General Description: The Director of Athletics is responsible for the overall management of the University's intercollegiate athletics programs, serves as a member of cabinet, and reports directly to the Chief Student Experience Officer of the University. Specific duties include supervision of sports programs, strategic planning, fundraising, and compliance with all University and NAIA policies. Additionally, the Director is responsible for leading an Athletics Department with a common vision reflected in athletic, as well as academic excellence, while promoting an atmosphere of gender equity and diversity, and fostering a strong supportive environment for all student-athletes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Director of Athletics shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
Provide administrative direction and oversight for all intercollegiate, intramural and recreational athletics staff, programs, facilities and activities. Supervise full and part-time athletics staff including shared responsibility for hiring, disciplining or firing decisions and full responsibility for training, mentoring, and evaluating coaches and athletics staff
Responsible for Athletic Training Program and staff, Champions of Character Coordinator
Ensure compliance with all federal, divisional and university athletics regulations
Administer departmental funds and accounts in a fiscally responsible manner
Collaborate with student administrative offices and Admissions to recruit and retain student athletes
Collaborate with Student Life to support and enhance campus life, school spirit, and game day activities inclusive of Cheer, Dance and Spirit Team engagement.
Establish and maintain standards of dress, scholarship and conduct for team travel and training, and practice rules for all athletes
Monitor strict observances of equality of opportunity in men’s and women’s athletics by keeping informed of legal requirements and consulting with university staff regarding compliance with the law and to initiate and coordinate the certification of academic and health eligibility of all varsity athletes
Collaborate with University relations in the preparation of press releases and the arrangement of media coverage for athletic events, to supervise the Sports Information Director and insure that the appropriate media is informed of the results of all athletic events
Develop and manage departmental, team, and special events budgets; order equipment; and ensure departmental compliance with all University cash handling and management policies
Collect and analyze departmental statistics and data and prepare and distribute reports as appropriate
Support and assist in campus initiatives and other related University activities; represent the University at professional meeting and other special or public events; function as a member of the University Community by accepting special and committee assignments as may be requested by the Chief Student Experience Officer or University President
Supervise the control, issuance and maintenance of recreational athletic equipment and facilities
Sustain a culture of sportsmanship, professionalism and respect at all levels in support of the mission of the university
Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree, and it is preferred to have seven years of progressive executive level experience in an interscholastic or intercollegiate athletics program or a closely related entity.
Must have demonstrated ability in: leading a complex organization; fundraising and revenue development; budget administration; employee management;
Preferred knowledge of and commitment to NAIA rules; preferred knowledge of Champions of Character program and commitment to its principles and goals;
Outstanding skills in written, oral and interpersonal communication; and the highest levels of professionalism, character, honesty, integrity and commitment to excellence.
William Woods University is an independent institution chartered by the State of Missouri with main campus facilities in Fulton, MO. It has been operating continuously since 1870, taking its current form as a coeducational university with undergraduate and graduate programs in 1993. Today, William Woods draws approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 35 states and approximately 11 foreign countries. William Woods has been ranked as a Top 100 Midwest University by U.S. News and World Report, and has been recognized for the quality and affordability of its online degree programs. With a full liberal arts curriculum, William Woods also offers a strong professional tradition, with nationally ranked programs in Equestrian Studies and American Sign Language. Its graduate education program figures strongly in the administration and leadership of Missouri's state school system. William Woods University is governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees, and remains committed to serving the public good by helping students link intellectual development with the responsibilities of citizenship and professional life.