About Chicago State University

Chicago State University “CSU” is the oldest public university in the Chicago Metropolitan area, founded in 1867. CSU is known for its impressive landscape, sitting on 161 wooded acres featuring large tracts of open space and beautiful trees. The campus is located near the recently-renovated CTA 95th Street station, as well as other transit systems that all provide commuter students, faculty and staff convenient access to the campus. The University also provides the greater South Side Chicago community with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities.

The University’s five colleges—Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Pharmacy—offer various undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree-granting programs to students spanning 38 states, 20 Illinois counties, and 12 countries. Under the leadership of President Zaldwaynaka Scott, CSU has been committed to the processes of renewal and transformation. The President’s student-centered vision focuses on the advancement of the outstanding academic programs, as well as the development of new, innovative, and relevant programs to meet the needs of employers of the twenty-first century.

CSU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ mission is to graduate its student-athletes, while producing winning programs that attain regional and national recognition. Like the University, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics must strive for greatness in teaching, research and services through providing exemplary leadership, successful competitiveness within sport, and a commitment to providing appropriate facilities and support services that will provide an engaging learning experience to all student-athletes.

As a member of the Western Athletic Conference, CSU sponsors 15 NCAA, Division I athletic programs, with over 175 student-athletes. CSU strives to become the league’s consistent representative in NCAA Post Season Tournaments, while continuing to be an integral part of the University community through the continued development of strong student, alumni, and community support, and innovative, creative, and visible programs.

Position Summary

Chicago State University seeks a dynamic, innovative, forward thinking, and experienced leader to direct a championship level Athletic Department. Reporting to the President of the University, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible for understanding how to leverage the unique opportunities for growth and advancement at the University; fostering high standards of integrity, athletic excellence, academic success and compliance; having strong management and fiscal skills; developing excellent relationships with both internal and external constituents; and directing and hiring coaches who are committed not only to winning, but to uphold the welfare of student-athletes and to follow NCAA compliance guidelines.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the vision, leadership, strategic planning, policy development and management of a competitive and high quality Division I athletics program.
  • Provide strategic leadership and establish clear expectations toward goals related to building a culture that enhances accountability, competitiveness, student academic achievement, student-athlete experience, compliance, and financial management that reflects the mission and values of the University as a whole.
  • Work with the CSU Foundation office to develop fundraising strategies with team goals and oversee a fundraising plan for Athletics to achieve annual goals while
  • Maximize all channels of revenue generation, especially as it relates to corporate sponsorship dollars from Chicago-based companies.
  • Organize and supervise the entire Athletics staff and delegate specific responsibilities to ensure the efficient and productive operation of all administrative and operational business functions of the department.
  • Be a visible university leader on campus and in the community, and represent the University and Athletic Department to external constituents in a manner that demonstrates personal and professional integrity and promotes department interests.
  • Ensure the department operates within the mission of the University and in compliance with NCAA, Conference, and University rules and guidelines.
  • Improve and enhance facilities to better serve student-athletes, coaches, staff, and all athletics supporters.
  • Ensure and advance the Department’s commitment to maximize the educational potential and well-being of all student-athletes through establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and communication with faculty, administrators, staff, student body, student government association, alumni, friends, booster clubs, and the local community regarding CSU Athletics.
  • Strengthen all sports to be competitive at the championship level. Recruit, mentor, support, and supervise a diverse pool of strong, ethical, and talented coaches to foster success.
  • Encourage diversity and inclusion within the Athletic Department with regard to students, staff, administrators, and coaches.
  • Participate in planning, communication, and collaboration with the President as a member of the President’s Executive Leadership team to ensure alignment between the goals of the Athletic Department with the University’s mission and goals.
  • Perform related departmental duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Established record of administrative excellence within the management of an NCAA athletics program.
  • Demonstrated brand marketing, public relations, and media experience to develop corporate sponsorship opportunities that enhance CSU’s brand and presence in the market.
  • Demonstrated managerial and business acumen, and project management experience in relation to facility renovation, enhancement and expansion.
  • Knowledge of NCAA regulations, requirements and reporting systems, and the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of intercollegiate athletics.
  • Excellent skill in written and interpersonal communication, giving presentations, customer service, and supervisory/management skills.
  • Ability and desire to successfully grow the current program on all levels, especially reputation and functioning, to take CSU to its next stage of excellence
  • Lead with the highest ethical and moral standards.

Application Process

Chicago State University invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by October 9, 2019. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Hayden Garrett, Principal
DeLaina Sarden, Research Associate

hgarrett@parkersearch.com | dsarden@parkersearch.com
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 119

Chicago State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

It is the policy of Chicago State University to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status.

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