Swinney Recreation Center - Division of Student Affairs
Director of Campus Recreation provides comprehensive and coordinated leadership, planning, and management for Campus Recreation at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of the four University of Missouri campuses, is a doctoral research public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs and serving approximately 14,500 students. The University is well positioned to address the demands of the times in a dynamic and diverse city that deserves and requires the benefits that accrue from a strong public university.
The University has an institution-wide commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and strives to create a welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff feel valued in their contributions. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for students and have a demonstrated track record in promoting student success and retention. The candidate will also be experienced in strategies designed to create an engaging and vibrant student experience.
UMKC is proud to be one of this region's premier institutions of higher education. Our people are our most valuable asset in our quest to become a model public urban research university with signature programs and active engagement in our city and throughout the region.
The Swinney Recreation Center, located in the heart of the UMKC campus, provides students, faculty, staff and members with one of the finest fitness centers in all of Kansas City. Swinney has five regulation playing floors, four racquetball courts, a squash court, a 200-meter running track, a 25-meter swimming and diving facility, locker facilities for faculty and staff, a weight room with free weights, the latest cardio-vascular equipment and selectorized equipment. Adjacent to the Swinney Building is the SRC Soccer/Track Complex. The facility boasts a 400-meter all-weather running track surrounding a collegiate regulation soccer field.
UMKC uses the third court as its event court for women's basketball and volleyball and will be welcoming men's basketball back home beginning in January 2019.
We seek an innovative leader who will create an environment that encourages student engagement by dramatically increasing the availability of our currently limited group fitness classes, tournaments, intramurals, and club sports. The Director is responsible for leading and creating an environment in which recreational programs, and services are modern, inspiring and engaging for students, faculty, staff and paying members. Recreational programs and services should contribute to a vibrant campus community and promote active, healthy behaviors for all participants. Programs and services should help to attract and grow membership in campus recreation and the UMKC community. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of utilizing campus recreation as a resource to connect students to their campus community through meaningful programs.
The Director is responsible for developing and evaluating comprehensive recreational programming to support health and wellness for the campus community. The Director collaborates with offices within the university and with external partners to provide a welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff; works to advance institutional goals and objectives for student success; and helps to create an environment for open dialogue and communication. The Director collaborates with others using a student development framework to help promote a campus climate that fully integrates Campus Recreation into academics, health, wellness, athletics, students affairs and campus life at UMKC. The Director provides advocacy, support and appropriate engagement opportunities for students. The Director oversees the hiring and supervision of professional and student staff, oversees operations of Swinney Recreation Center, and the financial and strategic direction of the unit. This position reports to senior leadership within the Division of Student Affairs.
Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Uphold the mission for Campus Recreation and its role as it fits within the direction and philosophy of the Division of Student Affairs.
Maintain general oversight of the business operations of the Campus Recreation program and Recreation Center operations.
Ensure compliance with University and Campus Recreation operating guidelines, policies and procedures including the development and implementation of risk management guidelines, emergency response protocols, and staff safety training and preparedness.
Responsible for sound fiscal management and oversight of the student fee supported Campus Recreation operation budget and reserve accounts. Prepare budgets, evaluate financial reports, approve invoices, requisitions, transfer vouchers, and online payroll system. Responsible for the managing and meeting of expense and revenue goals.
Provide benchmark statistics, analysis, and reporting on the Campus Recreation program and the Swinney Recreation Center.
Collaborate with Athletics Department to establish partnerships and positive working relationships that mutually benefit and support the overall mission of UMKC.
Collaborate with Strategic Marketing & Communications to define target markets and develop a comprehensive promotional campaign for Campus Recreation.
Develop Campus Recreation program offerings for the university with the primary focus of serving UMKC students while ensuring safety, inclusiveness and collaboration.
Manage opportunities for external youth programs, including budget development and oversight, staffing, marketing and risk management of program.
Oversee the capital replacement of fitness and recreational sports equipment and collaborate with building management to assure capital projects are completed in a planned and timely manner.
In conjunction with direct supervisor, prepare, present, and implement short and long term departmental goals.
