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Assistant Director of Informal Recreation and Wellness Programs

Colby College
Colby College

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Job location: Colby College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-10-06
Req: R0000580
Job DescriptionDepartment:Recreation ServicesPay Rate Type:SalaryEmployee Type:Job Summary:Colby is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and has 28 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division III level, and four programs (men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic Skiing) that compete at the Division I level. The department also hosts a variety of club and intramural sports. Over one-third of Colby’s 2,000 students participate in intercollegiate sports, and in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department.

The College has a newly constructed, state-of-the-art athletics and recreation complex that opened in the fall of 2020. The 350,000 square-foot athletics and recreation center includes an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center with Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, strength & fitness center, training rooms, and administrative suites. Additionally, the College recently opened a 70-acre-plus outdoor competition center that consists of three gleaming new competition and recreational fields that are also among the finest outdoor venues in Division III.

The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks an innovative and creative-thinking assistant director of informal recreation and wellness programs beginning November 1, 2021. The assistant director is primarily responsible for leadership, supervision, and day to day operations of informal recreation and wellness programs for the community that will enrich the student experience by cultivating diverse, meaningful relationships and developing healthy lifestyle habits. They will provide leadership to all programs and staff associated with these component areas. The incumbent will assist with facility supervision and operation of the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center as it pertains to the Colby Recreation department. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to successfully work with a diverse campus population of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community organizations. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

Assistant Director of Informal Recreation and Wellness Programs

Department of Athletics

Full-Time, 12-Month, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment


  • Responsible for the overall administration, direction and supervision of informal recreation and wellness programs
  • Directs and manages a comprehensive fitness/wellness program, including fitness staff training, group fitness, personal/small group training, fitness assessments/screenings, and fitness outreach that provide diverse and intentional recreation opportunities in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment
  • Provide programs for Colby College students in all 8 functional areas of wellness
  • Work closely with Campus Life, Healthy Colby, and Counseling Services in the development and delivery of wellness education to the Colby Community
  • Oversee the Colby Recreation Office in the facilitation of informal recreation, purchase and inventory of all equipment belonging to Colby Recreation
  • Develop a diverse offering of instructional programs and “free play” opportunities, including Learn to Skate, Learn to Lift, and Learn to Play: Tennis; Free Play Squash, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, and Badminton
  • Program monthly special events for the Colby College community
  • Hire, train, manage, supervise, and evaluate paid and/or volunteer student staff, interns, instructors and/or peer educators
  • Assist in the development of a student staff development program
  • Create programs that support the vision and mission of the Colby Recreation department to assist students, faculty, and staff to discover, explore, and live a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop and manage the budget allocated for informal recreation and wellness programs
  • Ensure compliance with College policies and procedures
  • Assist in visionary leadership and creation of a strategic plan for the recreation department
  • Create a communications and engagement strategy including graphic design, branding, outreach, storytelling, campaign management, advocacy, and events
  • Develop assessment and evaluation plans that measure effectiveness and use the data generated to inform decision making
  • Work in collaboration with Athletics to schedule and manage the 355,000 square foot facility (Olympic pool, ice rink, gymnasium, field house, 3 level fitness center, 2 fitness studios, erg room, climbing and bouldering wall, and squash center) and 7 outdoor spaces/fields (football /track, softball, baseball, soccer, rugby, recreation, and tennis courts)
  • Assist with the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center facility operation and supervision as it pertains to Colby Recreation
  • Participate in the development of the department’s risk management, safety, and security efforts
  • Ensure all programming reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Organize Jan-Plan Mule Games programming with Healthy Colby Committee
  • Develop annual events with the theme of a holistic lifestyle
  • Work closely with campus partners to develop equipment and venue planning, maintenance, and functionality
  • Serve on campus committees
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; in Recreation, Sport Management, Sports Administration, Physical Education, or related field
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation, Sport Management, Sports Administration, Physical Education, or related field preferred
  • Three or more years of increasing responsibility managing recreation programs
  • Must have current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification or be able to obtain within two months of employment
  • Experience with NIRSA preferred
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills and attention to detail
  • Strong self-initiative and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate with local and regional stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to excel as a member of a diverse community
  • Must possess creative initiative, flexibility, and high energy
  • Aptitude for collaborating with others and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, coaches, administrators, and campus colleagues
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis and travel as required


The associate director will report to the director of recreation, who in turn is directly supervised by the vice president and director of athletics. This position has significant interactions with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other outside constituencies.


The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.

General office, athletic facility, and campus environment. The position will require work outside and in inclement weather. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, twisting, and occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive and/wrist motion is required. The position will be a full-time, fiscal year appointment, with frequent evening and weekend work required throughout the year with those dates determined by the director of athletics.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Assistant Director of Informal Recreation and Wellness Programs
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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