Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 63180
Type of Recruitment External
Position Summary

As part of the Athletics Executive Leadership team, this position acts as the chief financial officer for Athletics by providing budget management and facilities & event operations management. Provides oversight of the processing of all Athletic personnel changes including the hiring of faculty and staff. This position is responsible for all aspects of NCAA and university compliance related to these areas.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in athletic administration, accounting or business related field.
Four years of professional experience that is directly related to administration, budget, and/or finances with two of these years working in Intercollegiate Athletics, preferably at the Division I level.
Demonstrated experience in fiscal management.
Supervisory experience.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree.
Five years of professional experience that is directly related to budget and finance.
Familiarity with NCAA rules and regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities

Assists the Director of Athletics with financial strategies, strategic planning, and key internal operations initiatives.
Develops and manages a $28M budget.
Provides accurate analysis of important business matters affecting intercollegiate athletics.
In collaboration with the AD, oversees the department’s executive operations plans which are shared quarterly with the President of CMU.
Develops a reliable forecasting model for all departmental operating budgets and staffing/personnel budgets and levels.
Assumes financial signatory.
From a financial standpoint, coordinates non-conference scheduling for football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.
Manages year end transfers from fundraising accounts and any operational carry-forward or deficit communication to the university.
Oversees the processing of personnel transactions and hiring of faculty and staff within Athletics, in conjunction with HR/FPS.
Leads all athletics facilities and event operations initiatives providing direct oversight of the Associate AD/Facilities and Event Operations.
Monitors expenditures for each administrative unit and sports program.
Maintains financial accounts and records for all areas of athletics.
Provides electronic approvals for approved budgets.
Conducts regular meetings with head coaches and area directors to give current budget updates and fundraising progress.
Attends Athletics Committee meetings as needed.
Oversees NCAA Financial Reports, EADA reporting and other internal/external audits.
Oversight of annual equipment and purchasing, inventory audits in conjunction with Compliance and JumpForward.
Sport oversight and sport administration as assigned by the Athletic Director.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised

Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.

Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts (unofficial or official) as a part of the application process.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href=
Pay Range $65,000 - $85,000
Division President
Department Athletics
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule Typically Mon-Fri 8-5; evenings and weekends as necessary
At Will? No
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department

Central Michigan University Athletics is an FBS Member of the Mid-American Conference. For more information visit our website at

About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see

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Posting Begins 11/22/2017
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate specific source (i.e., CMU website, Lansing State Journal, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the <a href="">university's definition</a>?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Have you completed a Bachelor's degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least 4 years of professional experience that is directly related to administration, budget, and/or finances?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have two years working in Intercollegiate Athletics?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. Please review the <a href="">Leadership Standards</a> before applying for this position and click “Yes” if you understand and support the culture that is important to CMU.
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Applicants for this position are subject to the following NCAA Bylaws - <a href="">click here to view the NCAA Bylaws</a>. <br> You may be asked about these Bylaws in an interview, and you may be asked to sign a future affirmation confirming the same prior to or upon your employment by CMU, if you are selected for employment. <br> Do you understand that by submitting your application for employment you are affirming that you have read these Bylaws, and that such Bylaws would not preclude your employment by CMU?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Recommendation Letters
  2. Transcript Copies