Director of Athletics | California State University, Dominguez Hills

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, and games administration.  Serves as liaison with faculty, staff, students and others to coordinate and achieve departmental goals and to ensure 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 promoting 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 transformative leadership, strategic planning and policy development for the program; maintains a unit 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 Department 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 administrative 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 an 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 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, November 8, 2020, 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.

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.

Athletics Initiated 

1969 (Golf/Tennis)


Toros/Cardinal & Gold

Sponsored Sports 

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

Women’s: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field (I/O), and Volleyball   


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.    

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.