Asst. Dir. for Campus Recreation: Fitness and Intramural Sports

Asst. Dir. for Campus Recreation: Fitness and Intramural Sports

Posted: September 26, 2022
Position Code: 1027

Position Overview & Responsibilities
Supporting the mission for Merrimack College, the Assistant Director will support the Assistant Athletic Director in all aspects of the design and implementation of a comprehensive recreational program including the Fitness Center, intramural sports, and outdoor Recreation. The Assistant Director will also develop and implement marketing plans aimed at increasing initial levels of engagement across group exercise, general fitness center access, intramural sports, and outdoor recreation, including the management and thorough development of social media tools.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the operational and program components of the fitness center, group exercise and personal training programs including recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of the fitness center supervisor, and desk attendants.
  • Ensure that all equipment and facility spaces remain in good condition, and create an environment among student employment that values cleaning and care of the fitness center.
  • Oversee the development and scheduling of all intramural sports, including recruitment and training of student supervisors, officials, and scorekeepers to support intramural programs, and marketing and promotion of all recreational and intramural programs to students, faculty and staff.
  • Support all aspects of the execution of recreational programs; organize staffing requirements, scheduling, registration, safety personnel, evaluation, develop a system for handling participant complaints and difficulties.
  • Evaluate new programming methods and materials by researching industry and peer institutions; conduct participant surveys and analyze data; develop and present new program ideas for all areas of recreation; implement as appropriate.
  • Develop, implement, and manage Campus Recreation Marketing Plan, which will include web management, social media management, and communication.
  • Collaborate with key campus departments and student organizations including Residence Life, Athletics, and Sports Medicine to support and promote programming.
  • Evaluate new programming methods and materials by researching industry and peer institutions; conduct participant surveys and analyze data; develop and present new program ideas for all areas of recreation; implement as appropriate.
  • Assess the risk management of the space and provide recommendations to continue to improve on the safety of all patrons and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; Master’s degree in Sports/Recreation Management, Student Affairs Administration, or related field preferred.
  • Membership in professional organizations including NIRSA are encouraged.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to thoughtfully and intentionally plan programs designed to reach a majority of students.
  • Will have knowledge of peer standards for quality programs and will work to implement standards (CAS, for example).
  • Ability to utilize web based softwares Do Sports Easy and IMLeagues.
  • Experience working and operating programming in the fitness setting, with understanding of intramural sports in a college setting and knowledge of risk management and safety issues related to both.
  • Prior supervision of student staff and experience with sports scheduling preferred.
  • Budget management and familiarity with student development theory preferred.
  • CPR/First Aid/AED within first year (required).


Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning
  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work
This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and Girard school of business. The college’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the most innovative schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.