Director of Athletics - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Quinnipiac University is a private non-sectarian coeducational university located in Hamden, CT and North Haven CT, 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The University enrols 6,500 full-time undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. The 2015 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.”

An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community. Quinnipiac University educates students to be valued and contributing members of their communities through a vital, challenging and purposeful educational program.


The University currently seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader for its nationally respected Division I athletics program. The Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Metro Atlantic Conference (MAAC) and ECAC Hockey. The opportunities for growth in athletics at Quinnipiac University are exciting. The University’s commitment to the success of the athletic program, positions the athletic department for continued comprehensive success and excellence within intercollegiate athletics.

The Quinnipiac intercollegiate athletics program supports twenty-one sport teams that represent the University as the Quinnipiac Bobcats. These sports are: men’sbaseball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and tennis; and women’s acrobatics & tumbling, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and volleyball.

The University has numerous facilities across its three campuses to host both these top-flight athletic programs, as well as athletic opportunities for the entire student population, many offering state-of-the-art features. In 2007, Quinnipiac opened the TD Bank Sports Center, a 185,000-square-foot facility on the York Hill Campus that features two separate arenas for the men’s/women’s basketball and ice hockey programs. The arenas seat 3,254 for basketball and 3,084 for hockey. In March 2014, the TD Bank Sports Center had great success hosting the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four and drew the largest crowd for a venue in which the host institution was not competing.

Over the last three years, Quinnipiac Athletics has shown tremendous growth at the national level, with more varsity programs advancing to national tournaments from 2012-13 through 2014-15.

  • In 2012-13, women’s basketball won the Northeast Conference and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament. Men’s ice hockey was ranked No. 1 in the country for the second half of the season, securing the top seed in the NCAA Tournament and advancing to the 2013 National Championship Game.
  • In 2013-14, Quinnipiac’s first year in the Metro Atlantic Conference, three teams (field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s tennis) won conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. With the men’s ice hockey team also capturing an at-large bid to the tournament, and the women’s basketball team capturing an at-large bid to the WNIT, it marked the first time in school history that Quinnipiac featured five teams in national postseason tournaments.
  • So far in 2014-15, Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey and women’s basketball have captured their second conference regular-season championships in three years, with women’s basketball also winning the tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. In addition, women’s ice hockey received an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament, making their first appearance in the national tournament.

Quinnipiac’s Department of Athletics & Recreation has shown consistent improvement academically in each year as a NCAA Division I program. In 2013-14, Quinnipiac’s 414 student athletes posted a program best 3.293 cumulative grade-point-average, while all but one of Quinnipiac’s 21 varsity teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Hamden is located in the Greater New Haven area, which is very rich in assets. There is an abundance of arts and culture, including fine restaurants, stunning architecture, world-class museums, theatre, eclectic boutiques and bookstores. South Central Connecticut benefits from its proximity to the world-class New York metro area, while retaining the charm and heritage of New England.


The Director of Athletics must possess integrity, vision, astuteness and charisma, with a passion for excellence, a profound commitment to student-athlete welfare, and an energetic drive to lead the Quinnipiac Bobcats to the highest level of all-around success. He or she must embrace enthusiastically the mission and values of Quinnipiac University while developing and executing a strategic vision that intensifies the excitement and achievement of Quinnipiac Athletics; increases community and public engagement with the Bobcats; and positions Quinnipiac for the most beneficial future conference alignments.

The Quinnipiac Director of Athletics must direct and manage the Department of Athletics and Recreation with the highest level of integrity to maintain full compliance with Title IX and state and federal laws, as well as with all university, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. Working with coaches, athletic administrators, student-athletes and University partners, the Director of Athletics must facilitate collaboration, effectiveness and efficiency in department operations, as well as a vibrant role for athletics and recreation in University life. Together with the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, the Director of Athletics will pursue fundraising activities and alumni support. As the visible and approachable face of Quinnipiac Athletics, the Director of Athletics must partner with the Office of Public Affairs in continually enhancing the reach of marketing and promotions. In all activities, the Director of Athletics must maintain Quinnipiac’s profound commitment to gender equity, diversity, inclusion, and responsible citizenship.


