Director of Athletics
Director of Athletics
The Director of Athletics’ primary responsibilities are to direct, support, and supervise a comprehensive NAIA intercollegiate athletic program representing 21 team with appropriate level coaching staff, 500 student athletes and the Campus Recreation Department.The Director of Athletics is ultimately responsible for budgets, strategic planning, fields and facilities, policies, compliance, scholarships, promotion and leadership of the division.The Director of Athletics is a part of the Student Development team of leaders representing student life, student engagement, student success services, and life-calling and career services and Campus Police.
The Director of Athletics must be committed to the Lordship of Christ.This not only means having the correct intellectual belief, but it involves a radical transformation in every area of one’s lifestyle.The Director of Athletics must continually seek opportunities to grow.She/he needs to possess strong character traits through the regular practicing of the spiritual disciplines (e.g. prayer, meditation, Bible reading) and develop ministry values that express what God can do through him/her in impacting the coaches and students with whom they interact.
The Director of Athletics’ ministry strategy is to serve coaches, students and the entire campus by creating a spiritually rich environment supporting community development, quality programs and exciting innovative initiatives.
Reports to the Vice President for Student Development and Athletics
Master’s degree required in an applicable field.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Oversee compliance with all Crossroads League and NAIA regulations.
- Create short and long-range strategic plans for the athletic program.
- Provide a systematic evaluation process to assess staff performance, constant program improvement, student-athlete satisfaction.Use the data to keep department functions consistent with the mission of Indiana Wesleyan University.
- Create and enforce athletic department policies, reviewing and updating a policy manual once per year.
- Meet with the Vice President of Student Development and Athletics routinely.
- Join the weekly Student Development and Athletics team meetings for information, collaboration, and coordination.
- Work closing with the Chair of the Division of Health and Human Performance as well as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean to insure collaboration as many coaches are involved in teaching. Create and serve as a liaison with a faculty athletic committee.Work with academics for fair and appropriate policies regarding athlete’s class absences for contests.
- Represent Indiana Wesleyan University at conference, regional, and national athletic meetings.
- Develop and sustain sports ministry efforts and programs of the athletic department, especially as it relates to programs of discipleship and evangelism for student athletes.
- In concert with the S.I.D., assure accurate record keeping for athletes including: sport, years played, years lettered, records, NAIA, conference, district and regional awards.
- Manage all aspects and create new options and ideas related to Alumni support: Develop a marketing plan, develop an organized plan to partner with current members and secure new support.
- Commence a study of best practice in terms of coaching support.This study would examine and recommend the resolution of the part time/full time role of coaches and assistant coaches, identify the historical connections with faculty status vs. administrative status, and make recommendations for salary and load parameters along with incentives for success as well as individual team incentives.
- Conduct a deep assessment regarding the role and employment of athletic scholarships, utilizing systems and strategies that work and appropriately reward without raising the tuition discount variables at IWU.Expectations regarding recruitment strategies, continuing scholarships and character enhancements need to be taken into consideration.
- Examine the critical role of all athletes related to campus leadership initiatives, community service, summer sports camps, and campus pride development, while examining the role and policies governing outside funds and fundraising account development and deployment.
- Develop and administer the entire athletic budget; develop recruiting budgets and equitable distribution to each program.Coordinate equipment purchases with appropriate academic units for mutual enhancement of programs.
- Develop and coordinate interaction with prospective donors (friends, ex-lettermen, and alumni), foundations, and city, state and national officers.
- Develop new sources of revenue via camps, clinics and concession sales and create a solid relationship with conference services to enhance summer camp possibilities.
- Approve all requisitions, vouchers and purchase orders related to athletics and the preparation and presentation of checks to all officials.
- Review the equipment inventory prior to developing budgets for the next fiscal year.
- Support and strengthen the department mission of discipleship through athletics.
- Hire, train, supervise and motivate appropriate personnel to coach/manage the IWU athletic program including coaches, Athletic Associate Directors, Sports Information Director, Director of Campus Recreation, etc.
- Work closely with the athletic training department to coordinate the care of student athletes, support for games and practices to the benefit of both departments.
- Develop strategies for and implementation of staff reviews and evaluations/evaluate coaching performance at the end of each sport season and provide coaches with feedback and rewards for professional development.
- Create strategies for conflict management/mediation/resolution of internal and external staff relationships.
- Solicit an annual statement of professional goals and professional development from department members and assess progress of each.
- Coordinate frequent department staff meetings and planning initiatives.
- Coordinate the policies on student/athlete recruitment by working closely with the coaches and the Admissions office.
- Coordinate the scheduling of all athletic events/mail contracts for various athletic contests.
- Coordinate student athletic care in collaboration with Athletic Training program and staff.
- Attend training sessions for NAIA certifications, legislative issues and other related topics.
- Coordinate and approve the ordering of equipment and uniforms for the athletic teams after securing marketing approval of the design.
- Make arrangements for pre-season, in-season and post-season, Christmas and spring break trips, practices and games for all athletic teams.
- Oversee the transportation, lodging, and meal money for all post-season competition.
- Coordinate the distribution of athletic schedules.
- Coordinate the safe and appropriate transportation for all away athletic events.
- Approve and coordinate with student development the arrangements for athletes’ housing and meals during vacation times when necessary.
- Oversee Associate Athletic Director of External Operations related to business, donor, alumni and family relations.
- Oversee the Associate Athletic Director in all media communications.
- Oversee the Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations in maintaining schedules and negotiate contracts for use of all athletic facilities outside of the conference services season.
- Support, promote and work with conference services on sports camps conducted by Indiana Wesleyan University coaches or outside groups.
- Develop a way to promote, develop, organize, implement and often supervise various spirit clubs that support all IWU athletic teams.
- Develop a plan that will coordinate the entire game atmosphere at events (spirit club, half-time groups, announcer, and pep band).
General Expectations:Request, monitor, and oversee any budgetary responsibilities as assigned with integrity. Participate as requested in committees, councils or professional organizations that pertain to this position. Counsel with students and refer as necessary regarding spiritual, personal, emotional or academic problems. Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with Indiana Wesleyan University’s mission and goals.Support the policies of the student handbook with integrity. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and create an environment of quality and innovation.
According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.Must demonstrate a mature and expressive Christian Faith commitment. Needs to passionately support and articulate the University mission and vision for athletics within the context of that mission. Must have seasoned experience in athletic administration and coaching (minimum of 10-15 years at the college level with supervisory experience required). Need to be gifted in supervising and motivating others. Must be creating and innovative; discerning and a talented planner. Need to be an organizer, communicator, and gifted in confrontation Must subscribe to the principles and lifestyle of the Wesleyan Church.
LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER
As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.
All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.
Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.
Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer