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Career Development Week

Presented by the NIRSA Foundation

Save the date: November 9-11, 2020

Ramp up your career goals with NIRSA professionals. Join us for webinars, mock interviews, resume reviews, and employer informational sessions.

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Free for NIRSA Student Members
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Tracks include…

Time (Pacific)TitlePresenter(s)Description
7:00am-7:30amKicking off Your Career in a COVID WorldLisa Williamson, Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness at University of GeorgiaAmong the many changes to “normal” life that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on, the job search process has been heavily affected. This presentation will cover all aspects of the job search from virtually researching a potential employer, the virtual interview process, and how potential employers are responding to the current social climate. We will also briefly discuss how to maintain the work-life balance boundary when working from home.
7:30am-8:00amMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
8:00am-8:30amPenn State University: Employer Info SessionLisa Stuppy, Senior Associate Director, ProgramsAttend this session to learn about rec sports careers at Penn State.
8:30am-9:00amBreak
9:00am-9:30amOutside The Lines: Considering More Than Just The SalaryLauren Olson, Associate Director of Campus Recreation at University of South Carolina-ColumbiaJob searching is a stressful process. On top of the job itself, there is so much to consider that sometimes get forgotten about. This presentation will ensure attendees are researching and asking questions about all the additional benefits beyond salary.
9:30am-10:00amMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
10:00am-10:30amRose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Employer Info SessionSeth Woodason, Director for Recreational Sports and Athletic FacilitiesAttend this session to learn about two upcoming positions: Coordinator, Operations & Events (open January 2021) and Assistant Director, Fitness/Wellness (open Summer 2021)
10:30am-11:00amBreak
11:00am-11:30amThe New Jack of All Trades: The Multi-Faceted Recreation ProfessionalGreg Corack, EdD, RCRSP, Associate Director of Leadership and Programs at East Carolina UniversityYears ago specializing in one area of Campus Recreation was the norm. You focused on becoming the best fitness, intramural, facilities or adventure professional and the next step in your career was assured. With shrinking budgets hiring managers are looking for Assistant/Associate Directors with experience in multiple areas not just an All-American referee or Fitness Forum presenter. This presentation provides tips and tricks to expanding your resume without going back to school, taking a lateral move, or working 80 hours a week. The experience you need is right under your nose, we will help you sniff it out this fall.
11:30am-noonMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
Noon-12:30pmUniversity of Arkansas: Employer Info SessionBecky Todd, Director of ProgramsAttend this info session to learn about upcoming graduate assistant positions.
12:30pm-1:00pmBreak
1:00pm-1:30pmWebinarStay tuned for more information on this session.
1:30pm-2:00-pmMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
Time (Pacific)TitlePresenter(s)Description
7:00am-7:30amCampus Rec Never Backs Down From a Challenge: How to Market Your COVID-19 CreativityAngela Shook, Associate Director for University Recreation at Appalachian State UniversityCOVID-19 has no doubt presented challenges for campus recreation and has inspired innovations and creative problem solving. This presentation will offer you the opportunity to discuss your experiences and skills gained during COVID-19. From here, we will show you how best to articulate your experiences through application materials and offer insight into interviewing in a virtual setting.
7:30am-8:00amMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
8:00am-8:30amWest Virginia University: Employer Info SessionChris Schmoldt, Associate DirectorAttend this info session to learn about WVU's open GA positions (Competitive Sports, Aquatics, and Fitness and Wellness).
8:30am-9:00amBreak
9:00am-9:30amOut and Back In Again: Lessons from a Journey In, Out, and Back In Campus RecreationBen White, CRSS, Director of Fitness and Recreation Center at University of Maine at FarmingtonDrawing on 20 years of experience in campus recreation, municipal and community recreation, the private fitness industry, and the software/start-up industry, Ben shares his perspective on work in and out of the NIRSA world. Having left and returned to campus recreation twice, Ben discusses the lessons he learned throughout his journey, and hopes to provide context for those considering a move away from campus recreation.
9:30am-10:00amMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
