Director (Athletics Director)

Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Opportunity:

K-State seeks an experienced and knowledgeable leader to direct a comprehensive NCAA Division I men's and women's intercollegiate athletics program.  Candidates should possess a strong commitment to both academic and competitive excellence for our more than 400 student-athletes.  A philosophical approach demonstrative of the integrity that reflects core institutional values is required.  Candidates must have a proven track record of successful management and leadership in athletics administration, as well as strong interpersonal communication skills.  The candidate must have the ability to work with diverse populations of students, staff, faculty, and the public and possess a clear understanding of the role of athletics in a major research university setting. 

Additionally, the position oversees personnel, financial operations, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, media negotiations, athletics facilities and all other duties as assigned by the University President.  The Director also must ensure strict compliance with regulations governing intercollegiate athletics and all applicable University and state guidelines.  The Director reports directly to the University President and serves on the President's Cabinet.

Athletics Information:

The goal of Athletics is to strengthen the interconnectivity between intercollegiate athletics and the campus community that prepares our student-athletes for success in school, in sport, and after graduation and benefits our university, community, and state. K-State 2025: Visionary Plan for Athletics.

K-State's athletics department has an annual operating budget in excess of $72 million and employs a full time staff of 165 supporting, 16 men's and women's sport programs as a member of the prestigious Big 12 Conference.  The University sponsors the following intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division I/FBC Autonomy level: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.  

University Information: Kansas State University is a Carnegie Research I university that educates more than 24,000 of tomorrow's potential leaders, and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world.  In fact, the university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options.  The Graduate School offers 65 master's degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines.  The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S.

Commonly referred to as K-State, the community is proud of its welcoming environment, and considers all K-Staters family.  Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

  • Lead and manage an administrative team and coaching staff, including the recruitment and hiring of qualified personnel, evaluation of staff and coaching performance, and professional development
  • Promote and foster the education, development, and overall experience of student-athletes
  • Provide budget oversight
  • Work with athletics development team to cultivate and develop external constituency relationships that will lead to growth of athletics funding
  • Negotiate, develop and manage contracts for commercial relationships
  • Manage and provide oversight of athletics facilities
  • Ensure compliance with NCAA, Big 12, and institutional bylaws and policies
  • Serve as Chair and CEO of K-State Athletics, Inc., the corporation that operates K-State's athletic programs and facilities
  • Represent the University ethically and professionally to achieve positive relationships with students, staff, faculty, media, alumni, and local, state, and national communities

Required Qualifications:
  • Ability to strategically plan for the future
  • Ability to provide an environment in which the education, welfare and graduation of the student-athlete is a priority 
  • Ability to lead equal opportunity efforts in a complex organization, and in fostering a workplace free from discrimination and bias
  • Experience managing coaches and senior staff
  • Demonstrated experience in responsible fiscal management
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and development
  • Experience and success as an athletics administrator at a NCAA Division I university
  • Desire and ability to work well with the University community, including students, staff, faculty, and external constituents
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Bachelor's degree

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience and success as an athletics administrator at FBS Autonomy university
  • Experience serving as a sport administrator
  • Ability to oversee aggressive initiatives in marketing and ticket sales
  • Master's or professional degree

Search Process:

Candidates should submit their cover letter which details experience, vision, and strategic direction for the K-State Athletics Department as outlined in the position announcement, resume, and at least three (3) professional references, including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.  

Screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  For best consideration, apply by 5 p.m. on March 24, 2017.

All candidate information will be held confidential.  References will not be contacted without prior approval.

Application queries or nominations should be sent to:

Amy Button Renz '76, '86, Chair, K-State Athletics Directors Search Committee Chair, President and CEO, K-State Alumni Association,                                                                                                                                                      

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.