Loyola Marymount University is ranked in the top 12 percent of higher education institutions nationally by the Wall Street Journal. Founded in 1911, LMU is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount university with more than 6,100 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. LMU offers

58 undergraduate majors, 49 master’s degrees and doctorates, and 13 credentials in nationally top-ranked programs. LMU’s intercollegiate athletics teams compete in the West Coast Conference with 22 Division I and varsity sports. LMU’s DNA is embedded in the fabric of Los Angeles, the world’s creative capital and a global hub for the arts, entertainment, innovation, technology, business, and entrepreneurship. LMU’s diverse and inclusive students come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 100 countries. Our more than 85,000 alumni are global citizens, thought leaders, professionals, and well-rounded women and men for others who live lives of meaning, purpose and impact. LMU contributes about $1 billion annually to California’s economy, of which $808 million and 5,300 jobs are centered in Los Angeles. Our Jesuit education is nearly 500 years in the making and steeped in our rich intellectual and cultural heritage that springs from our mission: the encouragement of learning; the education of the whole person; and the service of faith and promotion of justice. LMU, a national leader in environmental sustainability, has three campuses: our stunning campus in West Los Angeles overlooking the Pacific Ocean, our downtown LA law school campus, and our new Playa Vista campus. For more information, visit www.lmu.edu/about.


The mission of the Athletics Department is to provide an environment for student-athlete development in pursuit of the highest level of athletic achievement, academic development, and growth of the whole person in the tradition of the Jesuit and Marymount ideals. Reporting to the President and serving on the President’s Cabinet, the Athletics Director will contribute to the university’s national prominence by leading winning athletics programs. The Athletics Director will advance the overall mission of the university to develop the whole person while complementing the pursuit of academic excellence, cultural diversity, and gender equity within championship sports programs.


  1. Establish a winning culture that invigorates student and fan experiences and enhances LMU’s reputation of integrity and achievement.
  2. Develop a long-term strategic plan and vision for the Athletics Department. The long-term plan will include all aspects of the Athletics Department such as competitiveness, academic achievement, fundraising, facilities, staffing, fan engagement and experience, budget, media and market exposure, and overall student-athlete experience.
  3. Lead, direct, and oversee all intercollegiate athletic programs and activities, including the appropriate administrative and organizational structures that support university goals and objectives.
  4. Maintain and enhance LMU’s high standards for graduation success, academic progress, and student-athlete experience.
  5. Ensure compliance with NCAA, WCC, WIRA, WWPA, Title IX, and LMU rules and regulations.
  6. Supervise the athletics staff, including coaches, in hiring, mentoring, evaluating, disciplining, or separation decisions.
  7. Ensure that the department operates in a manner that values diversity, equity, inclusion and well-being for student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
  8. Marshal and manage material, environmental, and human resources to ensure athletics staff, coaches, and student-athletes are competitive in conference and post-season play.
  9. Lead all athletics fundraising through direct personal activity and engagement of athletics personnel, including coaches, with the university’s advancement team.
  10. Represent LMU as its primary spokesperson for the intercollegiate athletics program. Work collaboratively with the university’s marketing, communications, and public relations team in developing and executing a plan for promoting athletics programs internally and externally, specifically enhancing exposure and awareness, fan attendance, and revenues for the department.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive leadership experience in a winning, multifaceted enterprise in intercollegiate athletics or related field.
  • History of highest ethical and moral standards.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop a strong and inclusive management team.
  • Ability to articulate a clear vision for a winning athletics program to numerous constituency groups.
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing champions who graduate in four years.


Loyola Marymount University invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the university. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by May 2, 2018. For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Hayden Garrett, Associate
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 122

Loyola Marymount University is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, national origin (including language and language use restrictions), ancestry, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), denial of Family and Medical Care Leave, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age 40 or over, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other bases protected by federal (including but not limited to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), state or local law.  The University does not discriminate on these bases, or any other basis protected by law, in the administration of any of its education or admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment policies and practices.  All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with LMU’s Jesuit identity and character.

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