10:00am-10:30amSam Houston State University: Employer Info SessionMelissa Fadler, Associate Director of Marketing, Promotions, Web & DevelopmentAttend this session to learn about rec sports careers at SHSU.
10:30am-11:00amBreak
11:00am-11:30amHas COVID-19 Changed Management Styles and our Hiring Processes?Troy Vaughn, CRSS, Director - Campus Recreation at University of ArizonaThe past 8+ months have thrown a wrench into the normal way that managers manage and hire staff. This presentation will examine lessons learned from higher level campus recreation professionals on the traits and skills needed to manage staff during COVID-19 and beyond. We will also examine what managers are looking for in hiring people post-COVID-19, virtual world.
11:30am-noonMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
Noon-12:30pmEmployer Info SessionStay tuned for more information on this employer informational session.
12:30pm-1:00pmBreak
1:00pm-1:30pmSkills to Pay the BillsMirum Washington-White, CRSS, RCRSP, Director of Athletics, Curriculum Chair for Physical Education, Dept Faculty at St Cyril of Alexandria SchoolWhat are the five key life and work skills you must possess as a young career professional in any work setting? Why are these five so important? How can you as a young professional develop them? This presentation will help young professionals develop their employability gifts and see the possibilists for a bright future.
1:30pm-2:00-pmMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
Time (Pacific)TitlePresenter(s)Description
7:00am-7:30amCandidate Found! Position Filled!Carissa Smith, Coordinator of Competitive Sports, Camps and Special Events at George Mason University; David Gaskins, CRSS, Executive Director at George Mason UniversityThis presentation will explore the perspectives of both the potential candidate and the employer to provide an inside look into the hiring of a campus recreational professional during COVID-19. Attendees will learn the key transferable skills employers are currently seeking and how to highlight them within your experiences during your job search.
7:30am-8:00amMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
8:00am-8:30amEmployer Info Session: James Madison UniversityKristin Gibson, Associate Director for UREC ServicesAttend this session to learn about JMU Campus Recreation Master’s Degree + UREC Graduate Assistantships.
8:30am-9:00amBreak
9:00am-9:30amPromoting Inclusive Workplaces and Hiring in a Remote WorldScott George, Samantha Huffman, Terrell Limerick and Novie Craven, Special OlympicsAs our employment world faces new challenges due to COVID-19 and moving into a more remote world, it is even more important to be intentional to make sure that no groups of people are left out and/or discriminated against, specifically those with disabilities, based on the workplace environment and hiring practices we put in place. Learn from team members from Special Olympics, both with and without disabilities, on the importance and positive outcomes of having inclusive workplaces and hiring for individuals of all abilities.
9:30am-10:00amMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
10:00am-10:30amEmployer Info SessionStay tuned for more information on this employer informational session.
10:30am-11:00amBreak
11:00am-11:30amWhat is a Director Looking for in Their Next Hire?Steve Erickson, CRSS, RCRSP, Director at Montana State UniversityTimes are ever changing. Directors are looking for dedicated employees that fit their needs and can work with the team. Steve will lead a panel of expert directors that will go into detail as to what they are looking for in their next hire, including what they are looking for in a resume.
11:30am-noonMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!
Noon-12:30pmEmployer Info SessionStay tuned for more information on this employer informational session.
12:30pm-1:00pmBreak
1:00pm-1:30pmCan I Do That? Charting a New Role Within Campus Recreation and Student AffairsDave Kennedy, Assistant Director at Baylor UniversityIn an era of COVID-related downsizing and position reassignments, the need for campus recreation professionals to determine what a “good fit” truly looks like has never been more necessary. Recently, student affairs professionals – including Campus Recreation staff – have performed tasks and been given responsibilities that fall far beyond the normal parameters of their roles, prompting some to wonder how their current skills might translate to another? In this session, you will hear from a student affairs professional with over 25 years experience in the field who recently made the transition to recreation professional after nearly two decades in housing administration. Through personal experience, attendees will be presented with questions to consider prior to making a move as well as ideas to help during and after the transition process. A Q&A time will follow.
1:30pm-2:00-pmMock Interviews/Resume ReviewsSign up for a one-on-one mock interview or resume and cover letter review with one of our experts!

