Colby is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and has 32 intercollegiate sports, that compete at the Division III level, as well as a variety of club and intramural sports. Over one-third of Colby’s 2,000 students participate in intercollegiate sports, and in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department. The College has broken ground on the construction of a new, state-of-the-art athletics complex which is destined to be one of the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000-foot athletics center will include an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center, including Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, fitness center, and studios as well as training rooms and coaching suites. Additionally, the College recently opened three new relocated competition and recreational fields.
The senior/associate director of athletics supports the department in all aspects of athletics management. Reporting to the Harold Alfond director of athletics, the senior/associate director of athletics supervises assigned head coaches as well as staff that comprises the assistant athletic director for sports information and supports the work and goals of the Department of Athletics and the College.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as sport administrator for numerous varsity programs; oversee selected coaches and programs
Supervise the assistant athletic director for sports information
Build and manage a high functioning, data-driven, and forward-looking athletic communications model
Establish the overall social media engagement strategy across varsity teams including, but not limited to, social media planning and integration across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and emerging platforms and technologies
Serve as a member of the departmental leadership team to promote a culture of growth and learning
Monitor and analyze communications, digital media trends, and technological advancements, and their resulting impact on the overarching communications plan
Coordinate and execute all career readiness and professional development programming for staff and students
Liaise with the Office of Communications and DavisConnects, by supporting College initiatives and messaging, building relationships, and delivering expertise around athletics processes and practices
Serve as department lead on all internal special events (non-competition)
Strategize on behalf of the Department of Athletics on all internal & external matters
Work collaboratively with the Office of Advancement and the director of friends of athletics in overseeing the coordination and delivery of integrated communication within the friends of athletics community and coaches; serve as a liaison to the Office of Advancement on other special events
Write and edit various department communication materials, press releases, and advisories for the department's digital platforms with a focus on message delivery, user experience, time on website, length of content, and platform appropriateness
Travel with selected sports teams as necessitated by strategic needs
Proactively build and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with colleagues across campus to enhance the Department of Athletics brand and the Colby mission
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: The senior/associate director of athletics has significant interaction with coaches, staff, students, faculty, and external constituents. The position may be the senior associate director of athletics or associate director of athletics, based on experience.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Several weeks of domestic travel and frequent evening and weekend work required throughout the year. Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs.) may be necessary.
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; advanced degree preferred
Five to seven years of relevant work experience in major professional or collegiate athletic departments or comparatively complex organizations
Proven experience working with graphic design and web technologies including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
High level of proficiency in using web content creation and management tools, including web based content management systems
Exceptional ability to work in a networked way, emphasizing collaboration in a complex environment
Proven success operating within complex organizations, relating with and understanding constituents campus wide
Outstanding organizational, communication, written, interpersonal, and analytical skills in a fast-paced environment with the ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic plans and programs
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within timely deadlines
Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment and discretion
Proven ability to learn quickly, work efficiently in a fast paced environment and to skillfully distill/synthesize emerging information in a leadership role
Previous oversight of athletic programming and/or coaching preferred
Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust o...pportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.
In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.