The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The Athletic Director will lead UWRFs Division III intercollegiate athletic program that supports 17 sports with over 400 student-athletes. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Athletic Director provides vision, coordination and oversight for the UW-River Falls nationally competitive NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletics program.
Anticipated Appointment date: July 1, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide leadership, vision and administrative direction for a program that includes 17 intercollegiate sports with over 400 student athletes
Implement the departments strategic plan and contribute to the UWRF Strategic Plan
Advance and execute fundraising, corporate sponsorship, promotions and marketing activities
Develop, manage, and ensure compliance with budget policies and procedures of an approximately $2.5 million budget that includes revenues from state allocations, student fees, generated revenue and donations.
Commits to gender equity, affirmative action and title IX; works to provide equal opportunities for members of all genders to participate in intercollegiate athletics following guidelines set forth to Title IX and OCR.
Oversee the recruitment, hiring, supervision, mentoring, and/or evaluation of approximately 40 Â full and part-time coaches, administrative and support staff, volunteers and student
Develop processes and policies to enhance department resources
Provide oversight of compliance with NCAA and WIAC rules, and state and federal laws working in conjunction with the WIAC Commissioner and office
Work collaboratively with the Chair of the Health & Human Performance Department, the leaders of Campus Recreation, Admissions and New Student and Family Programs, Facilities Management, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid, Registrar and other key University administrators
Work in conjunction with Falcon Center Operations to oversee the university's athletic facilities and long-range facility planning
Prioritize the measurable academic success of student athletes, including their retention and graduation, through focused efforts including collaboration with university services to support the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of student athletes
Actively support diversity and inclusivity efforts, both at the departmental and university level.
Work with the Director of University Communications and the Sports Information Director(s) to market and promote Falcon Athletics
Supervise the athletic trainers to provide a comprehensive program of prevention and rehabilitation for student athletes
Encourage and create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, professionalism, collaboration and respect among the staff, coaches and student-athletes within the department
Create an atmosphere of collaboration that allows students to develop academically, athletically, professionally and personally.
Fulfill weekend and evening obligations
Perform other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Chancellor
Minimum of 3 years administrative experience which may include coaching responsibilities. Must include supervision of employees and budgetary experience.
Demonstrable understanding of NCAA Division III rules and regulations and Title IX compliance.
Minimum of 2 years experience working in higher education.
Masters degree in athletic administration, physical education, sports business, or related discipline
Thorough understanding of the mission and role of Division III athletics in an educational setting
Demonstrable ability to support the whole student athlete experience
Demonstrable effectiveness in written communication, computer, and public speaking skills
Proven track record in communicating with athletes, staff and relevant constituencies to promote collegiality and collaboration.
Proven track record of programmatic promotion and marketing
Evidence of successful fund raising
How to Apply: Apply online at https://jobs.uwrf.edu/ by 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2018. Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt.
Applicants must provide an updated resume; a cover letter addressing how your education and experience relate to the responsibilities and knowledge, skills, and abilities detailed within the posting; contact information for three professional references; and unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required for selected candidate). A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement:
We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UW-River Falls Legal Notice:
UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran or military status. All persons, especially women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies can be viewed at http://www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at 715-425-3133 for a paper copy.