A University Launched from America's Quest to Conquer Space:
A public national research-intensive university, UAH has been a pipeline for the region's professional workforce and a mainstay of the local economy since its founding in 1950. Our classroom curriculum is complemented by our robust internship, co-op, study abroad, and undergraduate research programs, which provide ample opportunity for our nearly 10,000 students to conduct hands-on research and gain real-world experience long before graduation. Outside of the classroom, UAH's students enjoy a vibrant campus life featuring more than 200 student-run organizations, 13 fraternities and sororities, and 18 NCAA sports - including the only Division I ice hockey team in the Southeast. The university's 500+ acre campus is home to 16 high-tech research centers and labs responsible for close to $94 million in research expenditures. As the anchor tenant for Cummings Research Park, the second-largest research park in the nation, UAH also enjoys close partnerships with governmental and commercial employers like NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Army, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Job openings are posted for a minimum of three business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
Job Description: The Director of Athletics reports directly to the President and has overall responsibility for leading the University’s NCAA Division I and Division II intercollegiate athletics programs with a commitment to student-athlete excellence in the classroom and in competition. Key responsibilities include: Strategic Planning & Leadership •Serves as chief administrator for the University’s intercollegiate athletics •Manages a staff of athletics coaches, and professional and support personnel •Develops and manages operating budgets for the athletics program •Manages the personnel, budgetary, facility, and equipment resources available to the Athletics program •Evaluates individual and unit performance toward achievement of internally and externally established goals and objectives •Provides leadership in the recruitment effort for the University’s intercollegiate athletics program •Provides guidance to coaches and staff to ensure compliance with all applicable rules and University policies and procedures •Promotes the personal development and achievement of academic goals by student-athletes by establishing an environment conducive to both •Maintains accessibility for student-athletes, whether for athletic or academic matters •Provides opportunities for academic assistance to student-athletes, if required, and monitors the academic progress of participating student-athletes •Advises the University President and senior administrative officers on issues relating to intercollegiate athletics, its trends, problems and other pertinent matters by making reports, recommendations, presentations, findings, and preparing other correspondence as required or directed. •Develops a competent and effective coaching staff by recruiting and hiring qualified head coaches •Ensures that student-athletes have access to the quality and quantity of medical care that is appropriate for the particular activity being conducted by providing guidance and direction regarding such matters as athletic insurance coverage, coordinates with physicians to ensure proper care and supervision during athletic events and/or training sessions, maintenance of medical rehabilitation equipment, and the student athletic trainer program. •Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending conferences hosted by the NCAA and athletics conferences. •Contributes to the overall success of the intercollegiate athletics program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the President. •Other duties as assigned by the President or as his designee.
Policy, Procedure, & Program Development •Establishes policies and procedures that achieve the parallel goals of development of quality, competitive athletics teams, and support of the individual educational goals of student-athletes. •Ensures compliance with applicable NCAA, athletic conference, and University rules and regulations governing all facts of intercollegiate athletics programs, particularly those regarding financial aid and student eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics, be delegating compliance responsibilities to the Director of Athletics Compliance. Develops a schedule of intercollegiate athletics contests which supports the established goals for the athletics program and assures that the program operates with the lowest possible subsidy from the University by developing strategies for marketing the athletics program that generate significant revenues, coordinating specific game dates among the various athletics teams and with other universities and colleges, and ensuring that the schedule includes an appropriate balance of home and away games, and that required facilities (i.e., fields, courts, arenas) are available to support the schedule.
Community Relations & Partnerships •Participates in fundraising activities •Provides effective leadership in major gifts solicitation for facilities and endowments. Works with University advancement to maximize the productivity of other giving programs and coach and oversee the fundraising efforts of direct reports, creating less dependence on University resources by developing leads to alternative funding sources •Promotes a positive image of the University and its intercollegiate athletics program by working cooperatively with the commissioners of the various athletic conferences, leagues and the NCAA, participating in community and professional organizations, assisting with alumni functions throughout various cities and states, and representing the University, as a spokesperson for intercollegiate athletics, at professional meetings and on professional and community committees. •Works with the Huntsville community to build relationships with fans, donors, and potential recruits •Works with and speaks to booster clubs, community organizations, and others to promotes UAH, UAH Athletics, and the University.
*Please submit a cover letter of interest and references, along with your application for employment, for consideration.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in athletics administration (director, assistant director, coach, or professional staff)
Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations governing recruitment, player eligibility, and related functions
Budgetary and organizational experience
Demonstrated understanding of the historical and current significance of gender equity in athletics programs and a record of success in advancing gender equity
High level of personal and professional integrity
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience as a head coach
Experience at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletic program
Public speaking and community engagement skills
Additional Salary Information: UAH offers an excellent benefits package.
Internal Number: RW4759
About The University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a "very high research activity" institution in the new Carnegie classification. Located within one of the largest research parks in the United States, UAH prepares students for demanding positions in Engineering, the Sciences, Business, Nursing, and the Liberal Arts. UAH is listed in "Americas 100 Best College Buys" and "the 150 Best National Doctoral Universities" by US News and World Reports. Approximately 7200 students currently attend the University; 5800 are undergraduate students. Students attending the campus come from more than 40 states and 80 countries. Refer to www.uah.edu for information on the University, its academic and extracurricular programs and offerings, and the community it serves.