University of Maine | Director of Athletics; Orono, ME

The Director of Athletics (“AD”) will plan, administer, and direct all NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. The AD will ensure that all athletics programs are in complete compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) rules, regulations, and policies, and ensure that all programs and initiatives are fully-integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution. Furthermore, the AD will serve as a public-facing champion for the University of Maine locally, regionally and nationally to further the goals, mission and presence of the University and its Athletics program. The Director of Athletics will directly participate in institutional planning and decision making as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

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Background:

Founded in 1865, the University of Maine (“UMaine”) is one of New England’s premier universities. Opportunity for all members of the community is a cornerstone of the University’s mission.  As the only land and sea grant institution in the state and the state’s flagship institution, UMaine, through integrated teaching, research, and outreach, improves the quality of life for people in Maine and around the world, and promotes responsible stewardship of human, natural, and financial resources.  Located in Orono, Maine, the University is home to 9,300 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students and 190,000 alumni worldwide.  It is the only institution in Maine classified as a research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Ranked as one of the nation’s top 50 green colleges by the Princeton Review, the campus was designated as an arboretum in 2003 and was envisioned by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Located on the banks of the Stillwater River in the town of Orono, UMaine is about 60 miles from the Atlantic coast and approximately 100 miles from the Canadian border.  The University offers the academic opportunities expected from a major research institution with the close-knit feel of a small college.

The UMaine Black Bears are charter members of the America East Conference and sponsor eight men’s and nine women’s NCAA sanctioned sports. The men’s and women’s hockey teams are members of Hockey East and the football team is an associated member of the Colonial Athletics Association.  As the only NCAA Division I athletics program in the state, the UMaine athletic competitions serve as gathering points for the University community as well as the community at large.  The student-athletes come from fifteen different countries and twenty-eight different states or territories across the United States.  In the last 10 years, the UMaine Black Bears have captured eighty-four individual and team conference championships.  The department has a cumulative GPA of 3.09 and a graduation rate of 90%.

The men’s hockey team captured their first NCAA Championship in 1993 after compiling a record of 42-1-2 on the season.  Just six years later, the team captured their second National Championship in 1999.  In addition to the national championships, the program has won the Hockey East title five times and appeared in eleven Frozen Fours.  In 2011, Alfond Arena, home to the Black Bear’s hockey teams, was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the college hockey rink with the best atmosphere.

The UMaine baseball program has appeared in 16 NCAA Tournaments and seven College World Series.  They won eight ECAC Tournaments and five America East Tournaments.  In 2013, the 10-3 football team captured their first Colonial Athletics Association title. The women’s basketball program has also had storied success capturing eight America East Tournament Championships and fifteen Regular Season Championships.

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

Position Summary:

The Director of Athletics (“AD”) will plan, administer, and direct all NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. The AD will ensure that all athletics programs are in complete compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) rules, regulations, and policies, and ensure that all programs and initiatives are fully-integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution. Furthermore, the AD will serve as a public-facing champion for the University of Maine locally, regionally and nationally to further the goals, mission and presence of the University and its Athletics program. The Director of Athletics will directly participate in institutional planning and decision making as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conceive and direct a complex intercollegiate athletic organization which includes the women’s and men’s NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Constantly ensure complete compliance with NCAA and Title IX regulations.
  • Plan, develop and execute strategies for generating revenues and managing resources for the University’s Athletics Department while promoting public support for Athletics in collaboration with the Development Office and the University’s fundraising partners.
  • Represent the University on various institutional committees and initiatives as well as externally to the media, prospective student-athletics and their parents, prospective funding agencies and private donors, national athletic regulatory and governance bodies, university alumni, and the general public.
  • Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the University’s goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation a high-performing, highly-talented department including coaches, athletics and administrative staff.
  • Build and further a culture of connection and support for all student-athletes in the pursuit of the very highest levels of academic and athletic achievement.
  • Develop and manage annual budgets for the Athletics Department and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  • Establish and implement short-and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  • Oversees and directs facilities usage of all athletic buildings and equipment; spearheads the strategic evaluation of all current and future facility needs including potential future capital improvement needs.
  • Clearly articulate the philosophy and vision for the future of intercollegiate athletics while providing student-athletes with a sense of pride and leadership.
  • Participate in the review, development, and establishment of general University policies and procedures as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with other members of the Department of Athletics, UMaine administration, UMaine community, external clients and customers; Develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in the area of Sport Management, Athletic Administration or Business or related strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience managing within a collegiate athletic program strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and Title IX compliance regulations.
  • Successful experience in fund-raising and external relations.
  • Demonstrated skill in budget preparation and fiscal management with knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Successful experience with hiring, supervising, employee development and performance management.
  • Demonstrable commitment to academic excellence for student athletes.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the desire to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Experience in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Proven skill at fostering a cooperative work environment, organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of facilities and asset management methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of management and public relations principles and practices.

Appropriate Background Checks Required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.

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