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Director, Active Living & Outdoor Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology

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Job ID: 15957

Updated: August 11, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Faculty of Kinesiology is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director, Active Living & Outdoor Centre.

Active Living is responsible for providing programs and services that lead the way to healthy Active Living at University of Calgary and within our community. Active Living and the Outdoor Centre offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreational activities and provide unique curriculum, programs and services, making it one of the largest and most diverse post-secondary operations in North America.

The Director, Active Living, reports to the Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, and is responsible for the effective management of Active Living and the Outdoor Centre. The Director is responsible for strategic planning, development of business and operational plans, financial oversight, and leadership of a team of management, professional, and unionized staff.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Initiate and steward the development and maintenance of the Active Living and Outdoor Center Strategic Plan
  • Develop annual operating plans, which align with the Faculty of Kinesiology Strategic Plan and monitor to ensure execution is effective
  • Drive revenue generation in keeping with the vision of Faculty of Kinesiology and Active Living
  • Lead a high-performance team of management and professional staff, and unionized staff
  • Develop and implement a workplace-staffing plan to guide resourcing levels
  • Create an environment to support knowledge-sharing, innovation, teamwork, and staff development to ensure that service levels meet or exceed expectations
  • Manage complex issues and challenging interpersonal interactions with skill, composure and diplomacy
  • Supervise staff including recruitment, onboarding, work allocation, scheduling, delegation of work, performance management, coaching for performance and disciplinary action up to and including dismissal
  • Develop and implement short and long-range financial plans with a focus on revenue generation and financial sustainability
  • Develop and manage annual operating budgets for approval by the Dean
  • Build and maintain external relationships and partnerships with indoor and outdoor related companies and partners including local school boards and land management agencies
  • Maintain a strong and positive relationship with the media

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A recognized post-secondary education in business management or related fields. Degree or graduate degree preferred
  • Five years of experience related to senior management/leadership, preferably in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities (recreation)
  • A demonstrated and progressive track record in a leadership role, budget management with an emphasis on revenue generation and program development in a post-secondary or not-for-profit business environment
  • Strong negotiation and problem solving skills that are both diplomatic and effective
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • A high degree of problem solving skills and the ability to conduct oneself in a positive and professional manner
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to handle a large and diverse workload and meet deadlines
  • Previous supervisory experience including experience mentoring and motivating staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of post-secondary business operations, including provincial and federal legislation
  • Experience in managing in a unionized environment is an asset

Application Deadline:  August 10, 2018. Only applications submitted online will be considered.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Kinesiology visit Careers in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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