The Deputy Director of Athletics for Capital Projects and Operations serves as a member of the Executive Staff for the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation working on the strategic direction of the department. This role is responsible for all capital projects for the department and has oversight of athletic facilities and operations, event management and championships, equipment services, and recreation.
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Lead every aspect of facility projects relating to athletics and recreation including, but not limited to, organizing RFP process, managing budget and approval process, overseeing design and construction, and approving all interior and exterior design elements; Primary contact for central facilities management to ensure appropriate coordination with University policies and procedures.
Work with Vice President for Athletic and Recreation on execution of master facility plan; liaison with outside firms, as needed.
Primary contact for 19 Varsity programs and recreation department to determine current and future facility needs.
Facilities and Event Management
Supervise facilities and operations staff to ensure appropriate maintenance of facilities, including coordinating and updating staff on upcoming renovation and construction projects.
Work with Associate AD of Facilities & Operations on scheduling and budgeting for all events taking place within Athletics facilities.
Supervise event management and championships staff to provide support to gameday event operations, including assisting with bids for post-season tournaments, as needed.
Oversee the recreation department, assisting the Associate AD for Recreation with the strategic direction of all recreational services.
Responsible for developing a shared vision that aligns recreational goals with the mission of Athletics.
Supervise equipment services staff to ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place for licensing, purchasing, and equipment inventory and distribution.
Assist in managing Under Armour agreement with Deputy Director of Athletics for External Affairs.
Serve as the initial point of contact for all issues related to their respective sports program and should exercise proactive leadership to resolve concerns for coaches, student-athletes and/or support staff assigned to the respective sport.
As Sport Administrator, provides leadership, advice, counsel, oversight and guidance for each assigned program.
Assist in budget planning; including, evaluating department priorities and communicating priorities to assigned sports programs and departments.
Recommend promotions and annual salary increases for personnel under direct supervision.
Represent Northwestern Athletics at the local and national level as directed by the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation.
Other duties as assigned.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Master’s degree, preferably in business, finance, sport management, or a similar field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
Experience in strategic planning and execution.
Knowledge of contracting, negotiating and change management.
Ability to facilitate and participate in group meetings.
Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Experience in a Division I collegiate athletics department preferred.
Knowledge of rules and regulations of the NCAA, Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University preferred.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Northwestern will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential job responsibilities.
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. The Department of Athletics and Recreation has over 220 full-time employees, supplemented with a large number of part-time and temporary staff, as well as student personnel. There currently are over 485 student-athletes representing 19 varsity sports. The most recent year had the student-athletes with an average GPA of 3.32 with 232 of them earning the distinction of Academic All-Big Ten and an NCAA graduation rate of 97%. In addition, over 1200 students participate in club sports offered within Recreation.