October 25, 2017

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

About the College

Lafayette is an independent, highly selective, coeducational institution of approximately 2,500 students. The College is located in the City of Easton, which, together with Allentown, Bethlehem and adjacent communities, makes up the Lehigh Valley. The Valley is rich in history and comprises Pennsylvania’s third largest metropolitan area, with a population of over 800,000. In contrast to this urban dimension, the Lafayette campus borders on rolling farmland that stretches north to the Pocono Mountains.

The College’s curriculum is distinguished by the rare combination, on an undergraduate campus, of degree programs in the liberal arts and in engineering. Lafayette students may choose among a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses and pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree in 37 fields or the Bachelor of Science degree in 14 fields of science and 4 fields of engineering.

In addition to a campus of great beauty, Lafayette offers a well-equipped physical plant. A library supports its programs with over 475,000 volumes and an extensive array of electronic resources. The College offers modern computer facilities and laboratories, a new science center, a thriving Center for the Arts, a large College Center for dining and other communal activities, a new and expansive recreation complex, and an athletic complex compatible with its intercollegiate Patriot League commitment. A residential college, Lafayette offers its students a wide variety of living options, and approximately 96% of students live in college-supervised housing, both on and off campus.

Position Summary

The Director of Athletics is responsible for providing leadership and management for the College’s NCAA Division I (FCS Football) intercollegiate athletics program in a way that promotes the College’s mission and vision. Lafayette College is a member of the Patriot League and participates in 23 varsity sports. The Director represents the College’s athletic interests in its many relationships with students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and athletic organizations, and seeks to provide Lafayette with a superior athletics program in keeping with the College’s goals of academic excellence.

Duties and Responsibilities

I.     Departmental Leadership

  •  Lead the department in full partnership with the College to provide the highest quality undergraduate experience for student-athletes.
  •  Establish a culture of excellence; sustain excellence on and off the field of play.
  •  Interpret NCAA and Patriot League policies for College staff.
  •  Represent the College at conference and association meetings.
  •  Represent the department at various interdepartmental meetings and committees.
  •  Promote student-athlete welfare, including a drug and alcohol education program for student-athletes.
  •  Serve in a highly public and front-facing role while consistently disseminating information about the role Athletics plays at the College.
  •  Represent the College as speaker at various functions.

II.    External and Alumni Relations

  •  Promote the College’s athletic program to alumni and all other key constituents.
  •  Develop, oversee and drive a strategic fundraising plan for Athletics to achieve annual goals.
  •  Assist the Division of College Relations and the Maroon Club in development activity.
  •  Establish and maintain positive public relations with alumni and community.

III.   Administration

  •  Lead and supervise the operation of the entire intercollegiate program, consisting of 23 varsity sports.
  •  Make recommendations regarding the employment of staff and the evaluation of staff members.
  •  Lead, support and develop the coaching staff within the department.
  •  Observe and evaluate the coaching staff in performance of duties.
  •  Lead in the development of athletic schedules for all intercollegiate teams.
  •  Ensure compliance with governmental, conference, and association rules and regulations.
  •  Supervise and develop appropriate facilities for the varsity programs of the College.
  •  Supervise and coordinate summer athletic activities.

IV.   Financial Management

  •  Prepare, administer, and oversee the Athletic Department budget of income and expense.
  •  Approve and supervise fundraising activities undertaken by individual sports.
  •  Make recommendations related to Athletic Enhancement Fund utilization.
  •  Lead and direct the equipment staff, and implement sound policy in regard to equipment purchases.
  •  Lead athletics staff to promote ticket sales for income producing sports.

V.     Facilities Management

  •  Oversee the administration of game, practice, and other use schedules for Fisher Stadium, Kirby Sports Center and Metzgar Fields.
  •  Facilitate and delegate the coordination of department requests for playing fields and buildings with the Office of Facilities Operations.
  •  Recommend and facilitate enhancements to athletic facilities in a way that aligns with the University’s mission and goals.

VI.   Student Recruitment

  •  Coordinate recruiting efforts for staff and the Office of Admissions.
  •  Monitor and approve coach recommendations for need-based financial aid and scholarships.
  •  Approve and support recruitment strategies and programs for each sport, including a digital and social media marketing strategy.

         Qualifications

  •  A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.
  •  Significant relevant experience in athletic administration at an institution of higher education.
  •  Commitment to the academic/athletic values of a highly selective institution of higher education.
  •  Superior leadership, management, supervisory, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  •  Ability to work successfully with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and professional colleagues.

Application Process

Lafayette College invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest for the position of Director of Athletics to be submitted directly to the firm assisting the College. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by December 3, 2017. For additional information please contact:

 

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Hayden Garrett, Associate: hgarrett@parkersearch.com

Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 122