Summary: The Athletics Director is responsible for all athletic programs, business affairs, marketing and promotions, public relations, development, external relations, internal affairs, personnel, and funds of the athletic program in accordance with College policies and procedures. The Athletics Director fosters the highest standards of integrity and compliance in all Athletic Department programs and operations and instills the same among coaches and student athletes, and assures that the integrity of the College’s athletics is at the highest level. The Athletics Director supports an environment for the academic success of student-athletes, and advances an athletics program that is nationally competitive in all sports. The Athletic Director must be a strong marketing and sales oriented individual, who can lead and develop voluntary leadership in support for athletics. He/she should be familiar with NCAA rules and regulations, able to lead by example, and display leadership in athletic administration, fundraising, marketing, and community affairs. The Athletics Director should have a commitment to and an understanding of a learning centered academic environment. He/she should have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as a clearly articulated vision and philosophy of the role of intercollegiate athletics in College life. The Athletics Director will report directly to the College’s President.
Duties and Responsibilities: Provide leadership that adheres to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and compliance in all athletic, academic, and business matters. Implement policies that provide supervision and guidance in all areas related to the intercollegiate athletic program. Continue to enhance a premier organization that executes the business of Division II athletics while also being a committed partner with the academic community. Implement plans, policies, procedures, and programs that are in compliance with the College, Conference, NCAA rules and regulations, applicable state and federal laws, and which promote the mission of the Department, as well as the varsity’s high standard of academic excellence and the general welfare of student-athletes. Conducting the athletic programs in accordance with legislation. Prepare and monitor the athletic budget, including the purchase of all major equipment items for athletics. Communicate effectively and openly with all members of the College’s community, including alumni. Market athletic programs and the College to both internal and external constituencies, as well as raise funds for the athletic program. Ensure an environment that is committed to the best interest of student-athletes consistent with their educational, ethical, social, and physical development. Hire all head coaches and senior administrators to maintain the highest quality athletic program in all sports. The marketing, sales and promotion of all saleable aspects of the athletic program. Foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization. Develop a clear vision and strategic plan that will ensure the Department has a competitive advantage in fundraising, facilities development, and the recruitment, retention, and promotion of student-athletes and athletic personnel. Cultivate endowment and donor relationships in order to establish sustainable excellence. Make sound decisions with regard to all Department matters, including financial and human resources, strategic planning, facility planning and development, and public relations and marketing. Promote and protect the Department’s financial self-sufficiency in a manner consistent with the university’s mission, vision, and operating policies and procedures. Serve as the primary spokesperson of the Department promoting the philosophy and mission of the intercollegiate athletics program with faculty and staff members, students, alumni, sports media, and the general public during public relations opportunities. Understand and communicate the value of athletics to the overall mission and strategic plan of the College to both internal and external constituencies. Develop a staff of head coaches and trainers that are nationally recognized for their coaching and training records and their contributions to both their profession and to the academic well-being of student athletes. Support the professional development of members of the administrative and coaching staff, promoting their accomplishments and establishing positive morale and relationships. Engage and communicate with the academic community of the College, including students and members of the faculty, staff, and administration. Perform other duties as assigned.
At least five (5) years of intercollegiate athletic experience on college level or administrative experience.
Eight (8) years or more of marketing and fundraiser experience.
Working knowledge of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Must have a proven record of accomplishment in intercollegiate athletic administration, higher education administration, or in business or non-profit management.
Must possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
About Morehouse College
Morehouse College is a private, historically black men's college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is one of the few remaining traditional men's liberal arts colleges in the United States. Founded in 1867 by William Jefferson White, an aggressive expansionary program undertaken by the college's 6th President Benjamin Mays during the 1950s and 1960s, established Morehouse as the largest men's college in the United States with an enrollment of over 2,000 students. Along with Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse School of Medicine and nearby women's college Spelman College, Morehouse is part of the Atlanta University Center.