About the University

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UW – Green Bay), founded in 1965, is a regional, public institution that has four campuses, Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan, which serve a 16-county area. As part of the University of Wisconsin System, the University serves almost 9,000 students and has experienced strong enrollment growth in recent years. UW – Green Bay fearlessly faces challenges, solves problems, embraces diversity and forges access to education for all who seek it. That enterprising spirit has made this University the fastest-growing UW school in the region.

With a 25:1 student to faculty ratio, UW – Green Bay provides an intimate learning environment providing over 200 academic programs to its students, both in the classroom and online. Whether a student is a first-year, first-generation student or a student pursuing a post-graduate degree, UW – Green Bay has educational experts to help students get from where they are to wherever they want to go. Additionally, there are over 1,000 student activities to continuously develop and support the holistic growth of all UW – Green Bay students. UW – Green Bay prides itself on being a future-minded contender, standing on the shoulders of a trailblazing heritage to transform the students, the communities and the region it serves.

About UW – Green Bay Athletics

The UW – Green Bay athletic department is a NCAA, Division I member institution with 16 varsity athletic teams participating as members of the Horizon League. As a member of the Horizon League, UW – Green Bay has won over 60 league championships. The Athletic Department is intended to be an integral component of the educational mission of the University. The University’s mission offers context for how the program prepares students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, to practice learning as a life-long activity, to be engaged and contributing citizens, and to enhance the position and image of the University locally, regionally, and nationally.

About the Position  

The Director of Athletics (AD) reports to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The AD will provide strategic vision, leadership, and effective management oversight of the Phoenix Division I athletic program.  A major responsibility of the AD will be to integrate the university athletic strategy into the overall University vision by developing and nurturing deep collaborations with University Advancement and the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Business & Finance, and University Inclusivity & Student Affairs. 

This position provides administrative direction and strategic oversight to all intercollegiate and recreational sports and core activities, ensuring that all programs fully comply with institutional, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. The AD exercises oversight over all departmental budgetary, financial, operational, and Human Resources-related requests. This position will work to enhance UW – Green Bay’s inclusive Athletics efforts and create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates those with diverse identities, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds.

The position requires a very high community profile, the ability to work effectively within an athletic conference, a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity, and most importantly a focus on student success.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to an athletic department that shares the University’s commitment to student success, equity and inclusion, and community engagement.
  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.  Develop constructive and collegial relationships with all members of the Cabinet.
  • Formulate and implement athletics policies and practices including strategic planning, fundraising, and financial oversight of the overall unit budget.
  • Serve as the primary athletics liaison to the academic community to ensure alignment with the mission and strategic goals of the University.
  • Increase public awareness and support for intercollegiate athletic programs and student-athletes. Develop and maintain a high level of community interaction in support of Phoenix Athletics and the University mission and vision.
  • Develops strong relationships with alumni to create lifelong ties with the Athletic Department and the University
  • Work with student-athletes, coaches, parents, faculty, and leadership to resolve highly sensitive and difficult issues
  • Participate in national activities of the NCAA and provide leadership in that organization when appropriate.
  • Be accountable for all NCAA compliance regulations as well as other federal and state regulations including Title IX.
  • Ensure that gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in all athletic programs and teams are in compliance with NCAA, conference, and university policies that govern the program.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase support for students from underrepresented racial/ethnic/first-generation backgrounds who participate in Athletics at UW-Green Bay.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, develop and deliver a vigorous fund-raising program in support of Phoenix Athletics and, where appropriate, other important programs of the University. 
  • Provide leadership to the UW – Green Bay Council of Trustees Athletic Advisory Committee and the Phoenix Fund Board of Directors. 
  • Nurture an effective administrative and coaching team in the athletic department and encourage professional growth, creativity and commitment in Athletic Department employees.
  • Exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked for Athletics Department coaches and staff.
  • Provide leadership to the UW – Green Bay Council of Trustees Athletic Advisory Committee and the Phoenix Fund Board of Directors. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience in a senior position in Division I, II, or III athletics or professional sports franchise.
  • Highest ethical and moral standards.
  • Knowledge of NCAA regulations and Title IX.
  • Demonstrated fund development experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting organizational efforts to create a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent judgment including sensitivity to personal and confidential information.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills in working with a diverse community.
  • The ability to delegate and prioritize work.
  • Work independently and as part of a team environment and on collaborative efforts.

Application Process

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay invites nominations and applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and list of references. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted to Parker Executive Search’s website by June 3, 2021. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

For additional information, please contact:
Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal
DeLaina Jordan, Associate
Parker Executive Search
danielparker@parkersearch.com | ghiggison@parkersearch.com | djordan@parkersearch.com
770-804-1996 x118 | 770-804-1996 x119

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Community section. For Campus Safety information see our University Police website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). This report includes statistics about reported crimes, as well as information about crime prevention and campus security policies and procedures.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse work- force and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/ or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.

A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked. (UW Administrative Policy 1275, Section 4.B)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

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