Director of Athletics

Morrisville State College

2019-06-28 17:31:01

Job location Morrisville, New York, United States

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Community & Sport

Job description

Job Description
Director of Athletics

About SUNY Morrisville:

SUNY Morrisville, a college that leverages the expansive resources of the State University of New York, is a model of innovative applied education. Located in the center of New York State, the college offers students hands-on, experiential learning in modern classrooms and specialized facilities, many of which are rare or one-of-a-kind in higher education. Morrisville's 3,000 students - who come from diverse backgrounds across the state and around the world - choose from more than 80 associate and bachelor degree programs that embrace agriculture, technology, business, social sciences, including Psychology, Criminal Justice, and the liberal arts. An internship program that prepares students for success in the 21st-century workplace ranks among the top ten in the nation. At Morrisville, motivated students work alongside talented faculty members - many with field experience - to imagine, build, and test practical, sustainable solutions to some of the fundamental questions confronting a shrinking world with diminishing resources.

The Morrisville campus is 30 miles southeast of Syracuse and 30 miles southwest of Utica; it is a half-hour drive from the New York State Thruway with easy access to Albany (two hours), Rochester (two hours), Buffalo (three hours) and New York City (four hours).

The Norwich Campus of SUNY Morrisville has been serving the Norwich community and the surrounding areas for more than 46 years, offering students associate degree options such as Criminal Justice, Computer Information Technology, and Nursing. The campus is also used by businesses, not-for-profits and community partners for training, events and videoconferencing.

The Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), administered by SUNY Morrisville, provides the urban community of Syracuse with innovative academic programs leading to higher education as well as vocational training programs leading to gainful employment and economic self-sufficiency.

Recognizing the importance of diversity in assuring the success of students and graduates in an increasingly global environment, SUNY Morrisville is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of hiring and employment.

Job Description:

The Athletics Director at Morrisville State oversees all aspects of the athletics program and ensures compliance with conference and NCAA policies and guidelines. The Athletics Director is instrumental in leveraging and creating opportunities for growth of the athletics program and advancement of the university. The Director must have high standards of integrity understanding the balance of athletic and academic success. The Director oversees/manages administrative, financial, communications, recruitment, intramurals, fitness center operation, elective physical education courses and compliance activities for the department. The Director reports to the Academic Provost.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Serve as the lead administrator in Athletics, providing supervision over all programmatic activities and staff.
  • Advance the goals/mission/core values of the institution and department.
  • Manage and monitor institution and NCAA and other related associations (North East Athletic Conference primary conference, State University of New York Athletic Conference for field hockey and men's ice hockey, Empire Eight Conference for football, and North East Women's Hockey League), policies and procedures to maintain compliance with rules and regulations in all areas including gender equity, athletic training standards, and athletic communications.
  • Provide oversight of staff who assist with athletic eligibility with registrar, Academic Dean, or Advising Offices.
  • Establish and implement departmental goals, policies, and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate effectiveness.
  • In collaboration with staff, provide leadership initiatives for student athletes.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned coaches, staff and/or student employees, as necessary, to enhance their academic and or, professional development. Will direct the onboarding of new coaches and staff. Mentor coaches and staff in recruiting, scheduling, time management, and overall management of their programs. Schedule regular individual coach's meetings to provide updates and training.
  • Collaborate with institutional and community colleagues to support College priorities, including academic success, retention, prevention of alcohol/drug use and sexual violence.
  • Maintain active communication with the college community in order to promote the integration of athletics into the broader educational mission of the college.
  • Oversee recruiting and retention efforts by coaches and staff.
  • Ensure game management responsibilities occur through assigned staff.
  • Coordinate special athletic events including banquets, awards and other events.
  • Contribute to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students and staff.

Budget Management:
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of the institution financial system and policies and procedures.
  • Oversee coordination of team schedules and the necessary correspondence, travel, and housing for team travel through assigned staff.
  • Create and follow department and program budgets. Share information with coaches and staff.

Other Responsibilities
  • Oversee and provide guidance to staff providing academic support to students needing assistance.
  • Utilize good communication skills, demonstrate ability to respond well to difficult situations and display diplomacy and a proficient level of tact in all situations.
  • Represent the department at various events, may serve on committees to enhance unit goals/objectives. Participate in Provost Council.
  • Interact with department managers and various external constituents, and serve as liaison for athletics to different departments.
  • Communicate effectively with various internal and external audiences, including current and prospective student-athletes and their families.
  • Work collaboratively with other campus departments for the advancement of the institution including admissions, public relations, development, and alumni.
  • Oversight of elective physical education program and New York Department of Education Coaching Certification classes.
  • Serve as liaison with media and community members; market and promote athletics; manage publications and athletic web pages.

Develop intercollegiate athletics budget and present it to the IAB for approval. Monitor budget activity throughout the year. Similar duties related to management of athletic team


Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters degree in a related field
  • Five years of progressive, successful experience in athletics administration
  • Experience in coaching
  • Experience successfully working within NCAA regulations.
  • Commitment to academic excellence.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Distinguished record of accomplishment as an athletics director or associate/ assistant athletics director.
  • Demonstrated success in advancing student academic and athletic excellence.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating donors, excellent people management and communications skills.

Additional Information:

SUNY Morrisville is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences, and prohibits discrimination in employment based on gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical capability, age, creed, sexual identity, veteran status, and economic means. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EEO/ADA

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at or via email at .

Application Instructions:

To apply online please submit your electronic application, a cover letter including a list of three references and current curriculum vita.

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