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Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness - Recreation and Wellness

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Student Services

Summary: The Department of Recreation & Wellness is looking for a highly motivated individual to oversee our Club Sports program and Business Operations.

Recreation & Wellness offers multi-faceted programs that are designed to enhance and engage the GVSU community through providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and wellbeing, and encourage student development and success. The department operates six core program areas: Club Sports, Fitness Services, Student Wellness, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventures and the Injury Care Clinic. Through these programs, the department serves approximately 60% of all GVSU students including 75% of first year undergraduates.

The Assistant Director will report to the Associate Director of Recreation & Wellness.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two years of related experience in sports or recreation.
  • Ability to work routine nights and weekends as staff trainings or events require.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a cohesive energetic team.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Master’s degree in Business, Sports/Recreation Administration, Education, or related field.
  • Experience as a Coach or supervising Coaches.
  • Experience with budgeting and financial oversight.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

Club Sports

  • Provide direct and innovative leadership to a Club Sports program consisting of over 1,300 students and 50+ teams, cultivating a quality, inclusive, safe, and diverse environment for all involved, while maximizing competitive opportunities.
  • Provide leadership, supervision, and development of a full-time Sports Programs Coordinator, multiple part-time Club Sport coaches, student-employees, and other part-time staff.
  • Establish and coordinate a comprehensive coach’s evaluation and development program.
  • Assist with managing the Club Sports web page and social media accounts, keeping information up to date and relevant to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with coordinating assessment efforts, helping to benchmark with other club sport programs and evaluating current and future needs.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, schedule facilities of club sport activities and events, ensuring adequate and appropriate use.
  • Actively participate in NIRSA and engage in other educational opportunities to align with emerging issues relevant to Club Sports, Recreation & Wellness, and mitigating risk.
  • Reduce liability and mitigate risk through various Risk Management efforts, including updating Emergency Action Plans regularly and developing protocols and processes, while ensuring understanding for staff and club sport participants.
  • Serve on various university committees, including the Recreation Risk Management Committee and Student Life Risk Committee.
  • Maintain relationships across campus, specifically with the Office of Student Life, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Title IX, Procurement, Human Resources, University Budget, Controller's Office, and Risk Management, and other partner departments and student groups
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the scope and responsibility and requirements of the job.

Business Operations

  • Oversee business operations and financial practices, including the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and procedures as it relates to Club Sports and the department of Recreation & Wellness.
  • Manage revenue and expense processes for 50+ Club Sport teams, including purchasing, travel coordination, and funding allocations, ensuring compliance with GVSU policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for creating, forecasting, and monitoring the Club Sports program budget, as well as collaborating with student-leaders and coaches to ensure fiscal responsibility of individual club accounts.
  • Serve as primary liaison for recruiting and maintaining relationships for Club Sport sponsors and external program partners.
  • Oversee program-wide development and fundraising efforts, working with Club Sport leaders to strengthen their Alumni Relations efforts and University Development connections.
  • Serve as department liaison for off-campus facility lease agreements and long-term rentals, in collaboration with Facilities Planning.
  • Provide primary oversight of Club Sports and department equipment inventory and storage, coordinating the tracking, maintenance, and replacement of items.
  • Establish and maintain relationships across campus as it relates to business operations and financial oversight, specifically with Procurement, Alumni Relations, University Development, Accounts Payable, University Budget, Controller's Office, and other partner departments.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Department/Division: Department of Recreation & Wellness / Division of Student Affairs

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215, or Associate Director, Mike Przydzial at 616-331-3212 or

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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