The Athletics Director (AD) provides vision and strategic direction for all aspects of Houghton College’s Highlander intercollegiate athletics department. Following a “scholar-servant-athlete” approach, the AD guides all decisions around department budgets, hiring Christ-centered, qualified personnel, strategic planning, public relations, marketing, and general operations. The AD will have knowledge of, oversee, and comply with all rules and regulations set forth by the NCCAA, NCAA Division III, Empire 8 Conference, and Houghton College.
Support Houghton College’s Christian mission
Optimize environment for student development, spiritual formation, and both academic and athletic excellence for the glory of God
Exercise exceptional budget management acumen
Provide direction for the long-term vision of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, in the context of Houghton’s Christian, liberal arts educational mission.
Recruit, retain, and mentor the coaching staff, fostering a commitment to the transformational growth of the scholar-servant-athlete, a high level of competitive excellence, and clear goal setting and accountability.
Foster an innovative culture around inclusive excellence, equity, and diversity among all staff, student-athletes, and volunteer personnel.
Act as the official representative of the college athletics department to outside organizations and agencies.
Ensure the highest standards of integrity in financial and business matters.
Ensure that the athletics department has a highly competent and diverse administrative, coaching, and support staff.
Ensure understanding of and compliance with Title IX regulations across all athletics programming.
Coordinate department prioritization efforts with Advancement staff on Athletics Advisory Board, Highlander Club, and athletics sponsorships, gifts, and pledges.
Coordinate recruiting and admissions efforts with the Office of Admission.
Oversee the maintenance of ideal roster sizes in each sport.
Ensure opportunities for community involvement, partnerships, and service initiatives.
Monitor control of the department budget and approve all purchase orders and check requests.
Partner with Conference Services to maximize revenue opportunities for the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex and other athletics facilities.
Oversee the Athletic Training Staff.
Guide scheduling of conference contests.
Attend as many home and post-season away athletics events as possible.
Assist with the hiring and supervising of student workers.
Work closely with the Associate AD for Sports Information & Compliance to ensure timely and creative publicity of the athletics program and compliance.
Supervise and schedule regular department staff meetings.
Assign and communicate regularly with the SAAC department representative.
Represent the athletics department with appropriate college committees.
Provide for professional growth opportunities for the athletics staff.
Review all annual NCAA team roster lists.
Meet bi-weekly with the Vice President for Student Life (ADR) and regularly with the President and the Faculty Athletics Representative.
Perform other duties as assigned by the VP for Student Life (ADR).
Compensation and Benefits:
The Director of Athletics is paid on a salary basis at the rate established by Houghton College. The policies concerning compensation and benefits are explained in detail in the Staff Handbook. This is a 12-month administrative position.
A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited institution, with a master’s degree strongly preferred; at least five (5) years of successful administrative experience at an NCAA Division III institution preferred.
Special consideration will be given to candidates with leadership experience in a Christian organization or college.
Houghton College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.
About Houghton College - Houghton, NY
Founded in 1883, Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts college in the Wesleyan tradition. Few colleges have so successfully combined the inspiration and strength of the Christian spirit with a contemporary, academically excellent, liberal arts education. The overall student body of 1,100 represents 40 states and Canadian provinces and 25 foreign countries.
Houghton is a member of the American Association of Colleges & Universities, the Annapolis Group and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. US News & World Report's “America's Best Colleges" Guide has ranked Houghton among the Tier 1 National Liberal Arts institutions. Houghton is also ranked in the top 3 percent of colleges nationwide according to the fourth-annual ranking of America's Best Colleges, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Additional information on Houghton College can be found at: www.houghton.edu.
The college has an operating budget of $35 million.