Stratford University

Athletic Director

1 week ago
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Newport News
United States

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General Information

Position Title: Athletic Director
Reports to: Vice Provost of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Last Updated: 3.20.2017
FLSA Status
: Exempt

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If yes, read on…

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The Athletic Director is responsible for providing administrative direction and oversight for the University’s intercollegiate athletics staff, programs, facilities and activities. The Athletic Director is accountable for shaping and building the University’s reputation on institutional, conference, regional and national levels. The reputation will be established not only by the performance and character shown on the field of play, but by overall academic performance of the members of each of our teams. The Athletic Director will be responsible for growing athletic programs throughout the University, identifying with Campus Leadership and Executive Leadership which athletic programs should be developed and supported at which Campus location. The Athletic Director is responsible for identifying and selecting coaches to run each athletic program, and is responsible for holding the Coaches accountable to establish standards while maintaining the Stratford Culture. The Athletic Director is also responsible for ensuring that all Student-Athletes understand that they are first STUDENTS and second Athletes of Stratford University.

The Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with all college, conference, regional and national affiliation regulations. This position must sustain a culture of sportsmanship, professionalism, and respect at all levels. The Director will manage the overall athletic budget while approving all expenditures in a fiscally responsible manner. The director will also provide leadership in the area of marketing and community development.

This position serves as an enthusiastic and informed ambassador for initiatives central to the University’s commitment to excellence, innovation and efficiency in serving a diverse student body and in supporting a diverse faculty and staff.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Recruits, hires, leads, and evaluates coaches and the administrative staff of the athletic department. Oversees student-athlete recruitment. Maintains a close, open, communicative, nurturing and supportive relationship with the students and faculty, simultaneously establishing a firm culture of accountability for the university’s mission, values and policies. 
  • Provides executive leadership for the athletic program at the highest level
  • Makes recommendations to the Vice Provost and Executive Leadership Team and other appropriate members, to improve the scope and quality of the Athletic Program and Facilities
  • Directs and supports coaches, administrative staff, student-athletes and support staff
  • Oversees academic services to student-athletes. Creates a focused, purposeful culture of athletic and academic excellence. Ensures the highest academic achievement for all student-athletes. 
  • Provides leadership for the interaction among athletics, administration, and the University community regarding athletics issues and the relationship between athletics and academics. 
  • Responsible for overall game administration activities, facilities, ticket operations, and the scheduling of athletics events; monitors camps, clinics and high school athletic events on campus. 
  • Ensures an environment that promotes a commitment to strong academic achievement, student retention and graduation
  • Provides leadership for athletics marketing and public relations activities. Works in partnership with University Executive Vice President, Corporate Director of Admissions, and Vice President of Marketing on athletic related media announcements and information requests and represents athletics in communications. 
  • Represents the University and athletics at select alumni and donor events. 
  • Works with sports medicine and team physicians on issues involving training, health, and safety of student-athletes. 
  • Ensures compliance with the eligibility requirements of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the USCAA
  • Provides and arranges supervision of all home athletic events
  • Develops and administers the Athletic Department budgets of the University and ensures compliance with budget policies and procedures
  • Implements fundraising activities to generate revenue to support the Athletic Department and Athletic Excellence Program
  • Delivers strong and affirmative leadership in the refinement and implementation of the Department’s strategic plan, aligning department plans with the University’s mission, value and strategic goal
  • Maintains appropriate Athletic-Department policies, procedures and practices, while ensuring consistency with all college policies and requirements, all state and federal laws, including Title IX compliance
  • Leadership and service at the Conference, Regional and National levels to provide guidance and support in advancing the mission of Stratford University Athletics, giving exposure to Stratford University at all
  • Collaborates with the University’s Admissions Department and Student Support Departments, specifically as it relates to recruitment events and retention activities.
  • Collaborates on marketing and promotion of the athletic department
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of advisement and orientation services and programs
  • Ensures a comprehensive program of safety and injury prevention and rehabilitation for student athletes
  • Ensure that coaching staff is working with Admissions and Financial Aid to provide all resources to our newly admitted student athletes
  • Oversee the coaches and hold them accountable for information relayed to potential Student Athletes while they are being recruiting, ensuring the information is in accordance with Stratford University policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates meeting with Corporate Director of Admissions, with all Athletic Department personnel to insure an understanding of Stratford’s recruiting methods, programs offered, as well as requirements to be admitted to the University
  • Serves as the Stratford University Athletic Department representative for all accreditation meetings and visits (SACS, NJCCA, USCAA). This may also include completing written responses to accreditation bodies as it relates to the Athletic Department
  • Responsible for adhering to the University Code of Conduct; as well as ensuring Department staff and student athletes adhere to the code.
  • Responsible for contributing to and maintaining an inclusive and collaborative University environment, at each of the Campus Locations where an Athletic Program is offered
  • Responsible for maintaining technological competencies utilized by the University
  • Commitment to the philosophy of a comprehensive University
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Vice Provost, and Executive Leadership Team.

