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Director of Athletics and Chair of Sports Studies, Recreation, and Athletics
Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington
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Date Posted 10/30/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Reporting to the provost and dean of the faculty, the director of athletics and chair of sports studies, recreation, and athletics supports the mission of the College by planning, designing, and administering successful programs in intercollegiate athletics, fitness, and recreation. The director/chair provides vision, strategic direction, and administrative leadership to the department by providing development, management, and supervision of both present and future facilities essential to those programs.

The director/chair fosters principles that encourage integrity, student well-being, diversity, and inclusiveness throughout all levels of the organization while promoting an environment of excellence and success. The director/chair will develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures that promote best practices and address personnel development, financial management, facility renovation and enhancement, alumni and community relations, and compliance and regulatory expectations while advancing a high level of integration of athletics into the overall student experience. In addition, the director/chair works closely with the admission office in the recruitment of scholar athletes and the establishment of a high level recruitment strategy. The director/chair works closely with the advancement office to assist and support the W Club- a membership group comprised of alumni, parents, and friends of the college.

The director/chair leads and manages an organization with an annual budget of approximately $1.3 million, 15 varsity sports, over 300 scholar-athletes, 16 club sports, and 40 full- and part-time positions throughout the department.

A master's degree is required; significant, progressive professional experience leading a complex, dynamic, and diverse department is preferred. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, student-athlete development, NCAA compliance within a Division III environment, and the role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives. A collaborative management approach; superior communication and relationship-building skills; strong planning and fiscal competencies; an understanding of the role of enrollment at a small private liberal arts college; a familiarity with program development and assessment; excellent problem solving abilities; and a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of athletics and chair of sports studies, recreation, and athletics.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin March 18, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, may be submitted online at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at ddr@spelmanjohnson.com or Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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