Director of Athletics, Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg, Massachusetts)

About Fitchburg State University:

Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students. We invite you to learn more about us and how we can help you achieve your educational goals.

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties: Provide leadership to the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Direct and coordinate the development and administration of all athletic programs in compliance with NCAA regulations. Build and maintain relationships with campus partners, alumni, and the larger Fitchburg community.  Create an environment designed to facilitate the growth and development of the individual student as well as athletic teams, and integrate with student and academic programs. Prepare and implement department budgets and coordinate fundraising programs and accounts. Oversee the daily operation of the Elliot Field Athletic Complex and Landry Arena. Engage in and support fundraising activities for the Athletic Department and individual athletic teams. Represent the University and the interests of its officers, student athletes, coaches, and staff in service to the NCAA and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the development, short and long range planning and operation of a comprehensive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, consistent with the goals of the university.
  2. Recruit, select, supervise, and evaluate professional, classified, and student personnel assigned to the department.
  3. Recruit, select, supervise, and evaluate coaching personnel.
  4. Conduct annual budget preparation, administration and control related to the department, including all fundraising activities.
  5. Responsible for compliance with NCAA and conference rules, regulations and procedures; develop, enforce and evaluate policies and procedures for department operations.
  6. Supervise the overall operation and coordinate facility scheduling of the Elliott Field Athletic Complex and Landry Arena to accommodate academic, intercollegiate, intramural, recreational, campus, and community needs.
  7. Coordinate and supervise athletic recruitment efforts with the Admissions Office.
  8. Coordinate the summer use of the Elliott Field Athletic Complex and Landry Arena by internal and external users.
  9. Collaborate with Capital Planning and Maintenance on all issues related to the Elliott Field Athletic Complex, Landry Arena, and the Coolidge Park softball facility. Meet regularly to review issues and progress of scheduled projects, develop plans for improvements, and maintain shared calendars of scheduled events.
  10. Collaborate with the Director of Recreational Services on scheduling and other issues related to department programming in the Recreation Center.
  11. Collaborate with Student Affairs to ensure integration with student-centered and student services programming. Collaborate with various Student Affairs offices in the development and implementation of educational programs for alcohol, sexual assault prevention, drugs, violence, and general health and safety.
  12. Collaborate with representatives of the academic Exercise and Sports Science department on the Strength and Conditioning Facility and other shared initiatives and interests.
  13. Communicate with the university's faculty athletics representative position on a regular basis.
  14. Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development on engagement and fundraising opportunities.
  15. Develop and implement initiatives to monitor and maintain a high level of academic achievement among intercollegiate program participants.
  16. Articulate a philosophy and vision for the future of Falcon Athletics while providing student athletes with a sense of pride and leadership.
  17. Responsible for public relations and promoting department activities to the university and the general public.
  18. Maintain a positive working relationship with all university personnel and coordinate and maintain open communication and public relations with students, faculty, administration, parents, alumni, media, and community supporters.
  19. Represent the university at national, state, and regional meetings appropriate to the department.
  20. Serve on appropriate university committees
  21. Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  1. Master's degree in Sports/Exercise Science/Athletic Administration or related fields required.  Doctorate in related fields preferred.
  2. Demonstrated leadership in college athletic setting and 5-7 years of professional experience planning, organizing and directing athletics required.
  3. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
  4. Demonstrated experience in athletic recruiting in collaboration with college admissions department.
  5. Experience in budget preparation, administration and control.
  6. Excellent communication skills.
  7. Appropriate computer skills required
  8. Must be able to satisfactorily pass a check conducted by the Criminal History Systems Board (CORI check).
  9. Ability to perform above duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

Additional Information:

Shift Information: Full time benefited APA Union position. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm with evenings and weekends as needed.
Priority Review: Priority deadline is April 15 however the position remains open until filled.

Salary Range: $110K - $115K Annually

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter and resume along with your application here