Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Montclair State University, designated as a public research university, is New Jersey’s second largest university, with a beautiful 252-acre campus approximately 12 miles from New York City. The University has 11 colleges and schools and serves over 21,000 students.
Since the University’s founding in 1908, high-quality Athletics programs have been an important component of Montclair State’s long and highly regarded history. The University competes in NCAA Division III and is a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). The University fields 18 varsity sports for approximately 475 student athletes. It has captured five NCAA Division III team national championships and 28 NCAA Division III individual national championships. Over 280 of its student athletes have been named All-Americans. Most recently, the women’s field hockey team played in the championship finals in 2013, the women’s basketball team played in the Final Four in 2015 and the men’s soccer team played in the Elite Eight in 2018.
The University’s athletics facilities are extensive, and many of the venues are outstanding. The baseball program plays its home games in the famous Yogi Berra Stadium (home to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center); the MSU Softball Stadium is one of the finest on-campus softball venues in the Northeast. The MSU Soccer Park is an outstanding venue for the men and women’s soccer teams, and the renovation of Sprague Field, which was converted to field turf in 2006, has been critical to the football, field hockey, and lacrosse programs. The Athletics program has also had the benefit of a strong cadre of highly dedicated and talented coaches, athletic program administrators and volunteers.
Over recent years, Montclair State University has undergone a very significant transformation, growing from a master’s level college to a doctoral research university, increasing student enrollment from 12,000 to over 21,000, creating new colleges and schools, developing many new academic programs, recruiting hundreds of new faculty, and building many new academic and campus life facilities. During that time, the Intercollegiate Athletics program has remained strong, but has not experienced the level of transformation that has occurred overall in the University. Because of that fact and because of the great importance of the Intercollegiate Athletics program to Montclair State’s history, culture, and future, over the past year, the University has undertaken a review of the vision for Intercollegiate Athletics, the direction it should take to achieve a distinguished future, and the investment of resources that will be necessary to achieve the desired transformation.
With the retirement of the highly respected and long-serving Director, the University now seeks the next outstanding Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, an individual with the experience, leadership skills, and preparation to build the existing strong program into one of the top, most competitive Division III programs in the nation, offering a highly diverse body of student athletes an extremely fulfilling and character-building athletic and educational experience.
The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is the senior athletics administrator at the University and reports to the President through the Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life. In that role, the Director is responsible for articulating the vision and mission of the Intercollegiate Athletics program and has direct managerial responsibility for the realization of that vision and mission and for all aspects of the program.
- The highest level of professional integrity and absolute commitment to developing the positive potential of students, athletically, educationally, and personally.
- A competitive and ambitious spirit, proven experience in building competitive programs, and a genuine commitment to winning with integrity as the only way worth winning.
- Effective and energetic leadership abilities and the capacity to create a highly integrated, accomplished, and committed division of Intercollegiate Athletics that contributes to and enhances the best characteristics of the University community.
- Strong management experience and skills, including personnel, budget and facilities management.
- The experience and aptitude to be a strong fundraiser and to build external support for the Intercollegiate Athletics program, including the cultivation of alumni and donors, generating regional and state-wide interest in and attendance at athletic events, and engagement of the program, coaches, and student athletes with the University’s regional communities.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to put those skills to work in the management of the program and in enhancing its visibility and reputation both within and beyond the University.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an understanding of how to support and mentor both coaches and athletes.
- A deep understanding of how a highly regarded Intercollegiate Athletics program can contribute to the quality and reputation of the University.
- A strong and proven commitment to diversity and gender equity and an understanding of how one incorporates that commitment into the creation of an Intercollegiate Athletics environment that is welcoming to all, values and respects differences, and embraces a shared mission.
- An advanced degree.
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