Director of Athletics | California State University, Dominguez Hills


Posted: 26-May-22

Location: Carson, California

Type: Full-time

Preferred Education: Masters



Executive – Athletics Director


Professional Sports

Internal Number: 514750

The Opportunity

California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) seeks a transformative leader to serve as our next Director of Athletics. CSUDH are looking for a leader who: 1) understands how to leverage opportunities for growth and advancement at the university; 2) fosters high standards of integrity, athletic excellence, and student-athlete academic success; 3) has strong management and fiscal skills; 4) is able to develop excellent relationships with both internal and external constituents; and 5) hires, directs and supports coaches who are committed, not only to winning, but to the welfare of student-athletes.

The Position

The Director of Athletics reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serves on the Vice President’s leadership team. The Director administers the overall NCAA Division II athletics program and provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight for all aspects of the program. Responsible for budgeting and financial management; staff and coach supervision, games administration.  Serves as liaison with faculty, staff, students and others to coordinate and achieve departmental goals and ensuring compliance with all NCAA, CCAA, and Title IX rules and regulations.

The Director manages over 50 staff, 10 varsity sports programs, and activities that support over 200 student athletes.  The Director also collaborates with Admissions and student success units on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of student athletes.  The Director will work closely with University Communications and their public relations team on branding ideas and to promote games.  The Director will be responsible for the coordination of athletics programs and facilities with the Dignity Health Sports Park.

The description of duties is as follows:

  • Provides visionary leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the athletics program; maintains a program that is committed to the university’s mission and strategic priorities; administers the overall athletic budget; recruits and manages the coaching staff; and ensures compliance with all university, CCAA and NCAA policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Provides leadership with sound decision-making with regard to all departmental matters; ensures that the Athletics Depart-ment has a highly competent and diverse coaching, administrative, and support staff consistent with the University’s mission.
  • Annually evaluates all athletic team programs, coaches, and staff to effectively plan short and long term strategic goals.  
  • Works collaboratively with University Advancement to develop and implement plans for fundraising activities on behalf of the entire program and monitors the fundraising activities of individual coaches.
  • Works collaboratively with Admissions, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office to ensure that athletic scholarships are awarded properly and students are successfully matriculating.
  • Strategically works with Associated Students Inc to ensure transparency and accountability for scholarships awarded by the student government. 
  • Oversees the recruitment, educational progress, and academic success of student athletes.
  • Sets the expectation for coaches and student-athletes that performance in the classroom is the primary purpose of higher education and that pursuit of knowledge and earning a degree are the main goals.
  • Coordinates with Athletics Student Success Coordinator on the assessment and enrollment of student-athletes, as well as monitoring the ongoing academic eligibility and success.
  • Formulate and lead an athletics advisory council that consists of faculty, staff, students (ASI and SAAC leaders), alumni and community members; participates in community events and activities; engages in the governance and leadership of the NCAA and the CCAA.

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree with a preference of sports administration, business management, public administration or related field and at least five years of progressively responsible, related administration experience that includes leadership and direct supervision of employees, and managing complex budgets.  In addition, it is expected that the qualified candidate possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics and sports management within higher education and an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics at a state-supported CSU system
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and in leading an athletics program at urban university                                  
  • Commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with many different constituencies
  • Evidence of a high degree of accessibility and openness to students, faculty and staff 
  • Proven ability to lead a team of skilled athletic professionals effectively and make tough personnel decisions when necessary 
  • Ability to develop strong collaborations across the University and within the larger communities in the region
  • Strong public relations skills

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree and at least five years of experience directing a successful intercollegiate athletic program
  • Substantial experience in sports program administration in higher education 
  • Management of facilities, student services to support athlete success, NCAA compliance, and complex budgets 
  • Acumen to gather, analyze, and use data to evaluate and maintain athletic program metrics
  • Superb written communication skills and the ability to speak persuasively to a variety of audiences
  • Proven expertise in external revenue generation, fundraising and marketing skills, and community relations
  • Direct experience working with, or providing oversight to, media relations

Application Procedures

The position is open until filled. All applications received by Sunday, June 19, 2022, are assured full consideration. Questions and inquires can be directed to Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of Athletics Staffing and Consultants at [email protected].

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically to select “Apply Now”. Please upload the below required materials as a single file, PDF preferred) to complete an application:

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Full contact information for three (3) professional references

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.

The ADA Coordinator is available at (310) 243-3771, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce.

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. CSUDH considers 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.

About CSU Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, co-educational, public, metropolitan university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. Established in 1960, CSUDH is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system.  CSUDH has an enrollment of over 17,000.

CSUDH is proud of its exceptional faculty, staff, and students. Our state-of-the art educational institution is equipped with SMART classrooms, sports facilities, and a serene environment for students to grow and learn. At CSUDH, we work with our community and friends closely to do outreach projects with area charities, non-profit organizations, schools, and libraries.

