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Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Operations (29997)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Jan. 4, 2023
Title Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Operations (29997)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Intercollegiate Athletics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Facilities Operations


Northern Illinois University (NIU) is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities and Operations. This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits.

The mission of NIU Athletics is to enhance the University, community and region through service and engagement while developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in life. With long standing traditions and core values centered on family, NIU Athletics is home to 17 NCAA Division I sport programs. Northern Illinois University, chartered in 1895, is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with over 19,000 currently enrolled students and houses seven (7) degree-granting colleges—Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Centrally located in DeKalb, Northern Illinois University is 30 miles west of Aurora, 65 miles west of Chicago, 36 miles west of Naperville, and 45 miles southeast of Rockford.

Position Summary

The Director of Athletic Facilities and Operations will assist in games management, equipment and facility needs for assigned athletic practices, competitions, events, camps, clinics, and athletic facility rentals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintenance and field preparation of outdoor athletic facilities including dragging infield, grooming artificial turf fields, edging, lining, replacing bullpen and game mound clay and other daily/routine field maintenance duties as needed;
  • Performs required custodial and grounds services to prepare intercollegiate athletic facilities for athletic events and games management;
  • Management of all Convocation Center and Athletic parking lots prior to, during and after home football games;
  • Inspects athletic facilities for maintenance issues and submit work order for maintenance repairs;
  • Assists with coordinating and scheduling athletic facility rental requests;
  • Assists with purchasing, annual inventory and maintenance of equipment related to offices, game day and facilities;
  • Responsible for planning, set up, event management, and tear down of equipment for outdoor sport competitions as well as set up and tear down for competitions and events held in the Convocation Center as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

1. (A) Bachelor’s degree in Campus Recreation or Athletics, Sports Management, Business Administration, or a closely related field
(B) Three (3) years of responsible experience in the maintenance and operation of sports facilities (such as intercollegiate, recreational, or intramural facilities), two of which were in a supervisory capacity

2. One (1) year of experience in the management of sports facilities, in addition to the training/experience required in #1

  1. Knowledge of operation procedures of recreational facilities or comparable facilities.
  2. Knowledge and background of recreation and fitness programs.
  3. Knowledge and experience in planning, prioritizing, and organizing a complex workload.
  4. Knowledge of equipment standards and inventory records process.
  5. Knowledge of NCAA, conference and institutional rules and regulations.
  6. Skills in leadership and management.
  7. Skills in budget development, facility management, personnel, training, and program development.
  8. Ability to train, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of others.
  9. Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written, and electronic forms.
  10. Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  11. Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with university faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)

  • Knowledge of and compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) regulations, both those general in nature and those which apply directly to your position’s responsibilities. Strict adherence to all applicable governing policies, procedures, and regulations of the NCAA is required and is a condition upon employment.

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