Registration is now open!

Register Today!

Free for NIRSA Student Members
Just $49 for NIRSA Professional Members

$99 for nonmembers. Not a member? Join NIRSA today »

For more information, please contact Megan Granholm, NIRSA Member Services Manager.

Now accepting presentations!

Submit a presentation proposal today

For the Fall 2020 Career Development Week, we will focus on three audiences/tracks:

  1. Young/new professionals who are pursuing a career in campus rec
  2. Professionals who need to prepare for change (moving to a campus-rec-adjacent career, such as corporate wellness)
  3. Hiring managers who must navigate virtual interviews/hiring

Career Week will take place the second week of November. Sessions will run approximately 45 minutes to allow time for a 30-minute presentation plus Q&A.

Submit a Presentation Proposal
Creating Community in a Physically Distanced Environment

Creating Community in a Physically Distanced Environment

September 30, 2020, 1:00pm ET

Presented by

  • Chrissy Galli, Staff Development & Student Experience Specialist, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeff Heiser, Associate Director, Recreation, University of California, Davis
  • Dylan Johnson, Assistant Director of Campus Life, Emory & Henry College

As we adapt to the adjustments of a physically distanced work environment, some of the key words we hear often are “fluidity, flexibility, and adaptability”. The new academic year brings challenges for supervisors, however, student staff managers must keep their tools sharp and ‘buy’ new tools to create community in a physically distanced space. This session will offer time for self-evaluation, a chance to learn about the benefits of maintaining community in a physically distanced space, and resources to sharpen or supplement your virtual supervisor “toolbox”. Attendees will leave the session with the tools to take their management style from transactional to transformational.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and articulate the importance of implementing virtual student development in the physically distanced student employment experience.
  2. Understand and articulate the importance of implementing virtual community-building practices in the physically distanced student employment experience.
  3. Identify practical tools and ideas to augment and improve their supervisor skill toolkit.

NIRSA CEUs: 1.0

Core Competencies

  • Programming
  • Philosophy & Theory
  • Personal & Professional Qualities
Register for this Workshop
  • NIRSA Members
    (professional/institutional):
    $25 per webinar

  • Nonmembers: $49 per webinar

Training in a Digital World

Training in a Digital World

October 1, 2020, 1:00pm ET

Presented by

  • Chett Miller, Training and Development Coordinator – UCLA

COVID has changed how we will need to prepare our student staffs for success. From reduced budgets, limited sized gatherings and usage of space how, we train and prepare our students needs to change to reflect the new reality. This session will explore tools and techniques to get the most of your digital trainings.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and create strong learning objectives.
  2. Analyze and discuss different tools to use during digital trainings
  3. Apply a variety of engagement techniques to use in digital trainings

NIRSA CEUs: 1.0

Core Competencies

  • Programming
  • Philosophy & Theory
  • Human Resources Management
Register for this Workshop
  • NIRSA Members
    (professional/institutional):
    $25 per webinar

  • Nonmembers: $49 per webinar

Don’t miss out on these great resources. Join NIRSA today »

Don’t miss out on these great resources. Join NIRSA today »

Thank you, Mondo!

Mondo is proud to sponsor Bluefishjobs Virtual Career Development Week. In these unprecedented, challenging times, Bluefishjobs Career Week presents a great opportunity for students to ready themselves for future professional growth and to be leaders in whatever career path they chose in collegiate recreation.

Thank you, Mondo!