Job Description of an Athletic Director


Athletic directors work in schools, universities, health clubs and residential communities that offer athletic activities and services. They oversee and organize all athletic activities and functions for the organization.

Educational Requirements

  • Occupations in athletics require a bachelor's degree in education, sports science or related discipline. Many schools require a teacher's certification because most athletic directors are involved with coaching or teaching students.

Skills and Experience

  • Athletic directors are required to have several years of experience coaching or overseeing recreational or sports activities.

General Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities include organizing, planning, scheduling and maintaining sports and recreational activities. Athletic directors also encourage sportsmanship, team effort and improvement in the overall athletic skills of students and individuals.


  • Because many athletic directors oversee all sports activities, they may be required to travel, work long hours and weekends.

Average Salaries

  • As of 2009, reports that the average salary for an athletic director is $47,000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 15 percent growth for these occupations as individuals and organizations continue to participate and promote organized sports and physical activities.

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