Director of Athletics/Physical Education Chair

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Date: January 26, 2018
Title: Director of Athletics / Physical Education Chair

Description:  The Hartwick College Director of Athletics is responsible for the 15 NCAA Division III varsity sports, two Division I Sports (men’s soccer and women’s water polo), intramural and recreational programs, the supervision of the College’s Department of Physical Education and all of the College’s collegiate athletic facilities.  The successful Director will lead the Department of Athletics, hire, guide, mentor and evaluate coaches and other athletics staff members, and possess an unwavering commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience by virtue of success throughout the athletics program. The Director also serves as the department’s primary representative in interactions with other leaders on campus. In this role, the Director articulates the athletics department’s vision and strategy, listens closely to the perspectives of others in identifying opportunities to expand the impact of Hartwick College athletics across the country, and helps to advance the College’s efforts to nurture a diverse, inclusive community.

As the Chair of the Department of Physical Education, the Director schedules courses, hires and supervises instructors, ensures the availability of equipment, supplies, and space for academic courses, manages the PE academic budget, and attends meetings of academic department chairs.

In addition, the Director must be committed to the highest level of excellence, the integration of the academic and athletic experience of students, and the potential for athletics to enhance the experience of all students and Hartwick College. In addition, the Director of Athletics will be expected to embrace and advance the College’s mission and maintain the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.


  • Daily operational coordination and oversight of all athletic facilities, programs and staff
  • Develop and direct strategic initiatives (program and financial) as approved for implementation by the President
  • Select, manage, mentor and evaluate coaches, teachers and administrative personnel
  • Serve as Chair of Physical Education and teach classes as appropriate
  • Develop and manage the annual operating budget for the departments of Athletics and Physical Education
  • Serve on standing and appointed committees as invited
  • Meet regularly with the Athletics Direct Report (currently the Vice President for College Advancement), the Faculty Athletics Representative, academic department chairs, and other academic leaders as necessary
  • Collaborate with the Office of College Advancement on an effective strategy for athletic fundraising
  • Oversee and assure strict compliance with institutional, conference and NCAA policies and regulations as well as Title IX and affirmative action policies, and the training needed to assure compliance
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external constituents
  • Occasional travel and staffing of campus events (True Blue, Commencement, etc.) during evenings and on weekends
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned 

Minimum qualifications for this position are a Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university, with preference given to candidates who hold a doctoral degree.  Ten (10) or more years’ of athletic administrative experience.  Highly desirable qualifications include at least five (5) years of senior level experience in athletics administration and experience as a coach and/or student athlete within NCAA Division III.  A clean driving record and valid driver’s license is required.

The Director of Athletics is expected to comply with all applicable College, Federal, State, and local regulations.  In addition, the Director will be responsible for compliance with all policies, rules and regulations of the Empire 8 Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, the Collegiate Water Polo Association, the NCAA, and any and all other associations related to Hartwick College and its intercollegiate athletic department.

The Athletic Director will have an understanding of, and commitment to, the role and positive impact of intercollegiate athletics in a liberal arts college setting.  Demonstrated leadership capacity, including proven fiscal and personnel management skills.  The Director of Athletics will have the ability to be a positive, motivational force within and beyond the athletics department.  Work with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

Demonstrated knowledge of Windows-based computer software and Adobe Acrobat Professional is required.  Proficiency with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Office, Access and PowerPoint), Google web-based applications and Adobe Acrobat Professional is expected.  Must have strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills, along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Hartwick College Information:

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,400 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. 

Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to "be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning."  

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.  Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.”  Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.  

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.  

Application Instructions:

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process. To apply, please submit two single pdf copies of your application materials. One of these copies should have any and all reference to your name redacted. The other copy should leave any reference to your name intact. Both copies should be inclusive of the content below.

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • Diversity Statement – a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (
  • and the names and contact information for three references (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor) 

All materials should be sent electronically to Jarvis McCowin, Coordinator of Inclusion, at [email protected] with [Position Title] in the subject line. Applications may also be mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 1/26/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
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