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Director of Athletics

December 23, 2017

Carthage College, home to one of the premier NCAA Division III athletic programs in the United States, seeks a dynamic Director of Athletics to build on our successful, resource-rich program. The successful candidate will bring to Carthage’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities exceptional leadership and management skills, competitive drive, and clear passion for the value of collegiate athletics in a student-athlete’s education.

Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Many of our teams compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), widely regarded as one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the country. The College flies 115 banners from 24 different sports earned in the last 25 years, signifying both conference championships and top-eight national finishes.

Carthage has invested more than $200 million in facilities in recent years with a substantial proportion of those funds devoted to renovating and building new athletic facilities. Recent projects include a 2017 renovation of Art Keller Field and the surrounding track and the 2013 reconstruction of Augie Schmidt Field (baseball). Other facilities include Tarble Arena, the N. E. Tarble Athletic, and Recreation Center, and Smeds Tennis Center. The College’s athletic endowment is approaching $3 million.

The Director of Athletics will report to the President of the College.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Embody the principles of servant leadership, empowering and advocating for staff and student-athletes.
  • Maintain positive, productive relationships with faculty.
  • Provide vision and administrative support to Carthage College’s Division III intercollegiate athletic program that supports 24 sports with more than 800 student-athletes.
  • Lead a team of coaches in recruitment efforts to yield high-caliber student-athletes.
  • Be responsible for developing plans, organizing, coordinating, and managing all aspects of intercollegiate athletics and the Athletics Department.
  • Oversee the effective recruitment, hiring, supervision, mentoring, and/or evaluation of approximately 100 full and part-time coaches, administrative and support staff, volunteers, and student employees.
  • Develop, manage, and ensure compliance with budget policies and procedures.
  • Assist in fundraising, corporate sponsorship, promotions, and marketing activities, under the oversight of the Institutional Advancement and Communication offices.
  • Create an environment that is supportive of diversity, equity and inclusion (including gender, race, religion and sexual identity).
  • Maintain compliance with all required state, federal and league policies (Title IX, NCAA, CCIW, etc.).
  • Prioritize the measurable academic success of student-athletes, including their retention and graduation, through focused efforts including collaboration with college services to support the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of student-athletes.
  • Supervise athletic trainers to provide a comprehensive program of prevention and rehabilitation for student-athletes.
  • Encourage and create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, professionalism, collaboration, and respect among the staff, coaches, and student-athletes within the department and across campus.

Required Education, Experience and Licensure

  • A competitive individual with a strong work ethic and love of athletics.
  • Five years of athletic administrative experience at the collegiate level preferred.
  • Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline.
  • Ability to lead seasoned professionals as well as lead/mentor newer staff.
  • Collaborative, collegial, barrier crossing abilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of the mission, role, and regulations of Division III athletics in a liberal arts educational setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the whole student-athlete experience.
  • Proven administrative and management skills.
  • Visionary leadership skills balancing long- and short-term objectives.
  • Coaching experience.
  • Fundraising experience.

How to Apply

Application materials should include:

  • Letter of interest/cover letter
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • List of the following references with contact information: Professional supervisor; professional candidate is supervising; professional colleague outside of current department; student-athlete

Application materials should be submitted by using the link below and submitting all materials through the “Resume Upload Section”:

Apply online

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2018.

Carthage College will maintain confidentiality regarding all applications received. Carthage College conducts background and reference checks on candidates selected as finalists. If you should be chosen as a finalist, a representative of the search committee will inform you so that you can notify your references appropriately.

About Carthage

Founded in 1847 by Lutheran pioneers in education, the vibrant Carthage College community includes 2,600 full-time students, 400 part-time students, and more than 350 full-time faculty and staff. The beautiful campus is an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Named a “Best Midwestern College” by Princeton Review (2017), Carthage has grown steadily in enrollment and financial strength in each of the past 25 years.

The search commences during Dr. John Swallow’s first year as president in an unprecedented time of prosperity and innovation at the College. Carthage’s approach to education combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation for our students, so they can uncover and ignite their true potential. Additionally, the College has celebrated consistent stability in enrollment and consecutive years of balanced budgets. These accomplishments, coupled with an increasing academic profile of incoming students, are signs of a maturing institution that is elevating its prominence in the marketplace through a strong and unwavering vision of academic and co-curricular excellence.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.