The Director of Athletics at Fort Lewis College 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 Rocky
Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), National Collegiate Athletics
Association (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 14 varsity athletics programs, which
compete in the RMAC of the NCAA Division II
- A bachelor’s degree and
at least five years of demonstrated experience (or advanced degree
and at least four years of experience) of progressive
responsibilities related to intercollegiate athletics
- Minimum of three years
leading and/or supervising the work of others.
- Deep experience of
intercollegiate programs with an understanding of administrative,
financial and personnel-related responsibilities of an athletic
- Demonstrated ability to
supervise, mentor, and develop coaches and grow
- Proven success in
revenue generation including sponsorships and major gift
- Demonstrated commitment
to the development of donor/alumni relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to
create, foster and maintain a culture of service, sportsmanship and
professionalism on all levels.
- Proven ability to foster
a culture of diversity and inclusion, gender equity, and equal
- Ability to be a strong
listener and communicator; a presence that earns trust, confidence,
and respect; and the ability to lead by influence and by
- Proven ability to create
a healthy competitive culture to WIN.
- Experience in NCAA
- Knowledge of NCAA rules
and regulations governing recruitment and student-athlete
- Demonstrated success
building relationships with internal and external
- The Director of
Athletics is responsible for the following:
- Provides strategic and
visionary leadership and policy development for the athletic
- Leads and maintains an
athletic department that is committed to the College’s strategic
plan, and student-athlete welfare and success on and off the
- Recruits, mentors, and
develops the athletic staff/coaches.
- Ensures the athletic
department remains in compliance with applicable Title IX, NCAA,
RMAC, and College rules and regulation governing all facets of an
intercollegiate athletic program.
- Conducts the athletic
program with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, gender
equity, and equal opportunity consistent with the College’s
strategies to foster and maintain an inclusive campus
- Leads an active program
to develop new revenue streams for the support of student-athletes
and the athletics program.
- Collaborates with the
Office of Advancement to execute philanthropic fundraising and
coordinate corporate partnerships.
- Works in partnership
with Marketing and Communications Office on 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.
- Oversees the partnership
with Mercy Sports Medicine as they operate as the official sports
medicine provider and provide FLC student-athletes with access to
orthopedics, primary care, physical therapy, athletic training and
- Manages a nationally
competitive cycling program and support their participation in the
USA Cycling Varsity Division.
- Demonstrates a
commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as
well as working with broadly diverse communities
- Maintains knowledge and
awareness of digital accessibility including the American with
Disabilities Act and Section 508.
- Produces and remediates
digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC
- Perform other duties as
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those that an employee can expect while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
- Moderate noise (i.e.
business office with computers, phone, and printers, light
- Ability to work in a
- Ability to sit at a
computer terminal for an extended period of time.
The salary range for this position is $101,000 to $125,000,
plus a comprehensive benefits package.
A complete application packet includes:
- Cover letter addressing
interest and qualifications for position
- Include details
regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you
to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and
inclusion. “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis
College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?”
- Names and contact
information for three current, professional references
Submit materials as one PDF file via email
Application materials received by April 15, 2021, will
receive full consideration.
The position will remain open until
The successful candidate will be required to submit
original, official college transcripts,
and pass a background check.
The College and the
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.
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race,
age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic
status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic
information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment 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
To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an
appointment, See www.fortlewis.edu/CARE.
Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title 9 Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729 email@example.com
Other discrimination questions?
Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182 firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy,
sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime
statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and
campus/community resources can be found in the Annual
Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are
available upon request.
* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of
the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on
the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries
about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College
may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments
Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon
request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment.
To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone
970-247-7459 or email email@example.com at least
five business days before the assessment date to allow us to
evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be
asked to provide additional information, including medical
documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of
accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information
available well in advance of the assessment date.