Lead and supervise the development, planning, and direction of comprehensive and robust programs and services within campus recreation, including intramurals, fitness, aquatics and informal recreation.
Partner with other units to create a club sports structure that encourages frequent events with high participation rates.
Coordinate policies and procedures for user sign-ups, collection of fees, and provide facility and program information.
Set membership structure and fees that ensure participant eligibility, accurate fee collection, data collection, and record-keeping.
Develop and implement safety, risk, injury, and emergency response management procedures that ensure a safe and fair environment for participants.
Develop and implement policies and training around appropriate programming based upon standards put forth by appropriate professional organizations (such as NIRSA, American Red Cross, ACSM, ACE, NASM, and CASS standards for student learning/development.
Work with persons of all abilities and disabilities in trying to meet their fitness and recreational needs.
Support the promotion of other Campus Life, recreational, fitness, health, wellness, and athletic activities and services on campus as appropriate.
Actively develop the role of Campus Recreation activities as part of the robust and growing Student Engagement opportunities on campus.
Implement and emphasize student development initiatives.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with on and off campus entities including, but not limited to the following: Student Involvement; Housing and Residence Life; Counseling, Health, Testing, and Disability Services; Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities Services; Police Services, and other units as appropriate.
Bridge academic learning with co-curricular activities within Campus Recreation through the development of relationships with academic departments and other avenues of personal growth through experiential education.
Collaborate effectively with Intercollegiate Athletics regarding policies, shared resources and shared space, in order to meet the needs of both entities/departments.
Actively participate in management meetings, staff meetings, staff trainings, campus committees, regional and national organizations
Staff Supervision (Full-time and Part-time):
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate 6 full-time employees employed in Campus Recreation.
Supervise the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of student employees, volunteers, and interns.
Serve as a resource and advisor for individual students to promote and enhance student development.
Conduct retreats or trainings as needed and develop a strong professional team and student development model.
Possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions
Develop and implement policies, procedures, and operational systems for safely and successful operation of the Campus Recreation program and Recreation Center.
Manage and track expenditures and revenues generated through programs, services, and rentals.
Work with in-house and other campus entities to secure facilities from unauthorized or improper usage.
Coordinate regular facility and equipment checks as well as coordinate custodial, regular, and long-term maintenance for the Recreation Center.
Develop and implement operations and practices that fully support the sustainability incorporated into the design of the facility.
Duties will primarily take place in an office setting however additional duties may be performed in various locations on the UMKC campus, including working both indoors and outdoors to support and participate in university activities and events. This position may require occasional travel, by automobile or airplane, and overnight stay to travel to trainings and meetings off campus.
A master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 7 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
This position requires a Master's degree and a minimum of five (5) years of combined programming, administrative, supervision, and management experience with increasing responsibilities in campus recreation or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Prior successful experience with fiscal responsibility, including oversight of revenue generation, prudent purchasing practices, annual budget development and budget monitoring required. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) required. Knowledge of PeopleSoft preferred. Incumbent is required to obtain or furnish verification of current American Red Cross Adult CPR and AED certifications or equivalent within the first thirty days of employment.
Requirements include strong knowledge of programming, operations, facilities management, risk management, staffing, and philosophies congruent with campus recreation practices and standards set forth by appropriate professional organizations (such as NIRSA, American Red Cross, ACSM, ACE, NASM, and CASS standards for student learning/development.) Must have strong ability to evaluate operations and implement infrastructure improvements. Must have prior experience with policy and procedure development and implementation. Must possess a basic understanding of and commitment to sustainable practices. Must be able to provide leadership and vision to campus and have experience in the supervision and evaluation of both full-time staff and student staff. Strong commitment to student development practices required. Requires excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Must have a strong understanding of customer service and building relationships.
The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents.
Full Time/Part Time
Salary starts at $71,900 per annum, will commensurate based on experience and qualifications.
Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Applications should be submitted by January 3, 2019 for fullest consideration.
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Founded in 1929 as the University of Kansas City, UMKC has expanded to three campuses, which house 11 different schools and colleges. We are a great university in one of America’s “smartest cities.” Today, UMKC is Kansas City’s 24th-largest employer, with over 3,500 staff and faculty supporting our more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
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