Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 with a purpose to “develop the minds and hearts of its students,” a reference to the moral and intellectual virtues. The driving purpose of athletics at Hillsdale College is to cultivate these virtues. Their practice on the field of competition, inspires and elevates the minds of those who compete and those who watch.
The Director of Athletics is responsible for the administration and operations of Varsity Athletics, consisting of 16 varsity teams (seven for men, seven for women and two co-ed) with a total operating budget of $8.7 million.
The Director of Athletics provides leadership committed to athletics and academic excellence consistent with the College’s educational mission and the driving purpose of athletics.
Essential Job Functions 1.Administer the athletic program, supervise, lead and instruct coaches and players.
2.Represent and vigorously enforce an Athletics Code of Conduct which coincides with the Staff Code of Commitment and Student Honor Code of the College and promotes the moral meaning of the College. 3.Recruit and recommend hiring of staff, to include athletics administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, strength coaches, athletics marketing and communications staff, Sports Information Directors, game day staff.
4.Manage coaches’ contracts and recommend salaries at hire and yearly renewals, and bonuses to the Chief Administrative Officer, and President.
5.Develop and manage the fiscal operating budgets, to include all athletic activities, and athletic equipment.
6.Assure recruitment activities are being properly carried out and compliant with conference and national rules.
7.On an annual basis, establish, set, and assess goals for the athletic programs, coaches, and staff consistent with the College’s one year, five year and ten year strategic initiatives. Monitor and develop coaches and staff consistent with the College’s Mission and aims.
8.In cooperation with the VP for Student Affairs and Provost, contribute to the overall student body wellness (body, mind and soul) through the development and support of programs to that end and support student affairs in leading that effort, including working in partnership to coordinate facilities use for general student body programs such as club sports, intramural sports, and campus recreation programs.
9.In partnership with the Director of Financial Aid coordinate all athletic aid awards, to include the national letter of tender contracts.
10.Maintain an “open door policy” whereby the office of the Director of Athletics is available to students, staff, faculty, coaches, and community members. Facilitate and model a quality customer service environment.
11.Provide oversight to the secondary athletics insurance procedures.
12.Help facilitate a close partnership between the training room, Hillsdale College Health Center, and local health services to provide and secure high quality and easily accessible health care for all student athletes.
13.Oversee all athletic competitions taking place on campus, attend home athletic events, with the exception of shooting sports.
14.Coordinate with Director of Security to assess and promote security and safety of the sports complex at all times and for sporting events hosted on campus.
15.Assure that the health and well-being of the student athlete, under the guidance of the College Mission, is always first and foremost in the athletic environment.
16.Serve as the primary liaison between the Hillsdale College Athletic Department and the Hillsdale Academy Athletic Department regarding the use of shared athletic facilities and departmental services.
17.Work closely with the Provost office in regards to academic policies such as procedures for excused athletic absences, etc.
18.Work closely with the Chief Administrative Officer to plan, budget and execute new athletic facilities/ renovations to best meet the goals of varsity, club, recreational and intramural programs; the needs of the general student body, College employees and the public.
19.Work closely with the AVP of Major Gifts and VP of Advancement to effectively fundraise for athletic scholarships, facilities and programs.
20.Work closely with the Chief Marketing Officer to appropriately brand and position Hillsdale Athletics.
21.Continually strengthen community support, sponsorships and attendance of athletic programs and events.
22.Attend all Senior Staff Meetings, Board Meetings, on-and off-campus leadership training, and if time permits, off-campus events.
23.Teach at such times and places and in such manner as may be directed from time to time by the Provost.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and Experience
This position requires a Master’s Degree in Administration and three to five years of administration and coaching experience preferably in an educational setting; or a combination of education and training or experience which fulfills the needs of the College.
Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills at the college level. 2. Effective oral and written communication skills. 3. Knowledge of intercollegiate athletics and NCAA and NCCA Division II (and Division I) rules and regulations. 4. Knowledge of secondary athletic insurance procedures. 5. Thorough understanding of the philosophy and mission of Hillsdale College. 6. Ability to make good decisions in a timely manner. 7. Knowledge of coaching and teaching fundamentals. 8. Effective planning and organizational skills.
Ability to read, write, hear, speak, see, and communicate effectively. Ability to operate basic office equipment to include, photocopier, fax machine, adding machine, computer equipment, display monitors and the like. Position is largely sedentary. Occasional lifting of office supplies, booklets, etc. is necessary.
The Athletic Department interacts with College staff, students, parents, and community members. A clean and neat appearance and a pleasant relationship that is supportive of the College Mission are essential. This relationship needs to be pleasant, supportive, and professional, while maintaining confidentiality as needed.
Code of Commitment
Be a good representative of Hillsdale College to promote the liberal arts, the College’s original Articles of Association and operating principles stated in the Staff Code of Commitment. The Mission Statement should be considered in all aspects of the position. The teaching of Christian faith shall remain a conspicuous aim of the College.
Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,400. Its four-year curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and it is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.Hillsdale’s educational mission rests upon two principles: academic excellence and institutional independence. The College does not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations.Located in rural southern Michigan, the nearly 200-acre Hillsdale campus includes both modern and historic buildings. Excellent facilities include comfortable residence halls, subject-specific computer labs, a state-of-the-art health education and sports complex, Michael Alex Mossey Library with its Leighton-Taylor Wing, the Sage Center for the Arts, the Herbert Henry Dow Science Building, Howard Music Hall and two new classroom buildings—Kendall Hall and Lane Hall. Adjacent to the campus is the model primary and secondary school, Hillsdale Academy, whose comprehensive Reference Guide is used in hundreds of schools throughout the country. An ideal student-to-faculty ratio ...of 10-to-1, rigorous academics, intramural sports, national fraternity and sorority houses and widespread community volunteerism nurture intellectual, physical, social and personal growth. A broad perspective is encouraged through opportunities for off-campus internships, overseas study programs and the adjunct seminars of the Center for Constructive Alternatives, Mises Lectures in free-market economics, the National Leadership Seminars and the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence.