New job Athletic Director in Oklahoma

Athletic Director
Athletic Director

Athletic Director

Company : Oklahoma City University
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Oklahoma

Full Description

Position Summary:


The Athletic Director (AD) is responsible for the high-quality performance of the athletics department focused on building, strengthening, and growing the athletic program. The AD provides strategic leadership, vision, and support for all athletic programs including various team sports, student-athlete academic achievement, development/fundraising, and community relations.

The AD reports to the President of the university and is a key member of the President’s Cabinet.


Essential Functions:


Leadership and Direction:

  • Provide dynamic and visionary leadership for NAIA intercollegiate athletic programs, coaches, and staff. Serve as a member of the President’s cabinet.
  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for the athletic department including a broad vision for bolstering the experience and development of student-athletes including maximum use of scholarships and other resources. Collaborate closely with the president and chief financial officer to ensure departmental strategy and decisions align with the university's mission, objectives, and resources.
  • Provide oversight of practice and training schedules, competition, travel, insurance, etc.
  • Responsible to recruit, select, develop, motivate, and retain highly successful coaches and athletic staff who support the mission and strategic initiatives of the university.

Conference and University Compliance:

  • Serve as the athletic representative for the university with the NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference; maintain accountability with the president in matters of NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference compliance and institutional oversight.
  • Exercise leadership and assume responsibility for adherence to and compliance with all NAIA, Sooner Athletic Conference, and university rules and regulations pertaining to intercollegiate athletics.

External Relations and Development

  • Serve as a chief development officer for the athletic department including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects and donors; develop and coordinate annual fundraising plans and goals with the Office of University Advancement.
  • Represent and promote the university and athletic programs at sports-related and non-sports-related events; be highly visible and actively engaged on campus and in the community.
  • Provide strong leadership and visibility in the recruitment of athletes and non-athletes to OCU.
  • Review and approve all athletic publications, press releases, marketing materials, and other public documents; work closely with university communications and marketing staff to ensure consistency with marketing strategies.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson and advocate for athletic programs; develop strong relationships with various constituencies including academic deans, faculty, administration, staff, students, donors, alumni, trustees, media, and community groups; integrate the Athletic Department, coaches, and student-athletes into university life.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance, and use of athletic facilities.

Financial, Facilities, and Event Management:

  • Prepare and recommend annual athletic budget; develop cost/benefit analysis for new initiatives; provide administrative oversight of athletic budgets; engage all coaches in fund-raising initiatives.
  • Provide administrative oversight for auxiliary athletic activities, such as summer campus.

Student Success:

  • Serve as the chief liaison between the athletic department, academic deans, the faculty, and provost; ensure that student academic achievement and accountability is a priority; maintain graduation rates and academic success of student-athletes; ensure regular and consistent communication between faculty and head coaches; provide annual data reports to faculty regarding athletes and their academic progress.
  • Strive to increase attendance at OCU athletic events; engage students, faculty, staff, and the public in athletic events.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach
  • Able to efficiently operate a computer keyboard
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone

Working Conditions:

  • Work is both indoors and outdoors requiring frequent travel between campus buildings and competition sites.
  • Standard office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, frequent attendance at evening events is required, including athletic and non-athletic events.
  • Off-campus, state, and national travel is required.

Required Skills


As a Cabinet-level position, the Athletic Director (AD) must provide inspirational leadership, excellence in management and administration, strategic vision and direction for planning and growth, and other professional traits including:

  • Outstanding leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to develop, manage, and inspire a talented and diverse professional staff
  • Successful budget and administrative management experience and skills
  • Strong communication skills: writing, speaking, and listening
  • The ability to establish effective working relationships with academic deans and faculty for program promotion
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success

Energy, imagination, good spirit, and a sense of humor


Required Experience
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in athletics administration with positions reflecting increasing responsibility is required.
  • A significant portion of the candidate’s experience in the private higher education environment is preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A master’s degree is preferred.

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