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[C18-048] - Intercollegiate Athletics: Director, Intercollegiate Athletics

Position Information

Administrative Faculty


Contact Person:
Dr. Robert Wolff
Phone: 860-832-2807

Job Description

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) invites applications for a full-time, Intercollegiate Athletics Director (AD). The AD will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall supervision and administration of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program for the University, with special emphasis on fundraising and promotional activities. Candidates are expected to be committed to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate is expected to have a record of collaborative decision-making, a high standard of professional integrity, and a strong sense of professional ethics. The position demands both inspirational leadership and a thorough understanding of best practices in intercollegiate athletics. The next AD will be an innovative and energetic leader with a strong student-centered philosophy who promotes a high level of integration of the athletics program into the overall student experience. Minimum requirements include:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Five years of professional experience in an administrative or coaching position in an NCAA Division I or II intercollegiate athletic program
  • Three years of supervisory and/or head coaching responsibilities
  • Experience managing a complex budget
  • Successful experience in fundraising in support of intercollegiate athletics
  • Strong record of promoting academic excellence among student athletes
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and gender equity
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in developing collaborative relationships across university constituencies, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, fans, donors, and members of the local community.

Credentials and/or experience substantially comparable to the above may also be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with a collective bargaining environment
  • Experience in a public college or university
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, motivate, supervise, and lead diverse administrative staff and coaches
  • Awareness of the relationship between academics and athletics to ensure student success
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to NCAA compliance, and Title IX rules and regulations.

Intercollegiate Athletics: The CCSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (athletics) sponsors 16 Division I varsity sports (seven men’s and nine women’s) and participates in the Northeast Conference (NEC). The Blue Devils moved to Division I status prior to the 1986-87 school year. They joined the NEC in 1997-98. Of the 10 schools in the conference, CCSU is the only regional public comprehensive university. CCSU has won 55 NEC Championships. Preceding the move to the NEC, the Blue Devils competed as a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. Prior to the transition to Division I, the Blue Devils competed as a member of NCAA Division II. The athletics program began in 1934-35. Women’s sports were added in 1971-72.

Since moving to Division I in 1986-87, the Blue Devils have competed in 37 NCAA Championships (women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s track, women’s track, softball, baseball, and football). The Blue Devils have recorded Division I NCAA Tournament victories in women’s soccer, men’s soccer and softball.

CCSU has approximately 400 student-athletes with over 250 receiving financial assistance. Student-athletes have an overall average GPA of 3.12 and completed close to 3,800 hours of community service during the 2016-17 academic year.

The University: CCSU is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system. Central is a campus community very focused on students and their educational development. The low student/faculty ratio allows for close interaction with faculty and individual attention to students. The faculty teach eight courses per year, and no courses are taught by graduate assistants. Central’s students have a variety of opportunities to do individual research with the guidance of a faculty member, both during the year and over the summer. Currently 21 percent of Central’s graduates have had a research experience.

Reflecting the growing diversity of Connecticut, Central is an increasingly diverse campus. Hispanic/Latinos are 12 percent of the student body; Black/African-Americans are 11 percent; Asians are 5 percent. Hispanic/Latino students and Black/African-American students have both increased significantly in number over the past several years. Twenty-six per cent of the faculty are people of color, with Asian, Black, and Hispanic being the largest groups. The staff includes a similar percentage of members of color, with Asian, Black, and Hispanic being the largest groups. For all, Central is a welcoming and supportive campus.

The Community: CCSU is located in New Britain, a city with a population of some 70,000, within a 10-minute drive to the state capital of culture-rich Hartford. CCSU is currently in a large-scale community engagement initiative, designed to more effectively embrace our communities as the “steward of central Connecticut.” Pursuing a range of partnership arrangements with area businesses, schools, agencies, and more, this initiative will create significant new opportunities for student internships, faculty research, as well as an expanding array of cultural collaborations with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, city theatres, the world-renowned New Britain Museum of American Art, and other area attractions.

Application and Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2018. Salary is commensurate with education and experience; salary range $102,353-153,409. To begin the application process, click on the Apply Now button and electronically submit the following in a single file:

  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position
  • Current resume
  • Names of three current professional references (one must be a current or former supervisor) with addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and relationship to the candidate, e.g., supervisor, colleague

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., SSN, DOB, marital status) from any documents submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Emailed or mailed copies will not be accepted.

For more information contact Dr. Robert Wolff, Professor and Search Chair for Intercollegiate Athletics at 860-832-2807 or

Central Connecticut State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.