The Director of Spirit Programs & Community Outreach will be responsible for oversight and supervision of the Razorback Spirit Squads including Cheerleaders, Pom Squad and Mascots. Have supervision of assistant coaches and serve as the Advisor to the Razorback Booster Club.
This position will coordinate practices, clinics, conduct tryouts, purchase and maintain equipment, uniforms and supplies, manage the budget and monitor the academic progress of squad members. They will be responsible for gameday activities to include assisting the athletics marketing and fan engagement unit as needed with promotions and development of pre-game, halftime and post-game logistics. The Director of Spirit Programs & Community Outreach will be responsible for increasing the team’s visibility and presence on campus and throughout the state of Arkansas by coordinating and scheduling community outreach appearances and planning, organizing Pep Rallies at a variety of campus and athletics events.
This position must demonstrate fiscal responsibility as it relates to coordinating all team travel and overseeing associated fiscal and business operations including processing expense reports and reconciliation of procurement and travel expenses. Plan, organize and execute camps and clinics throughout the year and develop and maintain professional relationships with area high school coaches to recruit potential members to the University.
Must effectively communicate with all team members throughout the season on matters such as performance, academics, personal growth, and various needs that arise as a mentor of a college team.
Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
3 years experience in cheerleading, dance or related instruction
USA Cheer Safety and Risk Management Safety Certificate (complete upon 30 days of employment)
Former collegiate and/or professional cheerleader or dance team member
NCAA Division I and/or professional sports league cheer, dance, or related instruction experience
Purchasing experience as it relates to spirit uniforms, associated equipment and supplies
Travel experience with teams, booking and paying for travel and food
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of the rules and regulations governing collegiate cheerleading and/or dancing at an institution of higher education with a Division I athletics program or Professional Sports Organization
Knowledge of collegiate cheerleading or dance team skills
Strong written and verbal communication, organizational, public relations, interpersonal, customer service skills
Ability to multi-task and think creatively and strategically
Ability to engage effectively with others of diverse cultures and backgrounds
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque riv...ers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.