Carthage College, a highly successful NCAA Division III athletic program that finished 56th in last year’s Learfield Cup standings, seeks a dynamic Director of Athletics to build on its successful, resource-rich athletic program. The successful candidate will possess exceptional leadership and management skills, competitive drive, and clear passion for the value of collegiate athletics in a student-athlete’s education. The position will have a direct report to the President of the College.

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Director of Athletics

January 21, 2020

Carthage College, a highly successful NCAA Division III athletic program that finished 56th in last year’s Learfield Cup standings, seeks a dynamic Director of Athletics to build on its successful, resource-rich athletic program. The successful candidate will possess exceptional leadership and management skills, competitive drive, and a clear passion for the value of collegiate athletics in a student-athlete’s education. The position will have a direct report to the President of the College.

Carthage fields 27 NCAA Division III varsity sports with state-of-the-art athletic facilities.  Most of Carthage’s teams compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), a highly competitive Division III conference. The College flies 115 banners from 27 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 the Smeds Tennis Center. The College’s athletic endowment is approaching $3 million.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Embody the principles of servant leadership, empowering and advocating for staff and student-athletes.
  • Maintain positive, productive relationships with faculty and campus administrative staff.
  • Provide vision and administrative support to Carthage College’s Division III intercollegiate athletic program that supports 27 sports with more than 800 student-athletes and a student body of over 2500.
  • 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.
  • Lead 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/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 with the preference being at the collegiate level.
  • Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in enrollment management of student-athletes
  • Ability to lead seasoned professionals as well as lead/mentor newer staff.
  • Collaborative, collegial, barrier crossing abilities.
  • Ability to work productively in and foster an environment characterized by diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of the mission, role, and regulations of DIII 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.
  • Fundraising and revenue generation
  • Coaching experience preferred.

How to Apply Online

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following materials combined into one pdf file to :

  • Letter of interest/cover letter
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • List of five references with contact information that includes the following: Professional supervisor; the professional candidate is supervising; and professional colleague outside of the current department.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by February 16, 2020. Questions and inquires can be directed to Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consultants at

Carthage College will maintain confidentiality regarding all applications received. Carthage College conducts background and reference checks on candidates selected as finalists. If the candidate is chosen as a finalist, a representative of the search process will inform the candidate so that the applicable references can be appropriately notified.

About Carthage College

Founded in 1847 by Lutheran pioneers in education, Carthage College has a vibrant community with 2,500 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 (2020), Carthage has grown steadily in enrollment and financial strength over the past 30 years.

The search commences during Dr. John Swallow’s third 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 expectations for our students so they can uncover and ignite their true potential. The academic buildings, residential housing, and athletic facilities on campus are largely new within the past 20 years, attesting to the College’s years of balanced budgets and well-managed resources. These accomplishments, coupled with a rising 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.

Kenosha is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin with a population of nearly 100,000, but it retains a small-town feel. The city offers dining, shopping, beaches, festivals, farmers’ markets, art galleries, theatres, museums, and other entertainment. The outdoors enthusiast will find boating, fishing, golf, biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, nature, and water parks. The immediate area, with ample affordable housing, is home to the headquarters or major operations of corporations such as Jockey International, Uline, Snap-on, SC Johnson, Rust-Oleum, Abbott Laboratories/AbbVie, and Amazon. For those seeking major city amenities, both Milwaukee and Chicago are within an hour’s drive and have major art and cultural museums, professional sports teams, and numerous performing arts organizations.

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.