Director of Athletics

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA

ID: 7064288
Posted: February 21, 2020
Application Deadline: March 26, 2020

Job Description

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public, comprehensive university with an enrollment of 5,600 students located in Norfolk, Virginia, a city of 300,000 along the Chesapeake Bay. NSU offers 32 undergraduate, 16 masters, 3 doctoral degree programs, and a myriad of programs within its academic colleges, schools, and units. In the last decade, NSU has invested significant resources in the campus infrastructure which led to the construction of a new student center, residential hall community, and several academic buildings. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, assumed the role of President at NSU and is committed to the success of students, strengthening the university infrastructure, and taking the university to the level of national prominence and excellence.

Reporting to the president, the director of athletics oversees all aspects of the university’s NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program for 15 sports. The director supports student athlete success through partnerships with administrators and faculty to ensure that athletes actively engage in academic study while participating in intercollegiate sport activities; ensures compliance with NCAA rules and other applicable laws, policies, and regulations governing collegiate athletics; oversees athletics facilities and complexes that support football, track and field, basketball, baseball and softball, volleyball, tennis and bowling; and assists with scheduling, event planning, and fundraising activities. The director of athletics, in conjunction with the vice president for finance and administration, manages all fiscal resources and planning for the department and physical spaces supporting athletics; oversees a budget of $11.5 million; and supervises 60 full-time and part-time staff.

A master’s degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum of ten years of leadership experience in intercollegiate athletics are required. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated experience managing budgets, facilities, and communications within a large, complex, decentralized organization; and experience working with media and other external agencies and constituents. The ideal candidate will be a creative, energetic, innovative, and strategic leader with the ability to facilitate change, implement strategic initiatives, and support the mission of the university.

Review of applications will begin March 26, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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It is the policy of Norfolk State University to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, gender, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation. The University is cognizant of all statues and regulations mandating requirements of equal opportunity and affirmative action and the University, its employees and agents adhere to practices and procedures to insure equal opportunity for all.


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