Briar Cliff University (Iowa) invites applications for the position of Director of Athletics to lead and direct all aspects of the university's athletic program.
The Athletic Director is responsible for the development, management, coordination and supervision of a competitive intercollegiate athletics program fielding 20 intercollegiate teams with more than 35 coaches, graduate assistants and staff members and comprising over 450 student athletes. The Athletic Director also provides visionary leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the athletics program, maintains an athletics program that is committed to the university's mission and strategic priorities, administers the overall athletic budget, oversees the fiscal operations of the department, recruits and manages the coaching staff, develops relationships with key constituents and supporters and ensures compliance with all Briar Cliff University, Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) policies, rules and regulations. The Athletic Director is also responsible for the management of athletic facilities, fundraising efforts in support of athletic programs and scholarships and working with enrollment management. As the spokesperson for the department the Athletic Director promotes both athletic excellence and academic success and has a visible presence in the community. The Athletic Director reports directly to the President of Briar Cliff University.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Other duties may be assigned.
· Provide visionary leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the athletics program · Maintain an athletic program that is committed to the University's mission and strategic priorities · In collaboration with stakeholders, develop and execute an athletics master plan that supports the mission and strategic priorities of the College with appropriate performance benchmarks for effectiveness · Works in conjunction with the Vice President for University Relations to develop a fundraising plan and to execute that plan to build revenue for athletics and the University · Direct all administrative, operation and business functions for the Athletic department · Recruit and manage the athletic staff, both coaches and administrative employees · Provide an environment supporting personal and professional growth for employees through mentoring, regular performance evaluation and constructive feedback · Collaborate with institutional and community colleagues to support University priorities, including academic success, retention, prevention of alcohol/drug use and sexual violence · Ensure compliance with all University, federal, national association and conference policies, rules and regulations, as well as all other laws, regulations, or policies affecting the athletic program · Works collaboratively with the Director of Communications and Marketing to develop marketing and promotion materials that support the goals of the athletic department and the University. · Works closely with the Vice President for University Relations to monitor overlap between lists of major gifts donors and prospects to ensure that contact strategies are developed in a coordinated fashion and that no donors or prospects are overlooked · Works with senior University Relations staff to analyze and evaluate current and past donor trends for Athletic constituencies, and to target segments of donors and prospects for personalized attention, new and upgraded gifts, and special giving opportunities · Works collaboratively with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and the Director of Financial Aid, to direct athletic recruitment and administer the athletic scholarship budget. Authorizes scholarship awards within approved athletic scholarship policies and monitors compliance with NAIA athletic scholarship requirements · Assists the coaching staff with establishing strategies for recruitment and setting measurable goals for team rosters · Coordinates communication between the GPAC and NAIA and the University · Support Champion of Character · Responsible for communication needed to schedule events · Serves as host to visiting schools · Coordinates public relations for the athletic department · Prepares, implements, and monitors budget
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Master's degree (M.A.) preferred but not required; or four or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective. In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students, combining a broad intellectual background with career development. The University challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.