REPORTS TO: VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS/ TITLE IX COORDINATOR STATUS: FULL-TIME, EXEMPT, SALARIED
Lake Erie College, a small, co-educational, four-year, independent liberal arts college located in Painesville, OH, 30 miles east of Cleveland, invites applications for director of athletics. Lake Erie College is an NCAA Division II program that competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC).
The director of athletics provides leadership and a strategic vision for the organization and administration of Lake Erie College’s comprehensive NCAA Division II men’s and women’s athletics program. As a dynamic leader, the director of athletics will provide strategic leadership, direction and management of all programs, staff and facilities of the athletics department, while staying in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA and G-MAC. The director of athletics serves as the chief fundraiser for the department and works to support individual teams in this realm. While reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the athletic director is a campus partner in advocating and supporting the overall experience and success of students while assisting in carrying out the mission of the College as established by the president and board of directors.
•Oversees all team and department components, including recruiting, budgeting, marketing, public relations, fundraising, sports medicine and any other support activities necessary for a positive student-athlete experience.
•Selects and maintains qualified personnel for the department: head coaches, sports information, compliance, game operations and sports medicine staff.
•Attends team practices and games to assess and evaluate coaching techniques and team morale; provides in-person support for the coaching staff and student-athletes. Conducts and presents an annual evaluation on each head coach.
•Supervises all recruitment activities within the intercollegiate athletic program to ensure compliance with conference and national rules while supporting the academic integrity of the institution.
•Administers athletic scholarships through the head coaches and the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. •Working knowledge of and follows all federal, divisional and college athletics regulations, including NCAA recruitment and financial aid policies, FERPA, Title IX compliance, Clery Act, etc.
•Prepares and administers intercollegiate athletic budget in conjunction with the vice president for student affairs and provides fiscal overview for the athletic program.
•Develops, cultivates and maintains outside relationships with donors and sponsors.
•Develops and oversees annual orientation programs designed specifically for student-athletes.
•Maintains appropriate tracking of information regarding the eligibility and scholastic performance of all student-athletes.
•Oversees, completes and submits annual College, conference, NCAA and federal reports.
•Submits written proposals, including expected income and expenses, for camps or other athletic activities. These activities are expected to be self-supporting with income covering all expenses.
•Serves as primary contact for the NCAA and G-MAC and represents LEC at regional/national meetings.
•Serves as the primary liaison between LEC and the Painesville City School District and City of Painesville regarding the use of shared athletic facilities.
•Serves as chief advocate for Lake Erie College athletics in the community.
•Regularly attends athletic contests and assists where needed.
•Develops, in cooperation with athletic staff, games, schedules and a certified base of game officials.
•Oversees the effective maintenance of all athletic facilities and equipment in the Osborne Fitness Center and other athletic facilities.
•Evaluates and develops department-wide contracts, such as: student-athlete insurance; equipment provider; transportation.
•Other duties as assigned by the vice president for student affairs or president.
Master’s degree in related field (terminal degree preferred).
Progressive leadership experience in NCAA athletic administration; prior intercollegiate coaching experience, NCAA compliance, fundraising and facilities responsibilities.
Demonstrated fundraising success.
Knowledge and understanding of NCAA compliance rules and regulations.
Passionate about collegiate NCAA D-II athletics and the student-athlete experience.
Detail-oriented and responsive to the needs of all constituents.
Demonstrated effectiveness in leading and developing students and staff.
Must be available to work extended hours, evenings, weekends, holidays, and during periods in which the College is closed for breaks.
Possess a valid driver's license and CPR certification.
Under the NCAA Bylaw 11.1.6 Sports-Safety Training, each head coach and all other coaches who are employed full time at an institution shall maintain current certification in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) use.
All members of the department of athletics staff are responsible for following all institutional and NCAA regulations regarding recruiting and operations of the program and understanding that department of athletics staff members who knowingly violate, conceal or attempt to cover up violations of NCAA rules shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method for applications) or Director of Athletics Search, Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., LEC Box 358, Painesville, OH 44077. Correspondence regarding this search should be limited to applications materials only and submitted solely via the methods above. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Subject to a criminal background check prior to employment. Learn more at https://www.lec.edu. EOE
As one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Ohio’s Western Reserve, Lake Erie College is proud of its long heritage. From its start as a female seminary, in the Mount Holyoke style, to the coeducational institution it is today, the College has been a leader in higher education for over 160 years. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, the College fosters an environment of engagement, empowerment and self-evaluation in a diverse world, for both students and employees. We offer a rich menu of employee benefits in retirement, health, education and more, affirming the value we place in our employees.
Lake Erie College provides an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by hope and care, our students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens.
About Lake Erie College
Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. We empower students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports and on three intercollegiate equestrian teams.