Director of Athletic Performance

McKendree University is accepting applications for the position of Director of Athletic Performance.  This is a full-time position located in Lebanon, Illinois and reports to the Sport Administrator in the Athletics Department.  McKendree University is a member of the NCAA and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Director of Athletic Performance will be responsible for the design, development, and execution of individualized, sport specific, physical preparation programs.  This includes testing and evaluation procedures, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and setting goals with sport coaching staff to improve athletic performance while preventing injuries. The main goal of this position is to improve athletic performance while further enhancing the student-athlete experience.


  • Provides key leadership overseeing all aspects of strength and conditioning in the athletics department.
  • Supervises, manages, and evaluates the athletics performance staff.
  • Delegates responsibilities to the athletic performance staff as appropriate.
  • Mentors and develops all athletic performance staff.
  • Design and implement comprehensive strength and conditioning programs for student-athletes in all sports, adhering at all times to the policies and procedures set forth by McKendree University, the Athletics Department, the NCAA, and the conference for which the sport is affiliated.
  • Provide a holistic approach to performance enhancement services based on the stated needs of all members of the coaching staff, athletic trainers, physicians, and student-athletes.
  • Perform pre-exercise assessments and determine the necessary methods of training needed to reach desired goals for improvement.
  • Provide results and feedback to coaching staff and student-athletes during the sport’s season.
  • Manage the activities involved in the needs assessment, design, preparation, delivery and evaluation of training and development programs.
  • Demonstrate and properly instruct student-athletes in basic and Olympic lifting techniques for safe execution.
  • Develop new solutions focused on the development of strength and conditioning components available to all athletic programs.
  • Establish an internship program which develops positive relationships with other academic institutions.
  • Design an educational curriculum for the interns that prepare them for a similar career environment.
  • Communicate regularly with head coaches regarding the benefits of strength and conditioning, student-athlete testing results, student-athlete progression, and team strength and conditioning goals.
  • Collaborate with head coaches to meet and surpass program expectations.
  • Designate regular briefings with athletic training staff regarding injured student-athletes. In a collaborative effort, these entities will work together to design effective training protocols that will meet the recovery goals of the student-athlete.
  • Keep abreast of training and development research, learning theory, motivation theory, and new materials, methods, and techniques as it relates to the profession of strength and conditioning.  
  • Monitor use of weight room facilities, develop weight room standards, and perform general maintenance/cleaning of this area and equipment.
  • Provide efficient, low-cost methods and equipment to achieve performance enhancement while maintaining strict safety standards and guidelines for improved athletic performance. Reports any known deficiencies to the athletic administration.
  • Develops, justifies, and submits requests for capital expenditures as required.
  • Functions under the general supervision of the sport administrator, receiving oral and written instructions when necessary.
  • Fully adheres to all investigations or inquiries into any NCAA, GLVC, or other governing conference agency in regards to McKendree University.
  • Maintains certification in CPR/AED.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science or related field.
  • Experience working in a collegiate strength and conditioning setting.


  • CSCS certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Extensive understanding of the NCAA Division II rules, regulations and operating bylaws.
  • Exceptional organizational, time management and program management skills.
  • Effectively manage day to day operations of weight room including design and instruction.
  • Strong communication, leadership, relationship management, influence/persuasion skills to effectively get the student-athletes to full compliance with exercise protocols.
  • Comfortable working in a culturally diverse environment.


  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Science or related field.
  • 5 years of experience working with NCAA collegiate athletes.


Varies by season. Evenings and weekends are required.


McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest referencing job #DAP37 with a resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to the Director of Human Resources at

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.