About the College

Macalester (Mac) is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. Since its founding in 1874, the highly selective institution has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition. Located in a residential neighborhood, minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, Macalester offers a wealth of opportunities to its students, faculty, and staff. The College’s enrollment is 2,136, and it draws students from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. The College’s 184 faculty help maintain a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which in turn creates an intimate and inclusive learning environment with an average class size of 17. In the past 10 years, Macalester students have received one Rhodes scholarship, 46 Fulbright awards and many other academic fellowships and scholarships.

As a member of the MIAC, CWPA, and Midwest Conference, the Macalester College Athletic Department is committed to becoming a program nationally recognized for its success in college athletics, both on the fields and courts, as well as in the classroom. With 25% of the student population competing in collegiate athletics, Macalester College sets a high bar in regards to the definition of student-athlete. As a top 30 liberal arts college sponsoring 21 NCAA, Division III athletic programs, Macalester College is primed to become one of the top athletic departments in the country.  

The Position

The Director of Athletics is a key position in the College, reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The College seeks a leader of its intercollegiate athletics and physical education programs, who will work with students, faculty, staff, and alumni across the College to maintain excellence in its athletic programs, recruit and retain a diverse group of exceptional coaches, promote the student-athletes’ academic and athletic achievements, and advance the health and wellness of the College community.

The Director of Athletics will work with the Vice President, as well as other senior administrators, to support the overall goals and objectives of the College. The Director of Athletics is responsible for developing and promoting a vision for athletics at Macalester that supports and advances the learning and personal development of student athletes in the classroom, in competition and training, and in the community. The Director of Athletics will foster strong partnerships within the Mac community to include faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, parents, and community partners, integrating the athletics program into the overall student experience.

Responsibilities & Expectations for the Position


  • Provide visionary leadership and serve as a role model for sustaining a culture of transparency, professionalism, integrity, and respect at all levels.
  • Ensure that departmental planning and decisions are aligned with the College’s goals and promote a full commitment to diversity, gender equity, social justice, and student success.
  • Develop a long-term strategic plan for the Athletics Department that will include academic and athletic achievement, capital expansion, staffing, facilities, alumni and parent engagement, fundraising, and community outreach.
  • Serve as a visible and accessible leader on campus and in the community; represent the College and the department to prospective students, parents, alumni and, the greater community.
  • Build strong relationships with both student-athletes and non-athletes, while providing leadership for programs that recognize and celebrate student success.


  • Serve as the Ambassador for Athletics on campus to build meaningful and strategic relationships with various different constituent groups. Work cooperatively and communicate effectively with the entire College community including students, parents, faculty, Academic Affairs, Advancement, Admissions, Student Affairs, and Alumni Engagement.
  • Work closely with the Faculty Athletic Representative to promote positive relationships and mutual awareness between Athletics and the faculty.

Academic Excellence

  • Maintain the College’s traditional commitments to academic and athletic excellence and partner with Admissions and the faculty to align athletics with the overall academic mission of the College.

Budget Management & Planning

  • Develop and manage budgets in all operational areas of the program and engage in athletic development activities, in concert with Advancement, to enhance financial support for the athletic and physical education programs.

External Relations

  • Create new and innovative ways to promote athletics and school spirit to the on-campus community, the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul community, and the alumni base.
  • Represent athletics externally through outreach to alumni, parents, and friends of athletics and internally to represent intercollegiate athletics as an area of excellence within the College.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Model diversity and inclusion in planning, decision making, hiring of coaches and staff, and the recruitment of student-athletes.
  • Provide athletic and physical education opportunities to students with varying interests and skills; and promoting student-athletes’ personal development, high academic achievement, and full participation in all aspects of college life.

Staff Supervision

  • Build a team of coaches and administrators that believes in a championship culture based around trust, empowerment, equity, and collaboration.
  • Appreciate the unique mix of coaching, teaching, and student-development responsibilities of the members of the coaching staff, and providing the support, mentoring, and institutional environment that are necessary to attract, develop, inspire and retain a diverse and successful group of coaches and staff.


  • Ensure college compliance with all NCAA, MIAC, CWPA, Midwest Conference and Title IX regulations and guidelines, while maintaining appropriate Athletic Department policies, procedures, and practices.

Health and Wellness

  • Oversee and improve multi-user athletic and fitness facilities in a fiscally responsible manner that maximizes the positive impact on advancing student health and wellness. Collaborate with other College departments in support of student health and wellness.

Specific Qualifications for the Position

  • A master’s degree is required.
  • A thorough knowledge of Athletics administration and compliance at the NCAA, Division III level.
  • Experience as an administrator, coach, or student-athlete at the Division III level is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of a demonstrated record of successful athletic administrative experience is preferred.
  • Commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.
  • Competence in budget planning, strategic planning, facilities management, and personnel evaluation.
  • Strong knowledge of current issues and best practices in higher education and intercollegiate athletics.
  • Knowledge and ability to succeed in such areas as alumni relations and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the recruitment process and the ability to work collaboratively with the Admissions staff in the enrollment of students to an academically rigorous institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to diversity, gender equity, social justice, and equal opportunity.
  • Ability to recruit, motivate, supervise, and evaluate departmental personnel.
  • Evidence of high ethical standard as well as personal and professional integrity.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external constituencies.

Application Process

Macalester College invites applications, letters of nomination, or expressions of interest for the position of Director of Athletics 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 October 25, 2018. For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Associate
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996, x118

Macalester College 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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