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Job Summary

Please Note:  Actual salary commensurate with education, experience and equity factors.

Department Summary

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 35 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.

Job Summary

The Senior Assistant Director provides strategic leadership of Recreational Sports programs and staff, that include Club Sports, Intramural Sports and Sport Camps programs.  The position will provide direct oversight and leadership of Recreational Sports Development (fund raising) initiatives.   The position will create and directly oversee the Camps program and its’ budget.  The position will direct and supervise the Assistant Director-Club Sports and the Assistant Director-Intramural Sports.  The position will support the initiatives and serve on assigned committees of Recreational Sports and the Division of Student Life.


Program Oversight (35%)

  • Provide supervision and direction for the Club Sports, Intramural Sports, and Camps programs and staff
  • Ensure compliance of Intramural Sports, Clubs Sports, Recreational Sports, and University of Michigan policies and procedures by Club Sports teams and coaches, Intramural Sports participants and staff, and Camps program participants and staff
  • Establish and manage Club Sports, Intramural Sports, and Camps programs goals and objectives
  • Collaborate with various University units to ensure the success of Club Sports, Intramural Sports and Camps programs to include Athletics, Risk Management, Licensing, Center for Campus Involvement, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, Student Life Budget & Finance, etc.

Development Fund Raising Oversight (25%)

  • Direct and lead departmental fund raising programs and initiatives
  • Develop new programs and initiatives for the department that result in consistent growth in departmental fund raising
  • Serve as the department’s liaison for the Office of University Development
  • Manage the collection, coordination, and submitting of department data to the Office of University Development

Staff Oversight (15%)

  • Provide supervision, direction, coaching, and mentoring of direct reports
  • Evaluate and provide regular feedback to all direct reports
  • Ensure the hiring and development of student staff meets the needs and goals of the Department

Fiscal Oversight (15%)

  • Prepare, oversee, forecast, and manage the operating budgets for areas of oversight
  • Manage the approval of expenditures from Department, gift, and agency accounts for Club Sports teams
  • Establish and meet all revenue and expense goals for all areas of oversight

 Leadership (10%)

  • Provide departmental leadership, develop and enforce departmental policies, ensure the development of students in all areas of supervision
  • Serve on assigned committees for the Department, Division, and University as assigned
  • Ensure all required trainings and education programs are implemented for all areas of oversight
  • Provide leadership and be available by cell phone for calls during day, evening, and weekend hours, as needed, to ensure successful operation of programs and/or facilities
  • Attend professional development opportunities, as assigned

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Recreation, or related field                                                                       
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in organizing, managing and leading athletic or recreational sport programs, event management, and/or development (fundraising) activities
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in directing and managing policies, procedures risk management and safety measures of Club Sports teams or Student Organizations.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in development (fundraising) initiatives, activities, or events
  • Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, AED, or the ability to obtain within six months of hire

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Recreation, or related field
  • Experience in campus recreation management software or web-based programs
  • Experience in the successful development of students and staff
  • Sustained involvement in NIRSA or other professional associations
  • Knowledge of recreation and campus recreation programs including rules, administration of contests, and game management as demonstrated through past experience in a collegiate intramural/recreational sports setting

Additional Information

Please Note:  Relocation will not be offered for this position.

Position Criteria:

These are the criteria that the hiring team will be evaluating the candidate for

  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills with attention to detail and good judgment
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Budgeting skills to manage multiple program budgets
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and a solid understanding of cultural, ethnic and individual differences
  • A highly collaborative and consulting 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 innovative attitude and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Motivation to create productive learning experiences for students who participate in recreation

Financial/Budgetary Responsibility

This position is responsible for the financial performance and has oversight of the development and administration of the annual budgets in the Club Sports and Camps programs.  This position will also oversee and track the fundraising activities of the department.  The total annual budget responsibility of this position is estimated to be between $100,000-200,000.

Working conditions

  • Evening and weekend work responsibilities, as needed; be available by phone to provide leadership during times programs are operating or students are traveling; attend professional development opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned

Direct reports

Assistant Director-Club Sports, Assistant Director-Intramural Sports

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.