Rockford University seeks an experienced and transformational leader as its next Director of Athletics. The Director of Athletics position serves on the Enrollment Management leadership team and is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of all 12 University NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics programs. The position is responsible for all administrative, operational, and business functions of the athletics department in accordance with the policies set forth by the University Board of Trustees. The position is responsible for developing a program that values the academic achievements of University student athletes, athletic success and a positive student experience with a high level of integrity and competitiveness. Furthermore, the Athletic Director will promote sportsmanship, civility and inclusiveness. Rockford University is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) and this position serves as liaison to the conference and NCAA.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Provide direction and leadership for the University’s intercollegiate athletic intramural and wellness programs; supervise the work of coaches, administrators and trainers.
Provide management and oversight on policy issues, academic and athletic performance, budgeting, fiscal management, scheduling, adherence to University policies, NCAA regulations, and conference regulations.
Develop a comprehensive athletics strategic plan to achieve:
Positive student experience inside and outside the classroom.
Collaborate with University partners to support the intellectual, social, physical, emotional development of student athletes in the classroom and competition.
Submit all required reporting to US Department of Education, NCAA and other governing bodies in timely fashion.
As required, carry out responsibilities which include the following: planning, assigning, and directing work of others in the Department; appraisal of performances; addressing complaints and problem resolution.
Handle related duties as assigned.
The Director of Athletics has direct supervision of exempt and non-exempt employees including head coaches, administrators and trainers.
Experience in planning, administration, personnel, facilities and fiscal management
Experience with hiring, training and supervising coaches and other staff in a faced paced
Knowledge in complying with Title IX, ADA and other relevant federal and state laws
Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with unquestioned integrity and character.
Possession of a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance
Knowledge of intercollegiate athletics and the rule and regulations of NCAA Division III
Must have a strong work ethic, have high energy and is a committed team player.
Excellent leadership capabilities.
Must be proficient in computer programs, including Microsoft Office.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Team lead and mentoring skills
Organizing and coordinating skills.
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Knowledge of student recruitment issues.
Ability to plan and evaluate programs.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
Must be able to work evenings, weekends and occasional travel
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
Minimum of five years of significant athletic administrative experience, preferably at the collegiate level.
Experience with regulatory and compliance matters and with the complete array of fiscal and operational complexities of an intercollegiate athletics program is essential for success in this position.
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to:
Rockford University, formerly Rockford College, is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. We offer approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through our Graduate Studies department, de...grees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” we currently serve approximately 1,280 full-and part-time students. Our mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience.