Associate Director of Operations (Recreation Leader) at Indiana University

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Job Description:



Department Information

Recreational Sports is proud to be a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The Division is committed to promoting learning and respect by integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in all programs, interactions, and partnerships. We commit to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where all people are respected, valued, and affirmed so that they may know they matter and belong at Indiana University.

About Indiana University Campus Recreational Sports

Campus Recreational Sports is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs is focused on building a strong foundation to ensure every student's IU experience is positive, safe, healthy, and meaningful. The Division of Student Affairs staff and 21 departments aim to help students navigate their time at IU, providing the tools they need to be successful in school and after graduation. Students are our priority, and their health, safety, and overall well-being are our core mission.

Campus Recreational Sports' mission is to connect, inform, and inspire people to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. We serve over 36,000 students, faculty, staff, and public participants annually. Our programs utilize two multi-purpose facilities (housing over 400,000 square feet of activity space), three indoor pools, an outdoor pool complex, an indoor tennis center and numerous outdoor activity spaces. Our team consists of forty-six appointed staff members, and over 1,000 part-time student staff members. Our organization fosters a team focused, collaborative work environment that emphasizes strong business practices, operational excellence and participant development. Our organization is committed to a student development philosophy that encourages student involvement in decision-making and leadership. We provide opportunities for personal and professional growth in a fun and exciting environment.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. This institution is also a provider of ADA services.

Job Summary

Indiana University Campus Recreational Sports is seeking an Associate Director of Operations. This new position reports to the Executive Director of Campus Recreational Sports and serves as a member of the senior departmental leadership team. This role is central in supporting health and well-being outcomes for a changing and diverse student population.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership in support of programming designed to create positive health and well-being outcomes for the Indiana University - Bloomington community.
  • Provides direct oversight for functions including facility support, facility operations, facility scheduling, risk management, information technology, and aspects of self-directed recreation.
General Responsibilities
  • Provides highest level of operational leadership and coordination of assigned staff members to define recreational programming methodologies and standards; provides direction and guidance on high priority program operations/projects/initiatives.
  • Establishes short-term business plans and long-term operational objectives, including managing program timelines/deliverables and developing resource plans for multi-project/multi-phase program initiatives.
  • Conducts a variety of personnel actions to include, but not limited to hiring, promotion, performance management, and dismissal.
  • Manages high level assignments and allocation of resources, including negotiating and coordinating initiatives that involve staff in other departments/areas/teams; may coordinate large-scale programs with a wide audiences in support of recreational initiatives.
  • Makes budgetary recommendations/proposals based on resource needs and ensures cost containment.
  • Researches and stays up-to-date on new industry program standards, subject matter experts, best practices, and strategic marketing; responsible for the implementation of new protocols/procedures to address business needs.
  • Works collaboratively with other unit leaders, volunteers, students and/or faculty experts across departments in recommending standards, best practices, and related policies/procedures.
  • Prepares management reports and summaries for senior administration, executive, steering and advisory committees; acts as an advisor to executive committees; serves on various university committees, communities of practice, and task forces related to program development, educational initiatives and institutional priorities.




  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Recreation, Sports Management, or related field


  • Master's degree in Exercise Science, Recreation, Sports Management, or related field



  • 4 years of related experience with structured recreational programming and operations

  • 1 year of management experience


  • 8 years of full-time experience that demonstrates progressive levels of responsibility for recreational sports operations, human resources, event management; project management supervision of professional and support staff employees, fiscal management, risk management, and facility management

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered



  • CPR/AED within 180 days from date of hire

  • Standard First Aid within 180 days from date of hire

  • Preventing Disease Transmission/Universal Precautions within 180 days from date of hire



  • Proficient communication skills

  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism

  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent collaboration and team building skills

  • Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback

  • Instills commitment to organizational goals

  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills

  • Effective conflict management skills

  • Builds and manages effective teams


  • Demonstrated ability to work in a student development model and collaborative team environment is highly desirable

  • Demonstrated ability with computer software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and Microsoft Outlook

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships within the department and on campus

  • Experience in multiple program/operational areas and a demonstrated record of developmental leadership with full-time personnel, successful project management, and strategic planning

Working Conditions / Demands

This position requires both sedentary work and long durations of movement about the workspace. It requires the ability to move and transport objects and equipment weighing up to 25 pounds. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential tasks with or without an accommodation.

Advertised Salary

$105,000 - $115,000 a year

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution

  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options

  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting

  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options

  • Tuition benefit for IU classes

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Generous Paid Time Off

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Sr. Operational

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Athletic Affairs

Job Family: Recreational Sports

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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