Executive Searches

The Office of the Vice Provost & Dean of Student Affairs is searching for the next Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation 

Request for Commentary & Feedback

Reporting to the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, the Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation (A&R) works to advance the University’s mission and strategic goals fostering a culture of leadership, collaboration, support, innovation, inclusivity, and excellence, and supports outstanding A&R programs and services for students and the university community. Building on the University’s commitment to recreational programs, high performance sport, and striving for excellence in everything Queen’s does, the Executive Director operates with a high level of autonomy and is responsible for guiding the successful delivery of the full suite of programs, services, and student supports under the umbrella of A&R and managing a large number of athletic facilities with complex business operations. This execution is achieved through leading a large team of more than 70 professionals in the development, management, and assessment of programs and services that comprise the portfolio. A&R’s strong program enhance and support the pride, spirit, and sense of community that is so much a part of Queen’s University.

Members of the University community are invited to submit commentary on the present state and future prospects of Athletics & Recreation, and on specific qualities or skill sets that they believe are vital to the role of Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation Queen’s.

Please send all feedback to the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, via email, to vpdean.sa@queensu.ca.

Job Posting

Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation, Queen’s University 

To apply, please contact Jane Griffith at Griffith Group, Jane@griffithgroup.ca.

Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

The university has policies in place to support employees with disabilities, including an Accommodation in the Workplace Policy and a policy on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. For more information, please contact Jane@griffithgroup.ca and hradmin@queensu.ca

Committee Members

  • Ann Tierney (Chair) – Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
  • Karen Bertrand, Vice-Principal (Advancement)

  • Wanda Costen, Dean, Smith School of Business

  • Gareth Cunningham, Associate Director, Recreation and Active Living

  • Frank Halligan, Athletic Coordinator, Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association, Community Member

  • Cynthia Gibney, Executive Director, Student Wellness Services

  • Claire Meadows, Head Coach, Women's Basketball

  • Thompson McCallum, Varsity Leadership Council VP Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Indigeneity and Student Athlete (Football)

  • Chad McLeod, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Student Affairs

  • Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)

  • Heather Woermke, Associate Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)


Search Committee Kick-Off Meeting: March 21, 2022

Search Process Launch: March 31, 2022

Candidate Consideration: April - May 2022

Interview Process: May - June 2022