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Chair of Physical Education and Director of Athletics

Position Description:

Mount Holyoke College invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of Physical Education and Director of Athletics (AD). Mount Holyoke College seeks a professional who will provide a clear vision of and articulate the role that physical activity and competitive sports plays in the lives of women at the College. The AD is expected to lead with integrity a successful NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, a broad-based physical education program, competitive club sports, and community recreation/fitness programming. Responsibilities also include providing direction to the operations and programming for our Equestrian Center, a national leader in collegiate riding. The AD will work to recruit and retain exceptional faculty, coaches, and staff; be expected to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff across the College; and promote high levels of academic achievement and physical well-being of all students. The Director reports to both the Dean of the Faculty and President of the College.

The Mission and Department: The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics is to challenge and empower individuals through intercollegiate athletics, physical education, and physical activity, while developing and fostering a lifetime commitment to wellness. Our varsity athletics program is integral to the educational process, and we strive to provide challenging, meaningful, and competitive experiences for student-athletes. We seek to enhance life skills and develop values that foster teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership, as well as to develop students' talents to the highest degree possible. We are committed to providing quality instruction in a wide range of activities through our physical education program. Participation allows each student to develop proficiency in a sport or physical activity, as well as an understanding of the components of fitness and how they relate to wellness. It is our goal that students will increase their level of comfort and confidence in and through movement. Our department provides and maintains facilities and programming that support the recreational and fitness needs of the entire MHC community and, in collaboration with the Office of Student Programs, the department also offers competitive opportunities through club sport participation.

Mount Holyoke is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Association and a founding member of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The AD oversees 14 women's NCAA Division III varsity sports, as well as eight competitive club sports, fitness and recreational programs, and a physical education program required for all students. Mount Holyoke has a strong history and tradition of supporting both physical activities and competitive sports for women, and 25% of the student body competes in varsity or club sports.

Responsibilities and Expectations: The AD provides strong leadership and management that will achieve excellence across the Department's broad-based activities. The AD bears principal responsibility for representing Mount Holyoke at the NEWMAC as well as at the regional and national levels.

Success in all the following areas is crucial to meeting this expectation. Applicants should specifically describe in their cover letter the experiences and achievements that demonstrate their capacity to be successful in each of the following areas: Maintaining Mount Holyoke's commitment to academic and athletic excellence as a NCAA Division III institution with highly selective academic standards; providing quality instruction and recreational opportunities to students with varying interests and skills; and maintaining facilities and programming to support the recreational and fitness needs of the campus community. Appreciating the unique mix of coaching, teaching, and student development responsibilities of the members of the Department, and providing the support and mentoring that are necessary to attract, develop, and retain successful teacher-coaches and staff members. Organizing and managing the Department effectively, providing for full compliance with all applicable NCAA and NEWMAC rules, developing and managing budgets, and overseeing and improving facilities in a fiscally responsible manner that maximizes impact. Working cooperatively and communicating effectively with the entire Mount Holyoke community including students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumnae, and parents, as well as with the media and the public-at-large.

Qualifications: Minimum of three to five years of significant athletic leadership experience in collegiate athletics at the director or associate director level Prior collegiate coaching experience preferred Master's degree Affiliation and active engagement with professional organizations appropriate to the position Commitment to excellence in academics, athletics, and physical education Demonstrated ability for promoting the intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division III level and physical activity programs within the College and the community Strong communication and interpersonal skills Commitment to shared governance and collaboration

Application Process: Interested applicants can view this position at, and questions about the position and the College can be directed to Jennifer Sanborn, Chief of Staff to the President, or 413-538-2500. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications and inquiries will be treated in strictest confidence. Complete applications should be received no later than January 23, 2013 for full consideration. Applicants must include resume; letter of application that specifically addresses the above responsibilities and qualifications; and a listing of five references, including names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses at Pre-employment screening will be conducted and will include verification of identity, education, and work experience as well as criminal background and credit checks.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff and student body. Reasonable accommodation in the application and interview process may be requested by contacting Jennifer Sanborn (above).

Application Information Contact: Human Resources Mount Holyoke College Fax: 413/538-3359 Online App. Form:

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