Assistant Athletic Director for Engagement & Development
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 166005
Direct and oversee all aspects of corporate sponsorships, alumni engagement, game day & external events for the Department of Athletics. Present a positive and dynamic game environment when hosting athletic sporting events for all varsity sports. Develop and oversee the implementation of strategies for the ultimate fan experience including maximize corporate partnerships.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Oversee development of corporate sponsorships, including direct solicitation of new prospects and stewardship of current sponsors. Include game day events in sponsorship packages to continue to increase fan experience & corporate partner recognition. Independently develop and implement community engagement strategies in order to increase fan attendance and experience. Initiate new, innovative methods to engage Prairie Star student body, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community. Work directly with head coaches to include sport specific in game promotions & events Serve as Director of Camps and Clinics for all varsity sports including cost/benefit analysis and market needs. Educate student-athletes on NCAA Name, Image & Likeness opportunities and educate & train them in developing skills to maximize opportunities. Develop & direct the continued engagement/reengagement of athletic alumni including the creation of a Young Alumni group, Varsity Club, Athletic Alumni Career network, and other alumni groups. Re-engage & direct Blue Crew and other groups to enhance game day experience & student engagement. Educate & supervise interns, graduate assistants, and student staff on appropriate guidelines for NCAA compliance and professional behaviors. Oversee the coordination and planning of special athletic department events such as homecoming activities, alumni and fundraising events, promotional events, Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Student-Athlete Awards Banquet, etc. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor & Director of Athletics.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Strong communication skills required. Candidates must have ability to work in a team environment, work independently, and exercise judgment in a variety of situations. Desired qualifications include demonstrated knowledge of sport marketing and promotions experience, athletic event operations, experience with supervising and training staff, and general understanding of corporate sponsorship fulfillment and solicitations. Preference will be given to candidates with 2 or more years of profession experience working in college athletics. Candidates must have willingness to work non-standard hours, evening, and weekends as required. Knowledge of and adherence to NCAA Division II, GLVC, and UIS rules & regulations.
Application Procedure: Please create your candidate profile at https://jobs.uis.edu and upload your letter of application, resume, and the names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references by July 5, 2022. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.
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UIS is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer; veterans, persons with disabilities, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA Division II sponsoring 17 intercollegiate sports. UIS Athletics operates out of the 16.2 million dollar Recreation and Athletic Center, built in 2008. UIS is located in Springfield, Illinois, which is the capital city of the State of Illinois and has a population of approximately 115,000. Springfield is located in central Illinois approximately 3 hours south of Chicago and 2 hours northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. University of Illinois Springfield is a campus of the world-class University of Illinois, offering innovative, high-quality liberal arts & sciences education, professional programs at undergraduate and graduate levels, and an extensive array of internships and opportunities to engage in the local community and in state government. The learning environment is intellectually rich, with an emphasis on undergraduate research, and class sizes that foster student-faculty collaboration. UIS provides students in government and public service majors with extraordinary opportunities to develop leadership skills through study and work in the living laboratory that is Illinois state ...government. UIS is also a national leader in the delivery of online education, and its College of Business & Management is accredited by AACSB. UIS ranked the top public regional university in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report in 2020 and 2021.
UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.