About The University of Texas at Arlington

Located on a 420-acre campus in the heart of the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. As one of the largest and most diverse universities in Texas, UTA is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. The University promotes lifelong learning through its academic, continuing education, and experiential learning programs. The faculty, staff, and student community share diverse cultural values that foster inclusivity and cultivate mutual respect.

Founded in 1895 as a private liberal arts institution, UTA today enrolls over 48,000 students on campus and online and employs nearly 5,000 faculty and staff. The University has the third-most ethnically diverse undergraduate population in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2022) and is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (U.S. Department of Education). UTA graduates more African American students at the undergraduate and master's degree levels than any other Texas university (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2021).

UTA offers more than 180 baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across nine schools and colleges, including the largest nursing college at a public university in the country. Students hail from coast to coast and over 100 countries worldwide, with around 10,000 living on or near campus. Each year, approximately 14,000 graduates join the ranks of UTA alumni, now numbering more than 250,000.

About Maverick Athletics

Sponsoring 15 NCAA Division I athletic programs, UTA aspires to perform at the highest level of competition, becoming a nationally recognized program through graduating academically superior student-athletes and future leaders. UTA has officially accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), ushering in a new era of Maverick athletics July 1, 2022. This transition makes UTA the 15th member of the WAC and eighth school based in Texas for the 2022-23 academic year. As a member of the WAC, the University will set its vision on continuing to be an exemplary program of character, integrity, and respect, focusing on academic and athletic excellence.

Looking ahead, UTA will continue to strive for consistent representation in NCAA postseason tournaments. Over the years, UTA has amassed 127 conference tournament and regular season championships, including 76 team NCAA tournament appearances. As competitive and impressive as UTA student-athletes are within their respective fields of play, they are equally as committed to their work in the classroom and in the community.

During the 2020-21 year, the Mavericks had 142 student-athletes named to either the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Commissioner’s List (3.5 plus GPA) or the SBC Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA). In addition, the University received both the SBC Institutional Graduation Rate Award and SBC Student-Athlete Graduation Achievement Award in fall 2021 and has received either the SBC Community Service Initiative Award or the SBC Community Impact Award every year from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

Position Overview

As a member of the President’s Leadership Council, with a direct reporting line to the President, the Director of Athletics is tasked with providing strategic leadership for the intercollegiate Athletics Department and working in concert with the President, as well as other senior administrators, to support the overall goals and objectives of the University. UTA seeks an innovative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual who will work with students, faculty, staff, community, and alumni to maintain excellence in its athletics programs, recruit and retain a diverse group of exceptional coaches and staff, and promote the student-athletes’ academic and athletic achievements throughout the University community. Additionally, the Director of Athletics is responsible for all aspects of the Athletics Department, including fundraising, strategic planning, budgeting, NCAA compliance, personnel management, and sports information, which includes media relations and marketing initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership that adheres to the highest standards of integrity in all athletic, academic, and business matters.
  • Develop a clear vision that will ensure the Athletics Department has a competitive advantage in fundraising, facilities development, and the recruitment, retention, and promotion of student-athletes and athletics personnel.
  • Set conditions and promote an environment that fosters each student-athlete’s health and welfare, academic and athletic achievement, and overall growth and development.
  • Create an atmosphere of full compliance with all applicable federal, state, NCAA, WAC, and University rules and regulations.
  • Model diversity and inclusion in planning, decision-making, hiring of coaches and staff, and recruiting student-athletes.
  • Instill a culture and commitment to Title IX and gender equity throughout the Athletics Department.
  • Lead the development of athletics fundraising goals and work in close coordination with University Advancement, and volunteer leaders, specifically the Maverick Club, to develop fundraising strategies to meet strategic priorities. Meet with donors and prospective donors and actively engage in ongoing fundraising activities.
  • Instill a championship culture throughout the Athletics Department that empowers coaches, student-athletes, and staff as they compete for conference championships.
  • Ensure budgetary and fiscal accountability of the Athletics Department in order to adhere to a balanced budget through enhancing revenue generation and monitoring spending.
  • Provide effective communication as the spokesperson for The University of Texas at Arlington Athletics Department with media, alumni, donors, fans, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and prospective student-athletes.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, administrators, staff, student body members, student government associations, alumni, friends, booster clubs, and the local community regarding athletics at The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Provide strategic leadership and sound decision-making with regard to all Athletics Department matters, including fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, facilities, public relations, and general operations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; graduate degree is preferred.
  • Progressive and highly relevant athletic administrative experience, preferably at the Division I level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancement of diversity, gender equity, social and equal opportunity.
  • Commitment to fundraising.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated success in hiring, supervising, and mentoring senior-level staff, developing and monitoring a multi-million-dollar budget, and working with faculty, staff, students, and administration.
  • Strong record of compliance along with a thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
  • Unwavering commitment to ethics and student-athletes’ academic success and well-being.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills.

Nomination and Application Process

UTA invites nominations and applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. 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 22, 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

 

In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination in its hiring and employment, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University's compliance with this policy.

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