An athletic director generally works at a school, university, or other type of organization (such as an after-school club) to coordinate athletic activities. They may be given a budget to follow and need to ensure that funding is dispersed correctly to the appropriate parties. These directors often create reports on budget allocation and forecasting, which requires proficiency with basic computer programs. The athletic director might also be tasked with developing marketing, promotional, and fundraising strategies. When the organization holds special events, the athletic director may oversee planning, including communicating with vendors and coordinating with other employees.
Though most athletic director positions are administrative and take place largely in an office, these professionals may work in the field to ensure operations run as intended. This may be a leadership position in which the director oversees employees of the athletic department; for this reason, athletic directors may be tasked with creating employee schedules and ensuring staff members adhere to all organizational policies. Some athletic director positions require recruiting and hiring employees as well.
Many positions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree, though some (especially those at a university level) might require a master's degree as well. Some experience may be required, and some positions require experience specifically in athletic administration.
Athletic Director Tasks
Participate in the recruitment of athletes to sports programs and selection of athletic scholarship winners.
Ensure compliance with all school, division, and government regulations.
Manage college athletics programs, the coaching staff, competition schedules, equipment, facilities, and budget.
Uphold standards for academics, sportsmanship, and respect.