Oglethorpe University seeks a dynamic new leader for the division of athletics who will create a vibrant and robust intercollegiate athletic program and student athlete experience.
Oglethorpe Athletics is comprised of 16 varsity sports and 6 reserve and club teams. Oglethorpe’s athletes excel both on and off the field with over 700 student athletes on the Academic Honor Roll in the past decade. Oglethorpe teams have won 16 conference championships and 2 national championship in the past ten years.
Essential qualities of Oglethorpe’s new athletic director include progressive leadership in athletics, commitment to scholar athletes and the Division III philosophy, and experience working with recruitment and retention at a small private liberal arts institution.
Oglethorpe seeks a leader with substantial management experience and creative approaches to the integration of athletics and curricular programs. The director of athletics works closely with faculty and staff to shape the campus climate and reports to the Vice President for Campus Life (with a dotted line reporting to the President). The director is expected to be both a teacher and role model who embodies the ideals of honor, integrity, and citizenship. Through the director’s work, the division of athletics fulfills the University’s creed of Make a Life, Make a Living, and Make a Difference.
Athletic Director Position
•Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and supervision of the athletics department staff and provides professional growth opportunities for members of the department •Oversee the organization and management of all athletics department personnel, policies and procedures •Champion and direct the department’s strategic plan and compliance with Title IX •Promote effective communication among all institutional constituents (e.g., President, staff, administrators, faculty, student-athletes, alumni and the public) •Foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness throughout the department •Coordinate fundraising and development activities in conjunction with university advancement •Responsible for the compliance and fiscal operations and stability of the athletics department •Oversee the annual assessment policies and procedures •Maintain compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). •Play an active role in conference and national affairs and maintain communication with outside organizations that are vital to the athletics department’s operations.
A master's degree in appropriate related field strongly preferred. •Minimum of five years full-time experience in intercollegiate athletic administration at the college or university level or comparable worksite, with supervisory experience •Demonstrated skills in interpersonal communication• Highly motivated and self-organized •Proven ability to work in a community that values teamwork • Demonstrated commitment to diversity •Proven skills in strategic planning, budget projections and analysis Compensation Salary is commensurate with experience; 12-month appointment with comprehensive benefits.
About Oglethorpe University
Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to 1250 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 38 countries.Renowned for its groundbreaking Core program, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Oglethorpe joins theory and practice in its A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.Under the leadership of President Lawrence Schall since 2005, Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of innovation and growth, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships. Since 2013, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s partnership venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Gr...eece, London, and Rome. In 2019, Oglethorpe will open the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. In 2017, Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business.Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, study abroad partner LeadAbroad, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. Website: oglethorpe.edu