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Job Summary

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 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.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director will provide leadership and oversight for the comprehensive IM+ program, specifically the Intramural Sports program, as well as Adaptive Programs  The position will be responsible for student and staff development, to include full time staff, student supervisors, and officials.  As the lead of the program, this individual will provide strategic leadership and vision for the Intramural Sports program and staff.  This position will provide direct supervision, coaching and mentorship to the Program Manager-IM+ Education and Partnerships and student staff; create budgets, policies, procedures, and direct operations in all areas of oversight.  Assist in the strategic planning for Recreational Sports programs and facilities. Serve on assigned committees to represent the Department.  Support all Recreational Sports Department initiatives as needed.


Program Oversight (50%)

  • Manage planning, promotion, organization, scheduling, supervision, and evaluation of the comprehensive Intramural Sports program and Adaptive Recreation program
  • Develop and deliver a high quality experience, provide learning and development opportunities for students, staff and the University community
  • Provide a safe, secure environment for all scheduled activities and events
  • Provide oversight of all assessment efforts as they relate to the Intramural program, Adaptive Recreation program and related participation
  • Track overall program participation, while tracking participation in various categories such as class year, gender, and majority and non-majority students
  • Ensure that risk management issues related to intramural sports are addressed, including participation waivers, condition of fields and facilities, and quality of officiating
  • Collaborate with various units on and off campus to assist with programmatic needs such as HR, Risk Management, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and Intercollegiate Athletics

Staff Oversight (20%): 

  • Provide supervision, direction, coaching and mentoring of Program Manager-IM+ Education & Partnerships
  • Ensure direct reports represent the Department in a positive way
  • Evaluate and provide regular feedback to direct reports
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, schedule and evaluate all Intramural Sports Staff
  • Ensure the hiring and development of student programming staff meets Department needs and goals as well as industry standards
  • Conduct weekly mini clinics to ensure adherence to IM policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all staff obtain and maintain appropriate certifications and required safety training and testing

Fiscal Oversight (15%)

  • Prepare, oversee, forecast, and manage the operating budgets of areas of oversight
  • Ensure compliance of operations with Department, Division, and University policies
  • Work collaboratively with Departmental financial staff and the Student Life Human Resources office for timely and correct pay of employees
  • Purchase and maintain inventory of all equipment and gear as needed
  • Establish and meet revenue goals
  • Supervise overall program payroll

Leadership (15%)

  • Provide leadership for development of Adaptive Recreation program
  • 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:  Evening and weekend work responsibilities, as needed; Need to be available by phone to provide leadership during times programs and facilities are operating; attend professional development opportunities, as assigned; other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, Recreation, Sports Management, or related field                                      
  • 3-5 years’ experience in administration of intramural sports or similar athletic events and understanding of policies, procedures and safety measures
  • Proven effective leadership, management and mentoring for a student development focused program
  • Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED or ability to obtain within six months of hire
  • Understanding of inherent risks related to Intramural Sports and athletic activity and willingness to enforce risk management requirements for the University with the IM+ programs

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports Management and Communication, or related field
  • Experience with computer scheduling of intramural sports activities
  • Experience working as a sports official and/or training and managing officials for various sports
  • Sustained involvement in NIRSA or other professional associations

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE:  Actual salary commensurate with education, experience and equity factors.

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.


Position Criteria:

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

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Highly collaborative and consulting style within and outside of the organization                                                            
  • Ability to make difficult decisions with diplomacy and inclusion                                                                                                                    
  • Innate capability of understanding organizational and student needs and interests                                                      
  • Trust and integrity                                                                                                  
  • Ability to motivate staff towards a common vision and high performance                                                                       
  • Innovative attitude                                                                                                                  
  • Motivation to create productive learning experiences for students who participate in recreation     

Financial/Budgetary Responsibility

Prepare, oversee, forecast, and manage the operating budget of approximately $325,000

Working conditions

On occasion could be expected to work evening hours or weekends to support Recreational Sports events

Direct reports

Program Manager – IM+ Education and Partnerships

Student and Temporary Staff (100)



U-M EEO/AA Statement

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