Fresno State campus

Director of Athletics

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fresno
Categories: MPP, Athletics, At-Will, Full Time

Director of Athletics
(Administrator IV)

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with candidate experience, estimated between $340,000 to $390,000 per year. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.

Positions at Fresno State are to perform their work onsite. Some positions, depending upon University needs and operations, may be eligible for remote work, one day per week, pursuant to Fresno State's remote work guidelines and the CSU policy.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

The Director of Athletics (Administrator IV) is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight for a Division I Intercollegiate Athletics Program with a rich history of tradition and community support. The Director will be required to manage the Athletic Department in accordance with NCAA, CSU and institutional policies.  The Director works closely with the University President to develop goals that will continue to ensure successful student-athlete performance both on and off the field.  The Director will communicate regularly, and transparently, with the University President on all pressing and important matters concerning Athletics.  The Director is expected to engage effectively with the academic community including the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR). The Director plans, organizes and directs the activities of the coaching and administrative staff and oversees the daily operations and event management of various athletic venues.  The Director will ensure a commitment to academic success and progress, compliance with NCAA rules and regulations, and Title IX for equity and diversity in all athletics programs and facilities. In addition, in close collaboration with the Vice President of Administration & Chief Financial Officer, the Director will provide leadership and oversight to ensure that the Department of Athletics operates within approved annual budget plans approved by the Fresno State Athletic Corporation Board of Directors.  The Director will ensure the appropriate and equitable expenditure of financial resources; implement a strong and effective marketing and promotions program; work closely with the Vice President for University Advancement to lead and direct all athletic fundraising activities; and participate in a variety of community-based activities and events that help to promote the University and the Athletics Program.


Key Selection Criteria
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Five (5) years of senior level experience in college athletics administration
• Master’s Degree or equivalent preferred
• Five (5) years of experience as a Director of Athletics (Division I) preferred 
• Excellent administrative and financial management skills
• Thorough knowledge of NCAA rules
• Demonstrated ability to:
o Work collaboratively and effectively with a culturally and ethnically diverse population
o Lead and fundraise for comprehensive campaigns
o Recruit and mentor coaching staff
o Establish and achieve department goals that align with the University’s Strategic Plan
• Commitment to the academic mission and success of student-athletes
Personal / Professional Attributes
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Commitment to gender equity and inclusion


Deadline & Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter, fundraising history, and resume to DHR Global at

Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.  Questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is 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.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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