Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)! UCCS is currently seeking applications for a Program Specialist for the Sport Management Program in the College of Business (COB). The Program Specialist is an outgoing, enthusiastic, and people-oriented position. The position is primarily responsible for student recruitment and admissions in the Sport Management program in the College of Business. The position also oversees student engagement (prospective and current students), event planning and management, and program support activities. Some evenings and weekends may be required. Other duties as assigned. Who We Are: The AACSB International accredited College of Business enrolls approximately 2,000 students annually. The College of Business offers comprehensive undergraduate degrees, select master’s degrees, and professional programs that emphasize principle-based ethical decision making. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of different offices and programs. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus. Find more information about working at UCCS here: https://hr.uccs.edu/work-at-uccs. The city, which was recently ranked as the number nine Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2023 (link: https://r ealestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live), known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities. Find out more about living in Colorado Springs through the Visit Colorado Springs page: https://www.visitcos.com/.

Job Duties:

Student Recruitment to the Sport Management Program (60%)

  • Manages the recruitment and admissions process for the program.
  • Implements strategic plans to recruit and engage students.
  • Builds rapport and maintains communication with prospective students.
  • Recruits students by phone calls, mailings, emails, and webinars.
  • Conducts meetings with prospective students to provide information about the program.
  • Communicates with prospective students to distribute program information, inquiry response, application status, and program issues.
  • Provides periodic updates to the Sport Management program on admissions information to include statistics, application information, and enrollment and graduation data.
  • Continually improves recruitment and marketing strategies as they pertain to overall program awareness and student recruitment. This includes yield events and prospective student engagement activities.

Student Engagement (35%) 

  • Develops and implements a minimum of 10 events each year to support student learning opportunities (e.g. professional development, guest speakers, networking, etc.).
  • Works with the Program & Experiential Learning Coordinator to plan student engagement events.
  • Provides career counseling activities such as mock interviews and resume reviews.
  • Manages international internships to include assisting students with visa requirements, housing offerings, travel reimbursements, etc.
  • Counsels and mentors students as they progress through the program requirements.
  • Attends UCCS and COB engagement events such as the Career Networking Nights and commencement, etc.
  • Travels and attends offsite career focused events as a College of Business representative.
  • Represents the COB in appropriate professional and community settings.
  • Manages student club and club leaders to guide events and student engagement efforts, by which improving the overall culture of the Sport Management Program.

Program Support (5%) 

  • Assists the Faculty Director of the Sport Management Program with managing and reconciling the program budget.
  • Works with the COB Program Specialist to purchase programmatic swag and office supplies.
  • Manages the student program fee fund.

The job duties and percentages listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the preferred qualifications to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • At least 2 years of full-time equivalent marketing, event management, recruitment, or sales experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related sport discipline.
  • Experience with student engagement.
  • Experience with Olympic movement and the Colorado Springs sports community.
  • Experience working with faculty, students, and employers in a traditional university internship program or career center setting.

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit.
  • Employee is occasionally required to move.
  • Tasks may involve using a computer screen continuously for long periods of time
  • Ability to type on a keyboard and use a mouse continuously for long periods of time.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

Please apply at cu.edu/cu-careers (job #: 32138). · Official transcripts will be required upon hire. · Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected]. Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV Application
  • Materials Instructions: Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter and be sure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting. To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting.
    • A current resume. Must include date ranges to include month and year (mm/yyyy) and whether the position was full time or part time.
    • A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.

Applicants with disabilities

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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.