About the University

The University of Idaho, founded in 1889, is the state’s land-grant research university, with a mission to shape the future through innovative thinking, community engagement, and transformative education. Consistent with the land-grant ideal, the University of Idaho strives to ensure that outreach activities serve the state and strengthen teaching, scholarly and creative capacities statewide; including the residential main campus in Moscow, regional centers, extension offices and research facilities across Idaho.

With over 11,800 students, the University of Idaho provides educational offerings to include undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education through face-to-face instruction, technology-enabled delivery, and hands-on experience. The University of Idaho will continue to provide leading graduate and professional education including enhanced production of doctoral, masters and professional degrees, while continuously striving to become a Carnegie R1 (Highest Research Activity) institution known for excellence in the areas of strength and recognized for interdisciplinary research.

Sponsoring 16 NCAA, Division I athletics programs as a member of the Big Sky Conference (for 15 sports) and the Western Athletic Conference (for 1 sport), the University of Idaho Athletics Department is committed to enhancing the visibility and image of the university by: developing and maintaining competitive, integrity-based, athletics programs; uniting and inspiring students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community; educating and graduating student-athletes; and competing for championships.  The University of Idaho has constructed a rich history of athletic competition and academic accomplishment through the contributions of countless student-athletes, coaches, and staff, with hopes of current and future department members continuing this storied legacy.

Position Summary

The University of Idaho seeks an experienced individual to administratively lead, manage, and advocate for the University's 16 NCAA, Division I Intercollegiate Athletics programs. The Athletics Director will be responsible for establishing a strategic plan to ensure responsible fiscal management, commitment to academic and programmatic integrity and support, development, supervision, evaluation and retention of staff with adherence to University of Idaho policies, NCAA and conference regulations; reporting directly to the President.

Candidates should possess a strong commitment and understanding of how to represent, direct, and position each program within the University, community, NCAA, and Big Sky Conference, through the establishment and development of positive and professional relationships with alumni, university personnel, community organizations, state affiliation, and corporate organizations. Candidates must also have a proven record of accomplishment of successful solicitation of funds for the operation of the athletics programs through participation in development and fundraising events.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, communicate and implement a clear vision and strategic plan for athletics department success in fundraising, facilities development, and the recruitment, retention and promotion of student-athletes and athletics personnel while aligning with University goals and objectives.
  • Lead with the highest standards of integrity in all athletic, academic and business matters.  The forefront of this responsibility is the steadfast commitment to gender equity and consistent progress toward an equitable department and culture.
  • Develop and sustain a championship culture throughout the athletics department that empowers and propels coaches, student-athletes and staff as they compete for championships. 
  • Promote and exemplify an environment that fosters each student-athlete’s health and welfare, academic and athletic achievement, campus involvement, and overall growth and development, to maximize each student-athlete’s positive experience at the University of Idaho.
  • Meet with donors and prospective donors and actively engage in on-going fundraising activities, as well as promote the athletics program, internally and externally, throughout the University community. 
  • Develop strategic marketing to increase visibility, exposure and season ticket sales for all sports.
  • Ensure budgetary and fiscal accountability of the athletics department in order to adhere to a balanced budget through enhancing revenue generation and monitoring spending.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, administrators, staff, student body, student government associations, alumni, friends, booster clubs, and the local community regarding athletics at the University of Idaho. 
  • Provide strategic leadership and sound decision-making with regard to all athletics department matters including fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, facilities, public relations and general operations.
  • Provide full compliance with all applicable State, NCAA, Big Sky, Federal (e.g., Title IX), and University rules and regulations.
  • Participate actively in conference meetings and activities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in executive leadership is required, preferably in Intercollegiate Athletics administration; experience in higher education administration preferred.
  • Proven and demonstrated ability to lead, work with, and manage successful and diverse athletics departments and/or organizations.
  • Proven and demonstrated ability to address and enhance diversity of student-athletes and of athletics department coaches and staff.
  • Experience in managing within a strong regulatory or compliance environment, either directly in NCAA or analogous environments in related professional regulations.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High personal and professional integrity.

Application Process

The University of Idaho 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 continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by July 1st, 2019. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Hayden Garrett, Principal
DeLaina Sarden, Research Associate

danielparker@parkersearch.com || hgarrett@parkersearch.com || dsarden@parkersearch.com
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 x. 119

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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