Associate Athletics Director - Marketing and External Relations
Lake Forest College
Location: Lake Forest, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hiring will be contingent on a successful background check and receipt of academic transcripts.
Lake Forest College invites applications for the position of Associate Athletic Director - Marketing and External Relations
The chosen candidate will support the mission of the College and athletic department, which includes intercollegiate varsity athletics, club sports, intramurals, physical education, and recreation. The Associate Athletic Director will serve as a member of the senior management team for athletics and play a key role in continuing an established Tradition of Excellence in Forester Athletics - one that embraces community collaboration and fosters student-athlete success in the classroom, in competition, as community members, and in career preparation and post-graduate success.
The College sponsors 25 intercollegiate varsity sport programs with approximately 425 student-athletes competing annually. Lake Forest is a member of NCAA Division III, the Midwest Conference (MWC), the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA), the Midwest/Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MLC/MWLC) and the United States Handball Association (USHA). The College is an affiliate member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) for men’s and women’s golf. Learn more about Forester Athletics.
Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. For more information about Lake Forest College, visit www.lakeforest.edu
Candidates must submit a detailed letter of application, résumé, and list of at least four professional references (with telephone numbers and/or email addresses). Applications received by January 18, 2022, will receive full consideration. The anticipated starting date for the position is February 15, 2022.
Interested candidates should submit all materials electronically via [email protected]
Duties & Responsibilities
Provide leadership for athletic marketing, communication and fan engagement, and community outreach regarding partnerships and/or community service opportunities
Ensure success of the Forester Athletic Network (F.A.N. Club), the athletic department booster club, in operations, membership, programming, and fundraising
Develop and implement effective communication plans with both internal and external campus stakeholders
Oversee and plan various college and department special events and assist with college and/or departmental fundraising initiatives and programs as assigned
Manage day to day athletic operations, programming, and events in a manner consistent with the mission, philosophy, and goals of the College
Provide administrative staff and sport supervision as assigned
Serve as the athletic department liaison with the Human Resources office. Provide leadership and assistance in hiring, training, supervision, and annual evaluation implementation for coaches and staff members
Ensure completion of athletic department annual reports and assist with data collection for other College, league, or NCAA reports
Foster a diverse and inclusive athletic environment and support strong internal and external communication and collaboration regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and other matters of student-athlete well-being
Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics or Vice President for Athletics and Career Advancement
Bachelor’s degree required with preference for a Master’s degree
Minimum of three years prior experience working in an intercollegiate athletic department environment or related field
Highly motivated with effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to deliver information in a clear, concise, and articulate manner to multiple stakeholder groups
Proven leadership and management skills, particularly as they relate to establishing and communicating priorities, special event programming, fundraising
Proficiency with computers and media, including but not limited to, Microsoft office suite, modern CRM systems, Adobe creative suite, web streaming and social media platforms
A collaborative management approach with relationship-building skills, experience building a team, and leading and/or supervising the work of others
An understanding and appreciation of a small liberal arts college environment, NCAA Division III athletics, and the importance of campus integration
A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from over 40 states and 70 countries. Lake Forest College is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. The College sponsors 25 intercollegiate varsity sports, with approximately 425 student-athletes competing annually, and is a member of NCAA Division III. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
For more information on Lake Forest College and Forester Athletics, please visit www.lakeforest.edu.