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Position Overview

About the Athletic Director

wide shot of basketball game in EKU's alumni coliseum

The Director of Athletics (AD) is responsible for the leadership, management and complete oversight of all aspects of the athletic programs at Eastern Kentucky University, including 16 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The portfolio of responsibilities for this position includes management of the following areas: coaches, staff, and student-athlete recruitment and development; budgeting and financial management; compliance with all applicable federal, state, NCAA, conference, and University policies, procedures, and regulations; facility management; corporate sponsorships and fundraising; marketing, media, and public relations; and the implementation of strategies to achieve University and departmental goals.

The successful AD candidate will be committed to leading an athletics program that expects the highest levels of academic and athletic achievement, as well as operational integrity. The AD must have strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; a high level of integrity; a demonstrated record of leadership; proven analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities; an understanding of conflict management and negotiation strategies; the ability to build consensus among diverse groups and adapt to change; and a vision for propelling Eastern Kentucky University’s athletic programs into a dynamic future.

This position is considered an executive-level position and shall represent the University as appropriate on committees both within and external to the institution. Above all, the AD will be dedicated to the cause of student-athletes and their personal and academic success.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, Eastern Kentucky University encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Application Process

Eastern Kentucky University invites interested candidates to submit a cover letter along with a resume and/or curriculum vitae to Search Committee Chair Betina Gardner at Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by December 6, 2019. 

For additional information please contact:

Betina L. Gardner
VP of Development & Alumni Engagement
Coates CPO 19A
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY  40475
(859) 622-5036

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