University of Maryland | Director of Athletics; College Park, MD

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”).

UMD seeks more than an “administrator;” UMD wants a true leader:

  • 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.

It is imperative that the AD deliver on the 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.

If any candidate is aware, or should be aware or become aware, of any potential Rules violation under their watch at any current or prior place of employment, such candidate has an affirmative, proactive obligation to disclose same to Turnkey and UMD.

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.

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Background

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland (“UMD”) is one of the nation’s preeminent public research institutions.  UMD’s mission embodies education, research, innovation, the arts and, of course, athletics (the “Mission”).  As an original land-grant institution and the State’s flagship institution, UMD is a member of the select Association of American Universities, comprised of the 62 leading public and private research universities in the nation.  The University is home to about 30,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students and 10,000 faculty and staff, with 361,000 alumni, most of them residing in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions, as well as in Florida and California.  The most recent freshman class of 4,200 students is its most diverse (43% students of color) and selective ever (average high school GPA of 4.28), chosen from 34,000 applicants.  The 2017 graduation rate is 86%.  On Forbes’ 2018 Best Value Colleges list, UMD ranked 13th among all public colleges in the U.S. (and #1 in Maryland) for both academic quality and affordability.

The growing college town of College Park, located just outside of Washington, D.C., and close to Baltimore and Annapolis, has easy access to all the cultural, educational, media, governmental, foreign embassy, business, sports, and entertainment organizations in the region.

About $1 billion in private funds is being invested in the redevelopment of the greater College Park region for housing, retail amenities, and spaces for high tech companies, catalyzed by about $1 billion in new educational, research, and residential construction on the UMD campus.  The location provides extensive opportunities for research partnerships and student internships with the Federal government.  College Park was recently rated “Best place to Raise Kids in Maryland” by Bloomberg.com and Columbia, Maryland, a town near the campus, was listed as the #2 “Best Place to Live” by Money Magazine.

These success stories have helped the University win big on the fundraising trail, completing its first $1B capital campaign in 2012.  It will shortly unveil its new and larger capital campaign.  As part of the new campaign, UMD is in the process of expanding and transforming the iconic Cole Field House – a $196 million project with $90 million coming from athletics fundraising (with two-thirds already raised).  The project encompasses a practice facility, athletic training facilities, sports medicine clinic, and health and human performance research laboratories, all converging to advance the science and practice of sport.

The Terps also win on the field:  44 national championships, 16 since 2005.  UMD is one of only four institutions in history to have won NCAA championships in both men’s and women’s basketball.  On July 1, 2014, the Terrapins became a charter member of the Big Ten Conference.  Since joining, UMD has captured 16 conference championships – tied for the most in that span of time.  The department hosts more than 550 student-athletes who compete each year in 20 intercollegiate sports—12 for women and eight for men.

Any interested candidates should contact Turnkey Search directly. Contacting the University of Maryland will only delay consideration of your qualifications.

Position Description

UMD seeks more than an “administrator;” UMD wants a true leader:

  • 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 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.

If any candidate is aware, or should be aware or become aware, of any potential Rules violation under their watch at any current or prior place of employment, such candidate has an affirmative, proactive obligation to disclose same to Turnkey and UMD.

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.

Specific Responsibilities

The specific responsibilities listed below are neither exhaustive nor exclusive and are subject to change during and/or after the search process.  The AD shall be responsible for all the duties normally associated with an athletics director at a Division I university including but not limited to:

  • Keeping the Department constantly competitive, by creating a focused, purposeful culture of athletic excellence through the winning of championships. That’s NOT winning at all costs.  Maryland is committed to compliance with the Rules.
  • Fundraising not only for the betterment of the Department, but also for the betterment of the University, the Mission and the overall welfare of the University’s students. This includes both individual cultivation and stewardship and implementing innovative strategies with fundraising and seeking opportunities for growth.
  • Recruit, hire, manage and retain coaches who perform at the highest levels; attract and direct the highest levels of talent within Athletics administration; maintain a close, open, communicative, nurturing and supportive environment while simultaneously establishing a firm culture of accountability for the University’s mission, values and goals.
  • Increase engagement with alumni, students, faculty, etc. across the country, and more specifically the state of Maryland, to grow attendance and fan support. The AD must exude enthusiasm and passion for the University and be genuinely engaged, energetic, articulate and accessible while serving as the face of the Athletics Department.
  • Ensure, always, the fiscal/financial integrity of the Department, including, but not limited to, developing systems, plans, budgets, business strategies, etc. to anticipate, track and report all expenditures, and to identify and pursue higher revenue opportunities without sacrificing the Mission or the Rules.
  • Develop, maintain and annually review programs and procedures that ensure the health, safety, recovery and welfare of the student-athletes, coaches, trainers and staff; promote student welfare by means of educational, social, emotional, psychological and physical development and well-being.
  • Develop, maintain and annually review programs and procedures that reinforce the University’s mission, values and goals to ensure the highest academic achievement for all student athletes as well as prospective student-athletes; develop and maintain a strong culture and environment of academic learning by creating programs for academic advising and counseling; emphasize the importance of class attendance and performance; track grade point averages; highlight NCAA academic progress rates (APR) as well as NCAA and national graduation rates.
  • Ensure that the Department has adequate and appropriate plans, policies, procedures and programs that are in constant compliance with the Mission and the Rules. The AD is ultimately responsible for the creation, enforcement, interpretation and review of Maryland’s intercollegiate athletic plans, policies, procedures.  The AD must ensure that these are in accord with the Mission and the Rules.  The AD must consult regularly with athletics compliance staff and immediately report any differences of opinion to the office of the President.
  • Represent Maryland athletics with, and maintaining highly effective working relationships with, the Big Ten, BTN, NCAA, NACDA, LEAD1 and other relevant constituencies, including but not limited to associations, conferences, committees, alumni, students, faculty, administrators and staff.
  • Represent Maryland athletics with the local and/or national media. The AD should be a strong public speaker, comfortable on camera.
  • Negotiate (and/or manage the negotiation of) all major contractual obligations of the Department, including but not limited to media outlets, marketing partners/sponsors; equipment, apparel & service providers; and other obligations as needed.
  • Promote the University’s strong commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, inclusiveness and compliance with the Rules, including without limitation Title IX. The AD must have an authentic and deep personal commitment to equal opportunity at all levels of the Department and be able to instill and promote such personal commitment across all Maryland constituencies.

Qualifications & Traits

  • 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.

Nominations & Applications

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 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.  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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