Kennesaw State University (KSU), a rapidly growing, comprehensive research university with an enrollment of 35,000 students, seeks dynamic, innovative leadership for its nationally prominent Division I athletics program. The Athletics department sponsors 18 varsity sports with approximately 450 athletes. The KSU Owls compete as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference for all sports except Football which competes in the Big South Conference. The Owls operate with a staff of approximately 125 employees and a budget of $19 million annually.
The Athletic Director is responsible for the development, management, coordination and supervision of a competitive intercollegiate athletics program. The Athletic Director provides visionary leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the athletics program; maintains an athletics program that is committed to the university's mission and strategic priorities; raises funds for the athletic department; administers the overall athletic budget; recruits and manages the coaching staff; and ensures compliance with all university, BOR, NCAA and conference policies, rules, and regulations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide strong leadership and fiscal responsibility in the administration of the athletic department to ensure the most effective and efficient use of personnel and financial resources.
Serve as KSU's principal representative for intercollegiate athletics.
Maintain sound academic standards and assure that student athletes succeed academically.
Provide leadership and assistance in fundraising for the Athletics Department.
Oversee all activities and operations of the KSU Athletics Department, and ensure that all activities and operations of the KSU Athletics Department and its personnel are in full compliance with state and federal law, and with university, University System, and NCAA policies and procedures.
Determine, after all appropriate consultation with the President, the organizational structure and staffing level of the Athletics Department. Make recommendations to the President in the selection, performance, evaluation, and dismissal of athletics personnel.
Work collaboratively with appropriate University administrators, and keep them informed of KSU Athletics Department activities, operations, and issues.
Oversee planning within the department to provide for the continued development and growth of a comprehensive Division I Intercollegiate athletics program that adheres to the rules, regulations, and policies of the University and the NCAA.
Keep abreast of conference and NCAA activities, including attending conference and NCAA meetings to aid in formulating appropriate Athletics Department policies.
Provide leadership for and supervision of compliance with rules and regulations by coaches, athletes, friends, and supporters of the University.
Engage in appropriate level of involvement with media, contributors, alumni, and friends of the University.
Serve as the Athletics Department's official spokesperson on matters of policy and news releases such as schedules, hiring, etc.
Provide final oversight and approval on matters involving scheduling, budgeting, ticket policy, fiscal policy, and other phases of the Athletics Department under guidelines outlined by the President, University System, NCAA, and conference.
Administrative responsibilities will involve the hiring and retention of quality coaches and administrative personnel, the development of short- and long-term financial plans and budgeting, the negotiation of media and sponsorship contracts, and the coordination and oversight of athletics facilities.
Responsible for the development, execution, and maintenance of effective marketing and promotion programs to promote a positive image of athletics and the University and aid in ticket sales and attendance at intercollegiate athletics events. These programs should provide excitement about athletics at KSU.
The Athletic Director (AD) supervises professional and support staff. The AD will report to the President.
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.
Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Nine years comparable/related experience; management/supervisory skills are required.
Education: A master's degree in sports administration/management, business or public administration from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Proven fundraising and revenue-generating ability; Ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of constituents in a diverse community; Skills to communicate effectively, both written and oral, through a variety of media; Ability to recruit outstanding coaches and staff who, in turn, can recruit the best student-athletes.