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Director of Athletics

Takoma Park, MD
Job Title:               Director of Athletics
Department:          Athletics
Reports To:           President
FLSA Status:         Exempt

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued. Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued, and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of the title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.
Plans, administers, and directs intercollegiate athletic activities by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Directs intercollegiate athletic activities by developing athletic policies; plans and assists coaches in scheduling of all sporting events; coordinates recruitment efforts with Marketing and Recruitment.
  • Coordinates athletic staff activities by planning, assigning, and directing work; appraises performance; rewards and disciplines employees; addresses complaints and resolves problems.
  • Addresses financial objectives by assisting coaches in preparing annual budgets for each sport; schedules expenditures; analyzes variances; initiates corrective actions.
  • Represents athletic program by serving on committees as assigned; attends athletic meetings and conventions.
  • Supports student athlete excellence by encouraging academic and athletic progress; interacts with faculty and staff regarding students' academic progress; counsels and advises; sets goals with students.
  • Coordinates athletic activities by planning fundraising, publicity and public relations to promote athletic events, and community service activities.
  • Ensures Compliance with Athletic Association rules and requirements by enforcing policy; resolves problems.
  • Develops and maintains athletic reputation by networking and building relationships with key industry, church, and community influencers; directs publicity to promote activities; and revises and updates department publications.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends university events, required meetings (including weekly Convocation) and actively participates on institutional committees as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supervision Received:
Reports directly to the President
  • Supervision Given:
Direct supervision of the Office Manager, Athletic Specialist/Trainer, Sports Information Director, Coaches, and student employees.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Must possess personal attributes that are in harmony with the philosophy and objectives of this organization.  Must be able to effectively communicate with all levels and ages of employees and the public, provide leadership qualities and foster appropriate customer relations.
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.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s preferred)
  • Experience in intercollegiate and interscholastic sports.
  • Previous managerial experience; athletic administration experience preferred.
Language Skills:
  • Superior command of English grammar and spelling.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Interpersonal Skills:
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to solve problems.
Mathematical and Technology Skills:
  • Basic computational skills.
  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office, particularly in Word and Excel; spreadsheet and database.
Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Ability to deal with non-verbal symbolism.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Must exhibit leadership ability.
  • Organization skills.
  • Possess capacity for planning and follow through; advanced skills in motivation, and conflict resolution.
Physical Demands:
  • The physical demands described here are representative 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 employee will frequently be called upon and must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally required to travel.
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. If a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.

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