Deputy Athletic Director, External Operations

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Campus Life
CL:Athletics & Recreation
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Admissions & Student Life
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
Campus Location (For Posting) : Location

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Founded in 1836, Emory University, a top-ranked private institution recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the world's leading health care systems, is located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta, Georgia. As a leading research university, and one of only 65 universities in the Association of American Universities (AAU), Emory’s passion, purpose, and resolve help sustain and improve global communities through individual actions and collective impact. Emory maintains an uncommon balance for an institution of its standing: its scholars and experts generate $689.1 million in research funding annually while also maintaining a traditional emphasis on teaching. The university is enriched by collaboration among its schools, centers, and partners as well as by the legacy and energy of Atlanta. Emory’s community continues to imagine and realize the university’s mission: to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. At the heart of Emory's impact is a distinct purpose: to think beyond oneself. Emory is a community of impact, where the greater good is balanced with individual interest.


The excellence and dedication of Emory’s faculty are why students from around the world come to Emory, where they embark on a rigorous and inclusive educational journey that transforms them into tomorrow’s leaders. Emory’s leadership in academia is broad and deep, ranging from medical breakthroughs and innovative drug therapies born in its labs to breaking new ground in the humanities and social sciences. At Emory students discover a culture of open and civil discourse, develop the confidence to confront difficult questions, work closely with academic experts, and connect with a set of peers as diverse as the world around them.Behind Emory’s fundamental commitment to providing a rigorous liberal arts education within one of the nation’s top research universities is a belief in the ardent pursuit of knowledge and its transformative power. In the classroom, in the lab, at a patient’s bedside, or helping a remote community half a world away, Emory is about impact.


Emory Campus Life (ECL), a community recognized internationally for advancing education into action and delivering world-class programs and services, promotes a healthy and sustainable environment where students live what they learn and learn what they live for self and society. ECL catalyzes a distinctive, caring, inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, polycultural, and socially just community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and visitors who imagine and lead positive transformation in the world.

ECL’s mission is to cultivate a welcoming and dynamic community committed to developing skills necessary for lifelong success and positive transformation in the world. With the belief that human development involves ensuring that all community members have the support and motivation to manage their challenges and opportunities, ECL’s duty is to provide a high standard of care for students, community members, colleagues, and themselves. This is achieved by leading with integrity and transparency, and by engaging the Emory community, embracing differences, acting generously and humbly, and pursuing only excellence. This endless pursuit gives all Emory community members the ability to embrace their passions and unleash their potential!


Emory University is a member of NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association (UAA) (www.uaasports.info). The University Athletic Association is the premier conference in Division III when it comes to both academic and athletic excellence. The Conference is comprised of Top 40 National Research Universities, thus seeking excellence in athletics while maintaining a perspective which holds the student-athlete and the academic mission of the institutions as the center of focus.


With an impressive history of achievement, the intercollegiate athletics program is the epitome of excellence in Division III. Emory is just one of 10 schools in the nation to place in the top 10 in the NACDA Directors' Cup for best all-around athletics program (5th in 2018-19) and among the top 25 annual of best national universities (21st). Emory University has a broad-based intercollegiate athletic program with over 400 student-athletes comprising the school's 19 varsity sports. The athletics program at Emory University has a strong tradition of success having won a total of 27 Division III national championships and since 1987 through the end of the 2018-19 academic year, Emory has captured 206 UAA team championships. A further testament to the academic excellence demonstrated by Emory student athletes is the fact that the university has been awarded 117 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships over the school's history, with 100 awarded since 2000 second only to Stanford for the highest total by any NCAA member.


The Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations reports directly to the Director of Athletics and is responsible for broad supervision with the department's external units: athletic communications, marketing and promotions, fan engagement, and facilities operations. Develops and executes strategies to ensure collaboration and alignment amongst these areas to unify and strengthen the Emory Athletics and Recreation identity, presence, and message. As a member of the Athletics and Recreation Leadership Team, establishes a strategic plan to enhance the Emory Athletics and Recreation identity and increases opportunities for engagement among many external constituencies.



  • In conjunction with the Assistant Athletic Director for Events and Marketing, oversees the development, implementation, and execution of a comprehensive strategic marketing and promotions plan for home athletic events targeting a variety of diverse audiences including current students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration, friends of Emory, and the local community.
  • Oversees a select portfolio of varsity programs.
  • Plans, administers, conducts, and evaluates all activities associated with the department's external operations with a goal of operational excellence.
  • Directs the development and implementation of sustainable marketing programs to educate and inform target audiences.
  • In conjunction with the Associate Directors for Facilities, plans, supervises, and evaluates construction and capital improvement projects as necessary, ensuring the fitness needs of the entire campus community.
  • Serves as a department liaison to applicable campus partners, including public affairs and communications, marketing, licensing, and trademark, etc.
  • Supports a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that reinforces the university's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse staff and student body.
  • Works intentionally and collaboratively with fellow Campus Life members, as well as other senior administrators, to support the overall goals and objectives of Campus Life and the University. Supervises staff.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • A bachelor's degree and five years of previous experience in external affairs in college and/or professional sports, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Demonstrated successful marketing and promotion experience in athletics.
  • A working knowledge of hosting NCAA championships and/or other major sports events is preferred.
  • A master's degree is preferred.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.


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