Reports to the President of the University. Recruiting for:
1. The clear, visible leader of ACU’s integration of faith into athletics. 2. A relational expert, capable of developing a broad and deep network of individuals eager to support ACU athletics. 3. A proven leader of people, capable of attracting and developing great talent as well as organizing a team toward the successful accomplishment of strategic goals. 4. A master strategist, demonstrating a strong understanding of the complex NCAA landscape and the ability to navigate it strategically.
A. Initiate and administer the advancement/fundraising activities supporting the Athletics Department and auxiliary budgets. Develop and coordinate interaction with prospective donors (friends, ex-lettermen, alumni), foundations, and city, state and national officials. B. Determine the qualities for and the most efficient use of personnel; hire and train staff for each sport, in addition to athletic support staff; and supervise and motivate staff. C. Manage Athletics Director’s office; provide budget development and administration; organize and administer the intercollegiate athletic program according to the Southland Conference and NCAA guidelines D.Ensure that special events on behalf of the University and/or the Athletics Department – that are scheduled in Athletics Department facilities – are negotiated, planned and administered appropriately. E.Promote and supervise staff/student athlete relationships.
A record of progressively responsible experience in athletics administration.
Demonstration of skills in personnel management, fiscal matters, and communication.
Exceptional leadership and decision making skills.
Knowledge of fundraising techniques and donor cultivation.
Strong Christian character. ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. This position requires the employee to be a professing Christian and to be willing to support the Christian mission of ACU.
Strong Christian beliefs demonstrated through involvement in a local church.
Appreciation for and understanding of ACU’s mission and vision.
Demonstrated ability to serve as mentor.
Ability to communicate and interact easily with people.
Resourceful, creative, flexible.
Good work ethic.
Self-motivated and goal oriented.
Thorough and accurate.
Strong relational capacity; ability to interact well with all levels of faculty, staff, students, administration, prospective donors, guests of the University, professional business associates, etc.
About Abilene Christian University
The mission of Abilene Christian University Athletics is “Honor Christ through excellence in academics and athletics,” and the vision is to “Win at the highest level by providing the most Christ-centered student-athlete experience in collegiate athletics.” ACU will begin its sixth year of NCAA Division I affiliation with the 2018-19 school year, and the first five have been filled with amazing accomplishments. ACU has finished in the top half of the Southland Conference Commissioners’ Cup in each of the four previous years in which it was eligible to win the cup, including a best finish of third place in 2015-16. ACU has won five Southland Conference championships in the the last three seasons.
No intercollegiate athletics program in the state of Texas – at any level – can claim as many national championships as ACU, which has won 64 team titles since 1952. Only four colleges and universities – including Stanford, USC and UCLA – have won more NCAA national team championships than the Wildcats. ACU’s internationally recognized track and field program has produced world-record holders, more than 20 Olympians, several hundred all-America performers and two Olympic gold medalists.... In addition, the program was named the Texas Sports Dynasty of the Century by Texas Monthly magazine in November 1999.
Founded in 1906, ACU?is the premier university for the education of Christ-centered global leaders. It offers 77 baccalaureate majors that include more than 135 areas of study, 30 master's degree and three doctoral programs. ACU Dallas, a branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university’s online graduate and professional programs. ACU enrolls about 5,000 students, generally from 51 states and territories, and 40 nations, and has about 90,000 alumni in more than 100 nations. Its graduates are best-selling authors; winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Olympic medals, and Emmy, Grammy, Telly and Dove awards; and national leaders in education, business, law, science and medicine, journalism, psychology and ministry.
A private, comprehensive university, ACU was founded in 1906 in Abilene, Texas, a friendly city of 120,000 people about 150 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As an educational center for a large region, Abilene provides cultural, entertainment and support programs and services normally associated with much larger cities.