Converse College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible for the academic and athletic success of the athletic department.  The Director implements the institution’s vision for intercollegiate athletics consistent with the institution’s educational mission and philosophy.  The Director is also responsible for creating an environment that prioritizes sportsmanship and civility, student-athlete well-being, a culture of diversity and inclusivity, and establishing departmental goals and strategies that are in line with the Converse’s Strategic Plan, including the role athletics can play in strengthening the bonds within the institution and between the institution and the community.  The Director will oversee the overall management, including budgetary oversight, as well as the leadership of the Converse Intercollegiate Athletic Program. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the athletic program reinforces all academic standards, and creates a culture of risk management and statutory, regulatory, NCAA and conference compliance. 

Converse Athletics:

  • Supervise and mentor all head coaches and staff involved in the program.  Hire and regularly evaluate staff and make recommendations for salaries.

  • Set annual strategic goals and objectives in line with the institution’s strategic plan and report on the progress of those goals. 
  • Prepare and manage all aspects of athletic budget and ensure that staff and coaches use integrity in their adherence to budget and their business practices. 
  • Ensure departmental compliance with all Converse College policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate closely with Converse’s Institutional Advancement team to fundraise and to develop funds to improve the athletic programs at Converse, including capital funds, operational endowment funds, scholarships for student-athletes, and other athletic support.
  • Develop and sustain a strong booster club for Converse athletics by cultivating alumni and community relations.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director for Compliance to create a culture of education and high expectations in all compliance areas and work to implement best practices.
  • Work closely with coaches and staff to facilitate the areas of compliance, academic eligibility and success, sports information, game management, athletic auction, student development, community service, awards recognition and banquets, and equipment maintenance.
  • Oversee the strength and athletic training programs and contracts and ensure that student-athletes receive the proper care and training.
  • Collaborate closely with the Admissions Office to identify and recruit qualified student-athletes and to meet enrollment goals for student-athletes.
  • Collaborate with coaches and hold them to high standards in the recruitment and retention of student-athletes to ensure appropriate and sufficient rosters that will field competitive teams.
  • Provide the Financial Planning Office appropriate and timely information needed to establish student financial aid packages.
  • Coordinate, with the Financial Aid Office, the supervision of student employees who are associated with the athletic program.
  • Build relationships and rapport with Trustees, Board of Visitors, Businesses, Community Agencies and other friends of the college who can assist with the sustainability and success of the program.
  • Work with the President on the selection and appointment of a Faculty Athletic Representative.
  • Work closely with the Faculty Athletic Representative on the areas of student-athlete well-being, academic integrity, and to ensure compliance on the institutional control of the Athletic Program. 
  • Collaborate with the President on the appointment of an Intercollegiate Athletic Committee to be chaired by the Faculty Athletic Representative. 
  • Work closely with the College’s athletic conference to be an active member who is held in high esteem by the conference and other members.
  • Attend and support athletic events and meetings.
  • Oversee the proper maintenance of fields and facilities used by the intercollegiate programs.
  • Uphold, and revise as needed, institutional policy that is consistent with, and potentially more rigorous than, NCAA policies.
  • Collaborate with the Physical Education department and intramural athletics regarding the use of facilities and resources.
  • Partner with the Physical Education department regarding the teaching of courses.
  • Prepare and present reports regularly for the President, faculty, trustees, conference representatives and others as needed.
  • Responsible for the annual assessment of intercollegiate programs as it relates to the stated purpose, goals, and objectives of the program.
  • Develop recommendations for improving and expanding the Intercollegiate Athletics Program including but not limited to: additional sports, equipment, facilities, funding, and scholarships. 

NCAA/Conference/Title IX

  • Responsible for compliance with all NCAA, NCAA Division II and conference regulations and best practices. 

  • Complete all NCAA and Conference reports and paperwork accurately and on-time.
  • Attend NCAA and Conference meetings and workshops to remain current and stay involved in all aspects of our conference and the larger body.
  • Collaborate with the College’s Title IX Coordinator to ensure compliance.
  • Build relationships and rapport with Conference Commissioners, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Trainers to ensure the establishment of a successful program.
  • Pursue full membership for all sports in NCAA Division II conference.
  • Pursue opportunities to host conference championships.
  • Serve on a National NCAA committee to represent the College on a national level.
  • GENERAL:
  • Ensure that the athletic program maintains a philosophy and mission statement consistent with the College and Student Life vision and mission.
  • Meet regularly with the President.
  • Operate and ensure that the Athletic Department operates with the utmost integrity and with a culture of personal and competitive excellence and personal accountability.
  • Responsible for mediating and using conflict resolution skills to address issues.
  • Encourage student-athletes to maintain healthy lifestyles, enhance leadership skills, and become successfully integrated into campus life.
  • Create opportunities to advise student organizations.
  • Participate in college wide committees and activities as requested, such as MLK, Convocation and Scholarships & Awards, Founder’s Day, Women’s History Month, and Commencement.
  • Work closely with others across campus on the scheduling of events and communicate as far in advance as possible when athletic events are scheduled.
  • Be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in athletics and across the Converse College campus and promote inclusionary practices in all operations.
  • Identify, plan and facilitate with the coaches and others across campus summer camps that are scheduled in advance and which attract participants and draw name recognition to the campus while also earning additional funds for the College and the Athletics program.
  • Coordinate with Conference and Events Services, Student Life, and others across campus to maximize revenue opportunities for the athletic facilities.
  • Schedule and supervise regular department staff meetings.
  • Supervise and meet regularly with the coaches in individual meetings.
  • Actively engage with entire campus community to encourage student learning and growth.
  • Act as a resource to faculty, staff and students.
  • Other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the President. 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year, accredited institution is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least five years of successful administrative experience at an NCAA Division II institution is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising and development is preferred.
  • Superior interpersonal and verbal communication skills and demonstrated personal integrity.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required.
  • Successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the College and to developing a diverse and inclusive culture.

 DISCLAIMER:  The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Please submit applications to staylor@collegiateconsulting.com, subject line: Converse College AD Applicant.