Athletics Director

University of Maryland - College Park, MD (12 days ago)4.2

UMD seeks more than an “administrator;” UMD wants a true leader for the position of Athletics Director:
  • Relentlessly enthusiastic, passionate advocate for student-athletes, coaches, administrators & UMD
  • An intuitive feel for the pathway to success: a resource creator to drive academic & athletic wins
  • The lead fundraiser & extrovert/connector/communicator to deliver the vision of a better UMD
  • A roll-up-your-sleeves approach to serving the entire UMD community inside & outside athletics
  • A total winner who can build a culture of excellence and winning the right way, within the rules
  • Positively influences every ICA employee through consistent communication and transparency.
The Athletics Director (“AD”) reports to the President of the University. The position is located on the University’s College Park campus. In addition to State and Federal laws (e.g., Title IX), the University of Maryland’s Department of Athletics (the “Department”) is operated subject to the constitution, bylaws, rules, regulations, directives and written policies of the University, the NCAA and the Big Ten (the “Rules”).

It is imperative that the AD deliver on the Athletics mission of the University, not just within the Rules, but just as importantly in accord with its core values: excellence, public service, diversity, inclusion and equity, academic freedom, and freedom of expression (the “Values”).

At all times, the AD shall provide executive level leadership and hands-on management of the Department in full accord with, and a total commitment to, the Mission, the Rules and the Values.

The AD shall be responsible for the overall operations of the University of Maryland’s intercollegiate athletics program and its twenty (20) varsity sports, as well as provide strategic and executive leadership in the unwavering commitment to the betterment of the University. The general responsibilities listed herein are neither exhaustive nor exclusive and are subject to change. The AD shall be responsible for all the duties normally associated with an athletics director at a Division I university whether nor not listed herein, most importantly: the strongest possible commitment to the University’s Mission and Values, including striving to achieve the highest possible academic achievement and graduation rates for all students, including student-athletes; leadership with the highest possible standard of integrity and honesty including constant vigilance and compliance with the Rules; putting all members (students, student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni) ahead of any real or perceived personal agenda; and last but not least, strong fiscal/financial/business, marketing, communications and media acumen to ensure a balanced budget and maintain the strongest possible financial integrity of the Department.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or other post-graduate degree in athletic administration, education, business, law or related field preferred; an intellectual curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning; demonstrated commitment to academic integrity.
Highest levels of personal and professional integrity, honesty, transparency and trustworthiness. A deep knowledge of and experience with the Rules as defined above, and track record of success in meeting all compliance standards for such Rules.
Strong preference for individuals who have learned and mastered the craft of intercollegiate athletics administration, including many years of work experience at institutions of higher education; completely comfortable working with student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff, compliance staff, faculty, university staff, alumni and other stakeholders within the “shared governance” environment of a modern university.
Extensive experience with fundraising and managing major capital projects. Must possess an appreciation for the role that philanthropy plays at a major public university. Demonstrated success in fundraising and donor relations.
Progressively responsible management experience involving the executive administration of Division I intercollegiate athletics programs; deep knowledge and track record of experience with fiscal/financial planning, budgeting, reporting; strong, focused and firm fiscal/financial business management skills.
Experience and skill in recruiting, managing and developing senior-level leadership, including coaches; experience successfully leading large and diverse teams of substantial complexity.
World-class interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking and strong written communication. A demonstrated eagerness to interact with, understand and relate to students, coaches, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, elected officials, media, etc. The AD must embody and balance the roles of educator, coach, business leader and public servant.
Demonstrated experience advancing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, gender equity, and full compliance with Title IX.

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Application Instructions

The University of Maryland has retained Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, (“Turnkey”) to assist in the recruitment and review of all applications and nominations. Turnkey is now requesting applications from men and women who meet the qualifications and preferences specified herein. Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to

To ensure full consideration, application and/or nomination materials must be received by NOON, FRIDAY MAY 25, 2018. The position shall remain open until filled. Review of nominations and applications shall begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Posting Date: 05/09/2018 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes Best Consideration Date 05/25/2018 Physical Demands Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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