Director of Athletics - Intercollegiate Athletics

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Whitewater, WI, USA
  • Dec 16, 2020
Full time   Athletics & Coaching Deans & Directors

Job Description


The Intercollegiate Athletics department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a Director of Athletics (DIR, ATHLETICS/M).

This will be a full-time Limited appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is home to one of the most preeminent collegiate athletic programs in the nation, proudly supporting 20 intercollegiate athletic programs that compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) and Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). With each season, the Warhawks build on a tradition of academic and athletic excellence. The past decade has seen the Warhawks capture National Championships in baseball, football, gymnastics, track and field, and men’s basketball. The success of Warhawk sports teams parallel the accomplishments inside the classroom of UW-Whitewater student-athletes. With 67 Chancellor scholar-athletes in 2019- 20, and a grade point average over 3.1, Warhawk student-athlete success happens both in the classroom and on the field of play.

The Director of Athletics reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The Director of Athletics’ primary role is to lead the administrative and operational functions of the UW-Whitewater Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports and Facilities. The Director’s work shall be conducted in a manner that promotes the mission of the University while actively creating and promoting an environment that allows students to reach their fullest potential in both academics and athletics. Engaging in a variety of fundraising activities is critical to expanding Departmental revenue streams and providing the margin of excellence for the athletic programs. The Director shall be responsible for managing a budget of approximately $5 million while leading the Department’s coaches and staff in the marketing, promotion and advancement of championship-caliber athletic programs. The Director shall work closely and collaboratively with internal campus and external community constituencies.

The Warhawk Athletics Department is driven by a constant pursuit of excellence, innovation, engagement and collaboration. These pursuits collectively enhance the educational experience of our student athletes. We provide an environment that supports the mission of the University and a championship experience. As we forward a tradition of excellence, we are committed to the personal, social, career and leadership enhancement of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We are also committed to maintaining a welcoming, inviting and sincere athletics community, and champion equity, diversity and inclusion in all operations. UW-Whitewater athletics, which is powered by a tradition of national success, brings credit to the University and is a source of pride and enthusiasm for all members of the Warhawk family.

Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.

UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( 

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in an NCAA intercollegiate athletic program or other equivalent experience (including but not limited to legal, business or financial management) including a record of progressively increasing responsibilities and related managerial experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to excellence in academic and athletic achievement
  • History of successful leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to personal and programmatic integrity, compliance, equal opportunity and gender equity
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


  1. Supervise the administration of the UW-Whitewater’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department.
  2. Provide oversight for compliance with all rules, regulations and policies set forth by the University, the UW System Administration, the UW Board of Regents, the WIAC and any other conferences in which UW-Whitewater is a member and the NCAA Division III; ensure all Department personnel are aware of such regulations and are operating in full compliance.
  3. Plan and implement training for athletic coaches, staff, and student-athletes regarding rules, regulations and policies. Responsible for completion of all federal government, NCAA and conference reports and implementation of reporting mechanisms for any alleged rule violations.
  4. Develop and maintain departmental policies and procedures necessary to effectively manage the University athletic program and fulfill all regulatory and legal requirements; monitor compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
  5. Provide successful fiscal management of the athletic program; maintain the fiscal integrity of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics fiscal resources in a manner that maintains departmental solvency and complies with State of Wisconsin, UW-System, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requirements; develop, implement and monitor annual operating budgets; exercise appropriate signature authority on all financial accounts and payroll approvals.
  6. Provide leadership for the development and implementation of the revenue-generating activities of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports; engage in fund-raising activities on a continuous basis; identify and pursue sponsorship opportunities with local and regional businesses.
  7. Develop and maintain relationships with external constituencies including media, donors, sponsors, booster groups, community groups, alumni, and parents of student athletes.
  8. Develop a plan to increase gift support for the Department; work with the Office of University Development to assist with the cultivation and solicitation of donors to provide support for the Department’s identified priorities; work with the various booster clubs to foster a sense of philanthropy among athletic donors.
  9. Direct the hiring process for all head coaches; complete or direct required annual performance evaluations for employees.
  10. Develop long-range plans for Athletics that are consistent with the University’s strategic plan and priorities.
  11. Promote the academic success of student athletes.
  12. Delegate responsibilities to ensure the efficient and productive operation of all administrative activities and athletic events.
  13. Attend relevant community-based events to promote UW-Whitewater’s athletic programs.
  14. Organize, direct and participate in activities that promote a positive public image for the University.
  15. Serve on University, NCAA and WIAC committees, as appropriate.
  16. Serve as liaison for WIAC sport committees.
  17. Approve all non-conference game contracts.
  18. Collaborate with Camps and Conferences on athletic camps.
  19. Provide oversight of Recreation Sports and Facilities to plan, construct, maintain and refurbish both athletic and recreation sports facilities.
  20. Promote and maintain cooperative University-wide relationships to ensure effective, efficient and collaborative efforts related to athletic events, staffing, facilities and operations.
  21. Collaborate on the Intercollegiate Athletic Facilities Maintenance and Improvement Plan.
  22. Support the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation process, as appropriate.
  23. Fulfill all reporting requirements associated with illegal and irresponsible behaviors where student athletes are involved, including investigation of all reported incidents, reporting to University administration, reporting to University and local police departments, reporting to and coordination with the Dean of Students Office, and reporting to the CARE team; enforce appropriate disciplinary action with student athletes as circumstances dictate.

Application Details


All applications received by noon on January 25, 2021 will be assured full consideration, and review will continue until the position is filled. Only fully complete applications will be considered.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Hermie Snorek
Executive Staff Assistant


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of interest specifically addressing experience related to responsibilities, required qualifications, and desired characteristics listed for the position
  • Contact information for four (4) professional references, including names and full contact information

This Job ID is 16799

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Application Deadline

January 25, 2021