Director of Athletics (Administrator III)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sonoma
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description

Application Process

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President for Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Athletics (AD) is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the University's intercollegiate athletics program and managing all associated activities. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership in strengthening and maintaining commitment to the mission of SSU’s intercollegiate athletics department as a co-curricular program for the educational benefit of the student-athletes, in which success is defined in terms of academic achievement, as well as, success on the playing field. The AD is a member of the Vice President's senior management team, which is committed to shared governance, participative management, sustainability, diversity and the Seawolf Commitment.

Key Qualifications

This position requires a bachelor’s degree and at least five (5) years of senior-level management experience in athletics or related field, preferably in higher education athletics administration, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A master’s degree in Sports Administration or an equivalent discipline highly preferred. The incumbent must possess a successful record of managing coaches and staff, a demonstrated comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics and sports management within higher education, a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to compliance with NCAA regulations and an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics in the context of a small predominantly undergraduate, liberal arts institution. Experience or education that demonstrates outstanding fundraising skills, sound judgment, creativity, management, problem-solving skills, flexibility, and the ability to build and manage a team of coaches and administrative personnel commitment to the University's mission. Evidence of an ability to develop and implement strategic plans and effective programs and services. Outstanding communication skills, the demonstrated ability to initiate and manage change, and an understanding of student-centered higher education are required. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite required.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $14,167 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

Supplemental Information

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community. 

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to Human Resources ( The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

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