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Director, Athletics, Faculty of Kinesiology

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Job ID: 13386

Updated: October 23, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The University of Calgary is a comprehensive research university with four campuses across the Calgary, Alberta region and a fifth location in Doha, Qatar. Granted autonomy as a university in 1966 (but with origins in the early 1900’s), the University of Calgary enrolls around 32,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

The University’s Eyes High strategy – launched in 2011 – set ambitious goals for excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, the student experience, and community engagement. With a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities, we are making tremendous progress towards becoming a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most enterprising city.

The University is a large and complex institution that drives tremendous value: we have an annual consolidated budget of more than $1.2 billion, we are among Calgary’s largest employers, and we generate nearly $8 billion in economic impact to the province. Two-thirds of the University's 168,000 alumni live and work in the Calgary area, effectively building the city we know and love.

In 2016, the University of Calgary was ranked as the top university under the age of 50 in both Canada and North America by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and as one of the top 200 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2016, Research Infosource Inc. positioned the University of Calgary as #6 nationwide amongst Canadian research universities. The University houses 75 Canada Research Chairs and more than 50 research institutes and centres.

The University of Calgary has incredible talent – motivated and accomplished students, faculty, and staff – who drive new knowledge creation, improve lives, and better our world.  Those who work at the University of Calgary come for the opportunity to make a positive contribution to student experience, to participate in groundbreaking research initiatives, to be immersed in a lifelong learning environment, to engage with and give back to the community, and to enjoy all that Calgary has to offer as a city.


The Faculty: Kinesiology

The Faculty of Kinesiology is a blend of multiple units, including undergraduate and graduate academic programs, Dinos Athletics, Active Living, the Olympic Oval, Sport Medicine Centre, and Human Performance Laboratory. It has direct links to the National Sports Centre-Calgary and WinSport. The Faculty's goal is the discovery of strategies to enable and enhance human performance. In the past 15 years, the Faculty of Kinesiology has rapidly emerged as a North American leader in health, promotion of wellness, and human performance.

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The Opportunity: Director, Athletics

The Dinos Athletics program at the University of Calgary has a long-standing tradition of excellence and is part of an integrated environment at the University, housed within the Faculty of Kinesiology. Dinos Athletics supports 14 varsity teams and 9 competitive clubs, and competes within the Canada West and the USports association. We provide opportunities for athlete and sport development through collaborations between coaches, sport scientists and sport medicine professionals.

The University is committed to competing with the very best university teams in Canada while building pride on campus. The University of Calgary is located in a dynamic city with an outstanding sports culture. Calgary is an Olympic City, is home to two professional sport teams, WinSport, the Canadian Sport Institute, and many world class athletic facilities. As a key ambassador for the Dinos and the University, this is an excellent opportunity for an individual who thrives on making a difference while helping the University meet its Eyes High vision.

The University of Calgary and the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology are looking for the next leader who will help the university meet the Dino’s mission and vision while operating with the Dino values.


Mission: To educate and develop leaders and achieve athletic success by building a championship culture to enhance the pride of the University of Calgary community.


Vision: We will:

-- Be the university of choice for the best student-athletes and coaches;

-- Be uncompromising in our development of student-athletes and coaches;

-- Develop future leaders, and

-- Be engaged with our communities.



-- Professionalism, integrity, and respect                            -- Work ethic and discipline

-- Passion and enthusiasm                                                      -- Holistic development

-- Collaboration


The Director, Athletics reports to the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and is a member of the Faculty’s senior leadership team.  The Director will be responsible for the Athletics Department annual budget, all USports teams, numerous competitive sport clubs, the marketing and management of on-campus athletics events and the contracts for Athletic Therapy.  Administrative staff is in place to support these programs.  The Director will have full managerial authority over a contingent of both unionized and non-unionized staff.


The nature of this position requires the following skills and traits:

  • management and leadership skills,
  • ability to assess performance,
  • ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and meet deadlines,
  • ability to effectively build relationships,
  • ability to effectively manage conflict,
  • ability to make timely decisions, and
  • management, planning, and leadership of philanthropic fund development.


