Director of Athletics
February 28, 2018
Earlham College seeks a Director of Athletics, a full-time, 12-month appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefit package.
The Director of Athletics is responsible for providing vision, leadership, strategic planning and advocacy for the intercollegiate athletic programs. This is an administrative faculty position, which reports to the President. The Director of Athletics is a highly visible position within the College, and must be able to articulate a clear vision of the educational role and mission of athletics at a private, residential, liberal arts college. The Director of Athletics also is responsible for creating an environment that prioritizes sportsmanship and civility.
Earlham seeks an energetic leader who will work with students, faculty, staff and alumni to manage all aspects of the men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs and maintain compliance with all NCAA, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) rules and regulations.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
- Recruit, mentor, supervise, retain and evaluate all coaches, administrators and support staff.
- Commit to the principle of diversity, promoting an atmosphere of respect for and sensitivity to the dignity of every person. Initiate a leadership role on campus in this area, and, through diverse hiring pools, strive for gender and ethnic diversity in the institution’s administrative and coaching positions.
- Provide leadership and vision to create diverse athletic teams.
- Create an environment that prioritizes sportsmanship and civility, and provide staff members with professional development opportunities, including informing departmental members of policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the NCAA, HCAC, NCAC, Title IX and Earlham College.
- Provide leadership and active involvement in the review and revision of College policies and procedures governing intercollegiate athletics.
- Work collaboratively and closely with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to develop strategies to recruit and enroll student athletes in each incoming class. Ensure that the appropriate number of first-year students enroll to meet optimal roster size.
- Develop and maintain an athletics program that works in harmony with the educational mission of Earlham College, in conjunction with the College’s Principles and Practices with an emphasis on mentoring students in an intellectually challenging academic environment.
- Prepare and manage operating budgets for intercollegiate teams and supporting areas including athletic training, sports information and general athletics.
- Work closely with the Director of Wellness to schedule team practices and events.
- Provide leadership and guidance to athletic fundraising projects and the use of funds in consultation with the Institutional Advancement office.
- Create and maintain relations with alumni and other support groups that support the college and intercollegiate athletics, particularly the E-Club.
- Manage and supervise the staffing and scheduling of coaching staff in the area of Athletics, Wellness and Physical Education (AWPE) in conjunction with the Director of Wellness.
- Maintain all athletic facilities, including scheduling spaces for intercollegiate competitions, recreational sports and campus community needs.
- Work with coaches to create game schedules that are within the guidelines of the Athletic Scheduling Principles document.
- Manage game official assignments for all sports, including coordinating game management for all athletic events.
- Manage and coordinate team transportation needs.
- Provide leadership and vision in working with students, coaches, faculty, and other members of the Earlham community to successfully integrate and promote the appreciation of athletic events into the overall life of the College.
- Positively represent Earlham at regional and national athletic associations, and conferences and all off-campus constituency groups.
- Work with the Athletics Advisory Committee to establish its yearly agenda.
- Create and maintain cooperative relations with College departments, offices and programs, including representing Athletics as a member of College committees.
- In collaboration with Alumni Relations, assist with the coordination of the annual Alumni Awards Banquet.
- Produce internal and NCAA reports about athletic recruiting, student/athlete retention and ethnicity, NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Demographics (August), Department of Education Equity in Athletics (October), the NCAA Financial Report (January), and other required reports.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
Experience & Qualifications
- A master’s degree is required with a minimum of 5 years of direct experience with Athletic Director responsibilities in a collegiate setting.
- Possesses skills in supervision, budget projections, trend analysis, and personnel practices.
- Demonstrates dynamic, creative leadership and excellent management skills.
- Has the ability to partner effectively with faculty, staff, alumni and parents.
- Is imaginative, highly motivated and well organized.
- Has the ability to work in a community that values consensus and teamwork.
- Demonstrates personal and professional commitment to diversity.
- Is committed to the NCAA Division III Philosophy and the role of Athletics within a private, liberal arts college.
- Possesses excellent community building and strong human relations skills including a deep appreciation of diversity are valuable assets as well as a commitment to the mission, values and goals of Earlham College.
Please send a letter of application that addresses the various responsibilities of the position; a resume; and the name, position title, email address and phone number of three professional references in a single PDF or MS Word file to:
Human Resources Office
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).