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 The Director of Athletics oversees 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. The Director of Athletics, working with one Associate and three Assistant Directors, oversees the daily operations of the Athletics department and will provide exceptional leadership and management skills, competitive drive, and a clear passion for the value of collegiate athletics in a student-athlete’s education. The Athletic Director reports to the President and is a member of the Executive Staff 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 including two National Championships in Men’s Volleyball, signifying both conference championships and top-eight national finishes.

DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Embody the principles of servant leadership, empowering and advocating for staff and student athletes.
  2. Maintain positive, productive relationships with faculty and campus administrative staff.
  3. 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.
  4. Lead a team of coaches in recruitment efforts to yield high-caliber student-athletes.
  5. Be responsible for developing plans, organizing, coordinating, and managing all aspects of intercollegiate athletics and the Athletics Department.
  6. 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.
  7. Develop, manage, and ensure compliance with budget policies and procedures.
  8. Lead fundraising, corporate sponsorship, promotions, and marketing activities, under the oversight of the Institutional Advancement and Communication offices.
  9. Create an environment that is supportive of diversity, equity and inclusion (including gender, race, religion, and sexual identity).
  10. Maintain compliance with all required state, federal and league policies (Title IX, NCAA, CCIW, etc.)
  11. 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.
  12. Supervise athletic trainers to provide a comprehensive program of prevention/rehabilitation for student-athletes.
  13. Encourage and create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, professionalism, collaboration, and respect among the staff, coaches, and student-athletes within the department and across campus.

DESCRIPTION OF NONESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Participate as a visible member of and positive contributor to the Carthage community, as well as a model of lifelong learning and development for Carthage athletics.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Position requires supervision of approximately 100 full and part-time coaches, administrative and support staff, volunteers, and student employees.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required).

  • Requires an individual with a strong work ethic and love of athletics.
  • Requires a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline.
  • Requires a minimum of five years of athletic administrative experience with the preference being at the collegiate level.
  • 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.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED:

None

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

(The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The phrases “occasionally,” “regularly,” and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to 1/3 of working time, “regularly” means between 1/3 and 2/3 of working time, and “frequently” means 2/3 and more of working time.)

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, speak and/or listen, and use hands to touch or handle objects, tools, or controls. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and/or reach above shoulders. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move between 1 and 25 pounds while moving files, books, equipment, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

Work is performed in both an office environment and a variety of indoor/outdoor locations across the campus. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions and will occasionally travel on college business. The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate.

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About Carthage

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is committed to building a rich and diverse community. Through Carthage’s regional partnership in Moon Shot for Equity and actions guided by our Anti-Racism Plan of Action and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan, we strive to increase access to higher education. Carthage is committed to the education of individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Carthage is an equal opportunity employer.