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Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation

College Sports

Location: Bristol, RI
Job Status: Full Time
Posted/Updated: 05-24-2017

Job Description:

About Roger Williams University:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In the five years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families - increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

Job Description:

Under the Direction of the Vice President of Student Life, the Director is responsible for directing and developing the Athletic, Intramural, and Recreation programs with the administrative responsibility for all facilities. Responsibilities include: administration of scheduling, contracting and budgeting for all events, coordination of facility use, employment, supervision and evaluation of athletic coaches and support staff members with administrative responsibility for athletic training services, marketing, communications, and sports equipment purchasing and inventory.

About the opportunity:

As a member of NCAA Division III, the Roger Williams University Athletic program is dedicated to excellence in competition, academics, leadership, student development, and civic engagement. While the University will sponsor 25 varsity and 8 club sports by 2018, we are just as proud of providing students considerable intramural, fitness, wellness, and recreational opportunities. Every varsity program is engaged in community service and has representation on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. The athletics department is an important component of the Division of Student Life at the University, is student-centered and involved in retention efforts, and coordinates wellness programs for faculty and staff together with Human Resources. Over the past ten years, the Hawks have consistently finished in the top third of institutions competing for the Division III Learfield Directors Cup. Notable accomplishments include: - 35 Academic All-Americans - 35 All-Americans - 59 Conference Championships - 2017 U.S. Polo Association Men's National Intercollegiate Champions - 2016 NCAA National Champion - Wrestling (197) - 2014 NCAA Round of 16 - Women's Soccer - 2011 ICSA Team Racing National Champions - 2008 ICSA Men's Singlehanded Sailing National Champion - 2 Olympians and 1 Para-Olympian (Sailing), 1 Member Irish National Team (Women's Lacrosse)

Athletic Director Profile:

The new Director of Athletics, Intramurals, and Recreation will build upon this strong foundation by engaging a highly dedicated staff in thoughtful strategic planning related to: equity in athletics; facility development; efficient resource allocation; campus community engagement and sports information. A skilled communicator, team builder, student advocate and fundraiser, the new AD will be expected to fully embrace and articulate the Division III student-athlete philosophy and work collaboratively with academic affairs, student life, and enrollment management.

Additional Information:

Roger Williams University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive excellence and encourages applications from underrepresented populations.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9

Application Instructions:

Please apply online and attach a resume (including dates of current and past employment), cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references.


A Master's degree in Physical Education and/or Athletic Administration or a related field is required as well as experience in coaching and administration at the intercollegiate level. A minimum of 8-10 experience in Athletics and at least 5 years in a higher education management/administration role in intercollegiate athletics is necessary. To be successful in this position, candidates must have experience in a multitude of sports, intramural/recreation type activities in a competitive, coaching, or administrative setting. Experience with purchasing equipment, care and reconditioning and facility maintenance with particular concerns for product safety and hazard-free facilities and fields is a must. Knowledge of safety/prevention of athletic injuries is required. It is also necessary that the chosen candidate have knowledge of federal and state laws pertaining to Title IX ramifications and equity guidelines in addition to legal liability procedures under tort law.

At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.


Employer will assist with relocation costs.


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