Northwestern College is seeking a director of athletics to begin June 1. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting directly to the president. We seek a bold and dynamic leader who inspires coaches, staff and student-athletes to expand their commitment to excellence in all they do but especially spiritually, academically, athletically and personally. The director will help us build on Northwestern College’s great tradition of being a leader within the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and NAIA. The director is the chief administrative officer of the department and provides leadership, direction and operational management for all aspects of the college’s athletic programs for women and men. Additionally, the director will cultivate and enhance relationships with department personnel and within the community to uphold and promote the mission of Northwestern College. Red Raider athletics identify with the following core values that are consistent with the NAIA Champions of Character and the distinctively Christian mission of Northwestern College: Faith in God – Integrity – Respect – Responsibility – Sportsmanship – Servant Leadership.
The successful candidate should possess the following:
Bachelor’s degree (preference for candidates who possess a master’s degree)
Eight to ten years of leadership experience in progressively responsible roles
Knowledge of and a strong commitment to the distinctively Christian mission of Northwestern
Proven track record of building and maintaining working relationships/partnerships with faculty, academic support programs, residence life, student life and campus ministry staff
Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity in the recruitment, retention and representation of coaches, staff and student-athletes
A thorough understanding of NAIA rules and track record of success in meeting compliance standards
Personal qualities associated with successful senior leaders, including integrity, excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, initiative, attitude and personality.
The successful candidate should also possess the ability to:
Form & articulate vision & strategic direction for Red Raider athletics consistent with the college’s mission
Build relationships with stakeholders and secure resources necessary to achieve the department’s vision and strategic initiatives
Work collaboratively with colleagues and peers within the college leadership
Lead, manage, mentor, support and provide oversight for coaches and athletic staff
Establish collaborative relationships with the campus and area communities and local high school partners
Provide development and oversight for the athletic budget, assisting in the allocation of funds and spending on items such as salaries, team travel, equipment purchase and facility upkeep while remaining within budget.
Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin April 3. To apply, send letter of application, resume and Northwestern College application form to:
Northwestern College combines academic rigor with a Christ-centered worldview for an education that earns top-10 honors from U.S. News & World Report. Northwestern, founded in 1882, has also been ranked as the third-best college or university in the state by College Consensus and listed consistently on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Two Northwestern faculty members have been named the Iowa Professor of the Year. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, Northwestern is committed to integrating faith throughout all aspects of the college. Northwestern has an enrollment of more than 1,300 students from 32 states and 21 countries. More than 80 undergraduate academic programs are offered, along with numerous opportunities for off-campus and overseas study. An online Master of Education program offers seven options. Since 2003, more than $70 million has been spent on construction and renovation projects on Northwestern’s 100-acre campus, including the $24.5 million DeWitt Family Science Center, which was completed in 2018. Orange City, a county seat in a thriving agricultural and manu...facturing region, has been ranked one of the nation’s top-10 Christian college towns by CollegeandSeminary.com. A clean community of 6,000 proud of its Dutch heritage, it has also been named the best town in Iowa in which to raise a family, the happiest city in the state, one of the nation’s 100 best small towns, and the state’s safest town.
Mission: Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.