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Director of Athletics
DATE:   2/14/2014
JOB TITLE:   Director of Athletics
DEPARTMENT:   Athletics
SECTOR:   President


Niagara University, a private Catholic and Vincentian university, seeks a Director of Athletics to lead the Purple Eagles.

Niagara University has a strong legacy of athletics on the Monteagle Ridge campus. The Purple Eagles compete in 18 Division I NCAA sports, 17 of which are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The men’s hockey team plays in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The Purple Eagles have won 20 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season or tournament championships. In addition, the Niagara has won seven men’s hockey regular season or tournament championships (College Hockey America and Atlantic Hockey Association). The Purple Eagles have had 16 NCAA tournament appearances, including 14 in the last 15 years.


Reporting to the President, the Director of Athletics oversees the planning, administration and business development of the Athletics program in accordance with the Catholic and Vincentian mission, policies and procedures of Niagara University.  The successful candidate is expected to be able to:

Work with senior leadership to advance the vision for the athletics program and the administrative and financial plan; maximize the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of student-athletes; develop and implement plans to ensure the competitiveness of the university’s athletic teams.

Advance the business plan relevant to ticket sales, marketing, licensing and fund-raising; work to generate new revenue through the activities and business opportunities available to the athletics program; collaborate with Niagara University’s Institutional Advancement office and the marketing committee.

Maintain the Athletics program consistent with the strategic plan and budget; oversee compliance with regulations of the NCAA, MAAC and other external governing bodies; recruit, hire, manage and develop athletics staff, ensuring that they operate according to Niagara University’s policies and procedures.

Oversee the scheduling of all sports events and game operations of home contests; participate in university meetings and those of external governing bodies; develop partnerships with the local community and within the university. 

    • Bachelor’s degree in a field applicable to athletics administration is required; a master’s degree is preferred;
    • A minimum of five years of experience in athletics administration at the collegiate level;
    • A demonstrated record of achievement in athletics administration;
    • A demonstrated record of impeccable integrity;
    • Extensive knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and an unblemished record of compliance;
    • A leader with strong management and team building skills within the University and in the local community;
    • Extraordinary energy and passion evidenced by dynamic ability for change management;
    • Good writing skills and excellent public speaking skills complimented by a demonstrated ability to interact in a social setting with ease and grace;
    • High level of professional appearance and demeanor;
    • A valid driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada.

    Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

    NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

    Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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