There are lots of reasons why CSUDH stands out among the nation’s exceptional urban universities. Our university has a distinctive history, a vibrant academic environment, exciting research programs, and a tradition of service in the South Bay.

Our Mission

We provide education, scholarship and service that are, by design, accessible and transformative. We welcome students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.

Our Vision

A vital educational and economic resource for the South Bay, CSUDH will be recognized as a top-performing Comprehensive Model Urban University in America. We will be known as a campus community and gathering place where:

  • Diversity in all its forms is explored, understood, and transformed into knowledge and practice that benefits the world.
  • Technology is embraced and leveraged to transcend educational boundaries as we reach out to students, both locally and globally.
  • Sustainable environmental, social, and economic practices are a way of life.
  • Students from our community who aspire to complete a college degree are provided the pathway and guidance to succeed.
  • Faculty and staff across the university are engaged in serving the dynamic needs of the surrounding communities.
  • Student life is meaningful and vibrant.
  • Our accomplishments and those of our alumni are recognized nationally and internationally.
  • Ultimately, our students graduate with an exemplary academic education, a highly respected degree, and a genuine commitment to justice and social responsibility.

Our Core Values


We recognize and live up to our responsibility to our students, campus resources and finances, staff, faculty alumni, supporters, and the community at large.


All segments of the campus community work together to support our vision as well as our students’ success.

Continuous Learning

We strive to continually improve teaching, scholarship, and service.

Rigorous Standards

We identify, implement and support excellence in all our practices.

Proactive Partnerships

We actively engage with our communities and its members to promote educational opportunities and excellence for our students.


We celebrate and respect diversity in all forms.


We are here to serve the needs of students, this community and society.

Our students, faculty, and staff are some of the best and brightest and their hard work, creative spirit, and commitment to academic and professional excellence is unparalleled. The university is home to people whose innovative solutions have transformed our communities and our world.

The evolution and growth of the campus is apparent with the building projects happening over the next few years. The new Science & Innovation Building will house teaching and research laboratory space for Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and CISE (Toyota Center for Innovation in STEM Education), including a maker?space fabrication lab. The campus will add a new Student Residence Hall Complex that includes a 4-Story Residence Building and a 1-Story Commons Building. The Innovation and Instruction Building will be a new four-story structure at the front door of the Dominguez Hills campus that will replace the aging Small College Complex and serve both the campus and the community. Finally, the University Village will involve the development of the east side of campus and include restaurants, retail stores, and apartments for faculty and staff.

The campus also houses the Dignity Health Sports Park situated on 125 acres of the CSUDH campus. It features state-of-the art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track and field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, and other sports. Designated as an “Official U.S. Olympic Training Site,” the Sports Park is the nation’s most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur, and professional athletes. Since its opening in 2003, Dignity Health Sports Park has brought an energy to the university that only a world-class sports venue can, providing not only financial returns, but educational and career opportunities for current students and alumni.

About CSUDH Athletics

The Toros are proud to be a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competing at the Division II (DII) level, bringing excitement and tradition to the campus through ten different sports. CSUDH is one of 13 universities that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the most prominent Division II conference in the nation with 154 NCAA National Championships, including CSUDH’s 2008 men’s soccer title, far more than any other conference in the nation.


Fast Facts about Toros Athletics

Athletics Initiated:      1969 (Golf/Tennis)

Nickname/Colors:      Toros/Cardinal & Gold

Sponsored Sports:     Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, and Soccer

                                Women’s: Basketball, Soccer, Softball,

                                Track & Field (I/O), and Volleyball

Conference:               California Collegiate Athletic Association

Facilities/Capacity:     Torodome (4,100), Toro Baseball Field (500),

                                Toro Softball Diamond (500), and

                                Toro Soccer Stadium (5,000)

Adding to these successes, the Toros boast:

Four NCAA National Titles:

  • Women’s Soccer (1991)
  • Men’s Soccer (2000, 2008)
  • Women’s Track & Field (2011)

Nine NCAA West Region Titles:

  • Men’s Soccer – 5 (2000, 2001, 200520082009)
  • Women’s Soccer – 3 (1991, 1997, 2009)
  • Baseball – 1 (1987)

Thirty-three CCAA Conference Titles:

  • Men’s Soccer – 10 (1982, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 200620072009, 2015)
  • Women’s Soccer – 7 (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
  • Women’s Basketball – 6 (1994-95, 1995-96, 2008-092013-142014-15, 2015-16)
  • Men’s Basketball – 4 (1980-81, 1986-87, 200 8-092010-11)
  • Baseball – 3 (1986, 1987, 1994)
  • Softball – 3 (1983, 2005, 2012)

Aside from training and competing on their respective teams, Toro student-athletes engage in community service projects throughout the year. During the 2006-07 school year, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) reported that CSUDH connected with approximately 6,500 youth in its outreach efforts. That total more than doubled the next closest NCAA Division II school and gave student-athletes, coaches, and staff yet another accomplishment to take pride in and continue to pay it forward.