Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.
The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes: Health, Dental, Retirement, and Tuition Remission.
About The College of Wooster
Founded in 1866, the College of Wooster is a residential liberal arts college of approximately 2,000 students. Considered one of the 'Colleges that Change Lives,' the College offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Students at the College come from all over the country, and sixteen percent of the student body is international from over 60 countries, making the College of Wooster the most internationalized campus in Ohio.
The College of Wooster is a founding member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, which includes Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, and Wittenberg University. As a member of the NCAC, the College of Wooster is committed to integrating athletic competition into the educational program with the goal of supporting the development and success of scholar athletes. Students at the College participate in 23 NCAA Division III varsity programs and have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of club and intramural sports. The College of Wooster also offers a minor in Physical Education. More information about the College's Athletics program may be found on the website: https://www.woosterathletics.com
The Director of Athletics and Physical Education (AD) oversees the intercollegiate, intramural and recreational programs of the College. Reporting to the Provost, the AD ensures the day to day operations of Athletics and, along with other College leaders and Athletics staff, develops a vision for the Athletics program that encourages athletic success, health and well-being, and student growth and development in the context of an excellent liberal arts education. In addition, the next AD will engage in the implementation of the College's recently endorsed strategic plan, Connect, Create, Discover. Athletics staff have long played a key role in nurturing students in their personal development over the years of their college experience and creating cohesive community that supports students in their academic goals. With its emphasis on experiential learning, connections across campus, holistic advising, and diversity and inclusion, the recent strategic plan provides a special opportunity for the next AD to integrate students' experience of athletics with the rest of their undergraduate education.
Key Responsibilities of the Position:
1.Provide leadership for setting a long-term vision for Athletics and implementing assessment of programs. Ensure Athletics contributions to the College's strategic plan and create opportunities for Athletics staff to collaborate with other College staff and faculty on shared goal.
Develop key elements of the Athletics program that require assessment or evaluation, create implementation plan, communicate with relevant campus audiences, and lead necessary changes in Athletics priorities
Participate in regional and national professional development opportunities focused on understanding the role of college athletics in higher education
Provide leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion goals both in the specific context of Athletics and in the broader College and local community.
2. Oversee the regular operations of the Athletics program and ensure adherence to conference regulations and higher education Athletics best practices.
Hire coaching and administrative staff, ensure regular communication of expectations, and conduct yearly performance reviews
Oversee athletic training and sports medicine staff and ensure best practices for student health and well-being
Create a culture of ongoing professional development for all Athletics staff and provide regular opportunities for mentoring and cohesive community
Supervise the Chair of the Physical Education program and provide guidance on learning outcomes and assessment of the curriculum
Oversee financial management of the department, with a focus on equity and regular and open communication
Ensure compliance with NCAA and NCAC regulations as well as all College policies; ensure gender equity and Title IX compliance
Supervise the scheduling of athletic competitions and oversee home contest operations
Partner with faculty to ensure the integration of academic and athletics learning goals and experiences
Regularly develop and monitor facilities and other crucial needs for the Athletics program
3. Ensure strong financial and community support for Athletics in partnership with Advancement, Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, and other relevant constituencies.
Manage fundraising activities with the Office of Advancement, both for individual teams and for the department as a whole, utilizing the newly created Fighting Scots Fund for programmatic support
Work with Advancement and facilities teams regarding the planning and funding of approved projects
Assist Advancement with donor relations upon request
Partner with Alumni Relations and other constituencies to cultivate ongoing connections with alumni and other supporters of the College's teams and athletics program
Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to develop consistent branding, compelling stories and content strategies about the successes and core mission of Athletics in a liberal arts context
Work with Chief Communications and Marketing Officer collaboratively to ensure adequate engagement and oversight of Athletics Communications staff
4. Support the enrollment and retention goals and strategies of the College
Assist coaches with developing strong recruitment strategies that maximize the use of limited financial resources
Collaborate with Admissions and Financial Aid to develop enrollment goals and identify particular opportunities that advance the strategic position of the College
Engage regularly in professional development around best practices in recruitment, retention, and overall success of single- and multi-sport student-athletes
Develop efficient and reliable information tracking systems that enable solid monitoring and outcomes of recruitment and retention efforts
Meet regularly with staff in Student Affairs, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Wellness Center, senior leadership, and faculty to develop, implement, and sustain effective strategies for student thriving, mental health and well-being, and post-graduate success
At least five years of progressive responsibility in Athletics leadership at the college level, with some coaching experience desirable
An advanced degree related to athletic administration, physical education, sport, or higher education leadership
Track record of fostering inclusion and equity for student-athletes as well as for Athletics staff
Working knowledge of student development and ability to articulate the role of athletics in student learning outcomes
Understanding of the competitive higher education marketplace and demonstrated achievements in developing effective recruitment strategies
Strong organizational skills and ability to communicate effectively with staff, campus constituents, and external audiences
Experience with developing and overseeing budgets and strong potential to be effective at fundraising
Strong interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively to set and achieve department goals
Ability to respect core traditions of the College of Wooster Fighting Scots while providing leadership to adapt to change and create new practices conducive to success and a strong culture of community and mutual support
The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation.
The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The College of Wooster is a drug-free workplace.
Nomination and Applications:
Candidates for the position should submit a c.v. and cover letter explaining how their background and professional experiences correspond to the job responsibilities and qualifications. For best consideration, candidates should submit materials by February 3. Click on the link below to apply for the position. Candidates selected for a preliminary videoconference interview will additionally submit 3-4 professional references to be contacted by the search committee.
The Director of Athletics and Physical Education is a full-time twelve-month position with a projected start date of July 2020.
With a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, The College of Wooster strives to attract qualified women and candidates from other historically underrepresented groups, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation. Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The College of Wooster is a drug-free workplace.