The role will have national and international impact. Nationally, the Director will position the department as a leader among USports members, striving to positively impact the course of university sport in Canada. Additionally, the success of the Dinos nationally will impact the university brand as a whole. Internationally, the Director will ensure that University of Calgary student athletes are competing for positions on national teams as well as in international competitions (Olympics, Commonwealth Games as examples) and success at these events will positively impact the University. Dinos Athletics, in part, acts as the face of the University and, in part, the City of Calgary. The Director will position the department to reflect the values of the Calgary community and the campus.


Key Result Areas

Primary Purpose of the Position

The mission of Dinos Athletics is to create an environment of athletic success for our student athletes and coaches, lifting the spirit and pride of all members of the University and the community. The Director is responsible for providing effective and innovative leadership in order to accomplish these goals. The Director must also be aware of national high-performance sport initiatives so that teams and student athletes may take advantage of opportunities to represent their region, province and country.




  • Responsible for the success and growth of the Athletics department.
  • Collaborate with the Dean and fellow members of the Kinesiology leadership team, in strategic development and planning for sustainable growth and performance of Athletics, and the Faculty of Kinesiology.
  • Accountable for managing a team of staff entailing:  hiring, delegation of work, performance management, disciplinary action up to and including termination.
  • Create an environment that promotes team work and productive involvement at all levels of staffing, as well as for students and athletes.
  • Develop and mentor coaches and staff, creating opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Foster an environment that encourages participation, innovation, adaptability, accountability, and initiative enabling student athletes, coaches and staff members to achieve their personal goals.


  • Effectively develop and manage an approved annual budget and use independent discretion on allocation of funds.
  • Accountable for identifying and developing strategies for business operations and fund development to ensure sufficient funds are available to achieve the goals and objectives of Dinos Athletics, the Faculty and the University.
  • Partner with the Development Office to pursue and explore new methods of revenue generation, through sponsorships and philanthropic initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Faculty of Kinesiology Finance Partner to ensure sound financial practice and accountability for Athletics.

Communications & Relations:

  • Ensure compliance with rules and regulations of USports, Canada West, NAIA, NCAA, and other governing bodies.
  • Coordinate with the Dean and the Kinesiology leadership team, as required, to accomplish Faculty projects.
  • Foster and develop positive relationships, on both an internal and external platform, creating opportunities for collaboration and growth for all stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain positive communication and relationships with outside providers, partners and stakeholders.
  • Provide expertise and direction with regard to management and evaluation of the Dinos Athletics programs.

Occupational Health & Safety:

  • Understands and complies with the requirements of the University's OH&S Policy.
  • Has knowledge of and understands the expectations of the University's Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and applicable Faculty/Departmental/Unit specific health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensures all work conducted is in accordance with the Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation and Code and other health and safety legislation as applicable.


The Person

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:


  • University Degree (preferably a graduate degree) in related area.
  • Management / supervisory experience in post-secondary (or comparable complex organization).
  • Working knowledge of the organizational structures of all Dinos varsity sports as well as the USports system, including the rules and regulations of USports, Canada West, NAIA, NCAA, and similar sporting governing bodies is required.


Competencies and Personal Characteristics

  • Leadership skills - ability to work at a strategic level as well as operationally as necessary. Must have the ability to foster a positive, open and cooperative working environment within the Faculty of Kinesiology, across the University, and with the external community.
  • Relevant Experience – the Director must have relevant and credible experience (athlete, coach, recreation/athletic administration, etc.) along with demonstrated organizational, relationship building, and financial management skills.
  • Communication – possess exceptional verbal, written and presentation skills to communicate to a diverse audience. Will be able to inspire people to consider a common purpose.
  • Collaborative –ability to define and lead progressive changes and establish meaningful collaborations in order to develop Dinos Athletics to their full potential
  • Initiative – assertive, self-directed, proactive.
  • Sound judgement – ethical decision making and critical thinking skills. Will ensure a well-balanced approach is taken to foster achievement and success for student athletes and coaches.
  • Project Management – excellent planning, problem solving, project and resource management skills.
  • Change management – possess strategic vision and demonstrated change implementation abilities.
  • Analytical – ability to understand, interpret, translate and report financial and statistical data.
  • Inspirational – positive and professional demeanor, motivating and authentic, natural ability to mentor and coach.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits.  Further details will be discussed further in a personal interview.

For Information Please Contact:

Mike Kerr, Heather Fookes or Sydney Suffron


Davies Park Calgary

Suite 530, 1000 – 7th Ave SW

Calgary, AB  T2P 5L5

Phone:     (403) 263-0600




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