How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The mission of the University of Michigan Recreational Sports is promoting a healthy lifestyle through engagement, leadership, and activity. The Department operates multiple programs, four indoor facilities, and two outdoor field complexes. The department consists of 36 full-time staff and over 650 student employees. Established in 1913, the department is considered to be one of the first collegiate recreation programs and is the first program to have a facility dedicated to student recreation (Intramural Sports Building, 1928). Recreational Sports reports to Student Life through the Associate Vice President of Student Life.
The Assistant Director is responsible for providing overall leadership and management of operations at the Sports Coliseum and outdoor fields including Mitchell Field, Elbel Field and Palmer Field. This includes personnel, policies and procedures, scheduling, equipment, risk management and maintenance and repair. Creates budgets, policies, procedures, and directs operations for all facilities of oversight. Provides outstanding customer service, strategic leadership and vision, mentorship and direct supervision for staff in all areas of oversight. Coordinates all scheduling requests for assigned auxiliary Recreational Sports facilities including internal programs, external customers and other university departments and user groups. Work closely with the Rentals and Special Events staff to assist in coordinating external events. Also serves as point of contact for all facility maintenance needs at the Adventure Education Center and Adventure Leadership Trip & Rental Center. Collaborate with University Plant Services to create and monitor work orders to ensure quality levels of maintenance and custodial support for facilities. Serves as the department risk management coordinator and works closely with University Risk Management to ensure the safe operation, compliance and adherence with University standards and best practices for the facilities, programs, and services available to all University students, faculty, staff and alumni. Provides direct supervision to three AFSCME Turf Specialists and 20-25 student Building Supervisors. Assist with day-to-day facility operations as needed. Serves on assigned committees to represent the Department.
Facility/Program Oversight (40%): Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate all operations staff. Deliver high quality customer service. Direct facility operations for facilities that generate approximately $500,000 annually, to support the mission and the financial success of the department. Continually ensure the management of risks associated with facility to include compliance with federal, state, University and department policies related to security, fire, life, occupational and safety regulations. Collaborate with University Plant Services to create and monitor work orders to ensure quality levels of maintenance and custodial support for facilities. Purchase equipment, maintain inventory, and manage an equipment replacement plan. Work with internal Recreational Sports programs and other University departments, including but not limited to, Athletics and Michigan Marching Band for shared use space in Recreational Sports facilities. Facilitate the training of First Aid, CPR, AED and Lifeguarding certification classes. Conduct department wide emergency drills, debriefs and reviews of emergency action plans and preparedness procedures.
Fiscal Oversight (10%): Prepare, oversee, forecast, and manage the operating budgets of areas of oversight; manage equipment replacement schedule; ensure compliance of operations with Department, Division, and University policies; work collaboratively with Departmental financial staff and the Student Life Business Office. Establish and meet budget goals. Design and produce reports and other analytical mechanisms in order to assist with overall analysis of the Recreational Sports operations.
Staff Oversight (30%): Provide supervision, direction, coaching and mentoring of direct reports; ensure direct reports represent the Department in a positive way; evaluate and provide regular feedback to direct reports; ensure the hiring and development of student facility staff meets Department needs and goals.
Leadership (10%): Provide departmental leadership; develop and enforce departmental policies; ensure the development of students in all areas of supervision; serve on committees or work teams to support the Department, Division and University; collaborate with University colleagues to represent the Department.
Other Requirements (10%): Evening and weekend work responsibilities, as needed; be available by phone to provide leadership during times facilities are operating; attend professional development opportunities, as assigned; other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Recreation, or related field
Minimum of 2 years’ professional work experience in athletic or recreational facility operations management
Minimum of 1 years’ experience with facility scheduling
Minimum of 1 years’ experience in personnel administration
Effective organizational, management and leadership skills within a campus recreation or other related programs
Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, AED and CPR, First Aid, AED Instructor or the ability to obtain within six months of hire
A Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Recreation, or related field.
A strong background in risk management as it relates to recreation facility operations
Experience in supervising facility operations staff
Experience in supervising union, bargained for employees
Experience in development and oversight of facility operation and personnel budgets
Experience in the successful development of students or staff
Knowledge of facility and equipment repair and preventative maintenance
Sustained involvement in NIRSA or other professional associations
This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.
Position Criteria (Candidate Characteristics):
A successful candidate will possess certain leadership characteristics deemed important to success in the position. These characteristics include:
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills with attention to detail
Excellent customer service
A highly collaborative and consultative style within and outside of the organization
An ability to make difficult decisions with diplomacy and inclusion
An innate capability of understanding organizational and student needs and interests
A history of having high levels of trust and integrity
An ability to motivate staff towards a common vision and high performance
An entrepreneurial and innovative attitude
Motivation to create productive learning experiences for students who participate in recreation
Prepare, oversee, forecast, and manage the operating budgets of areas of oversight. The total annual budget responsibility of this position is estimated to be between $300,000-400,000.
Evening and weekend work responsibilities, as needed; be available by phone to provide leadership during times facilities and programs are operating.
Ability to lift equipment/supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
Full-Time Regular AFSCME Turf Specialists (3)
Student Building Supervisors (20-25)
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.