This position is responsible for supervision of the College’s athletic program. The incumbent ensures that the athletic program follows all Institutional, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. He/She is also expected to coordinate the athletic program in the best interest of the College. Position is open until filled.
Establishes and maintains effective relationship with the College community and its various constituents.
o Provides direct oversight of the Office of Athletics.
o Provides support for traditional and special college events.
Provides direct and strategic leadership for operational areas of the assigned unit, designing, and organizing unit goals and objectives, guides efforts toward expected outcomes, and evaluates results.
o Ensures the athletics program is administered according to all rules and regulations of the College, GCAA, and NJCAA.
o Maintains orderly, clean, and safe facilities and equipment.
o Attends all relative College, GCAA, and NJCAA meetings.
o Provides direct oversight to all offices and services within the unit and leads the development of a culture of continuous improvement throughout all functional areas of the athletics program.
o Provides direct oversight of staff in order to comply with federal, state, USG, and college policies and processes.
o Ensures the athletic program adheres to and stays in strict compliance with the athletic conference, Title IX rules and regulations.
o Develops goals and evaluates the achievement of those goals.
o Updates annually the Student-Athlete Handbook and reviews/approves all team rules.
o Facilitates website and statistical updates.
o Completes annual reports such as Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) and USG financial report.
o Monitors athletic facilities and serves as liaison with off-campus facilities.
Provides academic support for student athletes
o Monitors assigned student-athlete class schedules, grades, and student-athlete progress toward degree, as it impacts eligibility, academic success, and graduation.
o Conducts meetings with at-risk student-athletes to monitor and track academic progress.
Provides effective leadership for staff, including hiring, motivating, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating personnel.
o Hires and onboards personnel.
o Conducts performance plans and annual evaluations.
o Promotes and practices professional development.
Maintains a highly engaged relationship with students and remains visible throughout the campus community, local community, and with alumni and boosters.
Serves as an ambassador for the athletic program by attending home contests, greeting faculty, staff, current students and parents, and prospective student-athletes and their families during visits to the campus.
Collaborates with the local community to foster goodwill, encourage support for sports programs, and provide outreach in the form of community service.
Disperses student athletic fees (approximately $600,000) amongst College’s sports teams and support units.
o Prepares and oversees athletic budgets.
Serves as a Deputy Title IX Director.
Leads the institution as an essential personnel and position of trust.
Performs a variety of related duties.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Knowledge of Board of Regents policies and procedures.
Knowledge of state and national issues related to higher education and college athletics.
Knowledge of intercollegiate athletics.
Knowledge of the rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics.
Knowledge of budget development and management principles.
Knowledge of fundraising strategies.
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Skill in the delegation of responsibility and authority.
Skill in the operation of computers and job-related software programs.
Skill in decision making and problem solving.
Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
Skill in oral and written communication.
The Director of Athletics assigns work in terms of unit goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through individual conferences, performance of individual sports teams and the students engaging on them, and observation of unit activities.
Guidelines include the Student-Athlete Handbook, Student Handbook, ABAC Strategic Plan, Student Handbook, FERPA regulations, Title IX regulations, and federal and state guidelines. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops unit guidelines.
COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK
The Athletic Director reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Work is assigned from a variety of sources, including the Vice President of Academic Affairs, NJCAA National Office, GCAA office and team coaches.
This position has the latitude to consider courses of action within well-defined College practices and policies.
The incumbent supervises coaching staff and all other athletic personnel along with numerous students/athletes.
The position is multi-faceted.
o Must have sill in prioritization in order to succeed.
o Must be able to change focus easily from one objective to another without compromising the quality of work performed.
o Must be a superb communicator and leader. This ability to communicate is invaluable to the incumbent in motivating coaches and athletics personnel to achieve team goals and raise the standards for individual programs and expectations for their student/athletes. A main goal of the College in general is halting students and athletes to excel, and the leadership, integrity, and motivational ability of the Athletic Director is critical to this mission. Communication ability also plays a large role in the Athletic Director’s role in facilitating fundraising for the athletics program. The incumbent must be able to sell the merits of the program and convince donors that it is a worthwhile investment. If the incumbent can relate to these donors, who come from a variety of background, there is a much better chance that a donation will be secured.
o Must work closely with Advancement to support to the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship initiatives of benefactors and prospective benefactors to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation.
The purpose of this position is to provide direct supervision of the College’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Contacts are typically with co-workers, other college employees, students, community partners, vendors, alumni, boosters, and members of the general public.
Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; or to motivate or influence persons.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT
May need to sit or work at a computer terminal for long periods of time on projects.
Will be required to travel across campus to other offices or buildings and will be required to travel off campus.
Occasionally may need to lift approximately 10-50 pounds.
Requires weekend and evening work.
May be subject to extreme temperatures.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY
This position has supervision over assigned units, functions, and/or areas. This position has direct supervision over Athletic Assistant (1), Athletic Trainer (1), Assistant Recreational Sports Director & Head Softball Coach (1), Bus Driver (1), Head Women’s Soccer Coach (1), Head Men’s Golf Coach (1), Head Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country Coach (1), Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach (1), and Head Baseball Coach (1).
Advanced degree, preferably a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in athletic administration, physical education, sports management, business, education or related discipline.
Substantial experience working in administration, including supervision of employees, budget management, collegiate level athletic administration experience, coaching experience at the collegiate level.
Evidence of successful fundraising, networking, and building community relationships.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Experience working with NJCAA, NCAA, or NAIA rules and regulations.
More than five years of higher education administrative experience.
Since 1908, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has provided
unique, hands-on learning opportunities for students as the
South’s premier destination for Agricultural studies. Our offerings
have grown a great deal since our founding, now including a wide
range of more traditional 4-year degrees and paths to success
including a highly sought after nursing program, innovative arts
and science tracks, and an ever-growing list of learning
opportunities and majors for our students. A member of the 26-
member University System of Georgia, ABAC is proud to support
enrollment of over 4,000 students from 155 of Georgia’s 159
counties, 18 states, and 24 countries.
Five national championships and a long-standing winning tradition serve as highlights for the intercollegiate athletic program at Abraham Baldwin. ABAC teams compete in men’s baseball, men's cross-country, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women's cross-country, women’s softball, women’s soccer and women’s tennis. ABAC is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) and Region XVII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Our home is in Tifton, Georgia, a tight-knit and thriving town ne...stled
among the lush pines of South Georgia. ABAC takes pride in our
community involvement and the breadth of opportunities our city
provides to get involved in hands-on learning from healthcare to
business experience. Our college is a genuine member of the
community at large.
The ABAC campus offers apartment-style housing for 1,400
students and a wealth of resources and opportunities for students
to get involved, learn, and grow in our academic community.
Chances to practically apply what is learned in the classroom in
the real world begin on day one. ABAC’s sprawling campus is
equipped with a multitude of resources such as the J.G. Woodroof
Farm, Forest Lakes Golf Course, and the Georgia Museum of
Agriculture and Historic Village. We also offer chances to get
involved outside of Tifton at our instructional site in Bainbridge.