Here is your opportunity to lead a dynamic and winning team! With ten intercollegiate teams, the incumbent will have the opportunity to lead this program forward with true impact. Thirty (30) percent of the student population are involved in the athletic program. The student-athletes are led on the fields, court, course and in the pool by a dedicated group of coaches. In 2017-2018, the Koalas were awarded a perfect score for the NAIA Champions of Character, earning themselves recognition as a Gold 5 Star Institution with the Gold Champions Character Medallion.
Columbia College is located in South Carolina’s capital city, Columbia. Less than three miles from the City Center, it is within easy travel to the mountains of the Upstate and beaches of the Grand Strand and Low Country. Charlotte is 1.5 hours North and Atlanta is an easy 3 hours West. An historic College is celebrating its 165th year in 2019. Students hail from locally in the Midlands, across the state and some athletes come from miles away!
If you have the background in athletics, especially with the NAIA, and are committed to leading a team of coaches and student-athletes on a continued trajectory that includes the enhancement of their academic, personal and athletic careers, being a Columbia College Koala may be the place for you. Those with former leadership within athletics are strongly encouraged to apply.
Columbia College invites applications for the position of Director of Athletics. The Athletic Director is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the College’s athletic program that complements the educational mission of the College. Columbia College sponsors ten women’s sports - basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, cross country, track and field – and competes within the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics and the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The athletic director reports to the College’s Executive Vice President.
Duties for the position include, but are not limited to recruiting and supervising qualified staff; demonstrating effective budget management; leading and monitoring recruitment of athletically and academically qualified student-athletes; assisting coaches in achieving recruitment goals; overseeing athletic facilities; ensuring compliance with all NAIA and AAC regulations and procedures; monitoring student-athletes’ academic progress; and coordinating fundraising activities for the department in conjunction with the College’s office of advancement. Leads and manages athletic staff, including the recruitment and hiring of qualified personnel, evaluation of staff, coaching performance and professional development. The director will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the annual golf outing and newly created Hall of Fame.
The successful candidate must possess strong leadership and supervisory skills, as well as excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. A master’s degree is required and a minimum of four years’ experience working within an athletic environment preferred. Have working knowledge of NAIA rules preferred. Ability to relate to diverse constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, parents, donors, alumnae, etc. Strong commitment to the value of intercollegiate athletics in a higher education environment.
If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact Francis Schodowski, Executive Vice President, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Columbia College
History:Columbia College was founded in 1854 as Columbia Female College by the Methodist Conference of South Columbia. The College, located on Plain Street, now Hampton, in Columbia, SC, opened to students in October 1859.In 1865 during the height of the Civil War, the College closed as General Sherman’s troops approached Columbia but reopened in 1873. In 1904, the College dropped “Female” from its name and moved to Eau Claire after benefactors Frederick H. Hyatt and Col. John T. Sloan donated land. In 1964, the campus survived a fire that destroyed the Old Main classroom building and the East Wing Dormitory. What remained of the columns became a symbol for the College and has since been incorporated into the logo.Columbia College continues to serve as an institution for higher education with approximately 1,200 male and female students in both undergraduate and graduate courses.Mission Statement:Columbia College prepares students personally and professionally for success through strong liberal arts and professional programs emphasizing service, social justice, and leadership development.