The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) is pleased to announce the following position announcement for the Athletic Director and invites nominations or applications.
The Athletic Director leads a comprehensive NCAA Division III men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program that sponsors 22 intercollegiate sports. Athletics at CSS are a strong driver of traditional student enrollment, with 31% of undergraduates competing as student athletes. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and golf. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, and golf. There is also strong participation in intramural and club sports.
The Athletic Director is responsible for shaping and implementing the strategic focus of the department to achieve College goals, demonstrating a strong commitment to the College’s Catholic, Benedictine heritage and inclusive excellence. The director is responsible for providing administrative direction and oversight for all intercollegiate athletics staff, programs, facilities, policies, and activities and will sustain a culture of student-athlete academic excellence and well- being. This position oversees the budget, allocation of resources and marketing efforts and cultivates and develops external constituency relationships that will lead to the growth of athletics funding. In addition, the director must ensure strict compliance with regulations governing intercollegiate athletics and all NCAA, conference, College and state guidelines.
Gives direction to and provides support for coaches, athletic trainers, administrative staff, student-athletes and support staff.
Recommends selection of staff; trains staff and provides for their professional development; administers discipline as required.
Maintains appropriate athletic department policies, procedures and practices, while ensuring consistency with all college policies and requirements, all state and federal laws, including Title IX compliance.
Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the athletic department; prepares and administers the department’s budget.
Plans, implements, supervises, and promotes intercollegiate athletic programs.
Organizes/participates in program coalitions and partnerships with other local, state, private/public agencies.
Facilitates the development and implementation of the department’s strategic plan, aligning department plans with the college’s mission, values and strategic goals.
Ensures observance and adherence of equality of opportunity in men’s and women’s athletics; stays informed of legal requirements; consults with legal staff regarding compliance with the law and to initiate and coordinate the certification of academic and insurance eligibility of athletes.
Ensures an environment that promotes a commitment to student academic achievement, retention and graduation.
Represents the College at conferences, professional and governance organizations, and in the community; promotes the interests of the College’s athletic programs; prepares and presents research and reports.
Cultivates and develops external constituency relationships that will lead to the growth of athletics funding.
Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates program and service delivery, makes recommendations for improvements.
Manages marketing and promotion efforts; collaborates with College relations in the preparation of press releases and the arrangement of media coverage for athletic events.
Responds to and resolves inquiries and complaints.
Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written manuals, procedures, correspondence and periodic and special reports.
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in athletics.
Leads the department such that the College’s student-athletes and teams will strive to achieve their full potential competitively.
Required Qualifications Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of intercollegiate coaching and athletic program administration experience, two (2) years of which were in a supervisory/managerial role; OR, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the supervision of employees.
Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.
Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
Principles and practices of program development and implementation.
Safety principles, practices and equipment related to activities and programs.
Facility management, including scheduling, maintenance and security.
Principles, practices and methods of need assessments and program evaluation.
Collegiate athletic trends.
Computer applications related to the work.
Planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
Creating, planning, implementing and managing a wide- range of programs.
Exercising sound independent judgment within general procedural guidelines.
Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
Developing and implementing program and project goals, objectives, procedures and work standards.
Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
Preparing clear, concise and complete reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or department goals, objectives and activities.
Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with diverse constituents including faculty, staff, students and others.
Athletic Staffing and Consultants (ASC) is assisting The College of St. Scholastica with this search. To apply, qualified candidates must submit electronically a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references into one pdf file to CSSAthleticDirector.ASC@gmail.com For questions or inquires, prospective candidates may contact Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consultants at kpatberg.ASC@gmail.com.
The position will remain open until filled. Initial screening of candidates will begin the week of June 11, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to enriching education and promoting opportunity through a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply. While there is no religious requirement, we are interested in a person who values the Catholic and Benedictine nature of the College of St. Scholastica.
About The College of St. Scholastica - Duluth, MN
CSS was founded in 1912 under the sponsorship of the Benedictine Sisters, with a mission of providing intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work within the context of Catholic Benedictine values. The founding Benedictine Sisters offered courses to a class of six women students on the stately and beautiful Duluth campus. Today CSS programs are offered to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the main campus in Duluth, as well as an online campus and satellite campuses in Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Inver Grove Heights, Rochester, Austin, St. Cloud, and St. Paul. The guiding principles of the Benedictines run deep in the roots of life at CSS. The College’s mission is to develop thoughtful and engaged leaders, sharpened and sensitized by their educational experience who are prepared and committed to serving and transforming the world. The values at the heart of the College mission---community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and love of learning---animate the college community experience.
Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwate...r lake by surface area in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the number one “Outside City” in the US. The magazine also named Duluth as a runner-up for the “best adventure hub” in a worldwide survey of destinations for outdoor activities. The College was also pleased to learn that the nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns. Duluth’s public schools are Minnesota’s most highly ranked, the cost of living is considered reasonable, and the city has more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. The arts scene is booming with galleries, music venues, and a lively theater and dance community.