The Director of Athletics is responsible for administration and direction of the total intercollegiate athletic program, fielding 14 collegiate and intercollegiate teams (7 men’s and 7 women’s) in NCAA Division II, and 4 Club level teams (Bowling, Triathlon, Cheer, and Dance), comprising over 325 student-athletes. The Director of Athletics effectively represents the NCAA’s unique attributes of fair play, character, learning, balance, spirit and community.
The Director of Athletics will be a member of the President’s Cabinet in order to represent the Athletic Department and better understand the University’s Mission and strategic planning.
Develops plans, policies, procedures and programs which are in compliance with the University, the MIAA Conference, the NCAA rules and regulations, which promotes the mission of the Athletic Department, the University’s high standard of academic excellence and the overall student-athlete experience. All employees are expected to exhibit a high degree of personal integrity in support of the University’s Mission.
Develops needed budgets for 14 NCAA D II sports programs and 4 Athletic Department Sponsored club sports. The Director of Athletics assists in the control of expenditures within the allocated Operational Budget funding, and oversees the NCAA/University athletic scholarship model implemented by the University.
Manages and oversees men’s and women’s sports through each coach and senior athletic staff. Ensures that coaching and administrative staff actively supports the Department and University’s joint commitment to academic/athletic achievement for each student-athlete.
Consults with the departments’ director of NCAA Compliance and the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) regarding the interpretation of applicable rules, and clarifies conflicts of opinion with the President. Reports to the President and assists the Director of Compliance, and the FAR investigating all cases where a possible violation has or may have occurred.
Promotes NU Athletic Excellence on the National, Conference (MIAA) and the local levels for the men’s and women’s programs, to include coordinating the recruitment, selection and yearly evaluation of all coaches.
Works to insure equity and diversity in all areas of the athletic programs, and to address any concerns about women’s sports at Newman University.
Develops and implements long term planning strategies, regarding not only fiscal needs for operations and capital improvements, but also internal goals for strengthening the Department through staff expansion and program development, contracts, salaries and incentives.
Develops budget guidelines, approves budget appropriations for each area, and monitors conformance to budgets as approved by the Vice President of Finance, the President, and The University Board of Trustees.
Oversees the overall athletic department-wide budget operations, with the assistance of the Athletic Department staff. The Director of Athletics will have overall responsibilities for finance management and monitoring of Athletic Facilities.
Develops and implements programs to increase revenue sources for the Department.
Develops Department fund raising strategies in coordination with the NU Office of Institutional Advancement to promote donor support for NU Athletic programs in a very transparent and efficient way.
Serves as the primary spokesperson of the Department promoting the philosophy and mission of the NU NCAA DII Athletics Programs with faculty, staff, students, alumni, media and the general public during public relations opportunities.
Along with the President, the Director of Athletics will represent the University at NCAA, MIAA Conference, and local/campus meetings and conventions relative to NU Athletics.
Establishes and periodically refines departmental organizational structure to ensure the effective management of human resources. Approves all employee contracts for the coaches, trainers, administrative staff and other personnel who work for the Department of Athletics. Supervises their training and works to evaluate their contribution to the Department regularly.
Monitors and evaluates the condition of our NU athletic facilities, to include inspection for safety, as well as to recommend through comparison with other conferences, the MIAA Conference and national standards, any necessary changes to meet the standards and improve the student athlete experience at NU.
Maintains open communication channels with students, faculty, administrators, alumni and friends of the University.
Has direct responsibility for the negotiation of all Radio/TV contracts for coaches’ shows and athletic events staged in NU athletic facilities to ensure compliance with University and MIAA Conference rules and regulations.
Coordinates the formulation of annual reports to the President, The University, and the NCAA on the present status and future plans for the University’s NCAA D II athletics programs.
Provides additional services as directed by the President.
Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s Degree preferred) with 3 years of administrative experience (NCAA preferred).
Must be able to understand and be able to articulate the proper role of intercollegiate athletics, and how the department flourishes/fits within a small, liberal arts/pre-professional university.
About Newman University
Newman University, a private Catholic liberal arts institution, invites applications for the position of Director of Athletics. Founded in 1933 by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Newman remains a sponsored ministry of this international religious congregation. Newman serves approximately 2100 students in liberal arts, preprofessional and professional degree programs. Newman offers 42 undergraduate majors and 4 masters’ degrees through the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies.
Newman is located in Wichita, the largest city in Kansas with a population of over
400,000, and operates outreach sites in Northeastern, Southeastern and Western Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.