Founded in 1860, Augustana University is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the university is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skills and advanced study. Augustana graduates are thought-leaders, problem-solvers and change-makers in communities throughout the U.S. and around the globe.
Augustana currently serves approximately 2,100 students from 33 states and 32 countries. Of those, 27% are student-athletes, and more than 1,600 are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. In fall 2017, the university saw its largest incoming freshman class since 1978.
Augustana currently participates in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics in ten women’s sports and nine men’s sports and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The NSIC is comprised of sixteen public and private institutions within a five-state region, including South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa, that are diverse in size and program. Successful conference membership requires both leadership and cooperation among member institutions while maintaining strict compliance with university, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations.
The Augustana Vikings routinely rank among the top-10 schools in DII for academics and athletics. Over the last decade, recent accomplishments include: two NCAA national championships, including Men’s Basketball in 2016, seven straight seasons of top-15 finishes in the Learfield Cup Standings, and four seasons as the NSIC’s top athletic program.
Sioux Falls, SD, is a great place to live, work and raise a family. The city has a population of more than 178,000 and more than 260,000 in the metropolitan statistical area. Sioux Falls offers a robust economy, countless outdoor activities, support for athletics programs at all academic levels and a vibrant entertainment scene.
The Director of Athletics reports directly to the President of the University and is a member of the President’s senior leadership team. The Director of Athletics has overall responsibility to provide positive leadership, vision and oversight in planning, organizing and managing the programs and activities of a highly successful intercollegiate athletics program. In keeping with Augustana’s mission to strive for excellence in both academics and athletics, the Director will lead a program that challenges and develops the intellectual, physical and personal capacities of student-athletes, and that fosters integrity, sportsmanship and fair play. In addition, the athletics program promotes physical fitness, athletic participation and school spirit among all students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans in the Sioux Falls community and the region.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will have significant leadership experience in collegiate athletics. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to the holistic academic and athletic development of student-athletes, as well as to leading a department that shares the university’s commitment to a culture of openness and inclusion that values diversity in people and ideas.
The successful candidate must also understand and support the university’s overall mission, and be prepared to engage in strategic planning not only for the athletics department but also for the university as a whole. The athletics program will demonstrate a commitment to Augustana’s core values and enhance the reputation of the university, while also generating substantial revenues to assist with annual operating expenses for the athletic department.
The successful candidate must have the ability to work with coaches, students, faculty, staff, alumni, media and community leaders; develop and manage a complex budget; and understand both the internal and external operations of the athletics department.
Internal operations require a leader who possesses strategic planning, organizational, budgetary and problem-solving skills who can also work collegially and collaboratively with colleagues across the campus to ensure integration of athletics into the broader university community. Working with and supervising a team of athletic administrators, the Director will develop and manage budgets for all operational areas of the athletics program, ensuring budgetary and fiscal accountability, optimizing resource allocation and enhancing revenue generation. The Director will lead and oversee the selection and management of coaches and administrative personnel, support the professional development of the administrative and coaching staff, and establish and enforce policies and procedures ensuring compliance with NCAA and conference rules and regulations.
External operations include making a direct and significant leadership contribution to all types of fundraising efforts in support of the athletics program. This includes, but is not limited to, securing major gifts and sponsorships at the corporate level as well as enlisting large gifts for the annual A-Club campaign, annual athletics auction, golf tournament, construction of new and improved facilities, and other priorities. The Director will establish fundraising goals for the athletics programs and collaborate with the university Office of Advancement to develop fundraising strategies to meet strategic priorities. The Director will meet with donors and prospective donors as part of ongoing fundraising activities to enhance financial support for the athletic programs and create new and innovative ways to promote athletics and school spirit not only to the campus community, but also to the Sioux Falls community and alumni base. Supervising brand management, tickets sales, media relations and marketing is also required.
A Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred)
Athletic program leadership experience in an academic environment or related experience within a complex, dynamic organization
Demonstrated knowledge of intercollegiate athletics compliance
Proven ability and/or high interest in and aptitude for fundraising and donor development
Experience making, and implementing, complex and sometimes difficult operations and personnel decisions in a fair and equitable manner
A track record and evidence of supporting and advancing diversity in current and previous roles/institutions
Leadership, Management and Interpersonal Skills:
Commitment to a competitive intercollegiate athletics program in the context of an academically rigorous collegiate environment
Dynamic and collaborative leadership, with an ability to maintain a visible and energetic presence within the broader campus community
Relationship building skills with the ability to bring internal and external stakeholders together toward a common goal
Experience with human resource and fiscal management with demonstrated financial acumen
The ability to manage conflict appropriately and decisively
Integrity, respect, professionalism, sincerity and trustworthiness
Excellent communication skills, intelligence, creativity, flexibility, resilience, patience, and a sense of humor, together with a passion for the collegiate student-athlete experience within the context of the culture of Augustana
Augustana invites candidates to submit a letter of application detailing interest in and qualifications for the position, plus the names and contact information for at least three current references to email@example.com. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Deanna Versteeg, Vice President for Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (605) 274-4191, or Dr. Marcia Entwistle, Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com or (605) 274-5495.
Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.
About Augustana University
About Augustana University:
Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, residential university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With 52 majors, 40 minors and 14 pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.
With more than 1,800 students from 30 states and 44 countries around the globe, Augustana has been ranked among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for its efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly. We’re proud to be featured among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes and to be named a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review and a “Best Buy” by U.S. News & World Report.
We’re proud to say that the average ACT of our entering class is 25, one of the highest averages of any college or university in the region. Nearly 90 percent of our students come from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Eleven percent are alumni legacies.
In September 2015 – 155 years after our founding – Augustana C...ollege became Augustana University, an illustration of our growing number of programs and centers for undergraduate and graduate students and in recognition of the physical growth happening on campus.
Augustana seeks faculty who are in support of the mission and values of the University and who have attained a high degree of scholarly competence in their discipline. Faculty members are expected to be excellent teachers, to stay current in their disciplines, to support and to assist in the life and development of the University, and to serve the wider community. The student to faculty ratio is about 13:1. The normal teaching load is three classes each semester and one class during the interim.
About Sioux Falls:
Located in the southeastern corner of the state just ten miles from Minnesota, Sioux Falls has a population of nearly 170,000. It continues to be a robust, vibrant, growing and increasingly diverse regional center for education, healthcare, financial services, biofuels, recreation and the arts. The metro area boasts a population that exceeds 238,000. Thanks to a diversified economy and continued growth in its financial and health care industries, Sioux Falls was recently ranked the No. 1 "Up-and-Coming City for College Grads" by ZipRecruiter while Forbes ranked it the No. 1 "Best Small Place for Business and Careers."
Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.