About La Salle University
When the Brothers of the Christian Schools founded La Salle College in 1863, they looked to their founder and the universal patron saint of educators, for inspiration and guidance. Beginning with this act of faith, La Salle became the first institution of higher education in the world to bear the name of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Even as La Salle has grown into a university to meet the changing needs of our students and our times, our Lasallian Catholic heritage remains a constant, nurturing our institution into a community rooted in the Catholic intellectual and social teaching traditions. These traditions inspire us to integrate scholarship from across the various academic fields in an effort to understand the world around us in ways that bring people closer in relationship to the transcendent. Today, La Salle University remains committed to the values of the Gospel and the founding story and vision of St. La Salle. Those values remain integral to how we understand our Catholic identity and informs us in how we continue our Lasallian educational mission.
La Salle is a Lasallian Catholic university committed to the principle that all knowledge is practical and empowering, filled with the capacity to transform lives. Anchored in the living tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and in association with a diverse and inclusive learning community, our mission is to educate the whole person by fostering a rigorous free search for truth. La Salle, in affirming the value of both liberal arts and professional studies, prepares students for the lifelong pursuit and exploration of wisdom, knowledge, and faith that lead to engaged and fulfilling lives marked by a commitment to the common good.
The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation reports directly to the President of the University and is responsible for the overall administration of the intercollegiate athletic program in accordance with governmental, university, conference, and NCAA policies, rules and regulations. The Director plans and manages intercollegiate sports recreation, as well as the intramural and open recreation programs. The Director oversees the department budget, supervises and evaluates personnel, and communicates effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public in order to foster a high quality Division I athletics program that reflects the mission of the University.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and administer the department’s strategic plan consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan and Mission.
- Strengthen all sports to be competitive at the championship level while ensuring an exceptional overall experience for all student-athletes.
- Promote La Salle University and the intercollegiate athletic program, in particular, through, but not limited to, the following activities:
- Organization, contact, and follow-up on a network of alumni, parents, and friends to identify quality student-athletes, to increase financial support for the athletic programs through fund raising efforts, to increase attendance at athletic events, and to enhance the image and general support of the University;
- Attendance at alumni related functions and gatherings;
- Acceptance of speaking opportunities as requested by University officials;
- Communicate and meet regularly with students, faculty, and staff to promote enthusiasm and support for intercollegiate athletes and attendance at athletics contests; and
- Participate as an administrative staff member through attendance at faculty and administrative meetings and other forums of the department’s goals and activities.
- Recruit, train and evaluate all coaches, administrators and supporting staff within the Athletics Department.
- Lead all athletics fundraising efforts through direct personal activity and engagement of athletics personnel to achieve annual fundraising goals.
- Ensure that the department operates in a manner that values diversity, equity, inclusion and well-being for student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
- Support the University’s educational philosophy and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation as a loyal, energetic, and highly visible University representative.
- Responsible for compliance with all rules, regulations, and philosophy of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Atlantic 10 Conference and any other athletic conference with which the University may have an affiliation, and with the policies and procedures of La Salle University.
- Responsible for compliance with all of the regulations of Title IX related to Athletics in the administration of all intercollegiate athletic programs, policies, and procedures.
- Supervise the recruitment of quality student-athletes commensurate with the University’s goals and standards, Title IX and NCAA regulations, and to successfully compete at the Division I level.
- Oversees all athletics facility management, maintenance, improvement and utilization for events.
- Monitor and regularly communicate with the Academic Support for Student Athletes Office on student-athletes’ academic progress. Additionally, cooperate with the faculty, academic advisers, tutoring services, summer school enrollment and related issues.
- Perform appropriate needs assessment, policy formation, and program planning and evaluation.
- Meet regularly with the Athletics and Recreation Committee, Equity Committee, Faculty Athletics Representative, and the Athletics Equity Officer, as requested.
- Serve on University committees, as appointed, and prepare proposals and reports needed to accomplish the goals of the department and to respond to requests of the faculty and administration.
- Participate actively in professional organizations, authorized by the President, through attendance at conferences, clinics, and conventions as needed for an understanding of current developments within all areas of responsibility.
- Cooperate fully and build positive relationships with the press and media while supervising the Marketing and Promotions team.
- Report relevant eligibility problems, rules infractions, and disciplinary actions to the President.
- Develop and administer all athletic budgets.
- Perform all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the President.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
- Minimum of 7 to 10 years of experience in collegiate athletic administration
- Demonstrated skill and expertise in supervision, fund raising, public relations, athletic promotions, budgeting, planning, and fiscal management
- Distinguished record of leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to inspire and guide the La Salle University athletic program to a high level of excellence
- Commitment to affirmative action and gender equity
- Strong knowledge of NCAA and Title IX rules and regulations
- Understanding of and commitment to the mission of La Salle University
La Salle 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 May 6th, 2019. For additional information please contact:
Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Hayden Garrett, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 122
La Salle University is a diverse community dedicated in the tradition of the Christian Brothers, and is concerned for both the ultimate values and the individual values of its faculty, employees, and students. Accordingly, in support of this values-driven mission, the University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, religion, sex, age (40 years and older), disability, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual preference or orientation, marital status, gender identity, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any prohibited basis, unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification which justifies a differentiation. This commitment applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, promotion, compensation, discipline, discharge, and any term or condition of employment and extends to participation in all educational programs and activities of La Salle University. Employment is based upon an applicant’s ability to meet the established requirements for employment. All employment decisions will be made in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local antidiscrimination laws.