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Requisition Number 18-0004
Post Date 2/26/2018
Title Director of Athletics
City Frederick
State MD

Under the general direction of the President, the Athletic Director (AD) leads the College’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic program consisting of 22 intercollegiate sports with more than 300 student-athletes. The AD also oversees club sports and an intramural/recreation program. Reporting to the president, the AD provides the leadership, strategic vision and oversight of all athletic programs and operations. The AD directs and facilitates the recruitment, success and well-being of student-athletes and the promotion of the athletics program to both internal and external constituents. The AD ensures compliance with NCAA Division III rules and regulations and Title IX compliance, seeks and implements opportunities to promote and expand Athletic Department events, programs and related activities, and is responsible for the recruiting, retention and development of coaches, athletic trainers and other athletic department personnel. The AD works collaboratively with his or her colleagues to support the mission and strategic goals of the College and to ensure the positive integration of the athletic department into the College community.


Student-Athlete Recruitment and Player Development (30%)

  • Directs and oversees athletic programs, events, policies and activities to ensure they reflect the College’s commitment to the development and well-being of all students and a primary emphasis on academic success.
  • Develops and administers policies and procedures for the support and development of student-athletes, varsity, club, and intramural athletic programs. Interprets, administers and ensures compliance with College, NCAA, Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and federal (e.g., Title IX and Clery Act) policies, rules and regulations. Recommends policy and procedural revisions, as appropriate.
  • Directs and oversees the recruiting of prospective student-athletes in close collaboration with the Office of Admission and coaching staff, including establishing recruiting goals for each intercollegiate sport.
  • Works with the Associate Director of Athletics (Advising and Support Services for Athletes) who works with faculty and other campus departments to ensure the academic success of student-athletes.
  • Works with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine/Senior Woman Administrator to ensure that student-athletes are provided appropriate support for athletic injuries and ensures best practices in the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries (e.g., concussion education and protocol). Works with Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine/Senior Woman Administrator, coaches, College Health Services personnel and others to address the health needs of our student-athletes and those participating in club sports and the intramural/recreation program, including ensuring that referrals to proper sources for additional information or needed services are available.
  • Works with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communication/Compliance Officer in recognizing student-athlete achievements and team success in collaboration with the Office of Marketing and Communication.
  • Directs game operations to ensure adherence with NCAA regulations and Hood College policies; establishes and maintains a culture that supports sportsmanship and fair play while creating a positive fan experience.

Administrative, Facility and Program Management (70%)

  • Directs and administers the activities of the Hood College Department of Athletics, which includes but is not restricted to: long-range facility planning, analysis of personnel management, fiscal responsibility, policies and procedures, travel arrangements and schedules, and serves as the College’s principal representative in the field of intercollegiate athletics.
  • Oversees hiring a diverse team of athletic professionals and conducts ongoing performance evaluation of individual coaches and staff, and assists with professional development.
  • Develops and maintains department budget for intercollegiate sports, club sports and the intramural/recreation program. Works closely with accounting and purchasing offices to ensure efficient financial operation of department.
  • Works with the Administrative Assistant for Athletics to coordinate travel, lodging and meal accommodations for athletic teams and staff; ensures the preparation of itineraries and passenger lists as specified.
  • Works with the Athletic Facilities Coordinator to plan and schedule the use of athletic buildings, grounds and facilities for use by athletic programs. Supports use of facilities by other campus constituents and external groups, as overseen by Conference Services. Makes necessary arrangements for maintenance and safety support.
  • Completes internal and external reports for Hood College Board of Trustees, Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC), NCAA, Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA) and others, as needed or requested.
  • Serves as the department’s official liaison on matters of policy, news releases, fundraising projects, capital improvements and public relations in collaboration with the Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance Officer and the Offices of Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Marketing and Communications.
  • Identifies athletic department facility and program needs; participates in fundraising activities for athletics as directed by and in close collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement, including the annual Blue and Grey Golf Tournament. Supports other fundraising activities to benefit the athletic program.
  • Coordinate Hall of Fame and other recognition for alumni athletes in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations.
  • Integrates and collaborates with other campus departments and programs in support of the College mission and effectively communicates athletic department affairs and events.
  • Maintains close reporting relationship to the president and works in a collegial and collaborative manner with members of the senior team as well as all campus constituents.
  • Attends campus or external meetings as required or requested and represents the president and the College at events as directed by the president.
  • Cultivates community relationships and establishes rapport with various sports club programs to enhance Hood athletics and involvement in community service.
  • Contributes to a positive campus climate and demonstrates a positive, innovative attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Fulfills all aforementioned responsibilities with integrity and consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the College.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Manages and supervises ten full-time staff, 25 part-time head and assistant coaches, graduate assistants, approximately 50 student employee positions and numerous volunteers as part of day-to-day operation of department. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of above work units. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Demonstrates leadership, strategic visioning, demonstrated commitment to student success and well-being, experience with and commitment to the mission of a private liberal arts college and the role of DIII athletics. Evidence of successful fundraising and communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work collegially and collaboratively across all constituents to achieve desired goals are strongly preferred.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree (preferably in related field), at least five years of athletic administrative experience in higher education, which ideally includes coaching experience, and knowledge of NCAA DIII rules and federal regulations, i.e., Title IX and Clery Act compliance. Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills required. Must be student-centered.

Technology Skills

Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Office products; social media, and ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific software applications (including Front Rush recruitment software).

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information in both oral and written format to various constituencies.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to understand and interpret budgets, charts, graphs, tables, and rudimentary statistical data. Ability to use mathematical concepts in developing reports, monitoring expenses, and creating a budget for events.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references. When saving documents, all document titles related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number. (i.e. c.smith18-0004). Review of applications will begin February 23, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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