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The Director of Athletics is responsible for the development, administration and leadership of all inter-collegiate athletic programs, services and support staff. The Director is responsible for hiring, ongoing training, and supervision of assigned coaches and staff including the functions of auxiliary support units such as the Warrior Club. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Student Life with select responsibilities to the university President per NCAA regulations. SWU is part of the NCAA DII as well as Conference Carolinas.This is a regular, full-time, salaried, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Projected hire date is July 1, 2020.
The following represents a list of primary responsibilities for this position. However, due to the broad duties of this role and changing landscape of Higher Education, this list is not exhaustive.
Coordinate the preparation, coordination and management of the university athletic budget with the Vice President for Student Life based on collaboration with coaching and support staff.
Prepare and submit all eligibility and year-end reports required by the NCAA, NCCAA or other agencies or organizations.
Coordinate and manage the scheduling and financial arrangements for commercial and university transportation of athletic teams.
Responsible for the scheduling, management and payment of athletic officials.
Manage vouchers and reimbursements for team travel expenses and reconcile records with the University business office.
Provide supervision of academic and residency requirements for student athletes.
Represent the university by attending NCAA and NCCAA district meetings and other events as appropriate and approved.
Coordinate the management of athletic grants in aid with coaching staff and administer student athlete contracts in compliance with the requirements and policies of the Office of Financial Aid.
Coordinate arrangements with various departments of the university on matters related to the athletic program in areas such as practice schedules, class attendance, academic eligibility and arrangements for student housing during pre-season and academic breaks.
Work closely with the Vice President for Student Life to administer athletic programs in compliance and support of student life policies and expectations in matter of campus life, and disciplinary matters.
Coordinate athletic policy to support the university mission, strategic objectives and the expectations established for community standards and practices.
Coordinate spiritual development of student athletes with the university chaplain, coaching staff and student team chaplains. Ensuring that Christ is the center of all athletic engagements.
Maintain good communication between Student Life Cabinet and Athletic Coaches and staff with bi-weekly staff meetings.
Create professional development plans for each coach to help them grow relationally, professionally and spiritually.
Conduct an annual evaluation of all athletic department personnel based on professional development plans and make recommendations to the Vice President for Student Life regarding employment status or other action.
Provide direction, leadership, and solicitation of funds for the Warrior Club and the development of financial support to advance the athletic department and its needs.
Advocate for the general welfare (including mental) of student-athletes, campus life and academic progress including knowing student athlete’s names and remaining approachable.
Supervise and coordinate game operations for home events utilizing assigned staff and coaching personnel.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
A master’s degree in a related field required. Training and/or successful administrative leadership in the area of athletics, athletic administration or related field.
Must possess excellent communication, organizational, problem solving and management skills with proven ability to develop a team approach to planning and effective coordination of programs and personnel. The Director must possess a high level of integrity, ability to manage confidential issues and build effective relationships with athletes and with university faculty and staff. The Director must also have knowledge of Athletic Training and the requirements of BOC and NATA. The Director must demonstrate values and beliefs consistent with the evangelical Christian mission of the university, its community lifestyle standards and the ability to relate and work effectively with people.
SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with integrated database management systems, including reporting, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
Physical/Environmental Requirements. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, manage athletic equipment and manage files. Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds. Ability to travel and work outside of regular work schedule for athletic events and other engagements.
Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a criminal background screening.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
About Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. SWU provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in a distinctively Christian environment that fosters the integration of faith, learning, and living. Candidates for employment must support the Christian mission of the university and give evidence of successful professional experience, mature faith, and consistent Christian lifestyle.
University Core Values-
Christ Centered: Purpose, Scholarship, Community, Transformation
•Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
•Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
•Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
•Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.
We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.