This position collaborates with upper administration to provide vision, leadership, and direction for the Hawkeye Community College intercollegiate athletics and recreation departments. The director is responsible for ensuring achievement of strategic plan goals and objectives; supervision of department staff, sound fiscal management and general oversight of all athletic and recreation activities to include intramurals and facility management on campus as well as a liaison to off campus venues. This position is charged with leading the athletic and recreation departments to continue the commitment of providing a vibrant and holistic experience for all students on campus. Furthermore, the director’s leadership provides a structure for a positive student-athlete experience that contributes to the academic and competitive success of all programs while adhering to institutional enrollment and retention goals. The director is responsible for compliance with institutional policies, Title IX, Clery Act, Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC), and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rules and regulations, as well as local, state, and federal laws. Familiarity with the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE), United States Bowling Congress (USBC), or National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) or similar sports shooting organizations preferred.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leadership and Supervision
In collaboration with the executive vice president, implement a strategic plan to accomplish stated goals and measurable objectives for the athletic and recreation programs
Ensure that the athletic programs operate as an educational sport program, ensuring a balanced emphasis on academic and sport performance outcomes as demonstrated by athletic program success, regional and national honors, graduation rates, team GPA, and retention rates of student-athletes
Ensure the athletic and recreation department’s commitment to institutional and divisional goals around equity, inclusion and diversity in student athlete and coaching/staff recruitment, educational opportunities and professional development
Conform to the highest standards of professional conduct regarding compliance with department and institutional policies and procedures and adherence to the rules and regulations of athletic governance organizations of which the institution is a member
Supervise a comprehensive and diverse staff that includes compliance, events, coaching, recreation, intramurals, fitness instruction, facility supervision, internships, and student employment in both full-time and part-time roles
Create, maintain, and mentor a highly competent and effective coaching staff by recruiting and hiring qualified head coaches, encouraging professional development, evaluating and providing assessments of performance, and other related activities
Collaborate with the Human Resources department to develop employment contracts for both internal staff as well as contracted employees for athletic training services
Primarily responsible for student athlete eligibility, ensuring ongoing eligibility, and preparing reports for the NJCAA utilizing the online eligibility and reporting website
In conjunction with the department of institutional research, produce reports for the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), as well as the board of trustees, cabinet, and other reports as requested
Enforces safety and health regulations and coordinates with appropriate staff on athletic insurance issues while overseeing the secondary insurance claim process
Ensure Hawkeye’s approach to Title IX reflects the institution’s commitment to gender equity
Recruitment and Enrollment
Oversees the athletic scholarship process to ensure all rules and regulations are enforced while adhering to budgetary parameters to include letters of intent, release agreements, transfer tracking forms and transfer waivers
Supervises all recruitment activities within the intercollegiate athletic programs to ensure compliance with conference and national rules in alignment with institutional goals
Collaborates with the office of international admissions in an effort to increase the opportunities for international student-athletes while enhancing their overall experience on campus
Determine the use of resources to support goals and objectives through the development and implementation of an annual budget while ensuring the use of all resources in congruent with the highest standards of fiscal accountability and ethical conduct
Effectively oversee the athletic and recreation departments to ensure fair use, care, and maintenance of shared facilities, i.e. gym floor, weight room, etc.
Work with staff to develop season schedules and travel accommodations for intercollegiate athletic events and practices as well as recreational activities, e.g. intramurals, health fair, etc.
Scholarship and Fundraising
Oversee fund-raising efforts while participating in various opportunities to raise funds and awareness for the athletic and recreation departments to include sponsorships, advertising, and other mutually beneficial partnerships
College-wide and Community Relationships
Represent the athletic and recreation departments on various ad hoc committees in addition to serving as a key member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team
Represent the institution at conference and national athletic governance association meetings
Coordinate public relations and other outreach activities that enhance community relations, e.g. volunteer, community services, sports camps, etc.
Collaborates with the Marketing and Public Relations department to disseminate sports information through various modes including hard copy, social media, and the athletics’ website while also managing and maintaining current information on said website
Serve as a key liaison to develop, preserve, and enhance partnerships and relationships with local entities that are crucial to the success of the athletic and recreation department and all student-athletes
Contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of good working relationships with all faculty/staff, student-athletes, and external constituents
Collaborates with faculty and other support areas to ensure that student athletes receive needed intervention and academic assistance in a timely manner
Act as a spokesperson for athletics and recreation through various internal communications and external media outlets
Complete other duties as assigned by the Executive Vice President
Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Sport Management/Administration, Health Promotion/Fitness Management, Leisure Services, Business Administration, Recreation or related field
Five years of experience in athletic administration, recreation, or other relevant work
Experience with budget administration and fiscal monitoring
Demonstrated knowledge of NJCCA, NCAA, or NAIA rules and regulations
Strong oral and written communication skills
Experience supervising and motivating staff to achieve department goals
Ability to work a flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends
Possess a deep understanding of current trends and issues facing collegiate recreation
Possess a deep understanding of current trends and issues facing intercollegiate athletics, with a clear commitment to the education and development of student athletes and the ability to articulate a strategic vision for athletics
Strong commitment to high ethical standards, integrity, equity, diversity, and inclusion
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students, and the public
Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Sport Management/Administration, Health Promotion/Fitness Management, Higher Education, Leisure Services, Business Administration, Recreation, or related field
Experience serving in athletics or recreation services in a collegiate environment
Experience as an assistant or associate director of athletics at a college or university
Familiarity with the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE), United States Bowling Congress (USBC), or National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) or similar sports shooting organizations
Full time position with comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; personal and sick leave; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution). Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s education and experience. Anticipated hours will be flexible including evenings and weekends.
Submit online application and all required materials by the deadline.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.
Working conditions: Requires skills for succeeding in an office and outdoor environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computer.
Position also requires travel to different athletic facilities and venues. Working hours vary and include evenings and weekends, depending on activities and competitions.
Hawkeye Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; political affiliation; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email equity-titleIX@hawkeyecollege.edu, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.
About Hawkeye Community College
Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college serving a ten-county region in northeast Iowa. Since opening in 1966, it has focused on meeting the needs of the community, providing quality, affordable training for learners at all stages of life. First opened as Hawkeye Institute of Technology, today Hawkeye Community College serves more than 25,000 individuals and awards almost 1,500 diplomas and degrees annually. Hawkeye has a community impact of $106 million and 1,400 jobs. Since 1966, the college has graduated more than 50,000 students, with 94 percent staying in Iowa.
Located in the Cedar Valley, the college serves 27 school districts across its 10-county service area, providing concurrent enrollment to more than 1,900 high school students.
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
Hawkeye Community College has established and implemented an Affirmative Action Plan to reflect its ethical and legal pledge to comply with laws and regulations requiring Equal Educational Opportunity, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Affirmative Action.
The College is committed to equity and diversity in educational services and employment practices. All employees have a respons...ibility to contribute to an environment for learning and working that encourages and enhances the valuing of equity, enthusiasm for diversity, and passion for respectful interaction.
Reaffirmed by Dr. Todd Holcomb, December 2019