Advising of student athletes

  • Conduct athletic eligibility audits to ensure NJCAA/USCAA regulatory compliance throughout the University for all Student-Athletes
  • Assist in academic advising and recruiting programs and activities (e.g. student events, outreach programs and activities, etc.)
  • Explains NJCAA/USCAA and graduation requirements. Evaluates the academic records of enrolled and prospective student-athletes for compliance with NJCAA, USCAA, and University regulations.
  • Serve as a mentor and liaison to provide guidance and advice to student athletes on academic, athletic, and personal issues. Advises at-risk/probationary athletes on achieving good academic standing; ensures athletes are accessing tutors and other support options.
  • Supervises and arranges mandatory study tables, tutor sessions and other programs to assist in the overall development of student-athletes.
  • Participates actively in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and goals. Maintains, audits, and generates complex NJCAA/USCAA/university reports related to students and student-athletes.

The Skills:

  • Demonstrated effective judgment and record of achieving closure on administrative matters. 
  • Demonstrated innovation in program development and athletics’ management. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and NJCAA/USCAA/SACS legislation and guidelines. 
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to project a positive image for athletics and the University in order to effectively engage constituencies to support athletics. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences. 
  • Strong organizational and follow-through skills, including the ability to solve complex problems. 
  • Demonstrated experience advancing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, assuring gender equity and full compliance with Title IX. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain positive working relationships with student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff, compliance staff, faculty, university staff, alumni and other stakeholders within the "shared governance" environment of a university setting. 


Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in athletic administration, education, business or related field, bachelors degree may be considered with experience. 
  • Experience working with student-athletes and diverse, non-traditional student populations strongly desired.
  • Seven years of proven effective leadership experience at institutions of higher education, which includes experience with financial planning and budgeting, fundraising, compliance, marketing, and public relations; demonstrated ability to make firm financial business management decisions. 
  • Experience successfully leading large, diverse teams of substantial complexity; experience and skill in recruitment, management and development of senior level leadership, including athletic coaches. 
  • Proven ability and track record to fundraise for and manage major capital projects; comfort level with sales and marketing for "experiential" products and services and/or consumer products; experience with fundraising and donor relations
  • Record of building "winning" teams and programs. 
  • Knowledge of FERPA and ethical principles in working with students.
  • Knowledge of Title IX
  • Proficiency in using computer software such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NJCAA, USCAA, and University rules and regulations governing, but not limited to, academics, satisfactory progress, and eligibility.
  • 3-5 years experience in an academic environment
  • Knowledge of social media applications, tracking of special populations, documenting contacts, making referrals and maintaining advisee files is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of accreditation and university academic rules and regulations
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends with willingness to travel regularly.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • University Campus Environment / Athletic fields and courts
  • Will require sitting for long periods of time, in addition to standing, kneeling, and walking through the campus on a regular basis.
  • Will require availability to work evenings and weekends
  • May require prolonged periods of utilizing a telephone, and looking at a computer screen
  • May require long hours, to provide support to campus operations, campus academics, Student-Athletes and Coaching Staff
  • Local travel to University Administration, Meetings, Conference and other local campuses will be required.
  • Travel to Sporting Events as necessary
  • Overnight travel will also be required


Title of Position: Athletic Director

Title of Immediate Manager: Campus President

Title of Subsequent Manager: Vice Provost of Faculty and Academic Affairs


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified

Stratford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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