About the College

The College of the Holy Cross, founded in 1843 in Worcester, MA, is a highly selective, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution and is ranked among the nation's leading four year liberal arts colleges. Holy Cross has continuously evolved to reflect the needs of their students and changing times. Holy Cross’ Jesuit, Catholic identity has remained a constant throughout that evolution – informing and influencing everything throughout the college. 

Since its founding, Holy Cross has sought to educate students who, as leaders in business, professional, and civic life, would live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this ideal, Holy Cross endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility, pursued in classroom and laboratory, studio and theater, residence and chapel. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Cross community.

Position Summary

The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible for directing and leading the College’s NCAA Division I (FCS Football) intercollegiate athletics program in a way that promotes the College’s mission and creates an environment that is open and inclusive. Holy Cross is a member of the Patriot League, the Atlantic Hockey Association, the ECAC and Hockey East, and participates in 27 varsity sports (13 men’s and 14 women’s). The department has an annual budget of $23 million and is comprised of more than 700 student-athletes which is more than 20% of the College’s student body. 

The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics will work with students, faculty, staff and alumni across the College to maintain excellence in its athletic programs and to make certain the holistic education and formation of the student-athlete. To ensure excellence, recruiting and retaining a diverse group of exceptional coaches and promoting the student-athletes’ academic and athletic achievements is paramount. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics reports to the President and will work closely with the offices of the President, Provost, Student Affairs, Administration and Finance, Advancement and Mission to support the overall goals and objectives of the College.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Articulate the role of athletics in the Catholic and Jesuit Liberal arts tradition, as well as the values of the Patriot League, to students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with these constituencies to realize the College’s goals and aspirations.
  • Provide strategic and visionary leadership to the Athletic Department.
  • Commitment to helping students become the best scholar athletes they can be as they integrate their personal, team and institutional values in becoming men and women for and with others
  • Build and sustain an athletics program that best positions Holy Cross to compete and win at the conference and national level while furthering the educational mission of the college, without sacrificing the identity and ethical standards of the institution.
  • Appreciation of the academic expectations of Holy Cross students, as well as an understanding of the challenges and stresses facing high-achieving student athletes today and experience in addressing them.
  • Represent athletics externally through outreach and fundraising with alumni, parents and friends of athletics, and internally to represent intercollegiate athletics as an area of excellence of the College.
  • Ensure compliance with NCAA, Patriot League, Atlantic Hockey Association, ECAC, Hockey East and Title IX rules and regulations.
  • Recruit, retain, lead, and inspire a diverse group of successful coaches and athletic administrators.
  • Develop shared departmental goals and a culture of excellence for the athletics department.
  • Build a sense of community and competitive excellence among scholar athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, faculty, alumni and supporters.
  • Develop and manage budgets for all operational areas of the program ensuring budgetary and fiscal accountability in order to adhere to a balanced budget through enhancing revenue generation and monitoring spending.
  • Build a department that shares the college’s commitment to a culture of openness and inclusion that values diversity in people and ideas.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong administrative skills with several years of experience in athletic administration in a highly academic liberal arts college or selective university environment.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the College of the Holy Cross, and its commitment to faith and justice, sexual respect, and diversity and equity.
  • Commitment to a competitive intercollegiate athletics program within an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit institution.
  • Demonstrated record of ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of scholar athletes through a positive student-athlete experience.
  • Ability to work successfully with students, faculty, staff, alumni and professional colleagues.
  • Commitment to integrity, honesty, diversity, equity and accountability.
  • Experience and proven success in the areas of fundraising, scholarships and fiscal stewardship.
  • Awareness of the culture of a liberal arts college where each division functions as a part of the whole, where finances are interconnected and where general polices, processes and expectations are the same.

Application Process

The College of the Holy Cross invites letters of nomination, applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the college. 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 April 12, 2019. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal

Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 118

The College of the Holy Cross encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The College does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. 

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