Director of Campus Recreation

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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. Centers is currently operating campus recreation centers at eight universities within the United States.


The Director is the most senior on-site employee responsible for overseeing a high-functioning department comprising of 8-10 administrative professional staff and approximately 100 part-time/student employees. This position oversees the department’s performance and provides leadership and advisement to our Jacksonville State client. This position oversees the financial management and risk mitigation of the center, including detailed reporting and forecasting for all program areas and contractual agreements. The director provides vision for the most effective ways to collaborate, market and promote all the programs and services that are delivered by the team to the campus community. The director ensures the CENTERS’ student development model is properly applied to promote student learning. The Director applies the CENTERS Essential Attitudes for High Performance as the standard for leading the team. This position reports to CENTERS, LLC and liaises with the University Foundation Chairperson and Student Affairs.


Recruitment/Staff Development:

  • Lead a dynamic and comprehensive Campus Recreation Department
  • Represents Centers, LLC as the site director and liaises with client to fulfill agreed upon terms
  • Supervise a team of 8-10 professional Centers staff and over 100 student staff
  • Create, encourage and support professional development opportunities for the team, including professional association involvement, training programs and mentoring
  • Lead the team in creating, developing and administering policies and procedures

Fiscal Accountability:

  • Prepare and monitor income and expense budgets in accordance with the client and Centers protocols
  • Initiate departmental business planning; create membership and program driven operational budgets
  • Prepare and submit quarterly and annual reports in alignment with client values and requests
  • Coordinate all capital equipment purchases and projects with Centers, LLC and client 

Strategic Accountability:

  • Create an environment that inspires innovation and effective student development outcomes
  • Direct evaluation and assessment, including: participation satisfaction and student learning
  • Develop and promote effective collaborative relationships among students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Meet regularly with the Vice President of Student Affairs, Chief Audit Executive, and JSU Foundation Board (Centers client liaison) to discuss programs, fiscal recommendations and university initiatives
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with other campus departments
  • Lead enrollment management initiatives and participate in campus-wide committees

Facility Management:

  • Assist in the planning of all aspects for the new facility; participate in construction meetings
  • Serve on committee meetings to coordinate related policies and campus-wide events
  • Manage inventory of all capital assets including original FF&E and all new fitness equipment

Program Development:

  • Direct a comprehensive recreation and fitness program, including: Group Exercise, Personal Training, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Summer Camps, and Outdoor Adventure
  • Oversee departmental branding and marketing efforts

Brand Development:

  • Direct a comprehensive campus recreation program. Oversee departmental branding and marketing efforts

Centers Leadership:

  • Participate in Centers centralized strategic planning and initiatives, with a focus on the Program of Innovation
  • Communicate regularly with  central team and other site directors regarding both company wide and site specific issues and initiatives
  • Act as a liaison between Centers central office and professional site staff
  • Act as a mentor to other site leaders, providing guidance, support and lessons learned
  • Serve as onsite account manager for the client and work closely to lead and assist client deliverables

Other Responsibilities:

  • Evening/Weekend work responsibility as required
  • Meet quarterly with the Senior Vice President and/or Principals of Centers, LLC as needed


  • Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree preferred
  • Must have at least five (5) years of professional experience in a university environment
  • Demonstrated experience in developing campus recreation programs
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and maintaining fitness facilities
  • Basic accounting knowledge; capability of developing and analyzing budgets
  • Fiscal accountability
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities
  • Ability to write concise, logical reports
  • Knowledge of industry standard practices
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work as part of, and lead a collaborative, professional team
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm


[The competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential function.]


Technical Competencies:

  • Some knowledge of HR theories and best practices in recruitment and staff development
  • Basic accounting knowledge; capability of understanding budgets
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

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

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 

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting at desk or table for at least 50% of the work day
  • Standing or walking for at least 50% of the work day
  • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
  • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
  • Hearing and talking


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