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Director, University Recreation

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Athletics - Recreation Services



Director,University Recreation

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university and is located in one of America’s fastest growing and most diverse cities. It leverages its location in the state’s largest and most dynamic city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and impactful community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte is the third largest institution within the University of North Carolina system with an enrollment of 30,448, which is record enrollment. UNC Charlotte is also the fastest growing institution in the UNC System, comprising seven academic colleges offering 171 undergraduate majors in 77 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, 65 Master's degrees, and 24 Doctoral degrees. UNC Charlotte is proud to have 3,545 passionate and committed faculty and staff members and more than 120,000 living alumni.

The Division of Student Affairs is the 3rd largest of 8 divisions at UNC Charlotte with 500 employees and $100M budget from all fund sources. The staff advance the educational mission of the university by creating inclusive student-centered learning environments where students excel academically and develop personally into their best selves.

The Department of University Recreation (UREC) is a vital component within the Division of Student Affairs and the umbrella organization of Health & Wellbeing. UREC is responsible for the promotion, organization, administration, and assessment of structure, self-directed, leadership development programs, services, and facilities to enhance positive recreation, physical, and wellness lifestyle for the university community. Primary responsibility of the Director is to provide participation opportunities for a variety of recreational activities, physical fitness programs, and facilities that satisfy the diverse needs of students, faculty/staff and others including sponsored guests, alumni, and community participants. The Director should manage external relationships including department facilities and programs. The Director should manage budget responsibilities that keep that department fiscally sustainable to achieve their defined mission. UREC is committed to promoting the ongoing development of lifetime wellness habits associated with the wellness dimensions: physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing. A primary objective of the department is to seek to provide a framework for educational opportunities through participation and student employment, including development and leadership opportunities, in recreational programs.


The Director is responsible for providing leadership in planning, implementation, supervision, management, and assessment of a multi-faceted campus recreation program that includes Aquatics, Fitness Programs, Intramural Sports, Open Recreation Program, Special Events, Outreach, Sport Clubs, and operation of multiple indoor and outdoor facilities (UREC Building, Hayes Field complex, C.O.R.E., Northeast Field Complex, Fields 11 & 12, & Belk Gym). The Director will be accountable for contributing to a positive, friendly work environment that encourages, enhances, and demonstrates collaboration, teamwork, professionalism, and equity among the staff, students, and patrons daily. Specific responsibilities include personnel-related matters (hiring, supervision, evaluation, etc.) for 4 staff members, indirectly overseeing 30 full-time staff members; directing, planning and implementing policy, programs, services and marketing strategies. Direct efforts related to budgeting, assessment, and evaluation of the programs, facilities, and personnel. The position is also responsible for the directing, planning and maintaining of facilities and related operational matters that support programming efforts.

● Lead strategic initiatives for programs, facilities and operations that align with developed (& updated) annual and long-range goals.

● Formulate and implement programs, policies and priorities consistent with departmental and Health & Wellbeing Unit (HWB) missions.

● Seek and develop initiatives that involve collaborative efforts with appropriate campus units in serving the University community related to recreation and wellness.

● Develop safety standards and risk management plans congruent with campus recreation national best practices and other notable campus recreation programs.

● Maintain knowledge and skills related to best practices specific to recreational programs, facilities and services.

● Keep abreast of facility and program usage and advocate for structured recreational programming, open recreation space and additional facilities through continual data assessment.

● Management of all indoor and outdoor facilities to include maintenance, upkeep, usage, utilities, and equipment.

● Oversee all recruitment, hiring, terminating, training, supervising and performance management of employees; directly supervises 4 staff members; indirectly oversee 30 full-time staff members and up to 300 part-time student employees.

● Plan and advocate for future professional positions to assist with the administration of programs, facilities and services to the University community based on need.

● Oversee and support all staff development programs and activities for full-time and part-time staff. This includes professional involvement, certification/accreditation programs, student staff training (year-round), and departmental initiatives aimed at developing a cohesive, collaborative team oriented environment.

● Conduct regular staff meetings and organize staff retreats and trainings to improve programs, facilities and maintain safety standards.

● Develop, manage, and allocate $4 million annual operating budget.

● Oversee all purchasing and inventory control, including but not limited to sport, facility and program specific equipment, vehicles, computers, supplies, etc.

● Responsible for static initiative development, assessment, and data collection.

● Maintain appropriate human resources, financial, programmatic, business management, and other records as required. These include but are not limited to hiring packages, evaluations, time/leave sheets, purchasing, inventory, accidents/incidents, activities (annual and monthly), financial records, etc.

● Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, assigned committees, in-service education sessions and other divisional meetings. Participate in other Division of Student Affairs initiatives/programs as required.


● Master’s degree in Recreation, Business, Higher Ed, Student Personnel or related field.

● Minimum of 5 years sitting as Executive Director or Director for a university recreation department.

● Proven leadership experience and skills.

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

● Budget development/management experience with a demonstrated track record of fiscal accountability and responsibility.

● Demonstrated experience in all aspects of personnel management, staff development, and conflict resolution.

● Supervisory experience (administrative, professional, and student staff) in a multi-level organization.

● Ability to design, implement, and analyze assessment efforts.

● Demonstrated experience with external relations, large-scale special events.

● Demonstrated experience with capital project development and management.

Interested applicants must apply online at:

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Lori Bernard

Business Officer, Health & Wellbeing


Anticipated start date is June, 2024.

This position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus and moving allowance which is taxable to the employee.

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