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Athletic Director

Purdue University Calumet As a Place to Work

Purdue University Calumet is an academically comprehensive regional university consisting of nearly 10,000 students, including over 1,000 graduate students. Purdue Calumet is part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, which includes traditional Purdue strengths as engineering; technologies; the liberal arts; natural, behavioral and social sciences; and professional programs of nursing, management/business and education. The campus is located in Hammond, Ind., less than 25 miles southeast of downtown Chicago near the shores of Lake Michigan.

Purdue Calumet is a residential campus offering apartment-style, private bedroom living for nearly 750 students. The 17-building, 167-acre neighborhood campus is strategically committed to helping qualified, achievement-oriented students persist and succeed in earning a Purdue degree.

For Fall 2011, the degree-seeking undergraduate student FTE was 6,072. The male FTE is 2,836 (47%) and the female FTE is 3,236 (53%). Minority students, including more Hispanic enrollees than at any other Indiana university or college, comprise one-third of the total body.

Athletic Programs

Purdue Calumet is one of the largest institutions in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The university currently offers eight varsity programs, all of which compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Intercollegiate athletic teams are fielded in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, and men’s & women’s tennis. Purdue Calumet is currently in the midst of an athletic expansion plan, as men’s and women’s soccer are to begin play in the fall of 2012 and baseball and softball are scheduled to be on-line for the 2013-14 academic year.

Athletic Director Responsibilities:

The Athletic Director (AD) will have oversight responsibility to assess, recommend, manage and implement strategies for the expansion of the intercollegiate athletics program.

The duties of the AD include the following:

  • Identify best practices, assess current progress on long-term plans for athletics, and make recommendations of best methods for the future.
  • Work with architects and other constituents for repurposing and improving existing facilities and previously identified sites to accommodate the growth program.
  • Work closely with inter-campus Public Relations Department and Athletic Media personnel to issue communications regarding the program, to include periodic updates to all constituencies on growth of the program.
  • Oversee all athletics marketing and promotional materials to ensure the integrity of the branding of the program.
  • Conduct and oversee fundraising efforts for athletics in coordination with University Advancement.
  • Ensure compliance with NAIA regulations; ensure eligibility for participation by working with the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid and the Athletic Academic Monitoring Program.
  • Develop and maintain the Intercollegiate Athletics Department Policies and Procedures Manual, the compliance manual, campus and clinics manual and the Student-Athletic Handbook.
  • Monitor and manage all aspects of the Athletics budgets.
  • Assess and determine staffing needs.
  • Provide direct authority over coaches.
  • Supervise Assistant Directors and support staff, manage daily operations of the department, address human resource and employee relations’ needs of the staff.
  • Coordinate and provide educational training and rules interpretations for coaches and staff to ensure compliance with NAIA regulations.
  • Plan sporting event activities to engage students, faculty and staff and major supporters.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated successful experience at least 2-3 years in length within a higher education setting involving some aspects of athletic program development, management and leadership
  • Strong team building/management skills
  • Ability to work across academic and administrative departments in a cooperative manner
  • Display strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate collaborative efforts
  • Fundraising and development experience
  • Strong understanding of knowledge of rules and regulations that govern intercollegiate competition


  • Master’s degree

Application & Search Information:

Applicants must apply by submitting a letter of application, resume and five (5) references electronically to: No hardcopy documents will be accepted.  To receive full consideration, candidates must submit all required initial documents plus any additional requested documents electronically.  The position will be open until filled.

Carr Sports Associates, Inc. is serving as search committee consultant. Nominations and references should be sent to Bill Carr at:


Check out our excellent benefits package at:


  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Fidelity Contribution Immediately.

A check of criminal conviction and/or motor vehicle records may be made for employment in this position.

Purdue University Calumet is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity University.