Director of Recreation Services

Director of Recreation Services
Department:  Athletics
Date:  02/06/2020


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 58 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 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its 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 the creation of 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. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Department of Athletics

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

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 is constructing a new, state-of-the-art athletics complex, scheduled to open this fall, which is destined to be among the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000 square-foot athletics center will include 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 coaching 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 director of recreation services beginning July 1, 2020. The director is primarily responsible for creating varied and dynamic recreational opportunities for the Colby community that will enrich the student experience by cultivating diverse, meaningful relationships and developing healthy lifestyle habits. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Provide strategic direction and long-range planning for one of the most expansive athletic complexes in the country
  • Develop and drive an outreach plan, including marketing and branding, to the Colby community in an effort to maximize participation
  • Maintain annual budget for the recreation, wellness, club sports, and intramural programs; process reimbursements and initiate payments as necessary
  • Oversee a comprehensive fitness and wellness program including developing programs to meet student, faculty, and staff needs and hiring qualified fitness instructors and student leaders
  • Develop annual events and themes around healthy lifestyle choices; schedule/lead outdoor activities in all seasons
  • Organize educational classes surrounding nutritional cooking demonstrations, CPR/Frist Aid certification, lifeguard certification, etc
  • Work closely with campus and community partners to develop equipment and venue planning, maintenance, and functionality
  • Develop a comprehensive student employee training program for intramural sports
  • Hire student staff to work as commissioners and officials for recreational programs and leagues
  • Incorporate the usage of InnoSoft, IMLeagues, or similar online platform for managing all aspects of leagues
  • Oversee payroll for intramural workers
  • Advise club sport captains, schedule trainings and meetings throughout the year to review goals and needs
  • Provide administrative guidance to clubs by coordinating practices and games and maintaining rosters
  • Develop and oversee concussion, liability, travel, emergency, and risk management protocols for all club sport activities
  • Track and maintain equipment relating to club and intramural sports
  • Coordinate on-site supervision for club and intramural activities, events may occur on weekends, evenings and/or early mornings
  • Organize Jan Plan Mule Games programming; work with the Offices of Communication and Campus Life on marketing and promotions
  • 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
  • 5 plus years of increasingly responsible leadership in athletics, facility management preferred
  • Experience with National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (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 based on game schedules and travel as required

The director of recreation services will report to the 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 Now" 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:

Director of Recreation Services - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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 cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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