Director Sport Programs

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Executive Director Athletics and Recreation will oversee and lead the areas of Varsity and Competitive Sport Programs, Student-Athlete Recruitment, Admissions and Eligibility and Women in Sport program as well as lead and drive the Unit’s strategic vision as related to these areas of supervision.

Primary Responsibilities:
Provide Leadership and Strategic Management to the Varsity and Competitive Sports Programs as well as the Women in Sport Program.

Provide Sports Programming direction and guidance to the Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation.

Manage operations of the Athletics & Recreation Sports Programs Unit.

Provide guidance and oversight in the development and reconciliation of annual area budgets (Varsity Sport, Competitive Clubs, Women in Sport). Ensure that projected revenues and expenditures align with the Unit’s strategic plan. Serve as the primary resource in the creation of 3 and 5-year financial plans.

Provide leadership in the vision, values and direction inherent in the high performance and competitive sport structures that includes the development of strong program leadership, dynamic and high quality programs and services where staff, coaches, varsity student-athletes and teams are adequately motivated and supported in their pursuit of wellness and/or excellence

Develop, oversee, and ensure compliance to policies and procedures related to Codes of Conduct, Travel, Anti-Doping, Eligibility, etc. This responsibility involves the development and implementation of information and training activities promoting compliance using a risk management approach.

Facilitate the development of annual and long-term strategic plans and operational budgets.

Develop and regularly review current sports policies for Varsity.

Provide leadership and direction for the full-time administrative staff and coaches, varsity student-athletes, as well as in the programs at all levels of sport which could include the RSEQ, OUA, U SPORTS and other.

Assess and enhance athlete services program to support varsity student-athletes academic performance and to support their academic achievements (mentorship, tutorials, peer study groups).

Liaise with the Dean of Students to provide varsity student-athletes the support they need in times of crisis.

Work collaboratively with the Student Life and Learning Unit to provide leadership in the development and operation of structures, programs, and policies that promote student life and wellness. The programs developed support university retention efforts and promote McGill University as an attractive choice for prospective students.

Ensure Varsity Sport and Competitive Sport abide by Risk Management Committee recommendations. Member of the Risk Management Committee.

Manage and oversee administrative procedures and policies for the Sports Programs Unit. Responsible for organizational planning and setting of priorities for the Sports Programs Unit. Ensure that all Sports Programs activities in Athletics & Recreation function in accordance with accepted University policies and practices and meet the needs of respective clientele.

Continually evaluate external conditions with regard to University procedures and policies to ensure the most effective and efficient methods of controlling and utilizing available financial and human resources.

Oversee the effective and efficient hosting of major events that showcase McGill University and its’ varsity student-athletes.

Ensure compliance with safety and health regulations in all sporting environments.

Manage scheduling priorities, fiscal, and other business matters for the Sports Programs Unit in accordance with University and/or sport governing body policies

Investigate and act upon varsity student-athlete concerns.

Provide Human Resources Management, this includes the management of full-time managers and overseeing labour relations files within the unit. Assume responsibility for the effective management, direction, resource planning, recruitment, training, development and performance management of full and part-time coaches and employees.

In conjunction with the HR Advisor, responsible for the recruitment and selection of full-time head coaches.

Represent Athletics and Recreation at specific RSEQ or U SPORTS meetings

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities High level of bilingualism (strong competencies (fluent) in written and spoken French and English. Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated high level coaching/coach mentoring experience in the competitive sports world. 8 plus years’ experience in a senior management capacity managing a team of staff or large unit or equivalent. Successful management and supervisory experience. Demonstrated leadership including setting clear strategic goals and consensus building. Political astuteness and tact required with an in depth understanding of the Quebec and National sport milieu. Ability to handle matters of a highly confidential and sensitive nature. Strong knowledge of U SPORTS, RSEQ, OUA rules, policies and protocols.

Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree 8 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:
(MPEX Grade 10) $106,090.00 – $183,890.00

Hours per Week:
33.75 (Full time)

Senior Director Athletics & Recreation

Position End Date (If applicable):
Deadline to Apply:
McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [email protected] or 514-398-3711.

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