are preferred.      

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


1. Establishes and implements short and long-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures for Campus Recreation, monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.

2. Develops and leads an efficient department by supervising administrative, graduate, and undergraduate student staff, manages the budget, and establishes a wide variety of high quality comprehensive recreational sports, fitness, and wellness programs that are dedicated to providing opportunities for recreation and wellness that develop healthy and engaged citizens.

3. In collaboration with the Associate and Assistant Directors, ensures implementation of campus recreation by supervising a year-round program for the campus community.

4. Oversees current and future Campus Recreation facilities (Foster Recreation Center and Allison Recreation Fields) by supervising staff, providing accountable financial management, ensuring necessary renovations, maintenance, and capital improvement projects are completed, and planning for continued growth, as needed.

5. Manages Campus Recreation budgets and provides accountability by reviewing monthly financial statements and approving department expenditures.

6. Promotes awareness of Campus Recreation policies and information for the campus community by overseeing a marketing plan, departmental publications, web pages, and social media presence.

7. Assists with the development of a full and positive campus life by cooperating with
other departments within Student Affairs including, but not limited to, the Health and
Wellness Center, Residence Life, Multicultural Services, Student Activities, and Greek

8. Develops co-sponsored or complementary programs and forms strong network ties with campus organizations, departments, and campus programming committees.

9. Represents Campus Recreation on the Vice President for Student Affairs Council, serves on campus-wide committees, acts as a Campus Security Authority, and assumes teaching assignments that promote the educational development and leadership skills of students.

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

11. Remains competent and current though self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional conferences,  development courses and trainings as required by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

12. Contributes to an effective unit by completing special projects and performing other duties assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.


The Director of Campus Recreation is supervised by the Vice President for Student Affairs and supervises Associate Directors, Assistant Directors, Graduate Assistants, and student employees, making recommendations regarding the hiring, firing, advancement, promotion, and other changes of status of those supervised.