Job announcement: Director of Athletics - Skagit Valley College

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Position Summary

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is accepting applications for a Director of Athletics.  The Director of Athletics reports to the Vice President of Student Services and is responsible for planning, implementing and supervising a high quality, competitive intercollegiate Athletics program with a focus on student success.  This position provides strategic leadership and management in developing, implementing, and evaluating an operational plan that enhances student athlete retention, community relationships, staff (coach) development, marketing and public relations, Title IX compliance, scholarship fund development, and athletic facilities oversight.  The Director of Athletics assures compliance with the Northwest Athletics Conference (NWAC) and conference regulations.  This position serves as a member of the Student Services Directors Leadership Team and works closely with Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, International Programs, Student Life, Residence Life, Advising, and Student Development.  The position leads extensive fundraising efforts in collaboration with the SVC Foundation.
This a full-time, exempt position in the Athletics unit of the Student Services Department based at the campus in Mount Vernon, Washington. This position will be required to travel; occasional work on evenings or weekends may be required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Departmental Leadership and Supervision

  • Develop, implement and evaluate the operational plan for Athletics in accordance with College goals, mission, vision, and values;
  • Hire, supervise, mentor, train, develop, and evaluate coaching and program support staff including coaches, program staff, student workers, and part-time hourly employees;
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Athletics Department, including marketing and promoting all College Athletics programs;
  • Actively participate as a member of the Student Services leadership team to positively represent Athletics campus-wide, serve on relevant committees, participate in College governance, and support integrated student services approaches for student athlete success;
  • Facilitate the health and success of student athletes through coordinated referrals to appropriate on-campus academic, counseling, and student services resources;
  • Oversee the Athletics Department's student recruiting procedures and assist coaches with student recruitment;
  • Plan, coordinate, execute and evaluate a comprehensive fundraising program to provide student scholarship and sport program enhancement;
  • Actively collaborate with SVC Foundation colleagues to promote and further develop fundraising plans for Athletics programs.
Facilities, Game Management and Scheduling
  • Oversee game management operations, including personnel as relevant, for home Athletics contests, including assistance to visiting teams;
  • Oversee scheduling of the College Athletics facilities, gymnasium, sports fields, and equipment;
  • In cooperation with the Facilities Department, assure facilities, gymnasium, and equipment are maintained in safe and good condition;
  • Ensure all employees are trained in safety procedures by providing risk management practices for recreational events as well as ensuring all safety rules, regulations and procedures are followed;
  • Serve as primary liaison with community groups that utilize College Athletics and Recreation facilities;
  • Provide for intercollegiate athletic contests through the scheduling of games, facilities, and officials;
  • Supervise appropriate arrangements for off-campus travel.
  • Ensure compliance with College policies and procedures, NWAC rules and regulations, state and federal guidelines, and prepare reports required for compliance;
  • Attend regional commissioner meetings;
  • Provide oversight for eligibility determinations, prepare eligibility petitions, and approval of eligibility lists;
  • Ensure compliance with Title IX pertaining to gender equity in Athletics and advocate for gender equity in Athletics Programs.
Administration, Budget and Management Duties
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of the institution's financial system, policies, and procedures;
  • Develop budget projections and funding requests, approve Department expenditures, monitor budget status, and administer equipment purchasing;
  • Ensure proper management of all internal and external athletic funding;
  • Coordinate the Work Study program for student athletes;
  • Represent the College at professional associations and attend conferences as needed;
  • Provide oversight to Athletics website by ensuing up-to-date information, updating relevant SVC Athletics web pages, managing content, and creating new content as appropriate;
  • Disseminate and train coaches on NWAC Code language;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and/or understanding of:
  • Intercollegiate athletics rules and regulations;
  • Applicable laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations, including, but not limited to, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), NWAC intercollegiate athletics rules and regulations, and Title IX;
  • Strategies for student success and college resources available to students on campus.
Skills and abilities:
  • Ability and demonstrated commitment to create and nurture an environment consistent with the College's core themes of equity in access, achievement, and community;
  • Ability to foster a climate of multicultural understanding and appreciation;
  • Skills and experience in team building, and staff and student development;
  • Skill and ability in managing budgets and coordinating schedules;
  • Excellent customer service skills including establishing, building, and maintaining internal/external customer relations;
  • Ability to handle difficult and sensitive situations, using sound independent judgment within policy and legal guidelines;
  • Ability to work and interact effectively with diverse colleagues, staff, students, faculty, administrators, athletics partners, and community members;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, visually, and in writing;
  • Ability to strategically plan for program growth and address immediate program needs;
  • Ability to develop and implement processes and procedures to support changes in regulations, College policies, and student needs;
  • Ability to use a computer, computer programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.), database programs, and other software.

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