The senior associate athletics director/SWA assists in the administration of a comprehensive athletic program with emphasis on student-athlete services and overall planning and coordination of sporting programs. This position serves as the primary strategic advisor to the vice president, intercollegiate athletics, maintaining responsibility for the department’s strategic and operational planning, goal setting, project management, and human resources functions.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Job Responsibilities and Execution
Oversees and directs Lindenwood’s student-athlete support services, including sports medicine, compliance, academics, and athletic performance
Acts as the primary sport administrator and ensures the effective operation of all sport programs
Serves as the senior woman administrator, promoting meaningful representation of women in leadership and management of college sports
Acts as an affirmative action liaison for faculty and staff for the purpose of promoting diversity
Collects and analyzes Athletics department data as it relates to student-athlete support services
Reviews and annually updates the Athletics department’s student-athlete health and wellness management plans
Develops a seamless line of communication with the Athletics department’s medical provider and medical directors
Collaborates with colleagues to ensure student-athletes achieve personal development and attain academic goals
Promotes positive internal and external messaging regarding strategic initiatives and accomplishments
Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Provides leadership, education, and direction for other sport administrators
Represents the University at Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and affiliate conference membership meetings in addition to NCAA meetings
Assists the vice president with strategic planning and goal setting for the division
Participates in community and professional organizations, promoting a positive image for Lindenwood athletics programs
Provides strategy and support in managing gender equity and Title IX plans and issues
Takes initiative to develop professional contacts, attend professional development courses and conferences, and engage in professional readings to remain abreast of current topics and events
Reviews departmental strengths and weaknesses and provides input on how to best improve
Employee Management and Development
Supports the mission of the University and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Models, supports, and holds others accountable to the University’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and teamwork
Assists the vice president with key human resources functions
Recruits, interviews, hires, and monitors performance of department staff
Conducts annual employee performance evaluations based on expectations, evidence, observation, and feedback
Job may require other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in athletic administration or physical education
Minimum of 5 years’ professional leadership experience with collegiate athletics
Previous supervisory experience
Master’s degree preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the job competently.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to use good judgment and think critically
Highly organized with the ability to direct multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to build productive business relationships
Excellent decision-making abilities
Strong professional integrity and ability to maintain strict confidentiality
Proficient in general office software, particularly Microsoft Office Suite
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office setting
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to work effectively at a computer for up to eight hours daily
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.
Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in St. Charles, Missouri. Founded in 1827 by George Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley, it is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest. The University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 16,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.