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Director of Athletics

Company:
Park University
Job Location:
Parkville, Missouri
Category:
Athletics and Coaching
The Director of Athletics is responsible for planning and implementation of an overall athletic program in which each participant is provided with a significant educational experience. Coaches and staff personnel are encouraged to work together for the development of quality student-athletes, fostering institutional values for image building and campus spirit.

Position Accountabilities:
  • Department operations - Act as general coordinator of the entire intercollegiate athletic program of the University. Manage department office procedures and work. Responsible for placing and supervising work study students as assigned to athletics. Coordinate preparation of intercollegiate athletic budget for recommendation to the Executive Vice President, supervises its implementation, and monitors its control. Submit quarterly written reports on the intercollegiate athletic program to the President for review by the trustees. Approve all purchase orders, check requests, expense reports, and team travel arrangements for athletics.
  • Athletic event coordination - Supervise the scheduling of all intercollegiate athletic events including officials for intercollegiate games and contracts for all contests. Ensures payment of officials for all athletic contests. Supervise the sale of tickets for intercollegiate athletic events. Attend as many events (home and away) as possible.
  • Student success, recruitment and retention – Supervise the recruitment and retention of athletes and the assignments of scholarships. Along with the coaching staff, monitor the academic progress and eligibility of the student-athletes. Assist in providing substance abuse awareness on campus to intercollegiate teams. Set regular goals for individuals and teams to win NAIA academic honors and Champions of Character status.
  • Training and development - Develop and implement guidelines for the student-athletes and coaches. Encourage professional development of staff members. Conduct meeting with each coach on a regular basis. Give general supervision and evaluate coaching staff. Give assistance and/or advise coaches with problems specific to their sport. Initiate the development of new sports and evaluate the continuance of existing ones.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Collaborate with Human Resources and Student Affairs to create an environment that emphasizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Educate students through DEI initiatives and be a department that role models for other university entities. Work with Title IX team to educate students on sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.
  • Student Safety – Lead the department in efforts to foster student safety through examination of facilities, policies, and resources. Coordinate, with the Athletic Trainer and coaches, physical examinations and other necessary processes for student-athletes. Work with partnering medical professionals and athletic training to keep athletes healthy and minimize injuries. During pandemic, work with university leadership to implement all COVID-19 policies and processes. 
  • NAIA collaboration - Supervise the preparation of eligibility reports for NAIA. Correspond with the NAIA on any special eligibility cases such as hardships and other pertinent concerns. Attend conference and National NAIA meetings.
  • Fields, facilities, and equipment - Supervise the needs and upkeep of the athletic fields and gymnasiums. Coordinate athletic facility usage with on-campus and off-campus groups. Consult with the Athletic Trainer on training room needs and assignment of student trainers. Establish annual inventory system for all equipment. Meet with salesmen for companies of athletic equipment and supplies and keep file catalogues.
  • Public relations - Maintain good relations with media and advertising entities. Serve as the major contact person with potential donors and supporters of the athletic program. Represent the Athletic Department in public relations with prospective students, community, parents of athletes, athletes, donors, and friends of college. Serve on faculty committees. Cooperate with Admissions Office, Dean of Students Office, Development Office, and Alumni Office on matters of university image, business, and welfare (complimentary tickets, receptions, luncheons, discipline, recruitment, etc.). Supervise the Sports Information Director in planning all intercollegiate sports publicity.
Position Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience in college athletics, including leadership, administrative and coaching responsibilities. NAIA experience preferred.
  • Applicants should have strong interpersonal communication skills, cross-cultural sensitivity, ability to maintain confidentiality, and strong computer and technology skills.
  • The successful candidate will have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Experience in supervising staff and coaches.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Creative thinker with a high sense of self-motivation.
  • Ability to work various hours, including many nights and weekends.
Physical Requirements
  • Physical ability to operate computer, software, and telephone as needed for meetings with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Ability to navigate the Parkville campus (including athletic facilities, academic and commercial underground, residential facilities with no elevators, Labor Hall, and other buildings) as needed.
Park University provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including health and life insurance, retirement plan, generous paid time off, and paid undergraduate tuition for employees and dependents. Qualified applicants must upload a resume and cover letter that includes your salary requirements.
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