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Assistant Director of Recreation

Colby College
Colby College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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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 32 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division III level. The department also includes the campus recreation program and hosts a variety of club and intramural sports. More than one-third of Colby’s 2,200 students participate in intercollegiate sports and, in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department.

The College is home to a state-of-the-art athletics complex which is among the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000 square-foot athletics center includes an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center with Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, strength and fitness center, training rooms, and coaching suites. Additionally, the College 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. Located in central Maine, the College has incredible access to other outdoor venues such as the Belgrade Lakes and Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, one of the premier ski destinations on the east coast.

The Colby College Department of Athletics and Recreation seeks an innovative and creative-thinking Assistant Director of competitive sports beginning September 1st, 2021. The Assistant Director of competitive sports is primarily responsible for leadership, supervision, and day to day operations of the competitive sports program which includes: Esports, intramural sports, and club sports for the community that will enrich the student experience by cultivating diverse, meaningful relationships and developing healthy lifestyle habits. Administer all aspects of the Intramural Sports program offered through Colby Recreation. Provide leadership and advising 30+ clubs including managing club practice and competition schedules. Travel and enforcement of risk management policies and procedures. 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.


  • Responsible for leading and directing a comprehensive intramural sports program including planning and scheduling intramural and recreational sports and special events. Recruit, hire, train and schedule student managers and sport officials. This will include managing payroll and evaluations for over 30 student employees. Manage intramural software system for program registration, scheduling and participant data. Responsible for all campus wide publicity for the intramural program including managing website, calendars, fliers, and social media. Develop and manage an intramural budget. Responsible for maintaining inventories for both the intramural program and making decisions regarding the acquisition of new equipment and supplies to support programs. Responsible for preparing the annual report for intramural programs.

  • Oversee Club Sports registration and ensure that all documentation is appropriately completed and filed. Provide leadership and advisement for 30+ Club Sports including managing club practice and competition schedules, travel, hiring of coaches, inventory and enforcement of risk management policies and procedures. Will assist Student Government Association (SGA) with budget and financial resources. Develop and advise the Club Sports Council and work closely with the organizations in the transition of leadership each year. Responsible for preparing the annual report for the Club Sports program. Will work closely with Campus Life and SGA on Club Sports budget allocations. Oversee the assignment of storage space for Club Sports.

  • Work in collaboration with Athletics to schedule and manage 350,000 sq. ft. 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 field/track, softball field, baseball field, soccer field, rugby field, recreation field, and tennis courts)

  • Manage all equipment purchased for the department of recreation

  • Develop 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

  • Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation, Sport Management, Sports Administration, Physical Education, or related field

  • Three or more years of increasingly responsibility managing a comprehensive Intramural Sports and Club Sport Program

  • Must have current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification or be able to obtain within two months of employment


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Recreation, Sport Management, Sports Administration, Physical Education, or related field

  • Five or more years of increasingly responsibility managing a comprehensive Intramural Sports and Club Sport Program


The Assistant 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.


Colby College is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment where every member of the community feels a sense of respect and belonging.

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.


Successful and satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby College website. A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Located in Waterville, Maine near the banks of the beautiful Kennebec River, Colby College is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Colby’s focus on innovative and leading-edge programs that complement the traditional liberal arts—in areas such as artificial intelligence, data science, genomics and computational biology, climate change and the environment, the arts and humanities, public policy, and performance studies, distinguish Colby from other schools of its size. Colby extends its reach, impact, and opportunities through external partnerships with globally recognized laboratories and medical facilities, arts organizations, and a wide array of business partners. The campus boasts beautiful new facilities including the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, a best-in-class complex that has become a center for student activity; the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, a downtown community-based arts building; the forthcoming Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, which includes a start-of-the-art performance hall, studios, screening rooms, and a grand community space (opening in 2023). The College recently established the Island Campus in mid-coast Maine after acquiring the Allen and Benner Islands, once owned by the Wyeth family, to offer Colby students unique and timely cross disciplinary research opportunities in a range of academic disciplines, including the marine sciences and the arts.

Over the last seven years applications for admission have more than tripled, making Colby one of the most sought-after colleges in the country. The College’s unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident in its rapidly changing student population. In recent years Colby has doubled both the number of enrolled Pell-eligible students and the number of enrolled students of color. Colby students, who come from throughout the U.S. and more than 70 countries, demonstrate unprecedented highs on every measure of academic achievement. Investments in financial aid (a 111 percent increase since 2014, to $58.6 million annually) and new programs are ensuring that all members of the community can thrive in this dynamic environment. Colby has raised $700 million toward its $750 million Dare Northward campaign goal, which was the largest campaign goal for a liberal arts college when it launched in 2017. Since 2014, the College’s net assets have doubled to more than $2 billion, its record of fundraising has moved to the very top tier of liberal arts colleges, and it has rapidly expanded its faculty and staff to allow for new areas of inquiry, scholarship, and teaching, and to support record enrollments.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

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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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