Director of Spirit Programs & Community Relations

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I. Basic Function

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, the Director of Spirit Programs & Community Relations will provide oversight to all Campus Spirit Programs including but not limited to; Cheer, Competitive Cheer, Dance, Spartacus Mascot Program including both game day involvement, as well as community interaction and relations, “Spartan Wall,” Fine Arts Involvement, Game Day Promotions, Activities, and Entertainment. Additionally, places a major role in Homecoming activities and the Annual Spartan Hall of Fame Banquet, and the promotion of MBU to the general public.

II. Responsibilities and Authority

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and within the limits of University policies, procedures, and programs, the Director of Spirit Programs and Community Relations is
responsible for and has authority to accomplish the following duties:
1. Coaching Responsibilities:

  1. Direct and mentor coaching staff, graduate students, and student-athletes.
  2. Plan, organize and conduct practices and athletic training programs that will result in highly competitive Spirit Program.
  3. Teach advanced level skills and strategies.
  4. Establish and enforce standards of conduct and behavior for team members.
  5. Remain current with and utilize successful coaching strategies and techniques.
  6. Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance skill set and program success.

2. Academic Support:

  1. Develop and regularly mentor the profession growth of coaching staff, monitor academic status of each player; develop programs or services to support and encourage academic success.
  2. Develop and implement a strategic plan that will insure academic success and result in acceptable retention and graduation rates for student-athletes.
  3. Serve on campus committees and task forces as requested by the President and/or Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics.

3. Team Administration:

  1. Ensure compliance with all university, American Midwest Conference (AMC) and NAIA rules by team coaches and student-athletes.
  2. Prepare competitive schedules and present for approval within deadlines requested.
  3. Manage, assign, and oversee all administrative tasks related to home contests and events; schedule competition & facility, hire officials and other support personnel, equipment setup; communicate and coordinate game management responsibilities with the Manager of Athletic Operations.
  4. Coordinate all gameday activities and work with other departments to ensure an overall successful and entertaining gameday fan experience.
  5. Plan & lead retreats, discipleship opportunities, student-athlete and parent meetings.
  6. Hire, supervise, and conduct performance reviews of assistant coaches, volunteers, or term workers.
  7. Initiate disbursement of scholarships to student-athletes within NAIA and University guidelines through university approval process.
  8. Establish and regularly monitor all aspects of the budget, including requisitions, travel expenses, and other purchases; ensure compliance with all university purchasing and budget regulations; complete monthly reconciliation of charge card expenses to the Manager of Athletic Operations.
  9. Coordinate maintenance of all equipment for the spirit teams and mascot program.
  10. Attend departmental staff meetings and special events; provide leadership and support for departmental activities and efforts.

4. Recruitment Responsibilities

  1. Responsible to develop and oversee a successful recruitment program of student athletes for Cheerleading; identify and recruit highly skilled athletes within the rules, policies and procedures established by the university, AMC and the NAIA.
  2. Maintain quota and coordinate recruitment efforts as assigned by the Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, along with other key campus constituents.
  3. Coordinate the development of recruitment materials; approve final products.
  4. Develop a campus visitation program for prospective student athletes and their parents; maintain close communication with prospects and their parents throughout the recruitment process.

III. Relationships

Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics
The Director of Spirit Programs &Community Relations is directly accountable to the Associate VP & Director of Athletics for the proper interpretation and fulfillment of his/her specific and general responsibilities and related authority, as well as relationships with faculty, staff, and administration.

St. Louis Community
The Director of Spirit Programs and Community Relations is responsible for increasing the team’s visibility and presence on campus and within the St. Louis community. They should work with local media and community outlets to for the exposure of MBU to the general public. In conjunction with the Assistant Athletic Director for Media and Communication, develop promotional public relation pieces, planning on and off-campus public relations events and activities. Hold a minimum of two “Live Five” presentations in the community. Participate in community service projects at least once a semester. They will also be responsible for developing a close relationship with coaches of state and regional high schools and junior colleges.

IV. Performance Measurement Criteria

Each new hire will require a 30, 60, and 90-day probation period where the employee will meet with the Associate VP & Director of Athletics. Annual reviews will be conducted by the supervisor after the particular
season of the coach, and after the student assessments have been reviewed and processed. For support/administration personnel, they will be reviewed after the completion of the second semester.

V. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience
Master’s degree preferred, equivalent collegiate participation and experience will be considered.

Personal Qualities
Integrity, patience, energetic, positive, professional, team player, self-motivated, detail oriented

Spiritual Qualities
Strong commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and a history of faithful participation in a church.

Interpersonal Skills
Ability to work with various personalities and effective training technique.

Communication Skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills

Management Skills
Organization and ability to assess educational needs of various support offices, goal oriented and strategic planning