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Department Administrator

Department: Recreation and Leisure Studuies Effective Date: February 1, 2014


35 hr/wk

Reports to: Department Chair

General Accountability

The Department Administrator reports to the Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, supervises the Undergraduate Advisor (directly) and the Academic Assistant – Undergraduate (indirectly), and is responsible for human resource administration, financial planning and monitoring of the operating budget, oversight of research grants, management of equipment and facilities, statistical data gathering, strategic planning support, and other administrative functions to facilitate and support the administrative, teaching and research activities of its members. The Department Administrator provides support to the Chair and the Associate Chairs Undergraduate and Graduate, and provides continuity as academic leadership changes.

Nature and Scope

The Department Administrator is responsible for the efficient and effective management of Department resources (staff, budget, space, equipment and systems) to maximize the teaching, research and service of the Department consistent with the Department’s vision, aspirations and values.  The position requires a thorough knowledge of the University of Waterloo policies and procedures and their implementation as they relate to the functioning of the Department. The Department Administrator develops and maintains working relationships with other academic and administrative units, including:

Statistical Data

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is one of three Departments/Schools in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Currently the Department has 17 regular faculty members, and 3 staff members. There are approximately 65 graduate students and 520 undergraduate students. The Department is well-known and respected in the leisure studies field, with our graduates in high demand. The department operating budget is over $2,500,000 with another $1,000,000 in research funding.

Specific Accountabilities

Human resource administration, including but not limited to:


Financial administration, including but not limited to:



Facilities and equipment administration, including but not limited to:


Data management, including but not limited to:


General administration, including but not limited to:

Working Conditions

Much of the time is spent working in an office environment. The incumbent is expected to show initiative and be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a collaborative team environment. This position requires excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as attention to detail and professionalism to deal with faculty, students, staff and members of the public. The Department Administrator is required to deal with multiple, time-sensitive, and often confidential tasks in a busy and changing environment while maintaining thoroughness and accuracy.