Governance

Leadership Styles

An effective leader understands and appreciates the different ways that people influence other people. Information accompanying this section includes: A sample of a DISC test, which reveals an individual’s personality traits. Information...

Life in the Balance

As you seek to become a Division II athletics director, you will frequently hear the term "Life in the Balance." What does it mean? The phrase comes from the Division II strategic-positioning platform, which is the basis for Division II’s...

Professionalism

Professionalism is a common-sense matter. If you are honest, if you follow through on commitments and if you treat others with respect, then you exhibit professionalism. If you fall short in any of those areas, you probably don’t. While...

Community Relations

One of the most important components of Division II’s philosophy is community engagement. You are operating in a more intimate environment than most of your Division I peers, so it’s important for your supporters to know - and respect -...

Facilities Management

Without a doubt, the opportunity to manage facilities is one of the coolest aspects of being an athletics director. But as with so many elements of the job, there’s more to the responsibility than is apparent at first glance. This section...

Fiscal Management

When you become an AD, you will be required to work within the budgeting framework of your new institution. As you pursue your new job, take time to learn what kind of budget your target institution uses and what cycle that school is on...

Marketing and Fundraising

The bad news is that, at many institutions, less money is available to support athletics programs than in the past. The good news is that this means opportunities for athletics directors who can build relationships and raise the funds...

Communication Skills (Internal vs. External)

“Communication” can be a catch-all word, one cited when something goes wrong – as in “we did a poor job of communicating.” Sometimes, the failure is actually poor organization or a lack of anticipation. But communication can be a major...

Personnel Management and Sports Oversight

Your career as an athletics director depends on how well you manage personnel. It is a difficult task. You do not want to micro-manage, constantly directing your administrators and coaches by annoying them with every imaginable detail. At...

Table of Contents

So you want to be an AD Home Page Institutional Control Bylaw 6 Compliance Manual Compliance Committee Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee Makeup/Responsibilities Athletics Department Oversight Model Athletics Department Reporting...

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