Director of Athletics

Ohio University

2019-06-28 17:31:01

Job location Athens, Ohio, United States

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Community & Sport

Job description

Job Description
About Ohio University

Ohio University (OHIO) was chartered by the State of Ohio in 1804 and is the oldest university in Ohio and the Northwest Territory. Ohio University is a comprehensive research university with the largest osteopathic medical school in the state, and 10 other colleges that offer over 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. An active and engaged campus yields more than 6,000 alumni with each graduating class, thus giving Ohio University 263,000 alumni worldwide. The University's total enrollment is just over 36,000 students and the University has 5,300+ faculty and staff located on the main campus, seven regional campuses and centers in Southern and Central Ohio, as well as in its e-learning programs. Located in the scenic Appalachian foothills of Southeastern Ohio, its classic residential campus is one of the most attractive in the nation. The charm of tree-lined brick walkways on the University's College Green makes you feel as if you are at a small college rather than a large university. Its regional campuses focus on providing access to "the nation's best transformative learning community" for students in Ohio and beyond.

Unique to OHIO in Athens and Appalachia, is a distinct 'sense of place' at OHIO and in the region. The families who have lived in the region for centuries and those who are newcomers - whether from the U.S. or around the world - are weaved into the diversity of the community that creates an enriching and dynamic culture. There is a synergy derived from the natural habitat and biodiversity of the region, and the beauty of the university campus, its people, and the location in which the 200+ year institution has evolved into the place that it is today. This 'sense of place' is embedded within the OHIO culture that supports a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment for achieving academic excellence and contributing back to the community.

A charter member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Ohio University is an NCAA Division I institution sponsoring 16 varsity men's and women's sports comprised of 450 student-athletes. The Athletics department is committed to excellence, integrity, and providing a high-quality experience for its student-athletes, while competing at the highest levels academically and athletically. Through its men's and women's intercollegiate sports, OHIO athletics provides a sense of pride for Ohio University, its faculty, staff, administration, alumni, students, and friends.

Position Summary

The Director of Athletics reports to the President of the University and serves on the President's Executive Council. The Director of Athletics is responsible for all aspects of the Athletics department, including fundraising, strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management, and sports information, which includes media relations, marketing initiatives, and licensing. The University seeks a leader of its intercollegiate athletics program, who will work with students, faculty, staff, community, and alumni across the University to maintain excellence in its athletics programs, recruit and retain a diverse group of exceptional coaches, and promote the student-athletes' academic and athletic achievements throughout the University community. The Director of Athletics will work in concert with the President, as well as other senior administrators to support the overall goals and objectives of the University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership that adheres to the highest standards of integrity in all athletic, academic, and business matters.

  • Set conditions and promote an environment that fosters each student athlete's health and welfare, academic and athletic achievement, and overall growth and development.

  • Model diversity and inclusion in planning, decision making, hiring of coaches and staff, and the recruitment of student-athletes that align with the Presidential Strategic Pathways ().

  • Instill a culture and commitment to Title IX and gender equity throughout the department.

  • Lead the development of athletics fundraising goals and work in close coordination with University Advancement, the Board of Trustees, volunteer leaders, specifically the Bobcat Club, to develop fundraising strategies to meet strategic priorities. Meet with donors and prospective donors and actively engage in on-going fundraising activities.

  • Instill a championship culture throughout the Athletics department that empowers coaches, student-athletes, and staff as they compete for MAC championships.

  • Develop a clear vision that will ensure the Athletics department has a competitive advantage in fundraising, facilities development, and the recruitment, retention and promotion of student-athletes and athletics personnel.

  • Ensure budgetary and fiscal accountability of the Athletics department in order to adhere to a balanced budget through enhancing revenue generation and monitoring spending.

  • Provide effective communication as the spokesperson for Ohio University and the Athletics department with the media, alumni, donors, fans, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and prospective student-athletes.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, administrators, staff, student body, student government associations, alumni, friends, booster clubs, and the local community regarding athletics at Ohio University.

  • Provide strategic leadership and sound decision-making with regard to all Athletics department matters including fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, facilities, public relations, and general operations.

  • Provide full compliance with all applicable Federal, State, NCAA, MAC, and University rules and regulations.

    Application Process

    Ohio University invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search's website by July 14, 2019. For additional information, please contact:

    Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director

    Grant Higgison, Principal

    DeLaina Sarden, Associate


    Parker Executive Search

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    Ohio University is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.


    • Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree is preferred.
    • Progressive and highly relevant athletic administrative experience, preferably at the Division I level.
    • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to diversity, gender equity, social justice, and equal opportunity.
    • Commitment to fundraising.
    • Proven ability to work with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and external constituents.
    • Demonstrated success in hiring, supervising and mentoring senior-level staff, developing and monitoring a multi-million dollar budgets, and working with faculty, staff, students and administration.
    • Strong record of compliance along with a thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
    • Unwavering commitment to ethics and student-athlete academic success and well-being.
    • Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills.

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