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Director of Cross Country and Track & Field

Director of Cross Country and Track & Field

The University of Mary in Bismarck, ND is accepting applications for a Director of Cross Country and Track & Field.

The Director of Cross Country and Track & Field is responsible for all aspects of the University of Mary’s NCAA Division II men’s’ and women’s cross country and track & field program, including strategic planning, budgeting, recruitment, personnel management, and campus and community relations. A key responsibility is the enthusiastic implementation of and personal investment in the University’s ‘Greatness Through Virtue’  whole-person development model.

Candidates will be invited to demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversees Scholar-Athlete & Team Academic Success
    • Exhibits a commitment to academic success
    • Provides guidance to scholar-athletes to ensure there is a balance between academics and athletics that will result in satisfactory academic progress
    • Must maintain knowledge of NCAA Division II eligibility requirements and guidelines
    • Develops and implements criteria and success plans for “academically at-risk” scholar-athletes
  • Oversees Scholar-Athlete & Team Athletic Success
    • Exhibits a commitment to athletic success
    • Achieves a competitive presence in conference, regional and national meets
    • Recruits high caliber student–athletes
    • Demonstrates the ability to work with other members of the athletics department
    • Demonstrates the knowledge necessary to facilitate improvement in athletic performances
  • Oversees Scholar-Athlete & Team Compliance
    • Demonstrates knowledge and compliance with university, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations, including all aspects of compliance in operating a Division II Athletic program
    • This includes all aspects of compliance oversight in operating a Division II Athletic program
  • Oversees Scholar-Athlete Leadership & Whole Person Development
    • Promote the ‘Greatness Through Virtue’ whole-person development model
    • Create a positive team culture of Solidarity & Harmony
    • Develop and emphasize Virtuous Leadership
  • Oversees Scholar-Athlete Safety, Health & Well Being

Responsible for the safety, health and well-being factors including:

    • Athletic Training
    • Nutritional Instruction
    • Team Travel
    • Satisfactory housing options
    • Clarity on team policies
    • Support resources for individual counsel
  • Oversees Community Integration & Connectedness
    • Create community integration and connectedness through strategic marketing plans and social media platforms
    • Improve the fan experience at games
    • Facilitate faculty and student body involvement
    • Create and establish strong traditions that promote involvement with your program
  • Oversees Program Management
    • Demonstrates fiscal and administrative responsibility, including budget, scholarships, scheduling, student assistance and athletic department assistance (event contributions)
  • Contribute to Athletic Fundraising
    • Demonstrates a commitment to the promotion and development of the Marauders Armada
    • Participates in Armada activities and maintains a strong Armada Cabinet
    • Create, develop or maintain a sport-emphasis fundraising activity

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Masters’ degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of previous coaching experience required
  • Upholds and promotes the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the Office of Athletics and throughout the university in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills include:

  • Understanding of the ‘Greatness Through Virtue’ core strategies and being able to facilitate the growth of our Scholar-Athletes in the virtues of academic life
  • Understanding of balancing a scholar-athlete academic responsibility with their athletic demands
  • Demonstrated personal and professional integrity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a clean an organized professional work environment and keeping current with administrative reporting requirements
  • Ability to prioritize workload, perform work duties independently, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively and collaborate with a variety of people including scholar-athletes, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the departmental needs of scholar-athletes, best practices in working with scholar-athletes who are at risk for attrition and the ability to work effectively with scholar-athletes from diverse cultures and backgrounds, scholar-athletes who have a disability, nontraditional scholar-athletes, and other at-risk scholar-athletes
  • Understand and comply with federal laws and regulations that pertain to higher education
  • Knowledge of NCAA Division II Rules and Regulations

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