Director, Sports Turf/Grounds

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Jul 22, 2022
Full time Facilities Management

Job Description


Director, Sports Turf/Grounds

Job ID: 246595
Location: Statesboro, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Join Our Team at Georgia Southern!

Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrant campuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving the communities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000 students in associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town, the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach or supporting our military service members and their families, Georgia Southern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!

Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in an exciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 other Georgia companies or institutions, as one of America's Best Midsize Employers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about serving our region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and the world.

Statesboro Campus

Department Information
9970101 - Extramural Facilities

Job Summary
Directs and manages and coordinates general maintenance and upkeep of all outdoor athletics spaces and venues. Maintain clean, pleasant and safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, administrators and spectators. Prepares university fields for athletic events, ensuring that fields are safe and consistent for collegiate competition standards. Also, oversee landscaping in and around all athletic ran facilities.


  • Perform related duties as assigned to support the mission of the University
  • Hire, train and supervise full-time turf manager and student workers/interns
  • Manages the budget for all needed grounds material and equipment
  • Develop and execute turf management program, including all fertilization, chemical applications, herbicide/fungicide applications, mowing, edging, and baseball/softball pitching mound and infield maintenance
  • Inspects, identifies, and or repairs irrigation systems on athletic fields
  • Maintain all areas surrounding athletics competition and practice facilities
  • Perform general structure maintenance when needed
  • Perform routine landscape maintenance at all athletic venues
  • Prep all competition venues for events including mowing, edging, lining, and general maintenance
  • Schedules and manages the in-game field crew for outdoor venues
  • Create work orders and work with Facilities Services on any issues within the athletics facilities that cannot be handled in-house
  • Communicate with coaches and administrators any issues, maintenance schedules, or updates
  • Assist with facility projects, serving as point of contact for assigned projects
  • Assist Director of Athletic Facilities with facilities issues, as needed
  • Assist in set-up, take down, operations, oversight, and customer service of outside events hosted by Athletic Department
  • Manages inventory of supplies, equipment, and proper storage of all turf and landscape supplies and machinery
  • Communicate NCAA compliance standards and assist with rules-education
  • Report all known or suspected violations of NCAA or conference regulations to the appropriate Athletic or Institutional administrator
  • Follow all safety and other risk management policies in performance of work
  • Follow all federal, divisional, and University athletics regulations, including rules and regulations established by the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience

  • Experience with Turf Management at other Athletic venues

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Spraying license

Proposed Salary
$49,400 - $60,000

Required Documents to Attach

  • Please provide two (2) professional references in the Required Documents to Attach section of your application.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Consistently exhibit engaging customer service
  • Ability to work well in a diverse and inclusive environment through commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Proficiency with computer and Microsoft Office applications software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Ability to troubleshoot and perform general maintenance on equipment
  • Ability to paint, mark, and oversee field layouts on natural and synthetic turf, ensuring adherence to relevant regulations, guidelines, and standards for SEC and NCAA Division I Athletics fields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to athletic and academic excellence
  • Understanding of and proven commitment to comply with NCAA, Sun Belt Conference, and institutional athletic rules and regulations
  • Ability to demonstrate good sportsmanship and highest level of personal integrity
  • Ability to adjust to a fast-paced and ever-changing environment


  • Adhere to University policies and procedures to meet Institutional goals and support University's mission for student success
  • Broad understanding of soils and turf maintenance
  • Knowledge of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers


  • Effective communication (verbal and written), organizational and human relations skills

Apply Before Date
August 5, 2022

Contact Information
For more information or questions about a job posting, please contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912) 478-6947 or by email at
For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University, as determined by Georgia Southern University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Legally authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the University.

Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.

Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-6947.

Other Information

  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Maneuver items weighing up to 50 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Work generally performed in outdoor environment
  • Subject to uncomfortable weather conditions at times and other outdoor elements
  • Ability to safely operate hand, precision, and power tools
  • Ability to operate lawn maintenance equipment outdoors in extreme weather conditions
  • Ability to work beyond the 40-hour workweek including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • This is a supervisory position.
  • This position has financial responsibilities.
  • No, this position will not be required to drive.
  • This role is considered a position of trust.
  • This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).

Background Check
Position of Trust and Education

Other Information
Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals, and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

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