The Director of Athletics provides leadership, vision, and direction for athletics to ensure program effectiveness, continuous improvement, and positive experience for student-athletes on and off the field. The Director of Athletics maintains the integrity of the program, promoting and upholding the principles of sportsmanship and developing ethical virtues in our student-athletes. The Director of Athletics will strengthen and build the athletic program, developing relationships with the RMAC conference, NCAA Division II, and external constituents. The Director of Athletics reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s cabinet.
Fort Lewis College fields 12 varsity athletics programs, which compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II. In addition, there are 15 club sports, and an intramural sports program.
Fort Lewis College Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.
Essential Functions and Duties
Provides strategic and visionary leadership for the athletic department.
Leads and maintains an athletic department that is committed to the College’s strategic plan, and student success on and off the field.
Recruits, mentors, and develops the athletic staff.
Ensures the athletic department remains in compliance with applicable title IX, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Rock Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), and College rules and regulation governing all facets of intercollegiate athletic programs.
Leads an active program to develop new revenue streams for the support of student-athletes and the athletics program.
Ability to collaborate with the office of Advancement to execute fundraising, promotions and marketing activities to support the athletics program.
Manages athletic operating budgets to sustain healthy operations and activities while adhering to budget parameters
Develop and maintain excellent public relations to support and promote athletics within the College and the broader community.
Work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, and other constituent groups to promote a positive experience for student athletes.
The ability and desire to establish positive relationships with persons of diverse backgrounds and strengths.
A professional demeanor and personal presentation in dealing with people and the ability to relate well to students, staff, faculty and administration, both personally and professionally within an organizational structure.
Send a complete application packet:
A letter of interest addressing the required qualifications and responsibilities.
A concise (one-page) statement of leadership philosophy.
List of three references and their contact information.
Applications received by March 17, 2019 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
For questions and inquiries, please contact Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consulting at kpatberg.ASC@gmail.com.
Equal Opportunity Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment; applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.
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Deep experience with intercollegiate programs with an understanding of administrative, financial and personnel-related responsibilities of an athletic department.
Demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor, and grow coaches and student athletes.
Successful experience in fundraising and a commitment to the development of donor/alumni relationships.
Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain a climate of commitment, a culture of respect, diversity, belief in service before self, sportsmanship, and professionalism on all levels.
Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations governing recruitment and student-athlete eligibility.
Appreciation of the role of non-NCAA II sports (e.g. cycling) in a comprehensive vision for athletics.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Demonstrated success building relationships with internal & external constituents.
Strong listening and communication skills; a presence that earns trust, confidence and respect; and the ability to lead by influence and example.
Additional Salary Information: Includes comprehensive benefits package
About Fort Lewis College
Fort Lewis College is a four-year, state-assisted, undergraduate
institution that offers quality baccalaureate
degree programs in the arts and sciences and in
the professional areas of education and business. The
College has an enduring commitment to develop and
maintain its programs at a level equal to those of other
outstanding undergraduate institutions in the nation.
Fort Lewis College has an approximate enrollment of
4,000 students. Located in beautiful Durango, CO, a magnificent tourist community in the San Juan mountains of SW Colorado that serves as home to 45,000 people.