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Athletic Director

Fort Lewis College
Colorado, United States
$101,000.00 - $125,000.00
Posted Date
Mar 28, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary 

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  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • 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 administration.   
  • 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 department.  
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor, and develop coaches and grow student-athletes.   
  • Proven success in revenue generation including sponsorships and major gift fundraising.   
  • 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 opportunity  
  • 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 example.  
  • Proven ability to create a healthy competitive culture to WIN.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience in NCAA Division II.  
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations governing recruitment and student-athlete eligibility.  
  • Demonstrated success building relationships with internal and external constituents.  


Major Responsibilities 

  • The Director of Athletics is responsible for the following:  
  • Provides strategic and visionary leadership and policy development for the athletic department.   
  • 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 field.  
  • 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 culture.  
  • 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 sports nutrition.   
  • 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 standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

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 traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • 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.  

Application Process 
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?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by April 15, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

The position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

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. 


Equal Opportunity   

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 multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Kate Suazo 

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-6729  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

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 Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

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 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. 

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