Northwestern College is seeking a director of athletics to begin June 1. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting directly to the president. We seek a bold and dynamic leader who inspires coaches, staff and student-athletes to expand their commitment to excellence in all they do but especially spiritually, academically, athletically and personally. The director will help us build on Northwestern College’s great tradition of being a leader within the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and NAIA. The director is the chief administrative officer of the department and provides leadership, direction and operational management for all aspects of the college’s athletic programs for women and men. Additionally, the director will cultivate and enhance relationships with department personnel and within the community to uphold and promote the mission of Northwestern College. Red Raider athletics identify with the following core values that are consistent with the NAIA Champions of Character and the distinctively Christian mission of Northwestern College: Faith in God – Integrity – Respect – Responsibility – Sportsmanship – Servant Leadership.
The successful candidate should possess the following:
Bachelor’s degree (preference for candidates who possess a master’s degree)
Eight to ten years of leadership experience in progressively responsible roles
Knowledge of and a strong commitment to the distinctively Christian mission of Northwestern
Proven track record of building and maintaining working relationships/partnerships with faculty, academic support programs, residence life, student life and campus ministry staff
Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity in the recruitment, retention and representation of coaches, staff and student-athletes
A thorough understanding of NAIA rules and track record of success in meeting compliance standards
Personal qualities associated with successful senior leaders, including integrity, excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, initiative, attitude and personality.
The successful candidate should also possess the ability to:
Form & articulate vision & strategic direction for Red Raider athletics consistent with the college’s mission
Build relationships with stakeholders and secure resources necessary to achieve the department’s vision and strategic initiatives
Work collaboratively with colleagues and peers within the college leadership
Lead, manage, mentor, support and provide oversight for coaches and athletic staff
Establish collaborative relationships with the campus and area communities and local high school partners
Provide development and oversight for the athletic budget, assisting in the allocation of funds and spending on items such as salaries, team travel, equipment purchase and facility upkeep while remaining within budget.
Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin April 3. To apply, send letter of application, resume and Northwestern College application form to:
Northwestern College is a thriving co-educational, undergraduate, liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. With a growing national reputation as a premier Christian liberal arts college, Northwestern has an excellent physical plant, a strong record of success in enrollment and fund raising, and a recently-completed strategic plan that calls for a number of new facilities and programmatic initiatives. The faculty, more than 80 percent of whom have the highest degree in their field, are active Christian scholars, known for their caring approach to students. We seek faculty and staff who are evangelical in theology, hold a Reformed perspective, and are committed to the distinctives of a Christian liberal arts education. More than 1,200 students are currently enrolled, with a full-time faculty of 84 and a full-time staff of 115.