The Department of Physical Education and Recreation (PE & Rec) is seeking a Director to provide visionary and strategic leadership for a diverse unit that offers both academic and auxiliary components.
Department Summary The Department of Physical Education and Recreation provides campus with 350,000 square feet of indoor recreational space housed in five buildings, plus 10 acres of outdoor recreational space. Facilities include 6 gymnasiums (11 courts); a natatorium with a 12-lane lap pool, leisure pool and hot tub; 8 multi-purpose rooms, 6 racquetball & squash courts, a rock climbing & bouldering facility, a suspended running track, 9 strength and conditioning areas, boxing and cycling studios, 2 natural turf fields, 4 lighted artificial turf fields, 12 tennis courts (6 outdoor, 6 indoor) and an outdoor fitness playground.
Position Summary The Director of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation (PE & Rec) at the University of Oregon provides visionary and strategic leadership of a diverse unit that offers both academic and auxiliary components. The Director is responsible for a wide variety of administrative and supervisory duties, and for leading an outstanding team of employees (40 staff, 56 faculty and 300 students) who administer recreation and physical education facilities, physical education curriculum, fitness and recreational programs, special events and informal open recreation. Through its facilities, operations, services, programs and academic curriculum, the Department of Physical Education & Recreation strives to inspire the campus community to live active, balanced lives.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Student Life, with a consultative dotted line to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for matters involving the physical education academic curriculum. The Division of Student Life supports the University’s academic mission through comprehensive programs and services that promote and advance student learning and success while fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus community. In addition to PE & Rec, the Division of Student Life is comprised of the Career Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Erb Memorial Union, and the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, as well as six functional areas: Assessment and Research, Information Technology, Finance, Major Student Events, Student Government Engagement and Success and Parent and Family Programs.
Minimum Requirements • Master's Degree in Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Sports Management, Student Affairs or Higher Education Administration. • Eight years of progressively responsible experience in university campus recreation or related environment. • Three years of experience managing large and complex budgets; including budget preparation and resource allocation. • Three years of experience in personnel management; including supervising full-time professional staff, organizational and employee development and performance management.
Professional Competencies • Demonstrated understanding of current issues, best practices and emerging trends in university recreation administration, including student development strategies for a diverse higher education student populations. • Ability to work effectively with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds, including students of color, international students, non-traditional students and returning learners, and to foster sensitivity to and competency regarding diverse issues in a university community. • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan strategically. • Documented ability to make important and high profile decisions. • Ability to work cooperatively and strategically in a team environment with all levels of professionals. • Demonstrated passion for enhancing the student experience and advancing student learning. • Demonstrated experience with assessment and learning outcomes in a university environment. • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. • Demonstrated success in cultivating collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, and professional colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications • Doctoral degree in Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Sports Management, Student Affairs or Higher Education Administration. • Experience in a similar position at a college or university comparable to the University of Oregon. • Experience with university physical education academic curriculum administration. • Experience working at an AAU, Research-1 University. • Involvement in national organizations concerned with higher education recreation.
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About University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is the only Oregon University System member of the highly selective Association of American Universities (AAU) and is distinguished by the strength and breadth of its instructional and research programs as well as by its sense of community and diverse outreach activities. Located in Eugene, a vibrant city of about 140,000, UO enrolls 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is central to student life on campus. A major component of the SRC capital master plan was completed in 1999-2000 and most recently in January of 2015. The Department of Physical Education and Recreation is comprised of four primary areas, each headed by an Associate Director: 1. Recreation Programs (intramural sports, fitness, aquatics, rock wall, informal recreation, special programs & youth camps) 2. Physical Education (academic course curriculum) 3. Facilities, Operations and Services 4. Assessment, Development and Business Services. Physical Education & Recreation reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Life. Other units of Student LIfe include Dean of Students, Career Center, Erb Memorial Union, Holden Leadership Center and Parent ...and Family Programs. University of Oregon is one of the only large universities in the nation that administers a credit granting Physical Education curriculum within the administrative structure of campus recreation. Over 5,000 UO students take courses each term choosing from over 180 options. The Department of Physical Education and Recreation therefore provides a unique diversity of employment including both academic teaching and recreation leadership opportunities. The University of Oregon has an institution-wide commitment to diversity and multicultural competency. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups.