Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports (19-86)

  • Humboldt
  • Arcata, California
  • Nov 28, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Education and Training Parks and Recreation

Job Description

The Opportunity: Humboldt State University (HSU) is pleased to announce the following position announcement for the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports and invites nominations or applications.

(Job #19-86) Administrator III, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports. Salary is commensurate upon education and experience. This is a full-time, benefited, 12-month pay plan position in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports. This position comes with an extensive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, CalPERS retirement, Fee Waiver eligibility (reduced tuition on most CSU system classes), life insurance, and voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts. Additional benefits information can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State students enjoy an extraordinary college experience, taking small classes taught by professors who know them by name. They live and learn in one of the world's most beautiful places-near ancient redwood forests, mountains and beaches. HSU is located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West's best college towns.
Humboldt State is a public institution and is the most northern school of the 23-campus California State University system. With full-time undergraduate tuition of just $7,492 annually, we're one of the best higher education values in the nation.

HSU has over 7,700 students and 574 faculty members and offers a wide array of academic choices, with 50 majors and 12 graduate programs in three Colleges. HSU has enjoyed a student to faculty ratio of 21:1. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, while visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

Founded as a teacher's college in 1913, the institution has grown over the last century from an institution focused solely on teacher education to an accredited university with extensive research facilities. There have been plenty of name changes over the years but since 1974 the institution has been named Humboldt State University and now has over 73,000 alumni.
Outside the classroom, HSU students enjoy a rich campus life. They are involved in more than 150 campus clubs and have access to a state-of-the-art recreational facility. Additionally, each year Center Arts brings nationally recognized performers and speakers to campus.

Recent Rankings
-U.S. News & World Report-"A Top Western University"
-Princeton Review-"Best in the West" College
-Princeton Review "Green College"
-President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
-G.I. Jobs magazine-Military Friendly School
-PETA-A Top Vegan-Friendly School
-Campus Pride-A Top LGBT-Friendly School

Position Overview:
The Director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports is a full-time, benefitted, 12-month pay plan, exempt position. This position is an Administrator III in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information, including the extensive benefits package, can be found at

Working independently under the general direction of the President of the University and in collaboration with the University's faculty, staff, administration, and local community, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports is responsible for the leadership, organization, and management of an 11-sport, NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program that provides a quality educational experience and supports success for student-athletes in the classroom and on the field, track, and court. HSU is committed to providing equal opportunities to male and female students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics. Competing in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), Humboldt State Lumberjack intercollegiate teams have earned many conference, region, and national championships over the years.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Working within the mission and vision of HSU, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports:
-Is responsible for the vision, leadership, strategic planning, policy development and management of a Division II athletics program.
-Provides strategic leadership and establishes clear expectations towards goals related to building a culture that enhances accountability, competitiveness, student academic achievement, student-athlete experience, compliance, financial management that reflects the mission and values of the University.
-Develops and implements external fund raising, marketing, and public relations activities in coordination with the University's Advancement Office and Marketing and Communications team;
-Prepares and manages the annual budget, including the scholarship program;
-Ensure the department operates within the mission of the University and in compliance with NCAA, Conference, the California State System and University rules and guidelines.
-Ensures and advances the Department's commitment to maximize the educational potential and well-being of all student-athletes through establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and communication with faculty, administrators, staff, student body, student leadership, alumni, friends, donors, and the local community regarding HSU Athletics.
-Improves and enhances facilities to better serve student-athletes, coaches, staff, and all athletics supporters.
-Organizes and supervises the entire Athletics and Recreational Sports staff and delegate specific responsibilities to ensure the efficient and productive operation of all administrative and operational business functions of the department.
-Strengthens all sports to be competitive at the championship level. Recruits, mentors, supports, and supervises a diverse pool of strong, ethical, and talented coaches to foster success.
-Participates in University-wide governance and committees;
-Engages in the governance and leadership of the NCAA and HSU's conference affiliations.
-Is a visible university leader on campus and in the community, and represents the University and Department to external constituents in a manner that demonstrates personal and professional integrity and promotes department interests.
-Participates in planning, communication, and collaboration with the President as a member of the President's Administrative team to ensure alignment between the goals of the department with the University's mission and goals.

Minimum Qualifications:
-Bachelor's degree;
-Five years of progressively responsible, related administration experience that includes leadership and direct supervision of employees, and managing budgets;
-Established record of administrative excellence, demonstrated comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics within higher education and an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics at a state-supported CSU system institution that is preparing socially and environmentally responsible leaders to make a positive difference in the world;
-Demonstrated commitment to a program of academic and athletic excellence;
-A successful record of and commitment to promoting diversity and gender equality.

Critical Success Factors:
-Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills;
-Proven expertise in external revenue generation, fundraising and marketing skills, and community relations;
-Strong fiscal management skills;
-Ability to select and mentor talented coaches and administrative staff;
-Thorough knowledge of NCAA, GNAC, and CCAA rules, with ability to interpret and apply NCAA and conference regulations with integrity;
-Ability to develop strong collaborations across the University and within the larger communities in the region;
-Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
-Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
-Strong public relations skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Master's degree;
-Demonstrated successful fundraising experience;
-Demonstrated brand marketing, public relations, and media exposure to develop corporate sponsorship opportunities that enhance HSU's brand and presence in the market;
-A successful record of long-range planning in an organization.

Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials via Interfolio (link below):

-Letter of Interest
-Resume or Curriculum Vitae
-Contact information for at least three professional references


(NOTE: Download the HSU Employment History Form and save it as a PDF file prior to filling it out. If the form is filled out on line (accessed via a web browser), content WILL NOT be saved).

Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2019. To be notified in the event this recruitment re-opens for a subsequent review of applications, send an email to that includes the job number (19-86) and applicant's last name in the subject line of the message.

Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). HSU was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education--or activities only part of which are qualifying--will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.
Class Code: 3306
Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Publication Date: November 15, 2019
Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at
Humboldt State University is a Title IX/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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.
Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.
Closing Date/Time: December 15, 2019