Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico (UNM) now occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. The University engages students, faculty, and staff in its comprehensive educational, research, and service programs. UNM provides students the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills that they need to be enlightened citizens, to contribute to the state and national economies, and to lead satisfying lives. The University offers a wide variety of academic programs through twelve Colleges and Schools, including the School of Medicine, the School of Law, and the Anderson School of Management. UNM plays a vital role in educating many first-generation students within the state and attracts a highly diverse student population.
University of New Mexico athletics is committed to student athlete success and competitive excellence by creating an inclusive environment, through recruiting, developing, and retaining quality people, providing a great fan experience, inspiring community engagement, and serving as a source of pride for New Mexico. UNM Athletics recently finished 61st in the Learfield Directors’ Cup rankings, and has recently won National Championships in Women’s Cross Country and Skiing.
Plans, administers, and directs all NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. Ensures that all athletics programs are in compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and Mountain West Conference (MWC) rules, regulations, and policies, and ensures that all programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution. Directly participates in institutional planning and decision making as a member of the University's Executive Cabinet.
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensures that all student-athletes have a positive experience at The University of New Mexico.
Provides the necessary support for coaches, administrators and student-athletes to enable all students to make progress towards high academic goals and ultimately earn a degree.
Directs activities of a complex intercollegiate athletics organization including all extramural men's and women's sports programs.
Plans and develops strategies for generating revenues and resources for the University's athletics department while promoting public support for athletes.
Lead and supervise full- and part-time athletics staff, including coaches, in areas of hiring, mentoring, evaluating, disciplining, or separation decisions.
Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
Ensures budgetary and fiscal accountability of the Department of Athletics in order to adhere to a balanced budget through enhancing revenue generation and monitoring spending.
Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives.
Emphasizes the recruitment of a diverse student-athlete population; also promotes diversity from a departmental and coaching staff perspective. This includes diversity in all realms – not limited to ethnic and gender diversity.
Oversees and directs facilities usage of all athletic buildings and equipment.
Articulates philosophy and vision for the future of UNM athletics while providing student-athletes with a sense of pride and leadership.
Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as externally to the media, prospective student-athletes and their parents, prospective funding agencies and private donors, national athletic regulatory and governance bodies, university alumni, and the general public.
Builds relationships across campus and interacts with faculty to promote the importance of athletics within the overall University enterprise.
Establishes policies and procedures to ensure compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association, Mountain West Conference (and any other current/future relevant league/conference affiliations) and The University of New Mexico rules and regulations and is held accountable for department-wide compliance.
Provides equality of opportunity in men’s and women’s athletics.
Participates in the review, development, and establishment of general University policies and procedures as a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.
Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Commitment to a competitive intercollegiate athletics program in the context of an academically rigorous collegiate environment.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to see around the corners of the intercollegiate athletics landscape in order to quickly and effectively position the department of athletics for future success.
Proven success in fundraising, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.
Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
Expertise in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
Knowledge of facilities and asset management methods and procedures.
Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
Knowledge of management principles and practices.
Knowledge of public relations principles and practices.
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
Employee development and performance management skills.
Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
Keen understanding of rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics.
A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred.
At least 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
The University of New Mexico invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest for the position of Director of Athletics to be submitted directly to the firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by August 9, 2017. For additional information please contact:
Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
The University of New Mexico is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. The University is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and is dedicated to the goal of building an inclusive and pluralistic faculty and staff. The University is committed to supporting a multicultural environment.