| Applications are being accepted for the position of director of athletics. This is a full-time position providing institutional leadership, in collaboration with the faculty, staff, and students to ensure a vibrant Athletics program in which Cornell student-athletes achieve their educational goals within a liberal arts college setting. |
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
- Advance and support student-athlete recruitment and retention work, ensuring focused and regular collaboration between the Athletics Department staff and the Offices of Admission and Student Affairs.
- In conjunction with the Cornell faculty and staff, develop and promote the philosophies and practices that integrate the total athletics program into a liberal arts setting.
- Oversee operations, policies, and conduct of all sports in accordance with the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), he Midwest Conference (MWC), and Cornell College.
- Collaboratively develop and recommend the short- and long-term strategic plans for the athletics program.
- Develop and assess program effectiveness on an annual basis.
- Oversee financial operations of the total athletics program; develop capital and operating budgets for sports and associated areas; and approve expenditures.
- Actively recruit, recommend hiring, supervise, and evaluate staff members in the Athletic Department, including non-coaching staff.
- Provide leadership and regular direction to the coaches and staff in their ongoing efforts to achieve departmental goals, and to contribute to institutional priorities.
- Work directly with the sports information director in the development and release of all sports promotional information, including sports programs, brochures, and news releases.
- Work directly with the athletics trainers in supervision of training room procedures and policies, student trainer supervision, and budget preparation.
- Oversee, enhancement and maintenance of all athletics facilities; Oversee operation of equipment room.
- Act as formal liaison to all departments on campus, including admissions, student affairs, facilities management, and faculty.
- Supervise direction of the Hilltop Fitness Club.
- Undertake some teaching and/or coaching responsibilities, as needed or assigned.
Student Learning & Success:
- Provide leadership in creating a climate that supports diversity, respect, civility, and inclusion as well as speech.
- Actively pursue strategies to enhance academic achievement, engagement in experiential learning, and retention and graduation rates of student-athletes.
Student Recruitment & Retention:
- Work closely with the Office of Admission, in leading the development of annual student recruitment goals and strategies by team.
- Work closely with the Office of Student Affairs in developing, implementing, and monitoring student retention efforts by team.
- Work closely with the Office of Alumni and College Advancement to plan, coordinate, and implement departmental fundraising activities, including through the Golden Rams organization, in a manner consistent with Advancement policies and procedures.
- Supervise the development and coordination of alumni programs associated with athletics including Hall of Fame, C-Club, and the Cornell Golf Outing. Work with the Office of Alumni and College Advancement on various athletic-related Homecoming activities.
About Cornell College
Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, which allows students to learn at the speed of life with more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell’s picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly renovated Thomas Commons. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa—an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer’s as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns” and located in the heart of Iowa’s Creative Corridor.
How to Apply
Position will remain open until filled, with primary consideration given to applications received by October 3. To apply, submit cover letter, resume and names and contact information of five professional references by following this link.
Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Cornell complies with Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires satisfactory completion of a background check.