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Director of Athletics

Murray State University

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Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:


Job Title:

Director of Athletics

Type of Employment:

Regular Full-Time

Work Location:


Employment Term:

12 Months

Position Type:

Staff - Exempt(Monthly)


Athletics Director

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director of Athletics oversees the men’s and women’s athletic programs. Provides leadership in execution of all activities, operations and policies working with the University administration and other heads of departments with the utmost integrity. Serves as the University’s principal representative in the field of intercollegiate athletics. Gives general administrative direction and advice about the establishment of program goals. Responsible for meeting the necessary requirements of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Office for Civil Rights, Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) and the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).

  • Supervision of administrative staff and head coaches.
  • Maintain knowledge of university, NCAA and conference rules.
  • Directs and makes decisions which affect the activities, operations and policies of the athletic program.
  • Establishes goals and objectives for the athletic program; makes decisions on strategies to achieve goals and standards to achieve them.
  • Identify and maximize the various revenue opportunities and income streams available to the Athletic Department.
  • Ensures appropriate understanding and fully supports the academic mission of the University and provides necessary academic support to our student athletes.
  • Serves as the spokesperson for the department in approving the hiring of coaches, administrative staff, support staff and other personnel associated with the department.
  • Serves as spokesperson for the department in matters of policies, operations and personnel.
  • Directs and oversees athletic fundraising, season ticket programs, annual sponsorship support programs and promotions activities.
  • Reviews all budgetary plans and expenditures.
  • Provides oversight to all operations surrounding the Name Image and Likeness (NIL) initiatives and programing.
  • Serves as the department’s representative through participation in campus activities involving students, faculty and staff and represents the department in local, national, MVC, MVFC and OVC committees and associations.
  • Attends various association meetings, alumni events and attends various athletic events at home and away sites.
  • Keeps the President apprised of the status of the department and the progress being made in all areas.
  • Other duties assigned by the President.
  • As a member of the Murray State University Athletic Department, you shall comply with all applicable NCAA rules and regulations as provided in the NCAA Division I Manual. If you are found in violation of NCAA regulations, you shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures, including suspension without pay or termination of employment for significant or repetitive violations.

Minimum Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of athletic administration and/or similar type of leadership role in relevant field.
  • Experience with NIL related policies and laws.
  • Successful experience in fundraising, sponsorship initiatives and marketing.
  • Work with on- and off-campus constituents in a cooperative and collaborative manner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of managerial techniques, policies and procedures are important.
  • Experience in dealing with management issues.
  • Ability to work well with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and media.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.

Preferred Education and/or Experience Qualifications:

Master’s degree preferred.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Murray State University has retained the services of Collegiate Sports Associates as consultants to the Search Committee.

The position will remain open until filled; but, for best consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of application and resume electronically via Collegiate Sports Associates website by July 15, 2022

No hard copy applications will be accepted. Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to [email protected].


Working at Murray State University

For almost 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 10,017 today. Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Murray State University has ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's annual publication, America's Best Colleges, for the past 28 consecutive years. Additionally, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Murray State a "Great College to Work For" for 7 of the past 10 years.

Recognition of the quality of Murray State programs is reflected in accreditations. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. Program accreditations have also been attained in animal health technology, art, business, counseling, dietetics, engineering physics, several engineering technology programs, chemistry, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, occupational safety and health, physics and engineering physics, social work, special education, teacher education and veterinary laboratory diagnostics.

Located in the Jackson Purchase lake area of west Kentucky, Murray State is a state-supported comprehensive University with four academic colleges - business, education and human services, humanities and fine arts, and science, engineering and technology - a school of agriculture, and a school of nursing and health professions. The University's 236-acre main campus is in Murray, a city of 17,741. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs.

The main campus comprises more than 70 major buildings, including classroom and office buildings and two libraries. The Waterfield Library houses the circulating collection, reference sources, government documents, microforms and periodicals. The historic Pogue Library contains special materials relating to the history and culture of west Kentucky and the region. Murray State also operates the Pullen Farm, Hancock Biological Station, Breathitt Veterinary Center and The Arboretum at Murray State. In addition to the main campus in Murray, the University's regional campuses and educational presences include Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

The University's mission statement is as follows:

Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities. We offer relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs with core studies in the liberal arts and sciences, leading to degrees from certificates to advanced practice doctorates that prepare students for success. Through effective and creative teaching, the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations, and academic and student support services, our quality faculty and staff foster student growth in knowledge, critical inquiry, and innovative thinking.


As a public comprehensive university dedicated to diversity, global awareness, and intellectual curiosity, we actively engage students, faculty, staff, and the community in collaborative scholarship, creative activity, and research. We invest in our communities through thoughtful public service in our 18-county service region and beyond. Our uniqueness arises from our combination of academic excellence, welcoming atmosphere, and dedication to student success through mentored, real-world learning opportunities in an open-minded and supportive learning environment.

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