Recreational Sports Director

Exciting full-time opportunity at the Edwardsville YMCA in Edwardsville, IL! Website:
Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Develops, organizes and implements high-quality recreational sports programs.



1.    Bachelor's degree recommended in related field or equivalent.

2.    One to two years related experience preferred.

3.    Minimum age requirements may apply; for example, minimum age of 21.

4.    Typical requirements within 30 days of hire include: completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff; Working with Program Volunteers; CPR; First Aid; AED; Bloodborne Pathogens.

5.    Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.


Essential Functions

1.    Directs and supervises program activities to meet YMCA objectives. Expands youth and adult sports program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.

2.    Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs recreational sports personnel and volunteers.  Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Ensures records of staff certifications are current and complete.

3.    Develop, implement, track, and control the department budget, in accordance with branch and overall budget guidelines to meet fiscal objectives.

4.    Secures and schedules athletic fields and facilities. Transports and sets up equipment for games and practices; monitors and purchases necessary sporting equipment as budget permits.

5.    Creates teams from paid and financially assisted registrations. Organizes and conducts parent orientation meetings, and training and meetings for coaches.

6.    Develops and distributes team practice and game schedules; trains and schedules sports officials; develops and distributes sports rules, guidelines and handbooks.  Must be available to work nights and weekends to oversee leagues, clinics and conduct trainings.

7.    Purchases and distributes team uniforms and awards; coordinates and distributes
team photographs.

8.    Organizes and conducts sports clinics.

9.    Assists in the marketing and distribution of youth sports program information, may organize and schedule program registrations.

10.  Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations.

11.  Assists in YMCA fundraising activities and special events.

12.  May assist with Program Committee meetings.

Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation
in program.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets.

Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.