About Dartmouth College

Established in 1769, Dartmouth College (Dartmouth) is one of the world’s great academic institutions.  As a private, four-year, liberal arts, coeducational college, Dartmouth's focus is on undergraduate education.  But the College is much more – an Ivy League university with graduate schools of business, engineering and medicine as well as 16 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Located in Hanover, NH, life in the Upper Valley offers scenic views of rugged beauty, brimming with arts and culture. From local farm stands and museums to robust outdoor recreation, one-of-a kind shops, and wonderful food & dining options, Dartmouth provides a vibrant, inclusive learning environment in which to educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and responsible leadership through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge. The 269-acre main campus is home to 4,000+ students, boasting a 7:1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio, affording the opportunity for faculty and students alike to respond with research and innovation to the most pressing challenges of our time. Keeping the liberal arts at its core, the impact and influence of a Dartmouth education extends far beyond the region, but to the global community as well, with 80% of students participating in internships in organizations around the world. Dartmouth bridges the arts and sciences; Teaching and scholarship; Learning and leading – all connections thriving at the heart of our academic enterprise.

About Dartmouth Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation

Often considered a mecca for the highly motivated student-athlete, Dartmouth College is the nation's ninth oldest university, competing in NCAA Division I as a member of the Ivy League. Nicknamed “The Big Green,” Dartmouth sponsors 35 varsity sports - 16 for men, 18 for women and coed sailing; there are also 35 club and 24 intramural sports as three-quarters of Dartmouth undergraduates participate in some form of athletics. The college has demonstrated a total commitment to athletics and recreation with over $100 million in facility improvements since 2000. Throughout the years, Dartmouth athletes have competed at the very highest level, excelling in NCAA championships ranging from track and field to basketball, cross country to soccer, as well as skiing, hockey, lacrosse, baseball and tennis.

Position Overview

Reporting to the President, the Director of Athletics and Recreation provides dynamic, strategic and visionary leadership to the Department of Athletics and Recreation while overseeing the overall management and administration of 35 Division 1 varsity sports teams, club sports, physical education, recreation, fitness, intramurals, and related facilities. The Director of Athletics and Recreation is also responsible for assembling, supervising, mentoring, evaluating and leading a well-trained, highly qualified staff, of over 100 coaches and physical education instructors, to enable all segments of the Department to function effectively.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible, in consultation with appropriate College administrators, for the formulation and implementation of all athletic/recreational policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Advises the College President on issues and concerns regarding all aspects of intercollegiate athletics including College, Ivy League, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations.
  • Oversees and supports the development, implementation, maintenance and supervision of a broad range of athletic and recreational opportunities including varsity athletics, club sports, physical education, intramurals, fitness, and "open" recreation.
  • Formulates plans, policies and procedures that assure compliance with College policy, and provides direction in such matters as risk and financial management.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, NCAA, Ivy League, and Dartmouth regulations.
  • Provides fiscally responsible oversight for the preparation and management of an annual expense budget of approximately $28 million including financial planning related to departmental programs, marketing, promotion and management of major events.
  • In partnership with the Vice-President for Campus Planning and Facilities, oversees the planning, management and control of all athletic facilities.
  • Responsible for the Department of Athletics and Recreation outreach and sport communications efforts.
  • Supports students in balancing their athletic endeavors with Dartmouth’s core academic mission and works with staff both internal and external to the Athletics Department to support this. In particular, establishes and maintains effective working relationships and communications with faculty, undergraduate deans, admissions staff, alumni, friends, and the local community regarding athletics and recreation at Dartmouth.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Development Office to help identify opportunities for alumni and other friends of the College to provide financial support for departmental programs, and will work closely with Development colleagues to make the case for philanthropic support, and to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.
  • The Director serves as the Dartmouth’s representative in such organizations as the ECAC, the NCAA, the Ivy League Committee on Administration, and other related groups.
  • Serves as the Agenda Officer for the Dartmouth Athletics Advisory Board, which provides advice and counsel to the Director of Athletics and Recreation and to Dartmouth’s President regarding Dartmouth Athletics and Recreation and its programs, policies and resources.  The Board and its members serve as key supports and ambassadors for Dartmouth Athletics and Recreation.
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing a plan for achieving diversity, equity and inclusion objectives within the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
  • Provides leadership and role modeling for sustaining a culture of professionalism and respect at all levels.
  • Serves on various Dartmouth committee and administrative/faculty planning groups and subcommittees.
  • Partners with the Faculty Athletics Representative to monitor and support the academic performance and overall wellbeing of our student athletes.
  • Responsible for the execution of a vision for athletics that includes upholding the values and missions of the College, Ivy League Athletics, and Dartmouth College Athletics Department.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree or the equivalent level of education and experience preferred.
  • Considerable intercollegiate and recreation experience, including five to seven years of senior level athletics management experience in a higher education setting or the equivalent.
  • Demonstrated administrative competence, and a record of strong organizational, leadership, management, communication, and financial planning skills.
  • A clear understanding and appreciation for the proper role athletics plays in the context of liberal learning in the Ivy League, and a personal commitment to promoting pluralism and intercultural understanding are required.
  • The ability to communicate and relate effectively to all constituent groups within the College and the surrounding community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, administrators, faculty, alumni/ae, and the local community in responding to their programs, interests and needs relative to the purpose of the Athletic and Recreation Department.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee managers and to develop their leadership/management skills. Skills in analysis, decision-making and the ability to solve problems in supervisory areas are critical.
  • Ability and willingness to work a schedule that will include, at times, evenings and weekends and travel for development and alumni relations purposes.

Application Process

Dartmouth College invites nominations and applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the College. Applications must include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and list of references. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted to Parker Executive Search’s website by April 6th, 2022. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director

DeLaina Jordan, Senior Associate

Taylor Middleton, Associate

danielparker@parkersearch.com | djordan@parkersearch.com | tmiddleton@parkersearch.com

Parker Executive Search

770-804-1996 ext. 119 | 770-804-1996 ext. 124


Dartmouth College ("Dartmouth"), inclusive of all its schools and faculties, does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable law, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, or other school administered programs.


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