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Director, Athletics, Faculty of Kinesiology

Job ID: 23150

Updated: June 10, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Faculty of Kinesiology is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director, Athletics.

The University of Calgary Athletic Department supports 14 varsity teams and 9 competitive clubs. A unit within the Faculty of Kinesiology, Dinos Athletics competes within the Canada West Conference and the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) association. Dinos Athletics is committed to competing with the very best university teams in Canada while building pride on campus.

The Faculty of Kinesiology is a blend of multiple units, including undergraduate and graduate academic programs and research, Dinos Athletics, Active Living, the Olympic Oval, and the Sport Medicine Centre. It has direct links to the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary and Winsport. The Faculty of Kinesiology is currently ranked #1 in North America and #11 globally for schools of sport science.
The Director of Athletics reports to the Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and is a member of the senior leadership team of the faculty.  The Director will be responsible for the Athletics Department annual budget, all U SPORTS 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
  • 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 U SPORTS 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, the university campus and the Faculty of Kinesiology.

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.

Position Description

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


  • Responsible for the success and growth of the Athletics department, in the Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Collaborate with the Dean, Senior Director, and fellow members of the Kinesiology leadership team, in strategic development and planning for sustainable growth and performance of Athletics, and Kinesiology
  • Accountable for managing a team of staff that entails:  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
  • Develop and mentor coaches and staff, creating opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Fosters an environment that encourages participation, innovation, adaptability, accountability, and initiative enabling program participants and staff members to achieve their own personal goals
  • Create and maintain policies consistent with the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion while providing a safe environment for all participants (student-athletes, coaches, and staff), free of maltreatment and/or harassment


  • Effectively develop and manage 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 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 Kinesiology Finance Partner to ensure sound financial practice and accountability for Athletics

Communications and Relations:

  • Ensure compliance with rules and regulations of the CIS, Canada West, NAIA, NCAA, and other governing bodies
  • Coordinate with the Senior Director, 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
  • Develops and maintains positive communication and relationships with outside providers, partners and stakeholders
  • Provides expertise and direction with regard to management and evaluation of the Dinos Athletics programs

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University Degree (preferably a graduate degree) in related area is required
  • Management / supervisory experience in post-secondary (or comparable complex organization) is required
  • Working knowledge of the organizational structures of all Dinos varsity sports as well as the USports system and Canada West is required
  • 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 U of C, 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 collaborative 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

Application Deadline:  June 24, 2021

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 has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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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