Director of Rowing Operations

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Director of Rowing Operations

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Posted Job Title
Director of Rowing Operations

Job Profile Title
Manager B

Job Description Summary
The Director of Rowing Operations oversees the facility maintenance and operations of the Boathouse, Ted Nash Land Rowing Center, all crew related equipment repair, maintenance and replacement, which includes shells, oars, launches, ergometers, trucks, boat trailers, and all other relevant equipment. As Building Administrator of the crew facilities, they will coordinate with FRES Area Manager and contracted vendors for all building related repairs, maintenance, and operations.

The Director of Rowing Operations reports to and receives general direction from Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and receives direction related to rowing program equipment, launches, shells, rigging, travel, regatta operations from Penn Rowing head coaches. They will also work with the Finance Office on all purchases and financial transactions related to the Penn Rowing programs and their equipment.

The successful candidate will coordinate with rowing programs the operational needs of home and away regattas and will be point of contact for visiting teams during home regattas. In addition, they will assist with away competition logistics to include, housing, meals, and team transportation, transport equipment to away competitions, be present at all Penn races on the Schuylkill River, and attend rowing program practices.

The Director will support Business Development in planning and preparation for rental events in rowing facilities.

Job Description

  • Boathouse maintenance, Building Administrator (BA) - Create and follow a schedule for upkeep of the Boathouse and Nash Land Rowing Center. Coordinate with facilities and housekeeping on all needed repairs, improvements, and maintenance. Monitor all physical aspects of the boathouse docks, boat bays, storage facilities, workshop, etc. Ability to perform and facilitate repairs when needed.
  • Equipment maintenance - Ensure that all boat shells, oars, rigging, launches, vehicles, trailers, ergs, and bikes are in proper working condition. Develop a repair/replacement plan and full inventory of all hard equipment. Perform and/or facilitate equipment maintenance when required.
  • Equipment ordering - Work with Penn Rowing coaching staff, sport administrator and Finance Office to purchase all needed equipment for the Penn Rowing facilities and programs. Effectively manage equipment budgets including purchase and sale of rowing equipment.
  • Rowing Operations - Coordinate with coaches of Penn Rowing programs (Heavyweight Men, Lightweight Men, and Women) regarding team needs. Travel to away competitions with Penn Rowing. Attend all home practices and prepare all trucks, trailers, and boats for away team travel. Be present at all home practices, events, and races. Provide logistical and operations support while at away regattas.
  • Liaison to Rental Groups - Work with DRIA Business Development as necessary in planning and preparation for rental events in the Burk-Bergman Boathouse and Nash Land Rowing Center.
  • Management/supervision - Effectively manage work-study students and any volunteer/part-time employees.


A Bachelor's Degree and 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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