POSITION PURPOSE Position provides vision, leadership, and direction with personal integrity in administering all aspects of a competitive university athletics program. The Athletic Director at Weber State University is responsible for the operation and accountability of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics including: leadership, management, supervision, fund-raising, and university-wide involvement. The athletic director’s areas of focus should include: enhancing the competitive opportunities for student-athletes and coaches; advocating the academic success of student-athletes [including graduation]; promoting the quality of the complete student-athlete experience; hiring and retaining quality staff and coaches; and developing a comprehensive facilities master plan.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Department Leadership, Management, and Supervision Responsibilities. - Oversee the development and implementation of programmatic and financial strategic plans for the Athletic Department. Direct implementation of the department’s mission. - Act as chief administrative officer of the Athletic Department. Delegate responsibility and authority, as appropriate, to facilitate effective and efficient operation of the department. - Maintain responsibility, with assistance from Financial Services, for all departmental financial affairs including preparation and control of an annual budget. Provide resources for intercollegiate sports teams to compete at the expected level. - Oversee the hiring and retention of quality coaches, administrative and support staff to assure successful fulfillment of the department’s strategic plan and mission as well as provide meaningful, enriching and rewarding experiences for all who participate and are involved in the athletics program. - Plan, develop, and recommend for the Athletic Advisory Board’s consideration those specific policies, procedures, programs, and methods designed to implement the general athletic philosophy and policies of the University. - Have direct working knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the operation of the intercollegiate athletic program (including men’s and women’s programs) and supervise compliance of all staff members with the rules and regulations governing the operation of the athletic program. - Schedule all department activities including intercollegiate athletic contests. - Coordinate the use of the University’s athletic facilities with other university users including; academic, student, intramural and recreation users. - Promote programs that enhance diversity and gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. - Oversee the academic development and physical well-being of student-athletes. Emphasize the role of academics in the life of the student-athletes.
External Relations and Public Affairs Responsibilities - Develop and implement strategies to increase athletic department funding through external sources, including fund-raising, athletic event ticket sales and attendance, marketing, and other related activities. Coordinate all fund-raising activities for the department. - Enhance relations with institutionally related organizations, including the University Alumni Association and various athletic support groups. - Serve as a well-informed and aggressive representative to the Big Sky Conference Council and the NCAA. - Act as official spokesperson for the department on interpretation of University and external associations’ rules, regulations, and procedures. - Maintain open communication channels with University, athletic directors of other schools, students, news media and staff.
Administrative Services Division Responsibilities - Serve as a member of the Administrative Staff for the Administrative Services Division under the Vice President for Administrative Services. Participate in division and campus-wide strategic planning efforts and functions. - Report to the Board of Trustees, President, and President’s Council, as requested, on the fiscal operations and activities of the Athletic Department.
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. - Minimum of 6 years experience in a leadership role in a collegiate athletic department at the FCS level.
Seeking applicants with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: - Ability to communicate and work well with a diverse set of constituencies–including students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, boosters, alumni and community members. - Demonstrated success in marketing and fund-raising in an athletics environment. - Demonstrated commitment to athletic and academic excellence. - Understanding of and commitment to comply with NCAA rules and regulations. - Commitment to gender equity. - Effective collaboration with other university and community organizations.
Additional Salary Information: WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.
Internal Number: E00008P
About Weber State University
WSU, founded in 1889, is a large public university located in Northern Utah, with over 24,000 students and 1,300 faculty and staff. The University offers a broad range of undergraduate programs and selected professionally-oriented master degree programs. It is located in a spectacular setting on the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and is minutes away from world class cultural and recreational opportunities. WSU is a founding member of the Big Sky Conference and competes in 16 NCAA Division I level sports. WSU athletics has a rich tradition of excellence on the fields of competition and in the classroom.