S968 - Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU) – Plainview Campus

SUPERVISED BY: Senior Vice President of Operations and Student Life


POSITIONS SUPERVISED: All Intercollegiate Athletic Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Support Staff, Graduate Assistants and Student Workers.  

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  Under the general direction of the Senior Vice President of Operations and Student Life, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating a comprehensive athletics program that supports and advances the mission of the university with an emphasis on student athlete academic, personal, and athletic success.  The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible for all programs, personnel and facilities within the purview of the Intercollegiate Athletic Department and must maintain these programs as an integral part of the institution’s total education program, subject to the institutional mission, policies & objectives. A commitment to a Christian lifestyle and administration/coaching from a Christian perspective is essential. 


  1. Plan, organize, coordinate and administer operation of the program.
  2. Employ, train, supervise, evaluate, discipline and terminate as needed all Department staff.
  3. Prepare budget requests and monitor use of funds budgeted to all programs in the department of athletics.
  4. Applicant will understand and support the strategic role of athletics and student-athletes in a small, private, tuition-driven institution.
  5. Serve on appropriate committees of the University.
  6. Coordinate operation of the program with Academic Schools and Programs of the University.
  7. Coordinate department efforts and champion commitment to increase student athlete academic success/retention/persistence to graduation.
  8. Provide internal and external representation for the program.
  9. In cooperation with the coaching staff and other appropriate University personnel, schedule all activities of the program.
  10. Coordinate selection and requests for equipment and materials for the program.
  11. Evaluate performance of coaches and staff within the program.
  12. Provide leadership and recommendations relative to employment, promotion, and retention of coaches and staff.
  13. Provide leadership and coordination relative to personnel training and skill development within the program.
  14. Provide leadership and coordination relative to program development.
  15. Supervise coordination and dissemination of promotional materials in cooperation with the Director of Sports Information and Marketing.
  16. Provide institutional representation and involvement with the conference affiliate through all appropriate means (conferences, meetings, calls, electronic communication)
  17. Provide institutional representation and involvement with the NAIA through all appropriate means (conferences, meetings, calls, electronic communication)
  18. Ensure compliance of policies and requirements with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference affiliations.
  19. Coordinate the scheduling and implementation of summer athletic camps.
  20. Work with Athletic Training staff and appropriate medical professionals in the planning and execution of the physical care and rehabilitation of our student athletes.
  21. Work in close coordination with athletic insurance and medical care providers with regard to appointments, billing, payments, contracts, and relationships.
  22. Coordinate Athletic Program booster clubs and their activities.
  23. Work in conjunction with and Coordinate the integrated activities of the spirit/support groups to help provide support for the Athletic Program
  24. Coordinate and supervise all use of athletics facilities and Laney Student Activities Center. In addition to athletic events, these facilities are utilized for many institution and public events and require facility planning, staffing, and oversight by the Director of Athletics.
  25. Coordinate and ensure maintenance of Laney Student Activity Center and all athletic facilities.
  26. Maintain a close relationship with Registrar, Admissions, Business Office, and Financial Aid, to ensure compliance and continued academic progress for all student-athletes.
  27. Work in coordination with Institutional Advancement in athletic fund-raising programs and sponsorships.
  28. Work in coordination with and support of Executive Director of Student Services with regard to student discipline and student life matters as they relate to student athletes..
  29. Ensure appropriate game day game (varsity and junior varsity) management and security are present as needed and game day experiences for all athletic events and athletic facilities.
  30. Be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed to ensure proper execution of department events and activities.
  31. Other duties as assigned.

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Enrollment Management.


Bachelor’s degree required with Master’s degree preferred.

Experience and Knowledge:

  1. Successful background in athletic administration/coaching at the collegiate level and a style of leadership that facilitates program equity and excellence.
  2. Awareness of current trends and issues in Intercollegiate Athletics and knowledge of current NAIA rules and requirements.
  3. Dedication to the development of the total individual/student athlete.
  4. Dedication to the principles of Evangelical Christianity, both personally and professionally, and active support for the Christian mission of the University.
  5. An understanding of athletic administration and the Title IX requirements related to intercollegiate athletic programs

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Applicants must be driven to communicate with, build relationships with, and effectively work with individuals at the Conference and National Association offices.
  2. Applicants must be committed to overseeing the deadline driven expectations of the Sooner Athletic Conference, NAIA, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and other reporting relationships both inside and outside of the institution.
  3. Applicant must exhibit and demand a high level of integrity, character, and morality from themselves and be willing to expect the same from the Department of Athletics staff members.
  4. Applicants must be willing to follow through with appropriate leading, training, and corrective action, including termination if needed, with regards to department staff.
  5. Applicants should have proven integrity, leadership skills, and the ability to motivate:
    a.  Students to be successful academically and athletically,
    b.  Coaches and staff to be effective, involved, and successful professionally and personally,
    c.  The Wayland community to be involved and supportive of the athletic programs.
  6. Applicants should possess good interpersonal skills (written and oral), be able to communicate effectively with all members of the campus community and demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse population. Ability to assess organizational and department/team needs; establish priorities; and set course of action to meet them.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, and experience working with culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
  8. Ability to make professional public presentations to diverse audiences inside and outside of the institution.
  9. Strong leadership. Shows initiative, demonstrates high productivity; sets limits for self and others; functions competently under pressure; assumes responsibility in situations requiring action, effectively directs actions of others.
  10. Ability to listen attentively, supports ideas and actions of others, ability to give negative feedback constructively, encourages other to take part in problem solving, helps group(s) stay on target, and generates goals and action agendas.
  11. Ability to work and communicate in a positive and cooperative manner with coaches and their staff, students and their families, management and supervisory staff, co-workers and other university personnel.
  12. Ability to effectively promote and provide programs and staffing that are responsive to an ethnically and gender diverse population.
  13. Strong organizational and planning skills.
  14. Knowledge of and strong inclination to support NAIA rules, regulations, and initiatives.
  15. Vision and willingness to evaluate current trends within the local, conference, and national association to strategically recommend actions for the betterment of the institution.


Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.   If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Employee must be able and willing to travel.  Must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle and possess a valid state driver’s license or have access to reliable transportation.  Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record.

Wayland Baptist University does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic.