Director of Athletics and Recreation

Jun 30, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Company Description:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

Read a message from State University of New York at Fredonia's President.

Job Description:

The Department of Athletics and Recreation is home to numerous staff members dedicated to providing students with meaningful experiences both on and off the playing fields. We offer 19 NCAA Division III competitive teams as part of the State University of New York Athletic Conference.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


  • Direct all administrative, operation and business functions for the Athletic department;
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate and mentor department personnel ensuring their commitment to the university's mission;
  • Develop and manage the department budget ensuring full-compliance with all Federal, State and SUNY regulations;
  • Ensure full compliance with all NCAA, SUNYAC, SUNY and campus rules and regulations;
  • Act as a liaison between the department and the College Foundation's fundraising efforts;
  • Collaborate with institutional and community colleagues to support university wide priorities including academic success, retention, prevention of alcohol/drug use and sexual violence, and bystander intervention.
  • Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Five years or more years demonstrated progressive experience in NCAA or professional athletics administration including budget management, staff supervision and development, facility management, and fund-raising. 
  • Ability to work with a diverse constituency including students, staff, alumni and community.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA rules and familiarity with NCAA compliance procedures including a firm understanding of Division III student athlete philosophy.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with external fundraising, marketing, and promotion.
  • Demonstrated a record of establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the local community and alumni.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership style and record of excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of selecting and mentoring successful coaches and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with other institutional departments, particularly Admissions, Residence Life and Facilities Management. 
  • Familiarity with Title IX.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, term appointed, UUP-represented (Appendix B, SL5) position beginning January 2018.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Complete applications received by August 1, 2017 will be given full consideration.  Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

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