Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives. We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state, throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence. CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more. Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17. CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant. Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics reports directly to the university president and is responsible for providing strong leadership, administration, and overall coordination of a comprehensive Division I intercollegiate athletic program that includes six men’s teams (current and planned) and eleven women’s teams at a university growing in its academic and national reputation. The university is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University that foster a culture inspiring excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others on our team. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve our leadership abilities and our demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Recruits, hires, leads, and evaluates coaches and administrative staff. Oversees student-athlete recruitment. Maintains a close, open, communicative, nurturing and supportive relationship, simultaneously establishing a firm culture of accountability for the university’s mission, values and policies.
• Coordinates and administers MAC and NCAA membership requirements; ensures compliance with MAC, NCAA and Title IX guidelines, rules and regulations; serves as institutional representative to the NCAA and MAC.
• Instills and maintains a culture and environment of learning, including programs for academic advising, priority of class attendance, grade point averages, NCAA academic progress rates (APR) along with the NCAA and federal graduation rates.
• Dedicated to advancing the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Oversees academic services to student-athletes. Creates a focused, purposeful culture of athletic and academic excellence. Ensures the highest academic achievement for all student-athletes.
• Provides leadership for the interaction among athletics, administration, and the university community regarding athletics issues and the relationship between athletics and academics.
• Responsible for overall game administration activities, facilities, ticket operations, and the scheduling of athletics events; monitors camps, clinics and high school sporting events on campus.
• Develops and supervises athletics budgets and provides uncompromised fiscal accountability for the intercollegiate athletics department.
• Provides leadership for athletics fundraising. Works in partnership with the VP for Advancement to raise major and transformational gifts to provide our student-athletes with the finest facilities, equipment and coaches.
• Provides leadership for athletics marketing and public relations activities. Works in partnership with University Communications on athletic related public announcements and information requests and represents athletics in communications.
• Represents the university and athletics at select alumni and donor events.
• Works with sports medicine and team physicians on issues involving training, health, and safety of student-athletes.
• Other duties as assigned and as the president determines are necessary.
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in athletic administration, education, business or related field.
• Seven years of proven effective athletics leadership experience at institutions of higher education, which includes experience with financial planning and budgeting, fundraising, compliance, marketing, and public relations; demonstrated ability to make firm financial business management decisions.
• Demonstrated experience advancing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, assuring gender equity and full compliance with Title IX.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain positive working relationships with student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff, compliance staff, faculty, university staff, alumni and other stakeholders within the shared governance model of a university setting.
• Experience successfully leading large, diverse teams of substantial complexity; experience and skill in recruitment, management and development of senior level leadership, including coaches.
• Proven ability and track record to fundraise for and manage major capital projects; comfort level with sales and marketing for “experiential” products and services and/or consumer products; experience with fundraising and donor relations; must possess an appreciation for the role that philanthropy plays at a major public university.
• Record of building “winning” teams and programs.
• Demonstrated effective judgment and record of achieving closure on administrative matters.
• Demonstrated innovation in program development and athletics management.
• Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and NCAA legislation and guidelines.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to project a positive image for athletics and the university in order to effectively engage constituencies to support athletics.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
• Strong organizational and follow-through skills, including the ability to solve complex problems.
• Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.
• Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree.
• Experience at a Division I institution.
PERSONAL / PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
• Demonstrated fundraising acumen.
• Exceptional written, presentation and verbal communication skills.
NOMINATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. DHR International is assisting Central Michigan University in this search. Initial screening of the applications and nominations will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a brief letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how your experiences match the position requirements, and a curriculum vitae or resume. Submission of documents as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.
Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Glenn Sugiyama, Managing Partner at DHR International, via the email below:
About Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University is a public research university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University has more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and 7,000 students enrolled online at more than 60 locations worldwide.
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