The Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics reports directly to the university president and is responsible for providing strong leadership, administration, and overall coordination of a comprehensive Division I intercollegiate athletic program that includes six men’s teams (current and planned) and eleven women’s teams at a university growing in its academic and national reputation. The university is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Director of Athletics serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the university leadership team.
Seven years of proven effective leadership experience at institutions of higher education or comparable athletic organizations, which includes experience with financial planning and budgeting, fundraising, compliance, marketing, and public relations; demonstrated ability to make firm financial business management decisions.
Demonstrated experience advancing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, assuring gender equity and full compliance with Title IX.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Demonstrated ability to maintain positive working relationships with student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff, compliance staff, faculty, university staff, alumni and other stakeholders.
Experience successfully leading large, diverse teams of substantial complexity; experience and skill in recruitment, management and development of senior level leadership, including coaches.
Proven record of success in fundraising for and managing major capital projects; comfort level with sales and marketing for "experiential" products and services and/or consumer products; experience with fundraising and donor relations; must possess an appreciation for the role that philanthropy plays at a major public university.
Record of building championship teams and programs.
Demonstrated effective judgment and record of achieving closure on administrative matters.
Demonstrated innovation in program development and athletics management.
Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and NCAA legislation and guidelines.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to project a positive image for athletics and the university in order to effectively engage constituencies to support athletics.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
Strong organizational and follow-through skills, including the ability to solve complex problems.
Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.