Associate Director - Competitive Sports & Programs

US-CT-West Haven
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CENTERS is a management company that specializes in campus recreation. We partner with universities to manage their departments, facilities, finances, and deliver exceptional customer service. Since 1998, Centers remains the first and only mission centric organization committed to student development and departmental excellence on behalf of its clients. Our management team has more than 100 years of professional experience in planning and implementing recreation facilities and programs, with a focus on market responsiveness, mission sensitivity, cost effectiveness, and a commitment to excellence on behalf of our clients. Centers is currently operating campus recreation centers at eight universities within the United States.


University of New Haven - David A. Beckerman Recreation Center  


David A. Beckerman Recreation Center opened in December 2007. This 56,000 sq. ft. multipurpose recreation facility consists of 6,000 sq. ft. of dedicated fitness space featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, 1/10th-mile suspended indoor jogging/walking track, a two-court gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and badminton, an enclosed multi-activity court designed for a variety of activities including floor hockey and indoor soccer, two racquetball courts, two group exercise performance studios, a juice bar, locker rooms and lounge spaces. In 2009, the facility received an Architectural Showcase award from Athletic Business magazine.



The Associate Director – Competitive Sports & Programs is responsible for leading a comprehensive Intramural and Club Sport Program.



Recruitment/Staff Development:

  • Directly oversee and supervisor student staff including RECSports (Intramural) Officials and Competitive Sports Supervisors (RECSports and Club Sports), Creative Team (interns, graphic designers, street-team, photographers, video editors, etc.)
  • Directly oversee the Graduate Assistant – Competitive Sports and the Graduate Assistant – Club Sports & Risk Management
  • Recruit, train and evaluate student staff 
  • Ensure staff compliance of required certifications
  • Create an environment that inspires innovation and effective student development outcomes

Program Administration and Development:

  • Oversee a comprehensive RECSports (Intramural) program including league sports, one-day tournaments, special events, etc. 
  • Develop and implement new and diverse RECSports (Intramural) programs to meet the needs of the campus community
  • Oversee a comprehensive Club Sport program including risk management protocols/documentation; active recruitment, retention, and mentoring of club leaders; assisting clubs leaders with fiscal policies/procedures; and providing guidance and learning opportunities for club sports leaders and participants, including conducting regular meetings with club officers
  • Collaborate with Center for Student Leadership, Engagement and Orientation on Club Sport issues when necessary
  • Collaborate with Athletics for field space and scheduling
  • Contact external sources to schedule off-site practice/competition venues as needed 
  • Serve as primary risk manager for RECSports (Intramural) and Club Sport programs
  • Oversee facility scheduling for RECSports (Intramural) and Club Sport programs
  • Serve as on-site administrator for all home Club Ice Hockey games 
  • Serve as on-site administrator as needed for other large scale home Club Sport competitions
  • Lead/Assist department wide program and special events

Department Marketing:

  • Lead department-wide marketing initiatives
  • Develop and maintain department-wide marketing standards including: timelines, branding, web/social meeting postings, announcements, weekly publications, etc.  

Fiscal Accountability:

  • Compile quarterly and annual reports for RECSports (Intramural) and Club Sport participation
  • Assemble, track, and review student employee paperwork, payroll, and timecards on a weekly basis
  • Secure, reconcile, and ensure all Club Sport deposits are completed in compliance with CENTERS policy as well as daily transactions, deposits, and all payments with the CSI system
  • Manage budgets for programming, staffing, and equipment. Provide recommendations to Director for capital equipment repairs and replacement  
  • Assist club officers with management of club budgets and fiscal policies/procedures

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist Director with special projects and assignments as needed 
  • Attend office, staff, and department meetings/events as scheduled
  • Represent CENTERS and the University of New Haven at workshops and conferences
  • Assist other program areas and facility operations as needed
  • Instruct CPR/AED and First Aid Classes and In-Services as needed
  • Serve on various campus committees as needed
  • Other duties as required


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree required.
  • At least 4-6 years of progressive professional experience working in collegiate recreation
  • Administration of intramural and clubs sports programs
  • Familiarity with recreation/membership software
  • Ability to navigate, collaborate, and work alongside other university departments 
  • Ability to multi-task and to function in a high energy environment
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification; Instructor Certification preferred
  • Willingness to support the mission and values of both CENTERS and the University of New Haven
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of standard practices in recreational sports


  • Technical Competencies
  • Some knowledge of HR theories and best practices in recruitment and staff development
  • Basic accounting knowledge; capability of understanding budgets
  • Ability to write concise, logical reports
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to adapt and utilize various computer software programs


Professional Competencies

  • Adaptability, analytical & critical thinking, initiative & motivation, planning & project management, decision making & judgment, business acumen, customer service, teamwork, diversity awareness, interpersonal relationships, communication, integrity, leadership, long-term focus, organizational learning & change management
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced lifestyles
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm

Human Relations:

Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include external customers and vendors. Contact involves troubleshooting, informing, exchanging information, negotiating, making recommendations, and giving information or instructions.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Work Environment

  • Office environment/fitness center environment
  • Moderate to loud noise
  • Occasional regional and national travel
  • Occasional evening or weekend work      
  • Non-smoking environment                      

Physical Demands

  • Sitting at desk or table for at least 70% of the work day
  • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
  • Occasional bending, stooping
  • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
  • Hearing and talking


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