Bethany College seeks a dynamic and energetic leader to become its new Director of Athletics. Located near the West Virginia/Western Pennsylvania border, Bethany College offers its 600 full time undergraduate students a holistic and transformative learning experience and an opportunity to find a richness of life that often is not possible in other settings. Sponsoring 20 Varsity teams, the institution competes in Division III of the NCAA, and is a member of the Presidents Athletics Conference (PAC), a conference that includes institutions that share Bethany’s commitment to excellence and recognize the significant educational role athletics can play in the development of students as future leaders.
Reporting to the President, The Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, the Director of Athletics will be expected to guide and mentor coaches and other staff with an emphasis on open conversation, strong collaboration and an unwavering focus on the best interests of students. The Director also will be tasked to serve as the department’s primary representative in interactions with other leaders on campus. In this role, the Director not only will articulate the athletics department’s vision, strategy and contributions to the institution’s success through its services, but also listen closely to the perspectives of faculty and staff and identify opportunities to partner in ways that improve the overall student experience. Finally, the Director will engage with alumni and other stakeholders to provide information, glean historical knowledge and a perspective on future trends and secure additional resources to support the department’s aspirations.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep commitment to the spirit of Division III athletics where athletes compete at the highest level of excellence and in a context where academic and athletic experiences are fully integrated in the life of the campus as a whole. In addition, the Director will be expected to embrace and advance the department’s mission, and to maintain the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.
The key roles and responsibilities of the new Director include oversight of the department consistent with the mission of educating students for a lifetime of critical thinking and strong leadership characterized by continued intellectual exploration, creativity and imagination. The new Director will help develop a vision and a strategic plan for athletics that align with Bethany’s master plan and enhance the educational experience by providing athletic opportunities to students with varying interest and skills. The new Director will also promote student-athletes' personal development, high academic achievement and full participation in all aspects of college life.
The Director will be expected to develop strong relationships with the Bethany community, including helping identify, cultivate, solicit and steward philanthropic support for department priorities from alumni, parents and friends of the College. The ideal candidate will be a visible leader on campus and in the community representing Bethany College to the general public in a manner that demonstrates personal and professional integrity. The candidate should expect to spend 40-50% of his or her time fundraising to reach department and facility goals.
Athletics and Recreation Quick Facts
•Athletic Affiliations: Bethany plays in the NCAA Division III Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) •Mascot: Bison •Colors: Green and White •Varsity Sports: 9 women’s and 10 men’s varsity teams and one co-ed club team (equestrian) •Intramural Sports: 8 intramural; 63% student participation •Indoor Facilities: The Thomas Phillips Johnson Health and Recreation Center includes Hummel Fieldhouse (performance gymnasium), three court multi-use gymnasium (Sandwen Arena), Knight Natatorium (Olympic-size pool), two racquetball courts, a free-weight exercise fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, and an indoor jogging track. The Cummins Community Center is a 24 hour fitness center. •Outdoor Facilities: A multi-purpose stadium (Bison Stadium) with artificial turf and lights that primarily serves football and track and field, Hoag Soccer Field, John Cunningham Soccer Complex, 6 tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, football practice fields, and additional playing fields for intramural and club sports. The equestrian team trains at Oglebay Stables.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
The Director of Athletics (thereafter AD) is responsible for the development, management, coordination, and supervision of a competitive intercollegiate athletics consisting of 20 sports programs, athletic training program, coaches, administrative, support staff and student-athletes; provides visionary leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the athletics program; maintains an athletics program that is committed to the college’s mission and strategic priorities; works with development office to raise funds for the Athletic Department; and maintains an athletic program that emphasizes the student-athlete concept and philosophy.
1.Focuses on strengthening the student experience and the Bethany campus community’s well-being through directing all men's and women's sports teams and the associated programs; oversees the planning of intercollegiate competitions in accordance with the college's mission; and implements new programs as appropriate.
2.Work closely with the President and other key stakeholders to establish a strategic plan for the department, including possible facilities upgrades and other athletics enhancements, innovative recruitment and retention practices, and enhanced fund-raising capacity. 3.Meet with coaches and athletics staff to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the athletics department and make recommendations to maximize support, resources and communication for the coaching staff, administrative staff and student/athletes. 4.Establish a strong leadership presence and renewed energy across the campus that supports the mission of Bethany athletics and unites the college in general. There is an opportunity to make all students feel part of the campus community and increase school spirit across the university as well as impacting institutional direction through direct involvement at the Senior Leadership level. 5.Establish a strong leadership presence and renewed energy with alumni and parents, in the region and national level athletic organizations.
•Develops, plans and implements (with varsity coaches assistance) strategic recruiting initiatives aimed at potential student-athletes who meet the College's admissions criteria. •Directs retention efforts for student-athletes with an emphasis on student-athletes from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented underserved populations; collaborates with faculty on academic advising, learning disabilities, and tutorial options, as well as through individual meetings with the student-athletes; and works closely with other academic and non-academic units to foster improved academic performance and personal well-being of all student-athletes. •Establishes and maintains positive relationships with external vendors for support, sponsorships, donations, etc. of sports teams and the overall athletic program. •Works closely with the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to build a strong relationship with and support from the college faculty and ensure that all student-athletes succeed academically. •Directs Athletic Council meetings two times a year to promote a better understanding among faculty, staff, students, alumni, the college administration and the Athletic Department of the objectives and aspirations of the intercollegiate athletic program.
