The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and is a student-centered international research center, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the circumpolar North, and their diverse peoples. Founded in 1917, UAF provides a full range of higher education programs from certificate to PhD to nearly 10,000 students, about 1400 of whom live in on-campus housing. Fairbanks – located in the Interior of Alaska about 350 miles north of Anchorage and 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle – is often referred to as the Golden Heart of Alaska due to its mining history. Fairbanks is a glorious vacation destination in the summer and a magical wonderland in the winter.
The Director of Athletics (AD) is responsible for the daily management and long-term planning for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Director of Athletics reports to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA); the latter reporting line will oversee day-to-day management, supervision, and strategic planning. The Director oversees UAF’s eight Division II men’s and women’s sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country running, and women’s volleyball. The Director also oversees the UAF men’s hockey team competing at the Division I level, as well as a coed rifle team, and men’s and women’s nordic skiing as well as women’s swimming, all three of which compete at a multi-divisional level.
The AD will plan, organize, and implement the day-to-day operation of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with the VCSA; establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with faculty, administrators, staff, student body, student government association, alumni, friends, booster clubs, and the local community; provide leadership which adheres to the highest standards of integrity and ethics in all athletic, academic, and business matters; develop a strategic plan and implementation steps that will ensure the department has a competitive advantage in fundraising, facilities development and the recruitment, retention, and promotion of student-athletes and athletic personnel. The new AD will also oversee the hiring of all coaches and administrators to maintain the highest quality athletic programs in all sports; foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization; and develop plans, policies, procedures and programs compliant with the university, applicable state and federal laws, NCAA rules and regulations, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Central (GNAC), and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), as well as promote the mission of the department, the university’s high standard of academic excellence, and the general welfare of student-athletes. Finally, the new Athletic Director will preserve the department of intercollegiate athletics’ financial self-sufficiency in a manner consistent with the University’s operating policies and procedures, while also cultivating endowment/donor relationships, in order to establish sustainable financial resources that will continue to support excellence in the athletics’ program.
A master’s degree required (terminal degree preferred); five years of successful management, supervision, and leadership in athletics; a demonstrated knowledge of NCAA, GNAC, WCHA rules and regulations; a demonstrated commitment to a program of academic and athletic excellence, and experience in fiscal planning and budget management. Further, the successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the following areas: strategic planning and its implementation; donor development and fundraising; public relations; fiscal planning and budget management; building strong community relations; strategic and business planning, and expertise in diversity, inclusion, gender equity, and Title IX.
Review of applications will begin May 31, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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About University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and is a student-centered international research center, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the circumpolar North, and their diverse peoples.