FURMAN UNIVERSITY, located in Greenville, South Carolina is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Director of Athletics. The Director of Athletics will be responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program and will provide strategic leadership and direction for a program that places a priority on academic achievement and athletic excellence. The University is searching for a dynamic individual with demonstrated leadership capabilities who will build upon the rich tradition of Furman athletics while providing vision and clear and consistent direction for new levels of athletic and academic success.
ABOUT FURMAN ATHLETICS: The FURMAN PALADINS are the Division I varsity athletic teams representing Furman University in intercollegiate athletics. The university sponsors twenty teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field; women’s only softball and volleyball; and men’s only baseball and football. The Paladins compete as members of the Southern Conference.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Director of Athletics reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s leadership team.
Serve as an advocate for student-athlete well-being and the athletics program in general.
Develop, implement, and manage a strategic vision for the Athletics program.
Serve as a spokesperson for intercollegiate athletics.
Ensure alignment of the athletics program with the mission of the University.
In collaboration with other senior leaders, ensure student-athletes participate fully in The Furman Advantage.
Hire, manage, and evaluate a large staff.
Oversee and direct the budget.
Fundraise and participate in alumni affairs in conjunction with University Development and Alumni Relations.
Market and promote the athletics program and athletics events.
Represent the University in matters relating to athletics, including Paladin Club and Alumni Association events.
Ensure the compliance of all Athletics Department employees with the laws, policies, rules and regulations governing Furman University and its employees, as well as the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southern Conference (SoCon).
Demonstrate a commitment to the Greenville community and its people.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a post graduate degree(s) is preferred.
Five years of successful senior-level management experience in intercollegiate athletics or a related field. Experience as a student or employee of a liberal arts college or university and within NCAA Division I athletics is desirable.
Evidence of a commitment to student-athlete well-being that includes an expectation of excellence in education, personal conduct, and preparation for life after college.
A successful record of and commitment to promoting diversity.
Demonstrated skill as an effective communicator.
Experience in managing a large budget and developing resources through fundraising and marketing;
Experience in hiring and managing a large staff.
SALARY: The salary will be commensurate with experience and competitive with comparable institutions and specifically those in the Southern Conference.