University of Houston-Clear Lake — Director, Campus Recreation & Wellness

The Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness will develop, implement and oversee a comprehensive program of events, revenue generating services, multiple facilities (indoor and outdoor) as well as manage a large staff to create a healthy and active environment for the students, employees, alumni and the community. Oversee all components of the department including facilities management and preventative maintenance, risk management, operating policies and procedures, program development, professional and student staff supervision, strategic planning, divisional and university assessment, revenue generation and budget management for self-sustaining auxiliary.


  • Establish, implement, and assess a holistic departmental strategic plan including all components of the department; including, but not limited to staff development; student recruitment, engagement and retention; student success assessment; auxiliary budgetary management and revenue generation; risk management practices and mitigation; facility management and expansion; program development and expansion; and community outreach and collaboration.
  • Direct the hiring, training, development, and supervision of up to five professional staff members, up to five graduate assistants, up to eight student coordinators, and up to 60 student staff for all functional areas of the department (Operations, Fitness/Wellness, Recreational Sports, Marketing and Sponsorships, Business and Member Services, and special events). Includes possible interns or practicum students.
  • Develop, maintain, and manage Campus Recreation budget and compliance with university financial procedures and policies. Includes both annual planning and Pro Forma budget development in cooperation with divisional and university staff. Budgets include all professional and student payroll, programming and special events, operations maintenance, equipment and supplies, non-departmental services and support, vendors and external contracts, outdoor field maintenance and upkeep, and capital reserves.
  • Develop strategic plan for the creation, execution, analysis, development and reporting student learning initiatives and assessment regarding Campus Recreation and Wellness within the scope of the university and divisional assessment protocols. Assessment includes all functional areas and programs on semester and annual basis for both participants and employees.
  • Partner with Student Affairs departments, academic departments, Health and Human Performance Institute, University Advancement/Alumni Association and other university departments for programming, services, and projects. Participate in the creation of a university wide holistic health and wellbeing model, including the coordination and collaboration of multiple university departments focused on student holistic wellbeing.
  • Oversee the management, maintenance, operation, and scheduling of all Campus Recreation facilities including academic space needs, special events, departmental programming, and external user group rentals and services. This includes securing external vendors for routine maintenance support. Spaces include the RWC, Delta Complex, and the construction of the Rec Field Complex.
  • Coordinate risk management planning for Campus Recreation facilities, staffing, and programming and collaborate on emergency management planning, campus trainings and policies related to emergency situations, and integrate those practices within the department.
  • Create, recruit, and direct student-focused Advisory Board comprised of SGA representatives, general student members, alumni, faculty, and staff representatives.
  • Serve on university, divisional, and departmental committees and work teams as well as national association involvement at state, regional and national levels and perform related duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Recreation, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Higher Education, or related field.
  • Minimum five years of full time progressive management experience in a recreation facility at an institution of higher education, including experience in facility management.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of best practices for staff training, development and management as well as risk management and emergency action planning.
  • Knowledge of student learning outcomes and assessment.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams.
  • Skills in Fusion Innosoft platform, Qualtrics and other data collection and survey-based systems.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize department strategic plan.
  • Ability to oversee multiple functional areas, each with different scope and needs as well as to work with a diverse staff in each of the functional areas within and outside of the department.
  • Knowledge to create and complete strategic planning at departmental, divisional, and university levels.


  • Experience developing budgets, revenue, policies, programs, training, supervising full-time employees and working with diverse populations.
  • Three years of direct responsibility for a recreation facility at a higher education institution.
  • Work experience during the building or renovation of a recreation facility on a college campus.

Notes to Applicant: Full-time position with benefits. Criminal and motor vehicle background checks required. To apply, please complete the online application and attach a resume and a cover letter. Applications without the required documents will be considered incomplete and disqualified.

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