Director of Campus Recreation (Updated 7/15/2020), Campus Recreation

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Director of Campus Recreation

July 1, 2020


The Director of Campus Recreation is responsible for the leadership, direction, supervision and management of a comprehensive recreation program, including the operation and maintenance of the 58,000 square foot Student Recreation Center and all associated Campus Recreation functions, programs, services, activities and staff.  The Director provides supervision to the Campus Recreation staff, and serves on a rotating basis as part of the evening, weekend and holiday facility operations on-call team.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction for a comprehensive campus recreation program.  Major program areas include intramural recreational sports, fitness/wellness activities, informal recreation and special events
  • Direct and manage the operation of a 58,000 square foot Student Recreation Center.  Coordinate the maintenance and repair of building systems.
  • Recruit, hire, train, evaluate and provide developmental opportunities for all Campus Recreation staff members, including full-time positions and student staff members.
  • Develop and manage budgets for Campus Recreation programs, services and facilities in fiscally sound and efficient manner, consistent with University priorities and practices.
  • Develop, implement and manage policies and procedures relevant to Campus Recreation.
  • Develop, implement and maintain appropriate risk management plans and provide appropriate training for all staff.
  • Provide leadership to the development and implementation of a Campus Recreation Communication and Marketing Plan.
  • Conduct regular assessment of programs and services
  • Remain current in regard to industry trends in Campus Recreation and Student Affairs to enhance a comprehensive array of programs, activities and services, and identifying innovative ways to engage students.
  • Maintain positive and collaborative relationships within the department, and with other campus departments.  Work with the School of Health & Exercise Science to provide experiential opportunities for students in their academic programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in recreation, exercise science, health promotion/wellness, student affairs or related area
  • At least eight years of full-time, progressively responsible experience in recreation programming and recreation facility management
  • At least five years of experience supervising staff (full-time, graduate assistant, and/or student staff members)
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices and industry trends related to recreation and wellness
  • Prior budgetary experience, including revenue, expenditures and efficient, fiscally sound management of operating funds
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of student development/learning theories
  • Demonstrated ability to develop teams and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external partners
  • Commitment to the development, welfare and empowerment of students as patrons and employees;
  • Excellent oral and written communication;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated initiative and self-direction; and
  • Commitment to creating an environment of inclusion
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification must be acquired within three (3) months of employment

Preferred Qualifications

  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible experience with recreation programs and facilities
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training certification
  • Involvement in National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)
  • Experience working with healthy campus or other wellbeing

This position requires some evening and weekend hours, as well as participation in the on-call rotation with other full-time staff.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter describing candidate's experiences and transferable skills, specifically in regard to the listed required and preferred qualifications, resume clearly demonstrating progressively responsible and related experiences, unofficial transcripts and contact information for 3 professional references online or mailed to:

Truman State University
Human Resources MC 101
100 E Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO 63501

Review of applications will begin August 3, 2020, and continue until position is filled.  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions may be directed to Human Resources at or 660-785-4031.

Truman is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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