Established in 1965 as Colorado’s “College of Opportunity”, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is a comprehensive, baccalaureate and master’s degree granting urban university that offers arts and sciences, professional, and business courses and programs to a diverse student population. Over the last decade, as part of its journey to become a preeminent public urban university, MSU Denver received legislative authority to change its name to Metropolitan State University of Denver and become a master’s-degree-granting educational institution.

Since 2005, MSU Denver has increased the number of degrees it has granted annually from 2,280 to 3,445 and in the last 10 years its first-time freshman retention rate has improved from 62 percent to 65 percent (2005 – 2015). Total student headcount is approximately 20,000, taught by 1,452 faculty members and supported by 709 staff members. Over the past 12 years, the diversity of the University’s student population has increased to 44% students of color, and with a 28% Latino undergraduate population, the institution has recently achieved Hispanic Serving Institution status. By strategically creating public-private partnerships in areas such as hotel management, advanced manufacturing and modern music education, MSU Denver has offered students unique opportunities to be prepared for the workplace, while also serving the workforce needs of Colorado. For more information about MSU Denver, please visit https://msudenver.edu/.

MSU Denver has a 16-sport athletic program that is a strong competitor in both NCAA Division II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners have won two national championships in both men's basketball and women's soccer, and the men's basketball team has the best all-time winning percentage in Division II history. Overall, the Roadrunners have won 40 conference titles and have produced more than 140 All-Americans.

MSU Denver athletics is committed to impacting the lives of student-athletes and developing future leaders by providing a championship caliber experience that emphasizes excellence in academics, in athletics, and in the community.

Position Summary

The Athletics Director reports directly to the President of the University. The Director will oversee and manage a 16 sport intercollegiate athletic program that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and in the NCAA Division II.

The Athletics Director is responsible for creating and sustaining the vision for intercollegiate athletics at MSU Denver and for providing leadership and direction to a nationally successful athletics program. The Director serves as the primary spokesperson for the Athletics program, promoting the philosophy and values of the program and regularly engaging internal stake holders (faculty, staff, and student-athletes) and external stake holders (alumni, donors, sports media, and the general public).

We at MSU Denver believe students, faculty, and staff all are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions and cultures. The Intercollegiate Athletics Program values diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from women and persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Responsibilities

The Athletics Director is responsible for the overall leadership of MSU Denver’s intercollegiate athletic program.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • The AD will create and reinforce an environment committed to NCAA Division II Life in Balance with Community Engagement and NCAA Compliance while increasing student athlete success, which includes retention and graduation rates within a competitive and respected intercollegiate sports program.
  • While achieving the mission, values, and goals of the University, the Director will provide visionary leadership and be expected to recruit, hire, guide, and mentor coaches and staff.
  • Direct all facets of the athletics program including compliance with NCAA and RMAC rules and regulations, budget management, fundraising, promotions, athletic staff supervision, scheduling, public relations, Title IX compliance, gender equity, and diversity.
  • In consultation with the President, Faculty Athletic Representative, and Athletic Advisory Committee, plans, develops, and implements the general athletic philosophy and policies of the University.
  • As a member of the campus community, the Director will build and maintain key internally and externally and will initiate and develop strong working relationships with faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders.
  • Works with the Office of University Advancement and serves as the primary development person for the Athletics Department.
  • Directs the management of the state-of-the art Regency Athletics Complex, a 20,000-square foot building that houses locker rooms, a weight room and athletic training room, a student-athlete lounge and meeting rooms. This is the home of Roadrunner Tennis, Soccer, Baseball and Softball. In addition, the Complex hosts many community events and young sports leagues throughout the year.
  • Acts as an institutional representative at national, regional and conference athletic meetings and events.
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders such as: parents, alumni, campus visitors, admission, RMAC, and NCAA.
  • Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Represents the interests of the athletics program at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the NCAA, Denver Sports Commission and other associated organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Five years of experience in a university/college athletic administrative environment or equivalency required.
  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management, budget management, fundraising, and public relations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree.
  • Collegiate level coaching experience.
  • Evidence of knowledge and support of the governing rules, regulations and reporting systems of the NCAA and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC); Title IX compliance requirements; and University Diversity inclusion polices.
  • Proven track record of programmatic promotion and marketing.                      
  • Evidence of understanding of public higher education and the role athletics serves in the student experience.
  • Evidence of success in fostering collegiality and cooperation within the department, University and wider community.
  • Evidence of a strong record of advocacy for the developmental needs of student-athletes, staff and coaches.
  • Evidence of leadership in integrating and engaging student-athletes, staff and coaches into the programs and activities of the University.
  • Evidence of a track record to promote the core academic values of MSU Denver including success in the retention and graduation rates of student-athletes.

Application Process

MSU Denver invites applications, letters of nomination, or expressions of interest for the position of Athletics Director to be submitted to the search 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 February 27, 2020. For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal
DeLaina Sarden, Research Associate

Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996, x.118 || 770-804-1996, x. 119
ghiggison@parkersearch.com || dsarden@parkersearch.com

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