Personnel and Student-Athlete Development
•Supervises athletics, recommends hiring, and provides orientation; establishes performance standards and annual performance objectives and ensures their timely completion; and evaluates performance and recommends personnel actions. •Oversees training related to game management for staff and student event staff on such topics such as crowd control, crisis management, dispute resolution, reporting complaints, protocols, specific duties during events and emergency procedures; and ensures the fostering of a positive environment for student-athletes, coaches, officials, and fans. •Oversees, provides direction, and ensures compliance with college policy in the planning of all sports camps, sports banquets, and awards activities; and serves as the departmental liaison with Bison Booster Clubs to foster alumni relations and support. •Administers public relations, publicity, and information dissemination regarding athletic events, achievements and programs. •Performs other related duties, as assigned by the President.
Operational/Fiscal Management and Integrity •Directs the development of the athletic events calendar; approves all conference and non-conference schedules; assures that the schedule is well coordinated with other Division III colleges and universities; oversees arrangements for officials, transportation, meals and lodging; and assures the availability of appropriate equipment and uniforms. •Administers the overall athletic budget of $1.6 million including approval of all expenditures. •Develops and implements long term planning regarding not only fiscal needs for operations and capital improvements, but internal goals for strengthening the department through staff evaluation, expansion and program development. •Develops and administers departmental policies and procedures; and develops, maintains, and distributes handbooks for student-athletes, coaches and other staff. •Directs the interviewing and hiring of head coaches for athletic teams; administers the coaching salary schedule; and develops and implements evaluation strategies. •Provides leadership and direction as requested in the preparation of coaches for competition and the approval of practice schedules. •Provides leadership for the marketing of the athletic programs among students, faculty, staff, alumni and region. •Manages the use of all athletic facilities; oversees the maintenance of department equipment; and maintains a safe and accommodating environment on all indoor and outdoor playing fields and facilities. •Manages and maintains official departmental files and records and prepares reports related to team member’s medical and personal data, player eligibility, transfer, etc. •Directs all revenue generating activities for the department. •Serves as the Athletics representative on the Campus Crisis Leadership Team. •Coordinates the Athletics Department Hall of Fame selection committee and event.
•Ensures that Athletics is in compliance with the rules and regulations established by the NCAA, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC), and Bethany College; participates in NCAA, ECAC, and PAC conferences and meetings to stay up to date on policies, procedures, and practices; ensures that all Athletics staff are knowledgeable with all pertinent policies, procedures and practices including, but not limited to Title IX. •Ensures adherence to NCAA guidelines; oversees student-athletes academic eligibility; and ensures the timely and accurate processing of NCAA compliance forms. •Submits all required reports to the NCAA by their mandated deadlines including, but not limited to: Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, NCAA Financial Aid Report, NCAA Graduation Rates, NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Demographic Report, NCAA Financial Report and the Institutional Self-Study Guide (once every five years). •Ensures internal athletic training policies and procedures including emergency action plans, a concussion management program, weather policies and other necessary policies for Athletics. •Organizes, plans and compiles the student-athletes handbook, in compliance with NCAA, PAC, and ECAC bylaws and guidelines as well as Bethany College policies and procedures. •Maintains communication with and interaction with outside organizations that are vital to the athletics department's operations such as the NCAA, NACDA, NACWAA, College Sports Information Directors of America, etc.
Master's degree with a minimum of six years of successful athletic administration experience.
Demonstrated success in alumni relations, fundraising and resource development.
Experience in coaching and/or sports management is preferred.
Proven experience in leading and supervising personnel and budgets.
Demonstrated abilities to multitask, work under pressure, resolve problems, and make difficult yet timely decisions are important proficiencies of this position.
A strong commitment to the Student-Athlete concept and a working knowledge of the NCAA rules and regulations are a must.
About Bethany College
Bethany College, a small college of national distinction, was founded March 2, 1840. For 177 years, Bethany College has been a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts.
The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 27 fields of study, many with options for emphasis. Students also have the option of including one or more optional minors as part of their programs.
The College's program prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance. Bethany places particular emphasis on leadership and incorporates pre-professional education in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, physical therapy, public administration, theology and veterinary medicine.
Bethany’s forward-looking strategic vision is focused on four themes: Building a Global Campus, Enhancing a Culture of Scholarship, Developing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), and Directing Pathways of Post Graduate Success.
Bethany's 1,300-acre campus is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Pittsburgh, America's Most Livable City, i...s a 50-minute drive from campus. Wheeling, W.Va.; Washington, Pa.; and Steubenville, Ohio are less than a half-hour away.
Founded by Alexander Campbell, who provided the land and funds for the first building and served as the first president, Bethany’s original mandate has been to provide a four-year private liberal arts college education affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This religious body, of which Campbell was one of the principal founders, continues to support and encourage the College, but exercises no sectarian control. Students from virtually every religious community attend Bethany.