UB Stadium, North Campus.
The University at Buffalo (UB) is seeking a highly skilled,
experienced Director of Athletics (AD) to lead its Division I-A
athletics program and further its achievement and excellence. The
AD reports directly to the president, and has overall
responsibility for all athletic, recreation and intramural
programs, and basic (non-degree) physical education instruction,
including the administration of UB’s Division I-A
intercollegiate athletics program, with a commitment to
student-athlete excellence in the classroom and on the playing
field; the welfare of student athletes; clear compliance with all
NCAA, conference and university policies; and fiscal integrity and
UB is the largest, most comprehensive, research-intensive
university within the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY)
system, and is SUNY’s primary center for professional
education and training. It enrolls approximately 28,600 students
(approximately 2/3 undergraduates and 1/3 graduate and professional
students). UB is located in the Buffalo-Niagara region of the
state, which is New York’s largest upstate metropolitan
UB sponsors 20 intercollegiate varsity sports, including:
- men’s and women’s basketball
- men’s and women’s soccer
- men’s and women’s swimming and diving
- men’s and women’s tennis
- men’s and women’s track and field
- women’s volleyball
A total of 550 student athletes compete in the
Mid-American Conference for all sports except rowing (Colonial
Teamwork: The AD must be able to establish
consensus with shared respect, leading to a cohesive and effective
staff, and partnerships both on and off campus.
Personnel management: The AD must hire, develop and
organize a highly competent and energetic staff within a collective
bargaining environment. The AD must deal with all staff in a fair
and consistent manner, setting high standards for ethical conduct,
hard work and achievement.
Fiscal control: The AD must provide oversight to
the budgeting process as well as strong operational support to
maintain proper controls on spending.
Public relations: The AD must have experience in
and an understanding of the importance and impact of effective
marketing and public relations to build and enhance the athletics
program. This includes personal, electronic and print
communications with the athletics staff, university leadership,
media and the community.
Negotiation: The AD must be an effective negotiator
for both the athletics program and the university.
Academic support and student-athlete welfare:
Student athletes’ academic success must be the first priority
for the AD, who should work closely with faculty and academic
support staff to encourage and acknowledge academic excellence, to
ensure compliance with existing standards regarding eligibility and
persistence, and to improve the Academic Progress Rate.
NCAA awareness: The AD must have an informed
understanding of NCAA governance, legislation and process, and the
ability to recognize and engage in the significant issues,
especially those that most affect the University at Buffalo and the
Compliance: The AD must establish expectations and
create a culture of unequivocal compliance among student-athletes,
coaches, staff and supporters.
Sports program development: The AD must establish
an expectation of competitive success among all head and assistant
coaches, student athletes and support staff in the UB program, and
must cultivate in all the desire, capability and resources to win
in the MAC. This expectation of success applies across all sports,
revenue generating and non-revenue generating alike.
Contracts and other legal issues: The AD must be
able to work with university and athletics staff for effective and
expeditious completion of all contracts.
Marketing, promotions and media: The long-term need
for new revenue streams requires the AD to present significant
knowledge, creativity and leadership for expansion in this
Facilities planning and construction: The
AD’s expertise and direction in facility planning, design and
construction will be essential to closing the gap between
UB’s facilities and those of MAC peers.
Fund raising: The AD must provide effective
leadership in major gifts solicitation for facilities and
endowments, and work with university advancement staff to maximize
the productivity of other giving programs.
Gender equity: The AD must evince an understanding
of the historical and current significance of gender equity in
athletics programs, and a record of success in advancing gender
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
The University at Buffalo invites letters of nomination,
applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the
search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of
materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment
is made. For full consideration, application materials should
be submitted by April 20, 2012. For additional information
Laurie C. Wilder
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
770-804-1996 ext: 116
The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally
diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching
and working in a multicultural environment.
Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to