Director of the Activities and Recreation Center
The Director of the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) provides the vision and leadership for this building, which supports both University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College. The Director will oversee the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the ARC, including oversight of the facility, programs, operations, initiatives, and activities directly related to the ARC. The Director is responsible for collaborating with Campus Facilities office to direct and monitor all maintenance, custodial, and renovation work for the building. The Director serves on the ARC Advisory and chairs ARC Operations committees, both made up of UW Bothell and Cascadia College students. The Director will assess the day-to-day operations of the ARC and update the ARC Advisory Committee regarding usage of space, budgets, and staffing practices; working closely with other constituents residing in the facility. The Director develops, makes recommendations, oversees, and monitors all budgets and will focus on strategic vision and long term planning, including a possible space expansion and financial planning. The Director serves on the leadership teams for both the UW Bothell Student Affairs division and the Cascadia College Student Success Services division. The Director will also coordinate and participate in 24/7 on call emergency duty, as needed, as it relates to the ARC.
Full job description can be found UW Hires Job #162047, Priority Application Deadline is March 29, 2019
History of the ARC
About eight years ago, students at UW Bothell and Cascadia College came together to start talking about and planning for a joint student activities building on campus. The two institutions share a physical campus space and the students wanted to expand the amenities and space for student clubs to plan and program, student governments to have offices, for student meetings, and a large event space on campus. What began as an idea came to fruition when the ARC opened its doors in September of 2015.
The Student Facilities Advisory Committee, with representatives from both campuses, serves as the student voice for operations, policy, space, and budget review and recommendation. This group over the past four years has been instrumental in developing a philosophy of shared student service, collaborative operations, and ensuring the building is communal and not institution specific.
The inaugural director left campus in November 2018.
Of course, there were many ideas and student needs that were identified when students started this project and they were not able to afford all of those ideas in the building. As such, conversations about expanding the building started as soon as construction was completed. An expansion to the building will require the new Director to work with senior campus leadership at both institutions, students, facilities, space planning, capital planning office and more to make this dream a reality.
Students from both Cascadia College and UW Bothell voted to create and raise their student fees to fund this building. The student fees are solely responsible for paying the construction loan, the operations, and the salaries of professional and student staff. The funding breaks down apx. 1/3 Cascadia and 2/3 UW Bothell given the student enrollment on each campus. This philosophy of 1/3, 2/3 carries into operations.
The ARC is three stories with the lower level housing the fitness center and dance studio, locker rooms and storage. The UW Bothell Recreation and Wellness team operationalize the fitness center and the sports and recreation complex just outside the building. The first floor hosts the information desk, meeting rooms, professional staff office, gaming alcove, and the student leadership and involvement office and work room (joint workspace for student leaders from both institutions). The top floor is a large events space complete with built in sound and light system, moveable walls and furniture and state of the art technology.
The Health and Wellness Resource Center is located on the first floor and is new this academic year. It is a one-stop hub connecting students with on-campus and community resources to help you thrive. Through a partnership with the United Way Benefits Hub, we provide resource connections, financial coaching, and public benefits enrollment.
In addition to the UW Bothell Recreation and Wellness professional staff and programs operating out of the lower level, the UW Bothell Student Engagement and Activities and Cascadia College Student Life operate out of the first floor.
In total there are almost 20 professional staff who work in the building and over 100 student leaders.
The ARC has three full time professional staff - the Director (focused on facility management and campus relationships), the Assistant Director (focused on student staff and event planning) and an AV Technician (a joint position with UW Bothell IT).
Student Staff are hired from both institutions. The largest team of students work the first floor and lower level (fitness center) information desks. There is a move and events team, and AV team and a team of student building managers who are responsible for the building when professional staff are not on site.
This is considered a joint position between UW Bothell and Cascadia College. While the employee is technically a UW employee, the position has a dotted line to Cascadia College. The position sits on leadership teams for both UW Bothell Student Affaris and Cascadia College Student Success. Supervision is provided by Emily Christian, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UW Bothell and Erin Blakeney, Dean of Student Success at Cascadia College.
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