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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 233105-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Athletics, Dean, Director, Executive

Position Summary:

The Athletic Director provides oversight for all aspects of the varsity athletic programs sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), including matters pertaining to personnel, academic and athletic success, budget, facilities, operations, fundraising, compliance, and student-athlete welfare and development. The Athletic Director guides the overall direction of the athletic department in concert with the values and mission of the UW. The Athletic Director reports directly to the Chancellor.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required; additional education a plus if it adds to the required skill set.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Desired Attributes:

- Extensive experience in and understanding of Division 1 intercollegiate athletics.
- Senior management experience with university athletic programs, including experience with budgets, facilities, operations, personnel, academics, compliance, and student-athlete development.
- Ability to build a first-rate working culture throughout all levels of the department.
- Demonstrated commitment to the holistic student-athlete experience, including not just athletic success, but also robust opportunities athletically, socially, and in transitions to post-college success.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in high-stakes decision-making around scheduling, post-season play, media, corporate sponsorship, and risk management in campus, conference, and national settings.
- Strong verbal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to set and pursue strategic goals in a high-pressure, ever-changing environment.
- Experience with successful fundraising and alumni relations.
- Strong personal integrity.
- Understanding of the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- including its history, mission, values, culture, and importance to the people of the state.

Additional Information:

The Athletic Director leads the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Athletic Department, a program with a sustained legacy of success on the playing field and in the classroom and a culture that values diversity and inclusion. In both men's and women's sports, UW Athletics has had success at both the Big Ten conference and national level. The program has operating revenue of approximately $130 million and an overall impact of $610 million on the state economy. In addition, UW has one of the most loyal fan and donor bases in all of intercollegiate athletics.

For more information about UW-Madison, the Athletics Department and the Athletic Director position, please visit: 

Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button. You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.


Adam Kindschy
Special Assistant, Office of the Chancellor

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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