Cleveland State University (CSU) invites applications for an innovative and visionary leader to serve as Director of Athletics. The Director of Athletics reports directly to the President of CSU and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. It is an exciting time to join Cleveland State University; under the leadership of newly appointed President Harlan M. Sands (June 2018), the University is poised for continued growth as an anchor institution in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, CSU is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university with a clear focus on student success and access.
Cleveland State University’s Department of Athletics provides a broad-based academic and athletic experience for student-athletes. The University’s 18 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports teams compete in the Horizon League and the Eastern Wrestling League. CSU has twice won the McCafferty Trophy for best overall Horizon League performance, and has produced 57 All-Americans. The University’s storied men’s basketball program was led in the 1960s by Basketball Hall of Famer John McLendon, and Sports Illustrated ranked the team’s Sweet 16 finish in the 1986 NCAA Tournament among the greatest Cinderella stories ever. CSU’s all-time highlight reel also includes multiple championship seasons for men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. CSU student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.3, and a total of 80 Vikings were named to the 2018 Horizon League Spring Academic Honor Roll. According to the latest NCAA data (November 2018), CSU student-athletes lead all Horizon League teams with a multi-year graduation success rate of 94 percent.
The Director of Athletics is responsible for providing visionary leadership, strategic planning, policy development and a cohesive and competitive men’s & woman’s intercollegiate athletics department committed not only to winning but to the welfare of student athletes.
Key Responsibilities: Develop and maintain an athletics program aligned with the university’s mission and strategic priorities. Partner with university stakeholders to lead athletic fundraising and engagement initiatives and develop corporate & community partnerships to reach internal goals for athletic sponsorships and gifts. Leverage alumni, fans, faculty, staff and students to promote engagement, increase game attendance, and build donor networks. Recruit talented coaches and skilled athletic administrators; instilling accountability for fielding competitive teams, attaining student athlete academic performance goals, and enabling an engaged-learning student athlete experience. Establish clear expectations for student-athletes, coaches, administrators & staff on compliance with relevant governmental regulations and with university, NCAA, and conference policies, rules, and regulations. Conduct periodic reviews of the effectiveness of the athletics department. Adjusts for performance expectations and seek opportunities for continuous improvement. Create an environment that promotes respect for others and instills integrity in each student-athlete.
Qualified applicants must have:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s or other advanced degree is preferred.
Significant successful experience in the administration of intercollegiate athletics or comparable managerial experience.
Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence with a track record for fostering high standards of integrity, athletic excellence, and academic success.
Demonstrated success building relationships with internal & external constituents.
Experience working collaboratively, transparently, effectively, and enthusiastically within a complex athletics environment of similar size and scale.
A track record leveraging opportunities for growth and advancement of athletics programs.
Strong management and fiscal skills.
Unparalleled personal integrity, credibility and ethics.
Strong listening and communication skills; a presence that earns trust, confidence and respect; and the ability to lead by influence and example
Commitment to and demonstrated record of building a diverse and inclusive environment.
TO APPLY Please submit a resume and letter of interest in strict confidence to:
Jeanell Hughes Chief Talent Officer/Chief Human Resources Officer Cleveland State University firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (215) 523-7440
CSU welcomes inquiries, nominations and referrals Electronic submission of application materials is strongly preferred.
About Cleveland State University
Founded in 1964, CSU is a vibrant institution with over 17,000 students, 10 colleges and schools and offers more than 175 academic programs. The Brookings Institution ranks CSU #18 in the United States among public universities that fulfill a critical dual mission: providing upward mobility and conducting impactful research. US News & World Report consistently lists CSU among America’s Best Colleges and Universities. Cleveland State’s dynamic campus, sits in the heart of downtown Cleveland, continues to evolve, strengthening its ties to Cleveland through a series of forward-thinking partnerships that provide pathways to college for young people.