The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) is pleased to announce the following position announcement for the Athletic Director and invites nominations or applications.
The Athletic Director leads a comprehensive NCAA Division III men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program that sponsors 22 intercollegiate sports. Athletics at CSS are a strong driver of traditional student enrollment, with 31% of undergraduates competing as student athletes. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and golf. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, and golf. There is also strong participation in intramural and club sports.
Who We Are/College Profile
CSS is a co-educational, independent, comprehensive institution of higher learning offering undergraduate and graduate programs across six academic schools under the sponsorship of the Benedictine Sisters who continue to have a strong presence on campus.
The General Education program, Veritas, provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, cultivating a conscientious use of knowledge that prepares them for responsible living in a global community. Veritas addresses the College’s goal of liberal education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Emphasizing the search for truth across a breadth of disciplines, each course develops skills and values outlined by the College’s Learning Outcomes. Central to these efforts is the particular attention given to the individual student. The College aspires to be a diverse and inclusive academic community of excellence.
The College’s vision is to develop thoughtful and engaged leaders, sharpened and sensitized by the liberal arts, who are prepared for and committed to serving and transforming the world. This is accomplished through the mission of providing intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work.
The College offers programs in Duluth, at seven satellite campuses throughout Minnesota, and online to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The College was an early adopter of non-traditional student education, offering degree completion programs in the early ’90s and fully online degree programs soon after. The Duluth campus remains home to traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, including more than 74 majors and minors. Overlooking Lake Superior, the 186-acre Duluth campus is in a beautiful setting with a mix of new and historic buildings. Campus buildings include the expanded Science Center, Burns Wellness Commons, and the iconic Tower Hall, as well as a library, chapel, 500-seat auditorium, black-box theater, and on-campus dorms, suites, and apartments.
The College is guided by our five core Benedictine Values, drawn from the Rule of St. Benedict, which are at the heart of the College’s mission and animate the student experience.
Love of Learning
The College Today
The College is home to 4,042 students in 73 programs. In Fall 2018, there were 2,479 undergraduate students, 1,711 of them in our traditional program on the Duluth campus. 1,564 students were enrolled in graduate programs. There were 488 undergraduate and 650 graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.
Location - City of Duluth
Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 in a metropolitan area in excess of 150,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. Duluth’s current mayor, Emily Larson, is an alumna, having earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from CSS.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the no. 1 “Outside City” in the U.S. and the no. 2 “Best Adventure Hub” in the world. The nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Duluth was also recently featured in the book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America and CBS Sunday Morning as an “American Town on the Rise.” Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns.
Residents of Duluth enjoy a reasonable cost of living. The city has a thriving arts scene, a growing craft district, and more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. For additional information on Duluth, go to visitduluth.com or destinationduluth.org.
The student body at the College comes from 49 states (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam) and 20 countries. CSS has been strategically increasing its diversity, with 16.6% of the overall student body coming from historically under-represented groups. First-generation students comprise 42% of the traditional undergraduate student body. Women make up 66% of our traditional undergraduate students.
The Athletic Director is responsible for shaping and implementing the strategic focus of the department to achieve College goals, demonstrating a strong commitment to the College’s Catholic, Benedictine heritage and inclusive excellence. The director is responsible for providing administrative direction and oversight for all intercollegiate athletics staff, programs, facilities, policies, and activities and will sustain a culture of student-athlete academic excellence and well- being. This position oversees the budget, allocation of resources and marketing efforts and cultivates and develops external constituency relationships that will lead to the growth of athletics funding. In addition, the director must ensure strict compliance with regulations governing intercollegiate athletics and all NCAA, conference, College and state guidelines.
Gives direction to and provides support for coaches, athletic trainers, administrative staff, student-athletes and support staff.
Recommends selection of staff; trains staff and provides for their professional development; administers discipline as required.
Maintains appropriate athletic department policies, procedures and practices, while ensuring consistency with all college policies and requirements, all state and federal laws, including Title IX compliance.
Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the athletic department; prepares and administers the department’s budget.
Plans, implements, supervises, and promotes intercollegiate athletic programs.
Organizes/participates in program coalitions and partnerships with other local, state, private/public agencies.
Facilitates the development and implementation of the department’s strategic plan, aligning department plans with the college’s mission, values and strategic goals.
Ensures observance and adherence of equality of opportunity in men’s and women’s athletics; stays informed of legal requirements; consults with legal staff regarding compliance with the law and to initiate and coordinate the certification of academic and insurance eligibility of athletes.
Ensures an environment that promotes a commitment to student academic achievement, retention and graduation.
Represents the College at conferences, professional and governance organizations, and in the community; promotes the interests of the College’s athletic programs; prepares and presents research and reports.
Cultivates and develops external constituency relationships that will lead to the growth of athletics funding.
Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates program and service delivery, makes recommendations for improvements.
Manages marketing and promotion efforts; collaborates with College relations in the preparation of press releases and the arrangement of media coverage for athletic events.
Responds to and resolves inquiries and complaints.
Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written manuals, procedures, correspondence and periodic and special reports.
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in athletics.
Leads the department such that the College’s student-athletes and teams will strive to achieve their full potential competitively.
Required Qualifications Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of intercollegiate coaching and athletic program administration experience, two (2) years of which were in a supervisory/managerial role; OR, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the supervision of employees.
Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.
Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
Principles and practices of program development and implementation.
Safety principles, practices and equipment related to activities and programs.
Facility management, including scheduling, maintenance and security.
Principles, practices and methods of need assessments and program evaluation.
Collegiate athletic trends.
Computer applications related to the work.
Planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
Creating, planning, implementing and managing a wide- range of programs.
Exercising sound independent judgment within general procedural guidelines.
Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
Developing and implementing program and project goals, objectives, procedures and work standards.
Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
Preparing clear, concise and complete reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or department goals, objectives and activities.
Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with diverse constituents including faculty, staff, students and others.
Athletic Staffing and Consultants (ASC) is assisting The College of St. Scholastica with this search. To apply, qualified candidates must submit electronically a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references into one pdf file to CSSAthleticDirector.ASC@gmail.com For questions or inquires, prospective candidates may contact Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consultants at kpatberg.ASC@gmail.com.
The position will remain open until filled. Initial screening of candidates will begin the week of June 11, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to enriching education and promoting opportunity through a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply. While there is no religious requirement, we are interested in a person who values the Catholic and Benedictine nature of the College of St. Scholastica.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits including medical, dental, disability and life insurance; generous employer contribution to retirement plan; 100% tuition remission for employee and dependents; wellness program; and generous leave program.
About The College of St. Scholastica
The College of St. Scholastica is a thriving independent private college with its main campus overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, extended campuses throughout Minnesota and vibrant online programs that attract learners from around the world. Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) has been preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values upon which it was founded. The College serves an enrollment of over 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs throughout six schools— nursing, arts and letters, business and technology, education, health sciences, and sciences. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks CSS among the best colleges and universities in the region for academic excellence and in 2018 Money magazine included St. Scholastica as a top “best colleges for your money” based on educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.
For more information and to apply, visit www.csshrjobs.com. The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of a...ll students, faculty and staff. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. While there is no religious requirement, we are interested in individuals who value and support the rich Catholic Benedictine heritage of the College of St. Scholastica.