University of South Carolina Upstate: Director of Athletics

The University of South Carolina Upstate, a comprehensive public institution, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Athletics. This is an exceptional leadership opportunity for an experienced athletics administrator to plan and direct a growing and competitively successful NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program.

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The University of South Carolina Upstate is a positive, diverse, and empowering institution for motivated, success-minded students who want to be challenged academically, supported personally, and pushed to the boundaries of their potential in an opportunity-rich environment.

From its founding in 1967, the University has bound its fortunes to one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, the I-85 corridor connecting Atlanta and Charlotte. Much of what sets USC Upstate apart is its position in one of the most dynamic, opportunity-rich locations in the South. Home to more than one million people and boasting the highest per capita international investment of any county in the nation, the Upstate region provides boundless academic, professional, and cultural outlets for students to develop skills and establish meaningful connections.

Comprised of a diverse and dynamic community of approximately 6,000 students from 26 states and 17 countries, USC Upstate is a wonderful blend of traditional and nontraditional students who reflect the Upstate’s rich international character. USC Upstate offers a balance of strengths that, when added up, results in a learning experience that’s hard to match. The academic programs are accredited and highly ranked, with amazing research and internship opportunities for students.

USC Upstate is committed to fulfilling regional and state workforce needs and thus the university is a major engine of social and economic development. The university offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing. These are degrees that help students to transition easily to careers in the Upstate region.

By continually adding new academic programs that prepare graduates to take leadership roles in companies and in their communities, USC Upstate is helping the region to prosper. The faculty and staff are dedicated to maintaining high academic standards and to student success. Their commitment to transforming the lives of students who are usually the first ones in their families to seek higher education shines through in every interaction at USC Upstate.

Regional, comprehensive universities are marked by their commitment and contributions to the region and their service and engagement with the community. There is an impressive spirit of service at USC Upstate that allows students, under the direction of a faculty member, to apply what they have learned in the classrooms and laboratories on some of the challenges facing our communities. In one year alone the students volunteered more than 18,000 hours to serving others in a number of ways.

Substance and beauty is a powerful combination and it perfectly describes the USC Upstate campus in Spartanburg, SC where the most modern and cutting-edge learning facilities, technology, and resources are offered within a pristine, 330-acre campus that features rolling hills, creeks, groves of trees, and beautiful green space. The spirit of competition permeates the campus with the USC Upstate Spartans competing on the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Spartans field 17 varsity sports: basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, and track and field for both women and men; baseball for men; and softball and volleyball for women.

Nearly 30,000 students have earned their degrees from USC Upstate and are now representing the University as alumni. Nearly 85 percent of the alumni choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers, making a significant impact on the region’s economy and quality of life.

Now in its 50th year, the University continues to be recognized nationally among its peer institutions for its excellence in education and commitment to its students, for its involvement in the Upstate, for its operational and managerial effectiveness, for its civility and common purpose and for the clarity and integrity of its mission. U.S. News & World Report recently recognized USC Upstate as #2 Top Public Regional Colleges in the South and #3 lowest student debt upon graduation in Sothern Region: only school ranked in S.C.

USC Upstate has enjoyed working with the Spartanburg community for the past 50 years and is looking forward to enriching the Spartanburg community in partnerships for the next 50 years and beyond. Together, we will create a future that is enriching, engaged and healthy. The University’s reputation as a leader in education for the entire Upstate region is one that gets stronger each day.

Spartanburg, South Carolina

The City of Spartanburg is the seat of Spartanburg County. It has a population of nearly 40,000 with the metropolitan area reaching nearly 289,000 residents.

A major center for higher education, Spartanburg has seven colleges and universities that have a collective enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The institutions are a major economic driver for the city and larger region, and a number of partnerships between the schools and businesses are creating significant strategic advantages in workforce training, research, and economic development.

Known for its natural beauty, Spartanburg offers a high quality of life and friendly people. Shopping, dining, activities, historical sites, and cultural arts are available. The city is home to a diverse array of international companies, including BMW’s only North American plant.

The mild climate, with four distinct seasons, allows for outdoor activities year-round. The area has lakes, rivers, parks, preserves, arboretums, and trails waiting to be explored.

Situated at the junction of I-85 and I-26, Spartanburg is easily accessible to both the mountains and the beaches. The city is 75 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, and 93 miles to Columbia, South Carolina.

The Opportunity

The Director of Athletics provides leadership and direction to the intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the academic mission of the University. The Director is responsible for the overall management of the University’s Division I Athletics Department. The Director supervises an NCAA Division I program assuring that all programs comply fully with institutional, Atlantic Sun Conference, and NCAA guidelines.

The Director of Athletics works closely with the Chancellor to support the mission of the University. This senior administrator reports directly to the Chancellor and serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet.  The Director works with academic and administrative leaders to set the strategic direction for the intercollegiate athletics program.

The Director of Athletics leads a team of approximately 50 coaches and support staff and manages a budget of over $7M.  The Department sponsors teams in 17 NCAA Division I sports, 9 for men and 8 for women.  The USC Upstate Spartans are a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

With the arrival of Dr. Brendan Kelly as Chancellor on March 1, the Director of Athletics will play a leadership role in building momentum for the new Chancellor’s vision for the University. In the capacity of Director of Athletics, this administrator will work closely with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, faculty, students, alumni and many of the top business and community leaders in the area.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the hiring, supervision, mentorship and evaluation of coaches and staff.
  • Monitor and ensure NCAA and Title IX compliance.
  • Assume responsibility for adherence to rules and regulations governing University, Atlantic Sun Conference, and the NCAA, including assisting in the education process extended to the alumni and the community.
  • Demonstrate significant experience in strategic and financial planning, as well as organizational development and personnel management.
  •  Support the professional development of the administrative and coaching staffs, promote their accomplishments, and establish positive morale and relationships.
  • Oversee and monitor closely all phases of budget management for the Department of Athletics.
  • Participate actively in Atlantic Sun Conference and NCAA meetings and activities.
  • Collaborate with the USC Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of the USC Upstate Foundation on fundraising initiatives to support all sports in the University’s NCAA Division I program.
  • Act as the chief fundraiser for the Department of Athletics.  Serve as chief public relations officer and oversees all Athletics external operations.
  • Participate actively on university committees and in campus discussion on a variety of student and institutional issues.
  • Provide leadership in the planning and management of all athletic facilities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with faculty, administrators, staff, student body, student government association, alumni, friends, booster clubs, and the local community regarding athletics at the USC Upstate.
  • Be a positive presence in the community among individuals and corporations via participation in both internal and external events.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred;
  • Leads with the highest ethical and moral standards;
  • 3 to 5 years of progressive administrative experience, preferably in athletics administration, in higher education and at the NCAA Division I level;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to lead and manage a complex organization that serves multiple stakeholders. The position requires knowledge of coaching, NCAA rules and regulations, Title IX compliance, supervision and human resources management, fiscal management, strategic planning, fundraising, and public relations;
  • Experience in a diverse and complex university culture where athletics plays a visible and supportive role in the life of the campus;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to leading a competitive intercollegiate Division I sports program in the context of an academically challenging collegiate environment;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse groups;
  • Awareness of the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics and ability to navigate successfully in that environment.
Application Process:

The position will remain open until filled.  For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of application and resume by June 23, 2017.  Applications can be submitted electronically to:  No hard copy applications will be accepted.

Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to


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