Reports To: Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
Position Summary: The director of athletics is responsible for the management and operation of the athletic program consistent with North Park's mission and history and NCAA Division III policies.
Direct budget planning and monitor spending for the athletic, fitness, wellness and intramural program including:
Arrange for long term facility leases in conjunction with the VP and CFO.
See that all purchases are made according to institutional policy and university brand.
Approve design and purchase of all new game uniforms.
Oversee that all coaches are involved in budget planning and held accountable for spending.
Monitor and approve all transactions via the P-Card system.
Responsible for athletic personnel:
According to University process, conduct the interview process and make recommendation to the administration when full-time athletic department personnel (coaches, athletic trainers, SID) are to be hired.
Staffing and oversight of the graduate assistant program.
Provide orientation and training for all new personnel.
Oversee the hiring, supervising and evaluation of all athletic department student workers according to institutional policy.
Hold weekly meetings with athletic staff.
Develop and implement a system to insure equitable workloads among all full-time athletic personnel.
Provide documentation for each position, i.e., job descriptions and standards of performance in terms of general decorum, team success and recruiting.
Encourage coaches to introduce and support Christian life and ministry opportunities on the campus and within the department.
Work in collaboration with the Vice President of Enrollment to set up and monitor recruiting programs in all sports and insist that all coaches accurately describe North Park and seek to attract only those athletes who will most likely persist in this environment.
Set weekly, monthly and yearly benchmarks for each coach and the department as a whole.
Set up and monitor retention programs in all sports.
Monitor results of player evaluations at the conclusion of each season.
Oversee all fund raising and public relations:
Serve as Director of the Viking Club.
Develop policies for athletic fund raising which are fair to all sports and approved by the Office of Advancement.
Oversight of the Sports Information Director and reporting results of contests to the media.
See that the department is well described in appropriate brochures and newsletters.
Offer special events which are well organized i.e., parents’ days, awards dinners, etc.
Working closely with the Faculty Athletic Representative, find effective ways to report to faculty regarding developments in athletics and game/meet results.
Arrange to speak at or participate in events where affinity groups are in attendance.
Oversee athletic facilities:
Men and women sports share "prime time" practice times/games.
Maintaining facilities master schedule for gym and athletic field usage.
"Bumping" of a scheduled activity in both indoor and outdoor facilities is strictly prohibited.
Oversight of the Helwig Recreation Center, which includes all fitness and wellness programs and intramurals.
Oversee random drug testing program.
Continue to assess the landscape for future growth via new programming and new athletic facilities.
Assist with and approve scheduling and contracts for all athletic games and events within budget parameters.
See that North Park is represented at conference and NCAA meetings when required.
See that administration for all game/event day functions is properly documented (require a checklist to be completed 24 hours in advance).
Work with Financial Aid Office to ensure that all aid is in compliance with conference and NCAA rules.
Develop an athletic award system that is well defined and carefully implemented.
Oversee the athletic trainer and athletic training room functions to ensure that athletes are well served in terms of prevention and treatment of athletic injuries.
Develop and maintain a department policy and procedure manual.
Provide adequate administrative support for every sport we offer, i.e., coaching, recruiting, budgeting, equipment, travel, facilities, food, etc.
Responsible to see that every athlete meets all eligibility requirements and that all forms are completed and submitted to the proper regulating organizations on time.
See that all athletes meet institutional requirements regarding medical exams and insurance.
See that all correspondence is well written and sent in a timely manner. Give special attention to correspondence pertaining to NCAA legislation.
Develop a schedule on a priority basis and policies for long trips including number of athletes, coaches, and managers who should be included. See that each trip is then appropriately budgeted/funded.
See that policies and procedures for equipment use, care, and disposition are carefully articulated and followed.
Encourage coaches to monitor the academic progress of each athlete. Set standards for maximum class absences--especially for Spring sport schedules and long trips.
Hold each head coach to a clear standard of record of individual and team performances for each contest. Provide a format for this, customized for each sport.
The director will accept additional athletic duties as subsequently delineated by the Vice President.
Committed to and an articulate supporter of the university’s mission, identity, and Christian faith commitment.
Desire to and proven ability to meet, relate to and work with a diverse student-athlete population.
Minimum of a master's degree.
Minimum of 5 years of administration and/or coaching experience.
Superior communication skills.
Ability to work effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and opposing coaches.
Experience in leadership roles demonstrating progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in the areas mentioned above.
Demonstrate administrative skills.
To apply please complete the North Park University online Employment Application by going to the link provided https://www.northpark.edu/employmentapplication.
NOTE: Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
About North Park University
Located on the North side of Chicago, North Park University is a comprehensive and Christian liberal arts university that serves nearly 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and the world. Within a diverse, close-knit, urban community, North Park offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, 8 bachelor’s degree-completion majors, 19 master’s degrees, and more than 30 graduate-level certificate programs for continuing professional education. By integrating faith with learning—as it has done since its founding in 1891—North Park University continues to focus on the important task of preparing students for lives of significance and service.
North Park has consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest regional universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, and has been ranked among the top 50 Christian colleges and Universities by collegechoice.net. We consistently produce Fulbright award-winning students and faculty. Institutional accreditation at North Park University is provided by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Our campus is a blend of urban life, open spaces, and modern academic resources. Situated in the North Park and Albany Park neigh...borhoods of the city, the University makes its home in one of the most ethnically diverse communities of the country. Through engaging our neighborhood and city, we enrich our campus life and build important connections to the diverse people of Chicago whose roots extend around the globe.
As an employer, North Park offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including tuition benefits for employees and their spouses/dependents. The University welcomes faculty and staff professing the Christian faith, from a wide range of traditions, and is committed to building a diverse, collegial, and supportive academic atmosphere.
More facts about North Park University in Chicago:
6 schools offering professional graduate programs: 19 master's degrees and 35 graduate-level certificate programs
116 full-time faculty; 85% with terminal degrees
More than 750 total faculty and staff members (Full and part-time)
11:1 student-to-faculty ratio