Eastern Michigan University

Athletic Director Job Description

Provide leadership to plan, organize, direct and control the programs and activities for all areas of Intercollegiate Athletics, including, but not necessarily limited to, strategic planning, budgeting and administrative activities (including public relations and fund-raising responsibilities) necessary to achieve a successful athletic program and student athlete academic excellence, and ensure compliance with University policies and NCAA regulations.

Responsible for the leadership, development and management of a competitive and high quality Division I-A athletics program. Must ensure the department operates within the mission of the University and in compliance with NCAA, MAC and University rules and guidelines. Willing to embrace and lead the changing nature of compliance in college athletics.

Essential Duties

Strongly support and assure compliance with any and all NCAA, Mid-American Conference and Eastern Michigan University policies, rules, regulations, and operational procedures.

Advance student well-being and academic success. Ensure Department’s commitment to maximize the educational potential of all student athletes.

Strengthen all sports to be competitive at the championship level. Recruit, mentor, support and supervise a diverse pool of strong, ethical and talented coaches to foster success.

Organize and supervise the entire Athletics staff and delegate specific responsibilities to ensure the efficient and productive operation of all administrative and operational business functions of the department.

Provide strategic leadership toward goals related to competitiveness, student academic achievement, student-athlete experience, compliance, financial management and event attendance that reflect the mission and values of Eastern as a whole.

Be a visible university leader on campus and in the community and represent the University and Athletic Department to external constituents in a manner that demonstrates personal and professional integrity and promotes Eastern interests.

Represent the University in an exemplary fashion to alumni, friends, prospective students, and the general public, as well as play an active role in the community of Washtenaw County and SE Michigan.

Develop and oversee a fundraising plan for Athletics to achieve annual goals.

Develop and oversee implementation of a plan that would allow football and men's basketball to become substantially more self-supporting and to improve attendance and school spirit at these sports. Increase attendance at all sports as well, and generate overall enthusiasm and excitement for EMU Athletics across campus (among students, faculty and staff) and in the community (including donors and alumni).

Encourage diversity and inclusion within the Athletic Department with regard to students, staff, administrators and coaches.

Collaborate with other departments on campus on various projects and work to improve relationships between Athletics and other departments on campus.

Participate in planning, communication and collaboration with the President and the University’s Executive Council to ensure alignment between the goals of the Athletic Department with the University’s mission and goals.

Perform related departmental duties as required.

Supervision Exercised

Administrative supervision is exercised over Athletics program administrators, coaches and professional/clerical/facilities maintenance support staff.

Supervision Received

Eastern’s Athletic Director reports to the President and serves on the President’s Executive Council.


Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred.

Excellent administrative and financial skills and a minimum of five years of progressive experience leading a successful, multifaceted enterprise, preferably in intercollegiate athletics or related field.

A record of achievement in NCAA Division I athletics administration is recommended but not required.

Thorough knowledge of NCAA and MAC regulations, requirements and reporting systems is necessary.

Demonstrated brand marketing, public relations and media experience.

Strong communication skills with demonstrated record of being a leader and spokesperson for a large organization internally and externally, and ability to articulate a clear vision for the program.

Excellent interpersonal skills, business acumen and creativity required to generate revenue and allocate and manage resources effectively to achieve results.

Working Conditions

As a top leader of the University, the position will be visible at athletic events, on campus and in the community, which may require travel and many nights and weekend appearances.


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