Columbia College will immediately begin accepting applications for its next Athletics Director (AD). The AD reports directly to the College President and is responsible for the administration, oversight, and management of all intercollegiate athletic programs at the College. Columbia College has a long and successful history in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), supported by an annual operating budget of over $3 million and 40 employees. The AD will have no coaching duties.
The College currently offers women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s bowling. Columbia College has won four NAIA team Championships and two individual NAIA Championships. As a member of the NAIA's American Midwest Conference (AMC), last year we won 15 of a possible 24 Conference Championships. With a ten-year winning percentage for all sports of 72% (1511-556-34), the College is perennially regarded as a top competitor both in its conference and in the NAIA.
We were also one of the first institutions to offer scholarships for eSports; last year we were national runner-up in the League of Legends finals (losing to UC-Irvine; we're coming for them). ESPN currently ranks our eSports team #3 in the country.
All that said, this is a time of significant analysis and reflection for our athletic program. We must strike the right balance between success on the court and success in admissions, including net tuition revenue. Our next AD will embrace that reality, leading the charge when change is warranted. All options are on the table; we need an AD who gets excited about that.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Provide strategic and visionary leadership to all athletic department personnel (coaches, trainers, and staff)
Create and oversee an organizational structure for the department that ensures administrative and operational effectiveness, fiscal responsibility, and compliance
Develop a strategic plan for the athletic department that supports and aligns with the mission and vision of the College
Foster an environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion as core principles
Ensure compliance with all NAIA, Title IX, and institutional policies, as well as other external rules and regulations
Collaborate with athletics staff to promote academic success, retention, and graduation for all student athletes
Serve as the face of athletics fundraising, and support the College Development staff in fundraising activities by cultivating increased alumni engagement
In this context, win as much as possible
Significant (min. 5-7 years) intercollegiate athletics administration experience, including personnel management, compliance, and operations
Outstanding analytical and financial budgeting skills
Outstanding communication skills
Successful experience in fundraising and a commitment to the development of donor relationships
A master's degree in athletic administration, education administration, or a related field (such as MBA)
Preferred experience with both NAIA and NCAA Division III
About Columbia College
Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. A private, nonprofit liberal arts and sciences college, CC takes pride in small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs.
Originally founded as Christian Female College, the college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970. That year, it transitioned from a two-year women's college to a four-year coeducational college.
CC has a traditional campus, more than 30 venues nationwide, an evening program in Columbia, Mo., and an online program. The college serves approximately 20,000 students annually.
The college offers associate and bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees at the main campus, selected venues and online.