About Princeton University

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and the service of humanity. Princeton is committed to ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment. As the fourth-oldest college in the United States, chartered in 1746, Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

With an undergraduate student enrollment of 5,300+, Princeton boasts a 5:1 undergraduate student to faculty ratio. Additionally, there are over 300 student organizations to continuously develop and support the full intellectual growth, social development, and health and wellbeing of all Princeton students.

The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

About Princeton Athletics

Princeton Athletics is proud of its unparalleled tradition of “Education Through Athletics” and Competitive Excellence. The values and culture of Princeton Department of Athletics are aligned with the University’s primary purposes of teaching, scholarship, research, and service. The Department holds that competitive athletics programs contribute significantly to student-athletes’ individual education and development, and to campus life. Athletics at Princeton are designed to complement the university’s essential educational mission, and foster a shared allegiance among Princeton students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and friends. Intercollegiate, club intercollegiate, and intramural competition, as well as physical education and recreational programs are designed to meet all interests and skill levels. Princeton aims for excellence and balance, and as such, is committed to equitable opportunity for men and women, and to wide participation in intercollegiate athletics. In these and in all other respects, Princeton adheres to the principles that govern The Ivy League.

Princeton’s expectation is that student-athletes fulfill the ideals of both identities—student and athlete. As a matter of educational policy, Princeton seeks to assure that student-athletes are representative of the student body, and are treated as all other students -- with the same regard for health, academic achievement, and general personal development. Princeton Department of Athletics strives to provide the best possible undergraduate experience for its student-athletes, competing for league and national championships, and promoting, for the entire university community,  the values inherent in the campaign to Be A TIGER: to be Accountable, to be Team-oriented, to show Integrity, to be Growth-minded, Engaged, and Respectful. 

Princeton student-athletes have won one quarter of all of the championships won in Ivy League history, and perform more than 4,000 hours of community service, each year.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Campus Life, The Director of Athletics will lead an intercollegiate and campus recreation program that challenges and develops the physical, mental, and personal abilities of student-athletes for 38 varsity sports; fosters the elements of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play; promotes physical fitness, sports participation and athletics excellence; engenders school spirit among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends; enhances the name of Princeton University; and generates revenues to help defray the costs of the athletics program, all while adhering to the policies of the Ivy League, ECAC, NCAA, and Princeton University.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide visionary leadership and role modeling that strives for excellence in academics and athletics, while embracing equity in opportunity, good sportsmanship, and ethical conduct at all levels.
  • Actively support and advance the University’s commitment to ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment by continuing to create and implement new strategies to further increase the diversity of the student-athlete, coaching and administrative staff groups.
  • Manage the intercollegiate athletics and campus recreational sports programs that report to the Director of Athletics and provide direction by setting goals to stimulate program development, developing and managing a complex budget, and participating in decision making processes to make hard decisions in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Build and maintain relationships with the Ivy League, ECAC, and the NCAA, and participate actively in league and conference meetings and activities.
  • Collaborate with Campus Life and the Office of the General Counsel to oversee the administration of the intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation sports programs while maintaining accountability for its design, operation and evaluation, ensuring compliance with institutional, Ivy League, ECAC, NCAA, and state and federal laws and Title IX regulations, guidelines and requirements.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with faculty, administrators, staff, student body, alumni, and the local community regarding intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation sports programs at Princeton University. 
  • Relate to and understand the passion for the student-athlete experience, with specific attention to recognizing that students must find a balance between athletic endeavors and academic success in a rigorous academic setting, while working with faculty/staff to support this commitment and develop the physical, mental, and personal abilities of all Princeton students.
  • Actively contribute to university committees and campus discussions on a variety of student and institutional issues.
  • Supervise all athletic staff; recruit, retain, develop, evaluate, and support the professional development of the administrative and coaching staffs in promoting their accomplishments, and establishing positive morale and relationships.
  • Lead the development of intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation sports programs fundraising goals and strategies, and work closely with Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs to meet strategic needs and work with alumni, and the broader Princeton community to increase financial support for Princeton’s intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation sports programs.
  • Possess high political and business acumen with the ability to navigate and manage the evolving landscape of collegiate athletics.
  • Develop plans to enhance the revenue-generating capacity of the Athletics Department through the understanding the external functions of the department including fundraising, brand management, ticket selling, sponsorship, media and marketing.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of administrative leadership and accomplishment, of progressively responsible collegiate athletic administrative experience.
  • Ten years of experience in university or college sports programs, which includes managerial or supervisory experience, is preferred.
  • Candidates should demonstrate significant experience in strategic and financial planning.
  • Possess proven organizational, planning, supervisory and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess a commitment to diversity and to the development of an inclusive campus culture.
  • Ability to travel extensively during the season.
  • Possess creativity, flexibility, resilience, intelligence, patience, and a quick wit and sense of humor.
  • Possess a demonstrated commitment to the holistic academic and athletic development of the student-athlete within the context of a liberal arts education

Application Process:

Princeton 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 July 7, 2021. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
DeLaina Jordan, Associate
770-804-1996 ext: 119
danielparker@parkersearch.com | djordan@parkersearch.com

Princeton is committed to the principles of fairness and respect for all. Our Equal Opportunity Policy protects all students, employees and applicants by requiring that selection decisions for admission to academic programs or employment be based on individual merit rather than stereotypes and bias. All admissions and employment-related decisions are made in accordance with the University's commitment to nondiscrimination.

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