Associate Athletic Director for Leadership and Development - 502052

University of Richmond Richmond, VA
Associate Athletic Director for Leadership and Development - 502052


The Associate Athletic Director (job title negotiable based on qualifications, education, and experience) for Leadership & Development reports to the Vice President/Director of Athletics and is a member of the department's senior leadership/management group. This position will work with department leadership in creating, overseeing, and implementing comprehensive leadership programming as well as development initiatives surrounding the student-athlete experience.

The Associate Athletic Director for Leadership & Development will supervise, manage, and implement the department's leadership and development initiatives for student-athletes, coaches, and staff. In addition, this position will act as the department's primary liaison with the University community regarding leadership initiatives across campus and within the local community. The Associate Athletic Director for Leadership & Development will also work with the Vice President/Director of Athletics in determining and addressing the department's overall leadership development programming needs.


Oversee and coordinate leadership programming in the Department of Athletics

* Develop and implement a comprehensive leadership program for student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

* Collaborate with members of the administrative team in the department to establish training and educational programming.

* Provide support and consultation to student-athletes and coaches in the areas of team building, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, personal accountability, peak performance, and leadership.

* Institute leadership assessments for student-athletes, coaches, and staff engaging in leadership development.

* Design programming strategically in order to maximize benefits while balancing time demands.

* Assess, evaluate, and adjust programming as needed.

Supervise and coordinate all aspects of the planning, implementation, management, and operation of the Spider Leadership Institute

* Create and execute an immersive learning experience for student-athletes which is specifically designed for the development of current and emerging leaders.

* Direct and facilitate nominations and applicant review for participation in the Spider Leadership Institute.

* Develop, implement, and maintain a robust communications plan for the leadership program.

Oversee initiatives and resources designed to enhance the whole student-athlete experience

* Research and implement programming that supports student-athlete welfare, life skills, and personal development.

* Design a program that offers a broad approach to meeting the transitional needs of students matriculating and/or transferring into the University.

* Provide resources and programming to prepare upcoming graduating student-athletes to successfully transition into life after college.

* Collaborate with other departments at the University to create cross-functional programming.

* Oversee award and recognition events related to student-athlete achievement.

* Serve as the primary administrative advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

* Collaborate with sports performance group.

Perform management functions related to leadership and student-athlete programming

* Facilitate collaboration with internal and external stakeholders across the Richmond community and beyond to create leadership opportunities and connections.

* Coordinate guest speakers and special events associated with leadership and student welfare programming.

* Coordinate initiatives with staff members from the Spider Club/University Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Career Services offices to develop programs and resources to enhance athletics leadership and student-athlete initiatives.

* Establish metrics and data collection methods to evaluate program offerings.

* Create and manage budgets for assigned areas.

* Collaborate with appropriate entities to establish branding designed to promote initiatives and serve as a recruiting tool for prospective students.


* Must have excellent written, verbal communication, and public speaking skills

* Must have the ability to lead and guide student-athletes

* Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population and a wide range of constituencies

* Must have the ability to work with new technology to enhance job performance

* Must possess the ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate a commitment to integrity

* Adherence to all applicable NCAA, conference, and institutional rules and regulations is required


* Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred

* Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience


* Full-time, exempt position

* Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week; some nights & weekends


Pay Grade 8

To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation's first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE