University of Tennessee at Martin — Director of Campus Recreation

The Director of Campus Recreation is responsible for the overall vision, strategic planning, assessment, administration and operation of a comprehensive recreation program.


Vision and Leadership

  • Provide visionary and strategic leadership, supervision, and management of recreation programs and facilities, including intramural sports, fitness/wellness, facility management, club sports, aquatics, outdoor adventure, informal recreation and special events. 
  • Coordinate the availability of resources necessary for the effective delivery of services and programs. Ensure all functional areas of the Office of Campus Recreation work seamlessly to provide a quality recreational experience. 
  • Develop and monitor activities, policies, and procedures supporting the mission and purpose of the department and university. 
  • Direct the strategic planning process.
  • Coordinate with Physical Plant operations for all projects relating to planning, construction, custodial services, maintenance, and grounds. 
  • Coordinate departmental assessment efforts. 
  • Serve as the primary liaison for the Office of Campus Recreation among internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the department. 
  • Cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with the units of the Division of Student Affairs and other campus partners. 
  • Be visible and actively participant in campus-wide sponsored activities, including weekend and evening events. 
  • Provide service to the university through participation on committees.


  • Provide supervision, leadership and mentoring to staff comprised of five (5) full-time professionals, and over 120 student employees.
  • Coordinate staff development training, activities, and retreats.
  • Communicate staff issues or challenges to supervisor.
  • Exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, managing conduct and performance, and approving payroll and work schedules.

Policies and Procedures

  • Annually update policies regarding the administration of the program. (facilities, staff, program manuals, etc.)
  • Direct contract negotiations that include addressing critical issues associated with facility rentals, lease agreements, membership agreements and fee proposals. 
  • Develop and assure compliance with risk management and emergency response plans. 
  • Oversee coordination of systems and timelines dealing with billing, payroll, and other procedures.

Fiscal and Budget Management

  • Oversee a $650,000 budget for the Office of Campus Recreation.
  • Exercise full authority for all departmental budgets, purchase requisitions, capital expenditures and employee payroll. 
  • Ensure that fiscal budget polices are appropriately developed, reviewed, and followed.
  • Develop annual and long-range budgets.
  • Make recommendations regarding membership rates, facility fees, and long-range funding. 
  • Plan and forecast revenue and expenses.
  • Maintain a strong awareness of knowledge of industry standards and trends through engagement in professional organizations and continuing education. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Leadership, or other closely related field.  
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in recreational leadership, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. 
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of financial analysis, human resources and risk management as it relates to programs and services. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple facilities, programs, budgets and staff. 
  • Excellent skills in conflict management techniques.
  • Skills in establishing and implementing customer service standards. 
  • Ability to conduct department wide assessment to evaluate the impact of activities on academic success and overall well-being of students.
  • Exceptional communication skills including the ability to write clear and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively and establish collaborative working relationships with persons from diverse backgrounds and at various organizational levels within and outside the university.


  • Experience directing recreation programs in a university setting. 
  • Experience in budget management and strategic planning.
  • Knowledge of common policy issues affecting recreation at an institutional level. 
  • Demonstrated skills in use of technology such as Fusion, IRIS, Banner, Runway, etc.

Application Process: Applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, resume, and references. 

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2023

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.