Saint Xavier University, the first Catholic university in Chicago, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Athletics (AD). The Director of Athletics coordinates and manages all athletic functions. The Director is a cabinet level position and reports directly to the President.
The AD provides visionary leadership, strategic planning, and policy development for the Athletics Department. The AD creates and maintains a competitive intercollegiate athletic program within an academic environment that emphasizes academic success, retention and graduation. The AD ensures that the athletic program remains committed to the University’s mission and strategic priorities and creates a positive culture that promotes sportsmanship, ethical conduct, inclusion and a culture of compliance. The AD represents Saint Xavier University and the Department in a positive, professional manner with a high degree of integrity.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee the athletic operation and development of the varsity, club and intramural programs and all athletic facilities.
Direct athletic programs and supervise coaching staff and other department employees, in accordance with University policies and applicable laws which includes but is not limited to the following: hiring, training, evaluating and appraising, and rewarding and disciplining in conjunction with the HR Department
Lead the process for addressing complaints and resolving problems within the athletic programs.
Provide strategic oversight and assist in formulating plans and policies and procedures governing athletic programs.
Direct athletic programs and supervise coaching staff and other department employees, in accordance with University policies and applicable laws, which includes but is not limited to hiring, training, evaluating and appraising, and rewarding and disciplining in conjunction with the HR Department.
Foster a culture that integrates and respects the University structure and authority
Ensure coaches/athletes comply with national association and conference rules and regulations, which includes the certification of varsity teams.
Oversee departmental administrative duties, including (but not limited to): insurance coverage; athletic training procedures; facility oversight and scheduling; team transportation and athletic vehicle maintenance; budget preparation/management; conference alignments; and compliance.
Review and recommend candidates for coaching and support staff positions (athletic training, sports information, etc.), and oversee training for coaches and other employees.
Appraise performance, provide feedback, and give guidance for all athletic personnel.
Plan, assign and direct departmental duties and responsibilities.
Partner with University Advancement and University Relations to fundraise and generate revenues.
Implement appropriate strategies and programs to maximize revenue through fundraising, corporate partnerships, facility rentals and ticket revenues.
Work in partnership with Enrollment Management team to formulate and manage the student-athlete enrollment plan which includes educating and providing oversight to the coaches and managing data collection and analysis of athletic enrollment, academic progress and retention.
Ensure that all coaches work closely with the Office of Admissions to uphold the academic standards of the University.
Supervise and coordinate with the Shannon Center manager and staff to ensure appropriate facilities use among all sports teams, Saint Xavier students, faculty, staff and the community.
Promote ongoing, positive community relationships among the coaches, SID, and University Relations.
Supervise the Compliance Officer and support staff so all required forms for student-athlete eligibility are handled in a timely manner. Act as liaison for Saint Xavier with the NAIA National Office on all student-athlete eligibility matters.
Develop and update the student and staff handbooks.
Complete annual reports that need to be filed with the conference, national association and the federal government.
Coordinate student-athlete orientation and the programs for acknowledging the student athletic academic awards.
Ensure the semi-annual Hall of Fame Ceremony remains a high priority.
Represent Saint Xavier University in all CCAC and NAIA meetings.
Ensure all coaches understand the commitment to the Champions of Character program as established by the NAIA.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein and as may be assigned.
Knowledge of principles of athletic administration; budgeting and personnel management; NAIA and CCAC and MSFC rules and regulations; Title IX compliance, gender equity and diversity.
Strong leadership, management, accountability and team-building skills.
Ability to think institutionally, and represent the athletics programs to the senior leadership team and understand the role of athletics within the University governance structure.
Demonstrated commitment to execute strategic goals and mission with a university-first perspective and a customer-focused strategy.
Ability to establish a clear and understandable vision for the Athletics Department and build the operational components to execute the vision.
Experience directing, inspiring and motivating others, and measuring the performance and progress of people, teams and organizations.
Ability to identify current and future challenges and propose and implement effective solutions.
Successful leadership, negotiation and persuasion skills and a business acumen with the entrepreneurial ability to manage the economics of the athletic program.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate and market to a variety of audiences both external and internal to SXU.
Strong external relations skills and the ability to build partnerships within the community and generate revenue.
Proven ability and/or high interest in and aptitude for fundraising and donor development.
Commitment to promoting student-athletes' personal development, high academic achievement, and integration with and full participation in all aspects of University life.
Commitment to excellence in academics and athletics and to assuring equity, and Title IX compliance; work to provide equal opportunities for students to participate in intercollegiate athletics in accordance with University rules and state and federal laws.
Strong external skills and a proven track record of revenue generation.
Affiliation and active engagement with professional organizations appropriate to the position.
Bachelor's degree in Sports Administration, Public Administration, Business or related field, plus six years of progressively responsible related work experience that includes a minimum of three years leading and/or supervising the work of others in higher education; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong commitment to the student-athlete experience and welfare. Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred with coaching experience as a plus.
The Application Procedures
Interested applicants in this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references into one pdf file in care of the Search Committee Chair and submit to SXUADsearch.ASC@gmail.com. Inquiries and questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consultants, at kpatberg.ASC@gmail.com.
Review of the applications will begin on June 17, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled, with the understanding that the start date for the selected candidate is flexible.
About Saint Xavier University
Saint Xavier University (SXU) is a distinguished four-year, private Catholic institution located in a residential neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 and chartered in 1847, Saint Xavier holds the distinctions of being Chicago’s first Catholic university, as well as the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. Initially founded as Saint Francis Xavier Academy for Females, Saint Xavier inaugurated college classes in 1915, became co-educational in 1969 and gained the status of a university in 1992.