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Courtesy: SWAC.org

Alabama A&M Posts Director of Athletics Opening

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/16/2012
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Position Description
Position Title: Director of Athletics

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt
Grade: Unclassified

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work that is to be performed in the identified position. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified as other duties may be assigned.

The Director of Athletics is responsible for all athletic programs, business affairs, marketing and promotions, public relations, development, external relations, internal affairs, personnel, and funds of the athletic program in accordance with University policies and procedures. The Director of Athletics fosters the highest standards of integrity and compliance in all Athletic Department programs and operations and instills the same among coaches and student athletes, and assures that the integrity of the University's athletics is at the highest level. The Director of Athletics supports an environment for the academic success of student-athletes, and advances an athletics program that is nationally competitive in all sports. The Athletic Director must be a strong marketing and sales oriented individual, who can lead and develop voluntary leadership in support for athletics. He/she should be familiar with NCAA rules and regulations, able to lead by example, and display leadership in athletic administration, fundraising, marketing, and community affairs. The Director should have a commitment to and an understanding of a learning-centered academic environment. He/she should have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as a clearly articulated vision and philosophy of the role of intercollegiate athletics in University life. The Director of Athletics will answer directly to the University President and is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership that adheres to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and compliance in all athletic, academic, and business matters.
  • Implement policies that provide supervision and guidance in all areas related to the intercollegiate athletic program.
  • Continue to enhance a premier organization that executes the business of Division I athletics while also being a committed partner with the academic community.
  • Implement plans, policies, procedures, and programs that are in compliance with the University, Conference, NCAA rules and regulations, applicable state and federal laws, and which promote the mission of the Department, as well as the University's high standard of academic excellence and the general welfare of student-athletes.
  • Conducting the athletic programs in accordance with legislation of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for women.
  • Prepare and monitor the athletic budget, including the purchase of all major equipment items for athletics.
  • Communicate effectively and openly with all members of the University community, including alumni.

Alabama A&M University Position Description
Office of Human Resources Rev. January 2012

  • Market athletic programs and the University to both internal and external constituencies, as well as raise funds for the athletic program in general with assistance from and coordination with University Advancement.
  • Ensure an environment that is committed to the best interest of student-athletes consistent with their educational, ethical, social, and physical development.
  • Hire all head coaches and senior administrators to maintain the highest quality athletic program in all sports.
  • The marketing, sales and promotion of all saleable aspects of the athletic program.
  • Foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Develop a clear vision and strategic plan that will ensure the Department has a competitive advantage in fundraising, facilities development, and the recruitment, retention, and promotion of student-athletes and athletic personnel.
  • Cultivate endowment and donor relationships in order to establish sustainable excellence. Make sound decisions with regard to all Department matters, including financial and human resources, strategic planning, facility planning and development, and public relations and marketing.
  • Promote and protect the Department's financial self-sufficiency in a manner consistent with the university's mission, vision, and operating policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson of the Department promoting the philosophy and mission of the intercollegiate athletics program with faculty and staff members, students, alumni, sports media, and the general public during public relations opportunities.
  • Understand and communicate the value of athletics to the overall mission and strategic plan of the University to both internal and external constituencies.
  • Develop a staff of head coaches and trainers that are nationally recognized for their coaching and training records and their contributions to both their profession and to the academic well-being of student athletes.
  • Support the professional development of members of the administrative and coaching staff, promoting their accomplishments and establishing positive morale and relationships.
  • Engage and communicate with the academic community of the University, including students and members of the faculty, staff, and administration.
  • To perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.
    Minimum Position Requirements (including certifications, licenses, etc.):
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • At least five (5) years of intercollegiate athletic experience on college level or administrative experience.
  • Eight (8) years or more of marketing and fundraiser experience.
  • Working knowledge of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) rules and regulations.
  • Must have a proven record of accomplishment in intercollegiate athletic administration, higher education administration, or in business or non-profit management.
  • Must possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.


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