Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation

Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
Feb 06, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio—a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college enrolling 1,680 students. Located in Gambier, Ohio the 1,000 acre campus includes a 500 acre nature preserve. The College’s literary prominence dates to 1939, when poet and critic John Crowe Ransom founded the Kenyon Review. Well-known alumni include not only a host of eminent writers but also actors, scientists, educators, artists, leaders in business, and the U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Kenyon College is a founding member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and a Division III institution. The Kenyon College Lords and Ladies compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, 11 men’s and 11 women’s, within the NCAC-- the first conference in the country devoted to giving equal emphasis to men’s and women’s sports. The stunning Kenyon Athletics Center supports a diverse group of club and intramural sports as well as the KenyonFit campus wellness program.

The director of athletics, fitness, and recreation provides leadership and administration to Kenyon’s Division III intercollegiate athletics, physical education classes, recreation, club sports, and intramural programs. Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, with a dotted line report to the president in the areas of NCAA and conference governance, the director is responsible for ensuring the department of athletics, fitness and recreation fully supports the overall mission of the institution, is dedicated to undergraduate academic achievement, and provides wellness support to the entire Kenyon community. The director will be part of the student affairs leadership team and will work collaboratively with the vice president for enrollment/dean of admissions for enrollment purposes and the vice president for college relations for fundraising purposes. The director oversees staff, coaches, facilities, budgets, compliance, and policies and procedures for the department as well as managing fitness and recreation activities for the health and wellness of the Kenyon College community.

The director is responsible for forging collaborative working relationships with enrollment, academic affairs, student affairs, and college relations as well as maintaining a successful and competitive women’s and men’s intercollegiate athletic program. The director leads and manages an organization with an annual budget of approximately $5 million, 22 varsity sports, 600 student-athletes, approximately 16 club and intramural programs, and a staff of 52, inclusive of coaches, trainers, and administrative staff. Representing the College and the interests of its senior staff, student-athletes, coaches, and staff in service to the NCAA and the North Coast Athletic Conference is also an important responsibility of the director.

A bachelor’s degree and progressive experience in athletics administration and/or coaching is required. A master’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics, ideally at a Division III program, development and delivery of campus wellness and recreation programs, and NCAA compliance within a Division III environment. The ability to lead the department effectively, to represent the College with integrity, and an understanding of academically rigorous, liberal arts institutions will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of athletics.

Review of applications will begin March 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Kenyon College—Director of Athletics

Dell Robinson, Search Associate

Ellen Heffernan, President

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An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff.

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