Agnes Scott College (ASC) is a highly selective, independent, national liberal arts college for women, located in the City of Decatur, which lies six miles from the center of Atlanta. Over the past few decades, Agnes Scott has become one of the country’s most diverse liberal arts colleges. Fifty-eight percent are students of color, and no racial or ethnic group is in the majority. Members of the college community represent many different racial, ethnic, national, cultural, religious, gender identities, sexual orientations, political views and socioeconomic backgrounds. With the creation of SUMMIT, a global learning and leadership development curriculum, students thrive in an atmosphere of academic and intellectual challenge that includes independent studies and student-designed majors. Agnes Scott College’s mission is to “educate women to think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.”
For the second consecutive year, Agnes Scott College is ranked No. 1 in the country among national liberal arts colleges on the Most Innovative Schools list in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of Best Colleges. U.S. News has also ranked Agnes Scott No.1 for First-Year Experience among all colleges and universities in the country, and among the top five for Best Undergraduate Teaching, and places No. 58 among national liberal arts colleges. In 2018, Agnes Scott was awarded STARS GOLD rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
As a Division III institution, Agnes Scott is committed to encouraging all Agnes Scott students in the development of balance between intellectual engagement and an active lifestyle and to develop a life-long passion to live a well-balanced, healthy, and productive life. The Agnes Scott “Scotties” is a member of the USA South Atlantic Conference. Additionally, there is physical education program requiring all students to complete 2 credits for graduation.
The director of athletics and physical education is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and direction in the coordination of a comprehensive athletic program at Agnes Scott College. The director sets goals and implements strategy for the department including the development of effective recruitment and retention goals and objectives as well as strategies to enhance the relationship between and among the academic experience of student athletes. The director fosters principles that encourage integrity, student well-being, diversity, and inclusiveness, while promoting an environment of excellence and success. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the director is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Council.
The director assumes responsibility for the overall management, utilization, risk assessment, and evaluation of activities in athletic facilities for both student and community use. This includes athletic and physical education programming, College events, and rentals to external community organizations. The director will develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures that promote best practices and address personnel development, financial management, facility renovation and enhancement, alumni and community relations, and compliance and regulatory expectations, while advancing a high level of integration of athletics and physical education into the overall student experience. The new director will demonstrate an understanding of the components of well-being and the ability to leverage recreational activities and the physical education curriculum in the collaboration, development, and implementation of campus wide wellness strategies. As a senior member within the Division of Student Affairs, the director collaborates with other offices within the division, and other key stakeholders such as Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Enrollment Management, College Communications and Marketing, and College Advancement.
The director leads and manages an organization with an annual budget of over $1.2 million, 6 intercollegiate teams, and approximately 75 scholar-athletes, and over 10 full- and part-time positions throughout the department. Supervision includes the professional development and training of coaches and the leadership training and development for scholar-athletes and captains across all teams. Scheduling, athletic equipment, and facilities oversight includes—Woodruff Athletics Center, Byers Tennis Courts, Gellerstedt Track and Woodruff Swimming Pool.
A master’s degree and significant, progressive professional experience leading a dynamic, and diverse athletics department is required. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of NCAA Division III athletics administration, scholar-athlete development, compliance, and the role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives. The successful candidate will have facilities management experience including facility rentals, sports camps and community relations. Experience coaching; collaborative management approach; superior communication and relationship-building skills; strong supervisory, planning and fiscal competencies; an understanding of the role of enrollment at a small, private college; a familiarity with strategic planning, program development and assessment; excellent problem-solving abilities; and demonstrated respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of campus life will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of athletics and physical education.
Review of applications will begin October 22, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, may be submitted online at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne-Marie Kenney at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Visit the Agnes Scott College website at https://www.agnesscott.edu/
An equal opportunity employer, Agnes Scott College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment. Agnes Scott College has a strong commitment to diversity and urges members of underrepresented groups to apply.