The University of Akron – Director of Athletics

The University of Akron  invites expressions of interest from and nominations of experienced, energetic and student-focused candidates for the position of Director of Athletics.  It is anticipated the person selected will assume the duties of Athletic Director effective July 1, 2021. 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON: Founded in Akron, Ohio, in 1870, The University of Akron (UA) is one of Ohio’s most influential public urban research universities, conducting high-quality research in focused areas of excellence, contributing to the vitality of the local economy, and providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines including the liberal arts, sciences, health care, engineering, business, law, and education. Surrounded by thousands of businesses in the Akron metropolitan area, including Fortune 500 companies, the University provides countless opportunities for co-ops, internships and other real-world experiences, equipping students for the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. For more information about the university, please visit www.akron.edu. 

A rallying point for community and institutional pride, Akron Athletics fields a variety of men’s and women’s varsity teams. (www.gozips.com) The Akron Zips compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and belong to the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The co-ed rifle team competes in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC). The Zips have brought home more than 30 conference titles in the past nine years; and the men’s soccer team, which has captured 15 MAC tournament titles from 1998-2018, won its first-ever NCAA College Cup Championship in 2010. They were runner-up in 2018. After winning conference titles in men’s soccer and basketball, along with both indoor and outdoor track and field, Akron Athletics was recognized as having the best men’s athletics program in the MAC for the second year in a row in 2016-17, winning the Reese Trophy — the third time Akron Athletics has won the award. Zips student-athletes have excelled in the classroom as well. Nine UA athletics programs exceeded the national multi-year average in the Academic Progress Rate report — a measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Athletics has direct responsibility for the University’s NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics Program, including 18 varsity sports and over 350 student-athletes, and represents the University nationally and within the Mid-American Conference (MAC).  The Director reports to the President of the University and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.  In that role s/he is expected to adopt a high profile of participation in University activities.  

Given the highly dynamic state of NCAA Division I Athletics, the Athletic Director will be expected to provide creative leadership in charting a future course for UA athletics.  This will include working with University faculty and administration to explore new models of inter- and intra-university collaboration and new financial models.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Developing and administering a comprehensive, competitive, and respected NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic program, to include all aspects of personnel, budget, operations, facilities management, student-athletes’ welfare, student-athlete recruitment and intercollegiate team competitions.
  • Ensuring the program complies with the rules, regulations and requirements of the NCAA, the Mid-American Conference (MAC), and the mission and policies of the University.
  • Collaborating with faculty and staff leadership to enhance student-athlete academic success and athletic program integration with the mission and values of the University.
  • Assisting the University with enrollment, marketing and outreach.
  • Collaborating closely with the University Division of Development to deploy a highly successful community and alumni outreach and philanthropic program to support athletics and other important initiatives of the University. 
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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a senior athletics administrative position is required, preferably at the NCAA Division I level.  Experience with NCAA Division I compliance, complex fiscal management and operations related to athletics is expected. The successful candidate will set high standards for performance, credibility, transparency and integrity as a hands-on, accessible administrator with strong interpersonal and communication skills and a track record of collaboration with all constituencies. Bachelor’s degree required. 

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APPLICATIONS, NOMINATIONS, AND INQUIRIES: The application period is open until the position is filled. However, for fullest consideration, applications should be submitted through the form on this page by March 26, 2021.  A complete application includes completion of the online form, resume of educational qualifications, background and experience, and names and contact information for at least three professional references (no references will be contacted without permission from the applicant). 

Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to: cpfeifler@collegiatesportsassociates.com

 

The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (www.uakron.edu/hr/eeoaa).

The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at www.uakron.edu/title-ix/at-uakron.

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