The Director of Athletics is a highly visible position that is integral in providing extraordinary value to the mission of the athletics department and overall strategic vision of the University. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and as a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference, which is presidentially run, the Athletic Director is also a member of the President’s Leadership Team.
This position is broad in scope and one that provides forward-thinking leadership, strategic direction and administrative leadership to build and sustain a comprehensive and competitive athletics program that instills excellence while advancing the University’s educational mission and strategic priorities, and the student-athlete philosophy of NCAA Division III athletics. This is an exciting time for the next Athletic Director. Guided by the University’s new Strategic Plan, the Athletic Director will be responsible for our growing intercollegiate athletics program fielding 24 athletic programs which compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III, IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association), the IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association) and NACE (National Association of College ESports). Student-athletes represent 35% of the student body at Delaware Valley University.
Critical Attributes for the Director of Athletics include:
A presence of unquestionable integrity that earns trust, confidence and respect; a collaborative management style with strong relationship-building and communication skills
Motivated by working with students from diverse backgrounds and experiences
Demonstrates high expectations of self and others for accountability and department excellence
Dedicated to the promotion of a well-rounded educational experience where student-athletes gain social, physical, leadership and career skills through the experiential learning that athletics promotes
Ambitious in building a team of collaborative and diverse employees who are committed to university mission and core values, and student and program success
Driven to build and inspire an atmosphere of sportsmanship, and respect among the staff, coaches, student athletes and spectators
Energized by challenges, creative problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Develops and executes the athletics action plan
Ensure compliance with all NCAA and conference regulations, university policies and Title IX
Actively participate in governance, planning and institutional expectations for membership in the Middle Atlantic Conference
Collaborate with the Dean of Students regarding student development, conduct, and behavioral and support interventions
Promote an environment of comradery and academic and competitive excellence within the department, programs and among student-athletes
Develops a diverse and inclusive environment of employees who are committed to university mission and core values, and student, team and department success and excellence.
Partner with Director of Health and Wellness and Athletic Training staff to ensure coordinated quality healthcare for student-athletes.Supervise athletic training in administrative role
Ensure effective management systems are in place for all aspects of the department
Provide and support student leadership initiatives internally and through partnerships with divisional colleagues
Work along with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to direct student-athlete recruitment efforts. Assist and develop coaching staff with strategies for meeting and attaining measurable recruitment goals for team rosters
Collaborate with Development and Alumni Affairs to build an effective strategy to increase community visibility and support; including fiscal support
Education and Experience
Master’s degree in an applicable field of study required; bachelor’s degree with significant and relevant experience may be considered
Five years of progressively responsible experience with college/university athletics administration
Coaching experience preferred but not required
Evidence of knowledge, abilities and skills articulated above
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the educational role of intercollegiate athletics administration within a Division III environment
Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a team of full and part-time staff toward shared goals and effective operations
Ability to identify and cultivate staff talent to develop their skills and abilities
Keen understanding of and experience with recruiting and enrollment at a small private institution
Successful development and management of budgets and fiscal planning
Demonstrated successful participation in fundraising and alumni engagement efforts in support of strategic and operating objectives
Ability to use data and information effectively for planning, reporting and decision-making
Understanding of organizational dynamics and ability to create a culture of excellence, integrity and achievement for our programs, our student-athletes and our employees.
If this opportunity excites you, we invite you to complete the on-line application and upload of the following documents:
CV, Cover Letter
Internal Number: 1320
About Delaware Valley University
Delaware Valley University is an independent, nonprofit university located in the charming town of Doylestown, Pa. Originally an agricultural college, DelVal was founded in 1896 and has grown into an academically rigorous interdisciplinary college dedicated to the sciences and liberal arts. As our founder, Joseph Krauskopf once said, we take "science with practice" seriously. Today, our more than 1,000 acres of land is a testament to our mission to provide a functional learning environment for our students, serving as an outdoor classroom for several of our fields of study.