Posting Details

Executive Director
Employment Duration Permanent Full Time
Location Burnaby
Closing Date Open until filled
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Administrative Professional Excluded Staff
Pay range:
$161,100 to $208,500 annually
SFU Department Descr:
Athletics and Recreation
Position Grade:
# of openings:
Biweekly Hours:

Who We Are

SFU is an outstanding university with a proud athletic tradition and robust recreation program. SFU is committed to providing an excellent experience for our students, student athletes, and the campus community. SFU is unique in being the only university in Canada that offers over 300 student athletes the NCAA athletic experience combined with the benefits of a Canadian education at the top comprehensive university in the country. Our recreation programs and sports clubs are first class in engaging students, our campus and our community by promoting participation, fitness, healthy living and community engagement. 

About the Role

The Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation provides executive-level leadership to lead the transformation of SFU’s Athletics and Recreation programs, creating alignment with institutional goals and the academic mission, and ensuring long-term sustainability through revenue generation. The role develops and implements strategic plans and policies that enhance SFU’s reputation and impact as a university of choice for varsity sports, and represents the university nationally and internationally.

Full Job Description


Master's degree in Business Administration, Education, or a relevant discipline and at least ten years of directly related executive-level experience leading the delivery of services and programs to students in a post-secondary environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Excellent knowledge and experience in marketing, public relations and fundraising with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders in diverse environments.
  • Excellent knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, gender, race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, sexual identity and socio-economic issues; needs of a diverse student body, including the needs of students with disabilities and multi-faith communities.
  • Excellent knowledge of student development, learning and wellness.
  • Excellent knowledge of Canadian post-secondary institutions.
  • Excellent oral and written interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem solving, conflict resolutions skills including sound leadership judgement and discretion.
  • Excellent analytical skills including needs assessment and program evaluation methodologies.
  • Excellent budget and financial administration skills.
  • Excellent supervisory and staff coaching skills and a demonstrated capacity to set clear direction and empower others.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal, and communication skills exhibiting a high level of tact, professionalism, and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated success with intercollegiate athletic programs with an understanding of the administrative, financial and personnel-related responsibilities of an athletics department, including the dynamics of a shared athletics and recreation department.
  • Demonstrated success in dealing with and cultivating relationships with governing bodies, sponsors, major donors, community leaders and senior leaders across campus.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Ability to solve difficult problems, across administrative structures.
  • Ability to generate ideas for change or improvement in a collegial manner.
  • Ability to make complex decisions under extreme pressure.
  • Excellent ability to interpret and implement policies and a commitment to fair and transparent processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate staff, manage high-performing staff including coaches, and the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives.

What We Offer

At SFU, our goal is to ensure our people are valued and supported by promoting a healthy work-life balance, professional growth and development, as well as a safe and respectful workplace. We offer continuing employees who belong in the Administrative Professional Excluded Staff group (APEX):

  • 4 weeks’ vacation (prorated for the first year)*
  • Hybrid-work program for eligible positions
  • Employer paid defined benefit pension plan
  • On-campus tuition waiver for employees and their immediate family members*
  • Off-campus tuition reimbursements and professional development funds*
  • And more! View our benefits brochure

*Prorated for part-time employees

Additional Information

We are working with Leaders International Executive Search and applications should be submitted through this link: 

The pay range is the span between the minimum and maximum base salary for the position. The midpoint of the range is approximately halfway between the minimum and the maximum and represents an employee that possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience for the position. In the normal course, employees will be hired, transferred or promoted between the minimum and midpoint of the pay range.

SFU is an equity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require any assistance or accommodations, please contact

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