The Athletic Director is responsible for the development, management, coordination and supervision of a competitive intercollegiate athletics program with 13 programs, more than 20 coaches, and more than 300 student athletes. The Athletic Director also (1) provides visionary leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the athletics program; (2) maintains an athletics program that is committed to the university's mission and strategic priorities; (3) works with the Office of Institutional Advancement to raise funds for the athletic department; (4) administers the overall athletic budget; (5) recruits and manages the coaching staff; and (5) ensures compliance with all university, national association and conference policies, rules and regulations. The Athletic Director reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
A bachelor's degree is required.
Master's degree strongly preferred) with at least 8 years of related experience, including departmental oversight. Essential knowledge, skills and abilities: The successful candidate will have a strong appreciation of and commitment to the mission and values of a residential public liberal arts college and the NAIA. The position requires demonstrated effectiveness as a program leader; strong program and fiscal management skills; experience with collegiate athletics; a commitment to students' athletic and academic success; and the demonstrated ability to build and support diverse, inclusive teams with sensitivity to individuals of all cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will be self-directed, highly motivated and goal oriented, work with integrity, value gender equity, and bring skills and abilities needed to advance XULA athletics and the university including the capacity to be a visible and engaging leader and advocate for the program and the university. The successful candidate must be a skilled manager of staff, resources and programs; enjoy establishing excellent working relationships in an energetic, collegial environment; utilize technology effectively; and bring a positive attitude and sense of humor to the position.
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, 5 master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries. Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts: • #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school (AAMC data 2019). • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees. (2018) • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics. ...(2018) • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines. (2018) • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the American Institute of Physics. (2018) Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation. • The 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Xavier among its 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities. • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 385 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual “The Best 385 Colleges”. • College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, ranks Xavier as the nation’s #3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (2019). It also ranks Xavier as #3 among all Louisiana colleges. • College Factual ranks both Xavier’s biology and chemistry programs as program as No. 1 in Louisiana. (2019) • Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer lists Xavier as one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide profiled as “transfer friendly” in this guide to the college transfer process by the Kaplan Educational Foundation. • The Student Loan Report ranks #Xavier 12 out of 800 Private schools who left graduates with the least amount of private student loan debt, a form of financial aid known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs. (2018) • Zippia.com named Xavier's Psychology Program as #1 in Louisiana. (2018) • Learn.org ranks Xavier Among the Top 50 STEM schools in the U.S. (2019) • The Edvocate ranks Xavier as the nation’s No. 3 Catholic University. (2019) • Zippia.com rates Xavier #1 in Louisiana in its 2019 report, “Best College in Each State for Getting a Job”.
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