The Director of Athletics is responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the intercollegiate athletic program in accordance with governmental, university, conference, and NCAA policies, rules and regulations. Additionally, the Director oversees the department budget, supervises and evaluates personnel, generate funding, and communicates effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public in order to foster a high quality Division I athletics program that reflects the mission of the University.
Duties and Responsibilities
•Strengthen all sports to be competitive at the championship level while ensuring an exceptional overall experience for each student-athlete.
•Recruit, mentor, support, and supervise a diverse pool of strong, ethical, and talented coaches to foster success.
•Organize and supervise the entire Athletics staff and delegate specific responsibilities to ensure the efficient and productive operation of all administrative and operational business functions of the department.
•Ensure that the department operates in a manner that values diversity, equity, inclusion and well-being for student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
•Support the University’s educational philosophy and the Department of Athletics as a loyal, energetic, and highly visible University representative.
•Ensure the department operates within the mission of the University and in compliance with NCAA, Conference, and University rules and guidelines.
•Provide strategic leadership toward goals related to competitiveness, student academic achievement, student-athlete experience, compliance, financial management, and event attendance that reflect the mission and values of the University as a whole.
•Supervise the recruitment of quality student-athletes commensurate with the University’s goals and standards, Title IX and NCAA regulations, and to successfully compete at the Division I level.
•Participate actively in professional organizations, authorized by the President, through attendance at conferences, clinics, and conventions as needed for an understanding of current developments within all areas of responsibility.
•Develop and administer all athletic budgets.
•Work with the TSU Foundation, President, and other individuals to develop fundraising strategies with team goals and oversee a fundraising plan for Athletics to achieve annual goals
•Develop corporate sponsorship opportunities that enhance Tennessee Stats University’s brand and presence in the market.
•Increase attendance at all sports and generate overall enthusiasm and excitement for Athletics across campus (among students, faculty and staff) and in the community (including donors and alumni).
•Collaborate with other units on campus, including, but not limited to, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the General Counsel’s office, on campus on various university/athletic related matters to enhance relationships between Athletics and other departments on campus.
•Participate in planning, communication, and collaboration with the President as a member of the President’s Cabinet/Senior Leadership Team to ensure alignment between the goals of the Athletic Department with the University’s mission and goals.
•Perform related departmental duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
Minimum of 5 years of experience in collegiate athletic administration or other equivalent work experience
Demonstrated skill and expertise in supervision, fund raising, public relations, athletic promotions, budgeting, planning, and fiscal management
Established record of administrative excellence within the management of an NCAA sponsored athletics program to inspire and guide the Tennessee State University Athletic Department to a high level of excellence
Commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equity
Strong knowledge of or demonstrated ability to quickly learn and master applicable policies, rules and regulations, including those of the NCAA and Title IX
Understanding of and commitment to the mission of Tennessee State University
Demonstrated record of adherence to and compliance with applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, NCAA rules, OVC rules, Title IX regulations, and university policies
Ability and desire to successfully grow the current program on all levels, especially reputation and functioning, to take Tennessee State University to its next stage of excellence
Lead with the highest ethical and moral standards.
About Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is an urban, land grant institution with a proud history and designation as a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and an R2 research university. Originally founded in 1912, after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, its beautiful main campus sits on 500 acres just 10 minutes northwest of downtown. Complementing the main campus is a newly renovated downtown campus within easy walking distance of the central business and government district that also features a simulated stock-trading center, a student computer laboratory and continuing education, distance learning and multimedia services. Located in the heart of government, banking, insurance, publishing, healthcare, transportation, art, culture, and education, Tennessee State fosters a progressive and inclusive environment of learning to its 7,000+ enrolled students, representing over a combined 90 states and countries.