Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: I8001 / Dir,Recreational Services
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Directs and oversees all aspects of the management of the Department of Recreational Services, a University enterprise devoted to the provision of recreational and wellness programs and services for students, staff, and faculty of the University. Provides direction in the planning, development, and implementation of policies, strategies, and initiatives that enhance the cost-effective use of University facilities for recreational programming, and provides strategic leadership in the establishment of collaborative recreational environments that encourage and enhance learning, teaching, study, work, and general life skills development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  2. Directs the use of Johnson Center as a shared use facility, ensuring that academic, recreational, athletic, and other special events are managed according to appropriate policies and regulations.
  3. Oversees and evaluates day-to-day fiscal management and reporting for the organization; develops and manages annual budgets, and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  4. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  5. Evaluates and sets strategic direction for facility use and recreational programs for University students, staff, and faculty; initiates and oversees the development and modification of programs as necessary to enhance quality services and promote maximum participation of the University community.
  6. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees.
  7. Represents the University to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their parents, and/or the general public.
  8. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the organization.
  9. Compiles, computes, and reports participation and facilities usage statistics; recommends new or modified programs and/or equipment to increase participation and maximize use of facilities.
  10. Conducts and develops clinics and other training opportunities; participates in selection and training of officiating personnel for competitive recreational activities.
  11. Collaborates with senior administration and management on the development and implementation of University-wide initiatives for the enhancement of student life.
  12. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Knowledge of human resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in the use of computer for technical and communication applications.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to establish objectives, scope, and strategic directions for recreational programs.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to compile and analyze statistical data, draw inferences, and prepare strategic and operational reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of space analysis and facilities management principles, methods, and procedures, as related to a sports and recreation complex.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and critical thinking skills.
  • Project management and leadership skills.
  • Broad knowledge and appreciation of student life issues as they relate to a major public university environment.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations, and procedures applicable to a range of team sports.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/23/2020