La Salle University Vice President For Athletics And Recreation
La Salle University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, invites nominations and applications for the role of Vice President for Athletics and Recreation.
About La Salle University
La Salle, founded in 1863, is a Lasallian Catholic university committed to the principle that all knowledge is practical and empowering, filled with the capacity to transform lives. Anchored in the living tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and in association with a diverse and inclusive learning community, our mission is to educate the whole person by fostering a rigorous free search for truth. La Salle, in affirming the value of both liberal arts and professional studies, prepares students for the lifelong pursuit and exploration of wisdom, knowledge, and faith that lead to engaged and fulfilling lives marked by a commitment to the common good.
La Salle University (the Explorers) sponsors 25 Division I varsity programs that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference and as a member of the Philadelphia Big 5. The La Salle University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation is committed to both the spirit and principles set forth by La Salle University; through its intercollegiate and recreational programs, the Department is committed to providing a holistic, transformational experience that encompasses service to the community, academic and athletic excellence, all within the framework of institutional integrity. La Salle Athletics ranks among the top-20 nationally in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate and in 2021, was one of eight colleges and universities at the Division I level to earn the nation’s best Graduation Success Rate score, matching Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Duke, Holy Cross, and Lafayette.
The Vice President for Athletics and Recreation reports directly to the University President and is responsible for the overall administration of the intercollegiate athletic program in accordance with governmental, university, Atlantic 10 Conference, and NCAA policies, rules and regulations. The VP oversees the department budget, supervises and evaluates personnel, and communicates effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public in order to foster a high-quality Division I athletics program that reflects the mission of the University.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and administer the department’s strategic plan consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan and Mission.
- Strengthen all sports to be competitive at the championship level while ensuring an exceptional overall experience for all student-athletes.
- Promote La Salle University and the intercollegiate athletic program, in particular but not limited to the following activities:
- Organization, contact, and follow-up on a network of alumni, parents, and friends to identify quality student-athletes, to increase financial support for the athletic programs through fund raising efforts, to increase attendance at athletic events, and to enhance the image and general support of the University;
- Attendance at alumni related functions and gatherings;
- Communicate and meet regularly with students, faculty, and staff to promote enthusiasm and support for intercollegiate athletes and attendance at athletics contests; and
- Participate as an administrative staff member through attendance at faculty and administrative meetings and other forums of the department’s goals and activities.
- Recruit, train and evaluate all coaches, administrators and supporting staff within the Athletics Department.
- Lead all athletics fundraising efforts through direct personal activity and engagement of athletics personnel to achieve annual fundraising goals.
- Ensure that the department operates in a manner that values diversity, equity, inclusion and well-being for student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
- Support the University’s educational philosophy and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation as a loyal, energetic, and highly visible University representative.
- Responsible for compliance with all rules, regulations, and philosophy of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Atlantic 10 Conference and any other athletic conference with which the University may have an affiliation, and with the policies and procedures of La Salle University.
- Responsible for compliance with all regulations of Title IX related to Athletics in the administration of all intercollegiate athletic programs, policies, and procedures.
- Supervise the recruitment of quality student-athletes commensurate with the University’s goals and standards, Title IX and NCAA regulations, and to successfully compete at the Division I level.
- Oversees all athletics facility management, maintenance, improvement and utilization for events.
- Monitor and regularly communicate with the Academic Support for Student Athletes Office on student-athletes’ academic progress. Additionally, cooperate with the faculty, academic advisers, tutoring services, summer school enrollment and related issues.
- Perform appropriate needs assessment, policy formation, and program planning and evaluation.
- Meet regularly with the Athletics and Recreation Committee, Equity Committee, Faculty Athletics Representative, and the Athletics Equity Officer, as requested.
- Serve on University committees, as appointed, and prepare proposals and reports needed to accomplish the goals of the department and to respond to requests of the faculty and administration.
- Participate actively in professional organizations, authorized by the President, through attendance at conferences, clinics, and conventions as needed for an understanding of current developments within all areas of responsibility.
- Cooperate fully and build positive relationships with the press and media while supervising the Marketing and Promotions team.
- Report relevant eligibility problems, rules infractions, and disciplinary actions to the President.
- Develop and administer all athletic budgets.
- Other duties as assigned by the President.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- At least seven (7) years of senior-level management experience in intercollegiate athletics or a related field, preferably in higher education, athletics administration, and at the NCAA Division I level
- Successful record of managing coaches and staff and a high degree of knowledge of NCAA Division I athletics programs
- Demonstrated understanding and commitment to compliance with NCAA regulations
- Demonstrated skill and expertise in supervision, fund raising, public relations, athletic promotions, budgeting, planning, and fiscal management
- Distinguished record of leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to inspire and guide the La Salle University athletic program to a high level of excellence
- Commitment to affirmative action and gender equity
- Strong knowledge of NCAA and Title IX rules and regulations
- Understanding of and commitment to the mission of La Salle University
- Master’s degree preferred
- Comprehensive knowledge of intercollegiate athletics, including experience at the Division I FCS or I-AAA level.
- Demonstrated high integrity and ethical standards
- Proven commitment to prioritizing the health, welfare and holistic development of student-athletes
- Ability to creatively connect with and inspire a wide range of supporters and stakeholders
- Deep understanding of critical issues across the NCAA landscape
- Demonstrated commitment to broad-based programming and fiscal responsibility
- Commitment to developing a departmental culture that values and celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
APPLICATIONS: The position will remain open until filled; but, for best consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of application and resume electronically via: www.collegiatesportsassociates.com by May 31, 2023. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to: Jmclaughlin@collegiatesportsassociates.com.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience.
La Salle University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports a fully inclusive, equitable, and diverse working and learning environment. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
La Salle University offers its eligible employees comprehensive medical and dental plans, employer paid life and disability insurance, retirement benefits, generous paid time off (vacation, sick leave, and holidays), and tuition benefits such as no cost undergraduate and graduate degree programs for its employees (with no wait period) and no cost undergraduate degree programs for its employees’ dependents (after completing the required years of service).
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