Auburn University at Montgomery - Director of Athletics
Parker Executive Search
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
About Auburn University at Montgomery
Founded in 1967, the academic prestige of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) has grown to become recognized by the U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Southeast. With a growing enrollment of 5200 students, AUM’s close-knit community includes students from all over the world, of all ages, abilities, cultures, and backgrounds. AUM’s 17:1 Student to Faculty ratio provides opportunity for professors to provide personalized, real-world learning experiences for their students pursuing majors in any one of its five colleges – College of Education; College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; College of Nursing and Health Sciences; College of Sciences; and the College of Business. The University’s location in the capital city offers a vast assortment of cultural experiences and recreational opportunities, complementing the celebrated diversity spanning AUM’s 533-acre campus. AUM is committed to providing high-quality living and learning environments for students, faculty, staff, and visitors through fostering and supporting an environment conducive to teaching, research, scholarship, and collaboration with government agencies, its community, and other educational institutions.
Known as the Warhawks, AUM sponsors 11 sports competing as a member of the Gulf South Conference. After successfully making the transition to the NCAA Division II level from the NAIA in 2017, the Athletic Department has only continued to add to its history of achieving record success. In effort to continuously foster an environment that promotes student engagement, academic success, athletic achievement, and overall student-athlete well-being, AUM seeks a Director of Athletics who is committed to collaborative leadership, fiscal sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and compliance. Reporting to the Chancellor of the university, the Director of Athletics is charged with providing strategic leadership and overall administration of a comprehensive and highly competitive athletics program within a public university. The Director of Athletics is also tasked with working to ensure that the athletics program is aligned with the university’s vision and mission.
Specialized Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations; • Proven leadership and management skills, particularly as they relate to establishing and communicating strategic priorities, advancing innovative practices, building strategic partnerships, and solving complex issues within an athletics department; • A collaborative leadership approach with relationship-building skills, experience with building a cohesive team, mentoring, supervising and evaluating staff; • Demonstrated success in revenue acquisition and resource management; • Experience in public relations, marketing and promotions; • A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice; • Highly effective written and oral communication skills; • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet all deadlines; • Strong record of promoting student-athletes’ academic success, personal development and overall well-being through innovative programming; • Understanding the role of intercollegiate athletics at a regional, comprehensive, public university; and • Demonstrated commitment to follow institutional, Gulf South Conference and NCAA rules and regulations.
Areas of Responsibility:
• Responsible for the successful recruitment, retention, and development of coaches, athletics administration, and staff. • Provides budget oversight and management, drafts contractual agreements, and develops short-term and long-term plans for facility enhancements, while growing alumni engagement and enhancing fundraising. • Leads and manages a dynamic department with approximately 30 full and part-time staff, 11 sports, representing over 200 student-athletes, and managing a $5 million budget. • Works with coaches to identify strategies to ensure sports are highly competitive across all programs. • Establishes policies and procedures to create an environment conducive to compliance with NCAA, Gulf South Conference, and institutional rules and regulations. • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, including appropriate statutes and regulations related to Title IX, HIPAA, FERPA, and ADA. • Leads all fundraising activities for the Athletics Department including cultivating relationships with current and prospective individual and corporate sponsors and secures gifts or establishes endowment funds through collaboration with the AUM Office of Advancement. • Represents the Athletics Department in the community, and across the Gulf South Conference and nationally, and oversees the public relations and marketing and promotion of individual sports, special events, promotional items, and fan gear. • Establishes expectations for the involvement of Athletics Department staff and student-athletes in community engagement activities and fosters an environment of service. • Ensures a positive game-day management experience, providing on-site administrative oversight as needed. • Develops, implements, and monitors policies and procedures that promote best practices and addresses personnel development, financial management, facility management, alumni and community relations, and compliance and regulatory expectations.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree strongly preferred;
Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in collegiate athletics administration, with collegiate level coaching experience preferred;
Comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, student-athlete development, NCAA compliance within a Division II environment, and athletic facilities management;
Collaborative management approach, coupled with superior communication and relationship-building skills, strategic planning and budgeting competencies, experience in program development and assessment, including risk management, excellent problem-solving abilities, and a high degree of cultural competence demonstrating respect for the diversity of identities and experiences;
Experience setting and managing multiple priorities, meeting deadlines, and working cooperatively within a team environment;
Experience with alumni, friends, and fan engagement, and fundraising;
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