Florida International University — Senior Director for Wellness and Recreation Centers

Florida International University (FIU) is a Carnegie R1 public research university focused on making a real impact in research and teaching. FIU is defined by its proven student success techniques, groundbreaking research, and high social mobility that uplifts students and accelerates their success. With a student body of more than 56,000, FIU is one of the largest universities in the nation and has over 280,000 alumni, the majority of whom live and work in South Florida. FIU is the #1 institution in the U.S. awarding bachelor’s degrees to minorities. It is proud to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority Serving University, and as a Carnegie Community Engaged University.

The FIU Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) has two locations, one at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and the other at the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). The 120,000-square-foot facility at MMC is comprised of two three-court basketball/volleyball gyms, two outdoor basketball courts and a sand volleyball court, extensive free weight and cardio areas, two racquetball courts with a squash-convertible court, a 1/10-mile indoor track, and more. The facility at BBC boasts an aquatic center with an Olympic-size pool and diving well, kayaking and paddle-boarding excursions on Biscayne Bay, a ropes course for team building activities and exercises, outdoor sand volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts, and a bike-share program. Other programs and activities include intramural sports, sports clubs, eSports, the Adventure Recreation experiential education program, PantherFIT group classes, and athletic training clinic support. 

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs – Auxiliary Operations, the Senior Director for Wellness and Recreation Centers is responsible for the comprehensive fiscal, physical, and developmental aspects of FIU’s on-campus wellness and recreation programs and services. The Senior Director fosters a strong partnership between the centers on the MMC and BBC campuses, promoting both in a unified, cohesive, and meaningful manner and cultivating a consistent, high-end customer experience at the two locations. The Senior Director develops and maintains collaborative relationships within the university and surrounding community, while prioritizing students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the WRC; works with the Assistant Vice President to develop short-term and strategic plans in support of the university’s mission; plans and implements physical improvements and major renovations of WRC facilities; conducts data-driven assessment of departmental policies and operations to implement best campus recreation practices and ensure proper allocation of resources and compliance; and continually reviews and updates all business processes related to use and administration of the centers. The Senior Director leads, supervises, evaluates, and provides professional development and training for a full-time staff of 24, employs 250 students, and manages all fiscal operations and revenue generation for an annual budget of $5 million. 

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a wellness- or recreation-related field and eight or more years of progressive experience; departmental requirements include a master’s degree and six years of relevant experience. Other essential requirements include professionally handling sensitive and confidential information; working and attending on- and off-campus events/meetings during evenings, weekends, and holidays; traveling to various FIU campuses; and being available 24/7 for emergencies. Departmental preferences include a master’s degree in higher education, sports management, business administration, exercise science, or equivalent, with ten years of full-time experience in collegiate recreational sports programs and facility management, and experience writing end-of-year reports, supervising staff, developing budgets, policies, and marketing plans, and managing a variety of innovative programming such as population-specific, online, or eSports initiatives. Other departmental preferences include understanding current and future collegiate health, wellness, and recreation trends; success in identifying new revenue streams; and demonstrated involvement/leadership with NIRSA. The successful candidate should possess strong leadership and problem-solving skills, excellent verbal and written communication and marketing capabilities, the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships, solid multitasking skills, the ability to interpret and enforce FERPA, and proficiency in interacting with and relating to a culturally diverse community. 

The review of applications will begin on June 24, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

Visit the FIU website at https://www.fiu.edu/. 

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. 

Florida International University values diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral to our mission as a student-centered public research university strongly focused on learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity so that its graduates are prepared to succeed in a global market. FIU embraces and strives to ensure that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, political and religious beliefs, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations, and identities is thriving on our campus and within our community.

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