Executive Director, Athletics And Recreation
Continuing to build on the history of excellence and achievement, Athletics & Recreation at York seeks a new collaborative and inclusive Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation (Executive Director). Reporting to the Vice-Provost Students, the Executive Director is responsible for inspiring excellence and fostering an environment that engages students through sport and recreational activities to achieve their academic goals and prepare them for future success. The Executive Director works collaboratively across the University in the pursuit of the Division of Student’s goals and mission. Utilizing a student-first and wellbeing approach to sports and recreation, the Executive Director will ensure a culture of inclusion, equity, respect, accountability, and excellence across the portfolio and in all programs and services.
As Canada’s third largest university, York University is known for excellence inside and outside the academic learning environment. For more than 57 years, York has been the recipient of national and provincial athletic awards. Since the inception of organized interuniversity competition in 1965, York has won 178 provincial banners and 37 national titles. More than 500 student-athletes on 19 sport teams represent York University in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and U SPORTS. Athletics & Recreation at York supports the educational mandate of the University and York's history of excellence in sport reflects this commitment and strengthens the spirit and pride that binds it together as a community.
The Executive Director will lead strategic planning and implementation, financial and resource management, alumni, donor and stakeholder engagement and risk mitigation and management. They will have strategic oversight of the operation of multiple athletics facilities, including oversight and management of three-multi-party agreements essential to the delivery of outstanding programs.
Working closely with the senior management team, the Executive Director establishes the student-first culture of excellence for student-athletes coaching, programming, student support services and community engagement. They further support a dynamic culture of recreation that provides opportunities to over 55,000 students on 3 campuses.
The incumbent will be a strategic, collaborative and relationship-oriented leader with proven senior leadership experience in complex organizations, along with strong organizational management skills. The Executive Director will be excellent at creating an inclusive and equitable environment, providing effective leadership to a portfolio that contributes to the student experience at York. The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge and understanding of university sport and recreational programming and will possess senior managerial skills.
The next Executive Director will possess a Master’s degree in higher education, student development, physical education/kinesiology/sport administration or equivalent, with ten years' progressive experience in the leadership of large organizations. Experience in an educational environment and in sport and recreation operations preferred.
York University welcomes applicants who are committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and who will assist with nurturing a positive, supportive and inclusive culture within Athletics & Recreation. Applications are particularly encouraged from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including Indigenous peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women and 2SLGBTQ2+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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