  • Provide the vision and leadership necessary for Quinnipiac Athletics to achieve increasing levels of competitive and academic success and public recognition.
  • Supervise all aspects of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, including fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, facilities, public relations, athletic fund raising and general operations.
  • Oversee the development and execution of goals, policies and procedures that promote competitive achievement, inclusive participation, and operational excellence in all the University’s sports, intramural and recreation programs.
  • Support the University’s commitment to academic excellence, academic integrity and the retention and graduation of student-athletes.
  • Manage the Department’s resources to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and fiscal integrity in line with the University’s long-term goals.
  • Ensure the department has a highly competent and diverse coaching, administrative and support staff supportive of the University’s mission and committed to the all-around development and well-being of the student-athletes.
  • Lead efforts for personnel evaluation, motivation and development.
  • Work with campus partners to envision and implement plans for the future direction and growth of the Department, including staff and program development and expansion and the Department’s fiscal needs for operations and capital improvements.
  • Facilitate and maintain beneficial athletic conference alignments.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of integrity in athletic, academic, financial and business matters and ensure the Department’s compliance with NCAA, MAAC, ECAC and University rules and regulations and all state and federal laws, including Title IX.
  • Be aware and encourage coaches and student-athletes that performance in the classroom is the main purpose of higher education and that pursuit of knowledge and the acquisition of a degree is the main goal of the student-athlete.

Fundraising and Public Relations

  • Be the visible and approachable face of the University’s intercollegiate athletics program to the public, the media, University faculty and staff, alumni, students, season ticket holders, Bobcat Club members, other supporters of the University and more broadly, the MAAC, ECAC and NCAA institutions, colleagues and partners.
  • Work with campus partners to achieve growth in fundraising activities and alumni support for the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
  • Oversee the department’s public and media relations, promotions, revenue generation and marketing efforts.
  • Together with campus partners, negotiate sponsorships, as well as event and television/radio contracts, for the benefit of the Department and University.
  • Provide leadership to increase revenue sources for the department including effective plans for marketing and promotion and fund raising strategies that include the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.
  • In collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and other campus units, build support and enthusiasm for the Quinnipiac Bobcats and promote the active engagement of student athletes in the University community.
  • Facilitate beneficial relationships with other colleges and universities in regard to athletic programs.
  • Accept other duties as assigned by the Executive Vice President/Provost and President, not limited to the areas of leadership, management, fundraising and public relations.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants


Quinnipiac University seeks a Director of Athletics with integrity, vision, collaborative skills and a commitment to higher education and student-athlete welfare. Quinnipiac University’s Director of Athletics should present the following:

  • A record of successful strategic planning, budget and human resource management, and facilities oversight within higher education, intercollegiate athletics and/or a like industry.
  • Excellent judgment in decision-making and character assessment.
  • An ability to collaborate and form strategic partnerships with a diverse array of constituencies external and internal to the University community in order to leverage opportunities for growth and advancement.
  • A record of collaborative and ethical decision making within a fast-paced and competitive environment.
  • Strong communication skills to effectively represent Quinnipiac messages to the media and at alumni, donor and other University events.
  • A strong commitment to gender equity and Title IX compliance, and conference and NCAA principles and bylaws.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funds for capital projects, program and facility improvements and overall departmental enhancements.
  • High energy level, work ethic and willingness to be able to attend the majority of athletic events happening on and off campus.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

How To Apply:


All application materials and inquiries will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, current resume, and the names of at least five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses.

All documents should be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word format to Lindsey Conboy at . All inquiries and nominations should be addressed to that email.

Mailing address:   

Lindsey M. Conboy

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Keyword Phrases

  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Director of Athletics
  • Diversity
  • athletics
  • Title IX
  • Athletic Department & Coaching
  • Executives Other
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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