Assistant Director of Athletics for Campus Recreation Programs and Membership

Pennsylvania United States
11 Oct 2018
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11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Penn Athletics is a broad-based Division that serves the University community through 33 intercollegiate varsity programs and diverse recreational offerings. Penn is home to two of the most iconic venues in college athletics, The Palestra and Franklin Field. The Quakers are proud members of the Ivy League. The Division aims to make an impact through athletics by empowering individual excellence and fostering community through varsity, club, and recreational activities. Penn Campus Recreation sponsors 36 club sports and hundreds of intramural teams to provide opportunities to students, both undergraduate and graduate, and faculty/staff. A wide-array of classes and programs are offered through the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center and the Fox Fitness Center for recreation and wellness.

The Assistant Director of Athletics for Campus Recreation Programs and Membership is a part of the leadership team of Campus Recreation and Wellness within the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics serving a diverse University Community of over 40,000.

This job requires strong analytical and technical abilities and demands fast, but carefully thought-out results. Strong leadership and control of the work process from beginning to end is necessary. The job centers around developing new ideas, systems and technology, and also analyzing and improving on old ones. A high level of expertise is expected and the ability to spot and correct errors is important. Work must be done right and quickly, while always focusing on accomplishing the goal and demanding the highest quality work from co-workers and subordinates. Interest and energy focuses primarily on the work at hand. The broad scope of the job demands a factual, direct and authoritative style of communication.

Decision-making, though swift, is very calculated and singular, with little reliance on consensus or collaborating opinions.

The Assistant Director of Athletics for Campus Recreation Programs and Membership role collaborates with the Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Recreation and Wellness and the Associate Director of Campus Recreation for Facility Operations to identify and provide innovative outreach to the students, faculty, staff and constituents of the University of Pennsylvania. The position is directly responsible for the overall direction of the instructional programs, sport clubs, intramural, special events, outdoor adventure, fitness and wellness programs, and an anticipated new summer day camp. This position includes setting program goals, developing operational plans, budget management and revenue generation, establishing scheduling policies and maximizing indoor and outdoor recreational space. Additionally, the position will serve as the liaison with the DRIA Business and OIT functions. This position will be responsible for assembling all quarterly and year-end key performance indicators for programs and membership. The position will act as director in the absence of the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in appropriate field is required, with 7 to 10 years’ of professional experience.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Sport Management, Higher Education Administration, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in program administration, personnel management, and budget management.
  • Five years’ experience in a college or university setting.
  • CPR/AED instructor certification.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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