Position Description: The Athletic Director (AD) leads and manages a competitive intercollegiate athletic program that advances the University of Minnesota Morris mission and vision as a leading public liberal arts college; recruits talented students and fosters their success; builds diverse, inclusive teams committed to high levels of athletic performance; and enriches the Morris student experience. This position is twelve month, 100% time, annually renewable, academic professional appointment.
The Athletic Director will:
lead a program known for displaying respect, integrity, the highest level of ethical standards.
lead implementation of the Intercollegiate Athletics mission, philosophy, strategic plan, and gender equity priorities working with Associate and Assistant ADs, the Senior Woman Administrator, Coaches, Faculty Athletic Representative, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Chancellor, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Student Affairs Committee.
recruit, support, and supervise an effective team of coaches, administrators, trainers, and staff and build an increasingly diverse athletics staff.
oversee and support student-athlete recruitment, persistence, and success understanding and valuing student-athlete needs. Lead athletics collaboration with the Director of Admissions and Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management to meet sport and campus enrollment goals.
manage the intercollegiate athletics budget. Oversee, expand, and prioritize all athletics sponsorships and fundraising, working closely with the Advancement staff.
oversee the Cougar Sports Center, Big Cat Stadium, athletic fields, and athletic events scheduling and implementation. Lead athletics capital improvement planning, including Cougar Sports Center renovation. Provide executive oversight for the Regional Fitness Center in collaboration with Morris Community Education. Collaborate with Facilities Management, Student Activities, Conferences and Events, Residential Life, and others to meet program and university goals. Collaborate with the Morris Area School District and the City of Morris on joint facility usage.
support, guide, and champion the Sports Management major as well as Sports Studies and Athletics coursework, working closely with and reporting to the Chair of the Division of Education.
serve as primary UMN Morris representative to the NCAA and UMAC; ensure compliance with University, NCAA, UMAC, and US Dept. of Education policy, protocol, philosophy and guidelines.
oversee athletics communication, collaborating with Communications and Marketing to advance the visibility of Cougar Athletics and the UMN Morris mission and vision in the state and nationally.
be a visible and engaging leader for the program. Organize and participate in committees, events, and activities that enhance the reputation and understanding of athletics, the campus, and the university, working in collaboration with the Offices of Admissions; Advancement; Alumni Relations; Student Activities, Conferences and Events; Student Affairs; the Division of Education and others.
lead in enhancing the student experience, assessing the effectiveness of the program, communicating the impact and value of the program, and facilitating program improvements.
The Athletic Director is a core member of Morris Student Affairs team and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The position includes a joint report to the Chair of the Division of Education for academic programs – the Sports Management major and the Sports Studies and Athletics discipline.
The University of Minnesota, Morris located in Morris, MN, seeks a dynamic and effective leader for the position of director of intercollegiate athletics. Cougar Athletics offers a competitive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics experience advancing the UMN Morris commitment to academic excellence, diversity, service, and community; fostering the core values of integrity, respect, unity, commitment, and excellence; and furthering students’ success in athletics, learning, and life. The Cougars compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) with 19 sports for men and women.One in five Morris students is a Cougar athlete. Athletes earn higher average GPAs than the student body overall and are regularly recognized with individual and team academic awards. The qualifications are as follows:
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities: The successful candidate will have a strong appreciation of and commitment to the mission and values of a residential public liberal arts college and the NCAA Division III. The position requires demonstrated effectiveness as a program leader; strong program and fiscal management skills; experience with collegiate athletics; a commitment to students’ athletic and academic success; and the demonstrated ability to build and support diverse, inclusive teams with sensitivity to individuals of all cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will be self-directed, highly motivated and goal oriented, work with integrity, value gender equity, and bring skills and abilities needed to advance Cougar athletics and the university including the capacity to be a visible and engaging leader and advocate for the program and the university. The successful candidate must be a skilled manager of staff and programs; enjoy establishing excellent working relationships in an energetic, collegial environment; utilize technology effectively; and bring a positive attitude and sense of humor to the position. A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s degree strongly preferred) with at least 8 years of related experience, including departmental oversight. Teaching experience is preferred.
Internal Number: 333689
About University of Minnesota, Morris
The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) provides a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education, preparing its students to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship.As a public land-grant institution, UMM is a center for education, culture, and research for the region, nation, and world. UMM is committed to outstanding teaching, dynamic learning, innovative faculty and student scholarship and creative activity, and public outreach. Our residential academic setting fosters collaboration, diversity, and a deep sense of community.