Director of Athletics/Chair of Physical Education

Connecticut College

New London, CT

ID: 7058097
Posted: June 19, 2019
Application Deadline: July 22, 2019

Job Description

Connecticut College is a highly selective, private, coeducational liberal arts college located in southern New England overlooking the Long Island Sound and the Thames River in the historic seaport of New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1911, the College enrolls 1850 men and women from 42 states and 70 countries. The 750-acre campus is an arboretum, and is supported by a staff and faculty of more than 800. The southeastern Connecticut area offers a rare combination of affordable living and natural, unspoiled beauty with convenient access to Providence, Boston, and New York City.

The mission of the College is to “educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.” The community is bound by a fiercely held value of shared governance, by high academic standards, by an honor code that encourages students to hold each other accountable, and by a commitment to environmental stewardship and social justice. There is a vibrant arts scene on campus, along with a strong tradition of the scholar-athlete, with at least 30 percent of the student body participating in competitive NCAA Division III sports through the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and 20 percent participating in club sports.

Reporting to the dean of students for the athletic program and the dean of the faculty as chair of physical education, the director of athletics is responsible for overseeing an athletics program of 28 intercollegiate sports, 45 coaches and athletics staff, and expansive facilities overlooking the Thames River and Long Island Sound.

The new director of athletics/chair of physical education will lead a department of talented coaches and staff who are deeply committed to Division III athletics and the scholar-athlete model within one of the most competitive Division III conferences. The new director of athletics will need to lead a team of coaches and staff with a unified vision and direction for the department that will enable the group to advance athletics competitively while cultivating an ethos within the department that supports students as they pursue their intellectual and personal passions.

The director will be joining Connecticut College during a period of time where there is a focus on advancing the athletics program through the implementation of the College’s strategic plan and the College’s comprehensive campaign. The College seeks a director who will be a strategic thinker, will work with others to develop and implement a vision, and will inspire the campus community, parents, and alumni to come together to accomplish shared goals for the future.

The director is expected to work very closely and collaboratively with colleagues across campus including those within the divisions of Student Life, Dean of the College, Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Advancement, Communications, Admissions, as well as Facilities Management. The director also serves as liaison to appropriate governing bodies such as the NCAA and NESCAC.

The successful candidate will possess at least a master’s degree with demonstrated leadership in an athletics program that has a focus on the scholar athlete and that requires collaboration and partnership with key divisions and stakeholders across the institution. The College seeks individuals who are excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged learning, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity and full participation. The new director will possess experience with budgeting and resource allocation, managing and developing coaches and staff, and be able to articulate and advance a vision for intercollegiate athletics excellence as well as club, intramural, and recreational programs that serve the broader College community. Additionally, the ideal candidate may possess experience in coaching, facility renewal/master planning, and/or fundraising.

Review of applications will begin July 22, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson ( or Ellen Heffernan ( Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Connecticut College – Director of Athletics
Dell Robinson, Search Associate
Ellen Heffernan, President

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As a highly selective residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE


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