A member of the Horizon League, Oakland University competes in 18 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports. Oakland competes in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, softball, baseball, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor/outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball. Since joining the Horizon League in July 2013, Oakland University Athletics has been a top competitor in the conference. During its time in the Horizon League, the Golden Grizzlies have made 16 NCAA individual and team appearances, garnered an impressive 27 league titles, and tallied three consecutive McCafferty Trophy (2015-17). The McCafferty Trophy is awarded annually by the Horizon League to a member institution compiling the greatest number of performance points, based on its finish in the League’s 19 championship sports. In addition to the success in competition, Oakland University Athletics has proven to be champions in the classroom and in the community. The Golden Grizzlies have led the league in Academic All-League selections for nine consecutive semesters with more than 1,100 student-athletes recognized in addition to recording more than 3,000 hours of community service.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oakland University is seeking a visionary, experienced and energetic leader to direct the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Reporting to the President, the director will be responsible for all aspects of the department. The successful candidate will provide leadership and serve as a role model for the student athletes, coaches, administrators within the department, as well as build collaborative relationships across the entire university and community including students, academic units, student service departments, alumni relations and development, donors and the media. This individual will lead in an institution that competes with excellence both academically and athletically. This leader will have a unique opportunity to build upon the tradition and success of the past 50 years of athletics and create a vision for the future within the region, the conference and the NCAA. It will be the responsibility of the director to properly convey this message in all communication and marketing plans. In additional to the responsibilities stated above, the director will be responsible for donor cultivation and related philanthropic efforts to help move Oakland’s’ Intercollegiate Athletics program well beyond its current state. To this end, the director will be responsible for broadening the donor base for all athletic sports programs and for cultivating an environment and culture of giving for the department. •Developing, implementing, and managing a strategic vision for the Athletics, consistent with the Oakland University plan. •Ensuring the highest standards in academic achievement and personal development of student- athletes. •Hiring and evaluating staff. •Overseeing and directing the budget. •Initiating and directing revenue enhancement programs for athletics including philanthropy, communication, and marketing. •Ensuring full compliance with the laws, policies, rules and regulations governing Oakland University and its employees, as well as the rules of the NCAA, Horizon League and Title IX regulations. •Representing and participating in NCAA and Horizon League functions. •Building and maintaining relationships with donors, alumni, friends, administrator, coaches, and student athletes to create a strong connection to Oakland University.
The position will remain open until filled; for best consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit by June 15, 2018 a letter of application and resume electronically to: John Buechli, Associate at DHR International, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to John Buechli as well. ?
•Ten or more years of successful experience in athletic administration, preferably senior level management experience in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I level or a similar industry. •Evidence of progressive levels of duties and responsibilities include the full circle of human resource management, budget oversight, compliance, facility enhancement and philanthropy. •Proven track record of successful fundraising experience to support capital projects, program improvements and overall athletic department enhancements. •Documented visionary leadership, strategic planning, verbal and written communication. •Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. •Documented record of commitment to student-athletes’ athletic success, academic success, and health and well-being. •Proven record of compliance with university, state, league and NCAA rules, regulations and policies. •Fostering a culture of cooperation, communication, and teamwork at all levels of the department. •Evidence of building and maintaining positive relationships throughout the entire university community, including growth of community involvement for athletic sporting events. •Demonstrated experience and evidence of successful relationships with major gift donors, alumni, community, and friends and securing significant funds through philanthropy. •Proven ability to raise funds and maintain a sustainable income stream, develop, maintain and grow operational and reserve funds. •Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters’ degree preferred.
About Oakland University
Oakland University is a world-class academic institution located on 1,443 acres of wooded hills and meadows within the borders of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, Michigan. A vibrant academic community, Oakland University currently enrolls more than 20,000 students, boasts over 110,000 alumni, and delivers more than 260 degree and certificate programs. Oakland University was created in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile magnate John Francis Dodge, and her husband, Alfred Wilson donated their estate and all buildings and collections to Michigan State University creating Michigan State University-Oakland; Oakland University then became an autonomous state institution of higher education in 1970.