MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


People who teach. People who research. People who support. People who inspire. This is who we are. In 2021, MacEwan University was named one of Canada’s best employers by Forbes Magazine and was the top Alberta-based employer on the list. Want to be a part of this great team? Available opportunities are listed below.

Director, Athletics

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The university provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. More than 15,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diploma and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


Located in downtown Edmonton, MacEwan University is the third largest university in Alberta, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. As one of the newest members of Canada West, Griffins Athletics consists of 200 student-athletes across eight sport teams, representing MacEwan University in Canada West Athletics and U SPORTS. Griffins Athletics is committed to the educational mandate of the University and provides one of the top postsecondary experiences in Canada to our student-athletes. Our teams and athletes continually strive for excellence both in the classroom, on the playing surface, and in giving back to the community. To lead the success and growth of Griffins Athletics, MacEwan University is seeking an exceptional, professional leader to become its next Director, Athletics.

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Students (AVPS), the Director, Athletics provides strategic and operational leadership in the development and delivery of programs and services for the Varsity Athletics Program. As part of the AVPS senior leadership team, the Director will lead department-wide annual and long-term planning, policy development, financial management, and resource allocation. This is a high-profile leadership role that works collaboratively with Athletics staff, other departments, student/faculty groups, alumni/donors, and other community/external groups as it relates to Varsity Athletics. The position requires a driven individual with a demonstrated ability to align athletics with overall institutional priorities, and the skills and expertise to define and lead progressive changes and establish meaningful collaborations to develop Griffins Athletics to their full potential. The Director will ensure that the Athletics department is fiscally responsible, and foster a high-performance environment that is diverse, inclusive, safe, and reflective of the University’s overall mission.

Summary of Key Responsibilities

Leadership: 55%
•    Responsible for the success and growth of the Athletics department
•    Under the direction of the AVPS, and in collaboration with the Associate Director, Griffins Athletics staff, and other members of the AVPS leadership team, lead strategic development and planning for sustainable growth and performance of Athletics
•    Accountable for managing a team of 20+ full-time Athletics staff and coaches, and approx. 115 casual staff/student workers, including hiring, delegation of work, performance management, and disciplinary action, up to and including termination
•    Create an environment that promotes teamwork and productive involvement at all levels of staffing, as well as for students and athletes
•    Develop and mentor coaches and Athletics staff, facilitating opportunities for professional and personal development
•    Foster an environment that encourages participation, innovation, adaptability, accountability, and initiative
•    Create and maintain policies and procedures consistent with the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as safe sport
•    Integrate models of best practice in university athletics in areas such as sustainability, wellness, and social determinants of health

Financial: 25%
•    Develop and manage the approved annual budget, under the direction of the AVPS, and maintain a cost effective operation
•    Accountable for identifying and developing strategies for efficient business operations and fund development to ensure sufficient funds are available to achieve the goals and priorities of the Athletics department
•    Partner with the Alumni and Development Office to explore and pursue new methods of revenue generation, e.g., sponsorship, philanthropic initiatives
•    Develop and implement an effective fundraising plan (including corporate financial and in-kind support), and liaise with potential donors to cultivate long-term relationships
•    Work closely with the Director, Financial Operations to ensure sound financial management practices and accountability for Athletics

Communications and Engagement: 20%
•    Provide visibility and profile of the Athletics teams, coaches, and student-athletes and promote integration of Griffins Athletics into the broader MacEwan community
•    Develop and implement a marketing and promotions strategy
•    Develop and maintain positive communication and relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to secure access to various sport facilities and create opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and growth
•    Ensure compliance with rules and regulations of the CIS, Canada West, NAIA, NCAA, and other governing bodies
•    Lead and/or participate on various department committees and university initiatives
•    Represent MacEwan, along with the Associate Director, at Canada West and U SPORTS.


The following skills and abilities are essential to the success of this position:

•    Knowledge of the various aspects of a high-performance sport model, including coaching, sports medicine, athletic development (strength and conditioning), mental performance, and nutrition
•    Knowledge of the organizational structures of Canada West and the U SPORTS system
•    Leadership skills: Ability to work at a strategic level and operationally as necessary. Ability to foster a positive, open, and collaborative working environment within Athletics, across MacEwan, and with the external community
•    Collaborative: Ability to define and lead progressive changes and establish meaningful collaborations
•    Initiative: Self-directed, proactive
•    Sound judgement: Ethical decision-making and critical thinking skills
•    Project management: Excellent planning, problem solving, project and resource management skills
•    Change management: Possess strategic vision and demonstrated change implementation abilities
•    Analytical: Ability to understand, interpret, translate, and report financial and statistical data
•    Inspirational: Positive and professional demeanor, motivating and authentic, natural ability to mentor and coach


An undergraduate degree in a related area (e.g. physical education, sports administration) is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. Experience managing a competitive sport program, preferably in an educational environment, including working with high performance coaches, administering budgets, fundraising, and managing schedules and sport event logistics is also required. Previous coaching experience would be considered an asset.


When you become part of the MacEwan team, you will enjoy a competitive salary. Our total compensation package includes:

•    Competitive base pay
•    Generous vacation time
•    Secure pension plan
•    Excellent benefits package
•    Continuous learning culture
•    Opportunities for career growth

How to Apply

Only applications received electronically will be considered.  To apply, go to http://www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting. 

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
For general inquiries, please contact us at careers@macewan.ca.

This position is included under the Out of Scope employee policy (D1015).

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We strive to provide an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, beginning with the hiring process. If you have special assessment needs, we want to ensure you have the support you need to showcase your abilities. Please disclose any requirements when contacted for an interview. This information will be kept confidential.

Category Full-Time Continuing    
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date July 23, 2021
Competition No. 21.07.100

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