Director and Chair of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
Director and Chair of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and has nearly 1,700 students in attendance from around the nation and world. Swarthmore was most recently named the third-best small college in the country by Forbes and is also ranked third among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The 425?acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Swarthmore College seeks a dynamic, collaborative and talented leader to serve as the next director and chair of athletics, physical education, and recreation. The department participates in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics within the Centennial Conference and serves the broader campus community by offering a robust community wellness program and directly manages a state-of-the-art athletic and wellness facility, the Matchbox. With an appreciation for the rigorous academic culture of Swarthmore College, the centrality of wellness for all students, and the importance of intercollegiate and club competition for the community, the next director and chair of the department will provide purposeful leadership and direction, with a sharp focus on the mission of the college and the department.
Reporting to the provost and dean of the faculty, the director and chair has overall responsibility for all aspects of the department of athletics, physical education, and recreation. The director and chair is responsible for the visionary leadership, strategic development, management, coordination, and supervision of a comprehensive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program with 22 sport teams and approximately 425 scholar-athletes; the leadership of the College’s physical education programs; and oversight of robust community wellness programming including club sports, intramurals, and group fitness. The director and chair will have direct supervision of 16 head coaches and 15 departmental administrators and manage an annual budget of approximately $1.1 million. Additionally, the director and chair will oversee the credit-bearing programming for the department including curricular changes and evaluation and be responsible for compliance with all institutional, Centennial Conference, NCAA, Title IX, and other relevant policies, rules, and regulations.
The new director and chair will be responsible for continuing to enhance the competitiveness of a Division III intercollegiate athletics program found within an academically rigorous liberal arts-centered learning environment. The director and chair will work collaboratively with faculty coaches and the office of admissions on the recruitment of scholar-athletes; will continue to focus on developing relationships with alumni, particularly in support of the athletics program; will encourage and promote an equitable and inclusive community among all students, departmental faculty, and staff; and will continue to advance and support the recreational, intramural, and club sport programs. The new director and chair will demonstrate an understanding of the components of wellness and the ability to leverage recreational activities and the physical education curriculum in the collaboration, development, and implementation of campus-wide wellness strategies. As a strong institutional partner, the director and chair provides leadership to staff and coaches and works collaboratively and productively with a wide range of constituents including but not limited to the provost’s office to which it reports, and to the offices of admissions, advancement, facilities, human resources, communications, Title IX, the academic faculty, student government, student affairs, the Centennial Conference, and the NCAA.
A master’s degree and significant, progressive professional experience leading a complex, dynamic, and diverse department is required. Experience within a highly selective liberal arts institution; collegiate level coaching; and significant capital planning and fundraising experience is preferred. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, scholar-athlete development, NCAA compliance within a Division III environment, and an appreciation for physical education as a component of a comprehensive liberal arts education. The next director and chair should have the ability to mentor and inspire the professional development of coaching faculty and athletics administrators; a commitment to support wellness and recreation in the holistic development of students; and have demonstrated strategic planning acumen. A collaborative management approach, coupled with superior communication and relationship-building skills; a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social responsibility; strong planning and fiscal competencies; a familiarity with program development and assessment; and excellent problem-solving abilities are also desired.
Review of applications will begin April 22, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website atwww.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson at email@example.com or Anne-Marie Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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