Here’s how much UNR pays a search firm to help find the next AD

The University of Nevada will donate $60,000 to Parker Executive Search to help find the school’s next Wolf Pack athletic director.

Nevada Sports Net secured UNR’s signed contract with Parker Executive Search on Tuesday, which was accepted by both parties on April 29. The seven-page pact includes some interesting information about the agreement between the parties. Parker will be responsible for:

* Contact potential candidates

* Establishment of the schedule / place of the interviews

* Help develop a list of appropriate interview questions

* Perform background checks for final applicants including criminal conduct, credit and motor vehicle checks, NCAA sanctions review and have applicants sign a vita/bio accuracy statement

* Conduct reference checks offered by the final candidate by speaking directly with people who have evaluated the candidate’s performance over the past seven years; this includes talking to off-list references

* Parker will also be responsible for quarterly phone conversations with the successful candidate to ensure a smooth transition while notifying candidates not selected for final interviews/those who did not receive the position

Parker will receive $30,000 at the start of the search and an additional $30,000 after a candidate is hired. If a successful candidate resigns, is terminated, or is unable to perform the job for any reason (with limited exceptions) within one year of the start date, the company is required to conduct a replacement search no additional cost. UNR will also pay Parker’s direct expenses during the research to a maximum of 10% of the total expenses (a maximum of $6,000). Publicity, background investigations, committee interviews, committee travel, and nominee travel expenses are not included in this 10% expense budget and will be billed to NUR.

Parker does not have a vote in the final selection process, but is instead responsible for helping the university select a slate of applicants and narrow it down to finalists.

The last time UNR sought an athletic director, in the winter of 2013, they brought in Collegiate Sports Associates at a cost of $40,000 plus expenses. That search ended with the school hiring Doug Knuth, who served as Wolf Pack AD for nine years before being fired last month. This is the last time UNR will use a search firm to hire an athletic. Knuth still had 14 months left on his contract and owes around $383,000, or $27,381 a month for the next 14 months.

The school’s acting athletic director is Bill Johnson, who is UNR’s vice president for advancement. He will serve in that role until a permanent AD is hired, which is expected to happen this summer.

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