The Director of Athletics reports to the Vice President for Campus Life and is responsible for the leadership and management of the Department of Athletics, ensuring its general welfare, effectiveness, efficiency, and favorable reputation, including success in athletic competition and development of Christ-like student-athletes. The Director ensures that the Department of Athletics operates in a manner consistent with:
*The FPU mission, vision, values, policies, plans, and budgets
*The Strategic Plan of the Department of Athletics as approved by the President and the Board of Trustees
*The NCAA Division II philosophy, policies, and regulations for intercollegiate athletic competition
*A departmental and university culture that values and consistently models good sportsmanship, academic achievement, athletic achievement, spiritual vitality, emotional health, and altruistic service.
•Uphold the “Founded on Christ” mission of Fresno Pacific University at all times
•Unfaltering commitment to the “The Fresno Pacific University Idea” and agreement to support its ideals and practices while employed by the University
•In all areas, while working with staff members and students, display a Christ-like disposition demonstrated by genuine servant leadership.
•Provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Department of Athletics.
•Develop strong supportive relationships with the various internal and external FPU constituencies that meet the needs of FPU in general and FPU Athletics in particular.
•Enhance a brand and image for FPU Athletics that is consistent with the brand and image of FPU, the NCAA Division II, and the Pacific West Conference.
•Uphold the Christian mission and vision of the University and infuse a culture of Christ-centered values and Christ-like behavior in the department of athletics.
•Provide a fully integrated holistic student-athlete experience which includes opportunities for engagement with the entire FPU campus.
•Certify that revenue goals, typically realized through achieving appropriate fundraising targets, agreed upon roster sizes, and astute athletic aid distribution, are being realized within the athletics department.
•In collaboration with the Vice President of Advancement and the Assistant Athletics Director for External Relations, lead and coordinate all fund development related to FPU Athletics.
•Oversee and coordinate all program development related to FPU Athletics.
•Ensure the successful implementation of meaningful and verifiable community service and engagement for the Department of Athletics.
•Ensure attainment of Department of Athletics grade point average, graduation rate, and retention rate targets as defined in the Athletics Assessment Plan.
•Operate with strict adherence to all NCAA rules and interpretations and communicate the institution’s commitment to rules compliance to faculty, staff and student-athletes.
•Achieve strict adherence to the professional, performance, and behavioral expectations and requirements as outlined in the Department of Athletics handbooks.
•Chair all Department of Athletics meetings and attend major events.
•Develop, monitor, and operate within the Department of Athletics annual budget.
•Give direction, supervision, support, and encouragement to the coaching staff and the entire FPU Athletics program.
•Oversee and ensure the distribution of Department of Athletics employment agreements and contracts.
•Oversee and guide the hiring process for Department of Athletics personnel.
•Ensure the evaluation and professional development of all coaches and other Department of Athletics personnel, and consult with athletics administration team on evaluations as needed.
•Establish and implement operational policies and procedures related to student conduct, recruitment, athletics contracts, athletic scholarships, scheduling, and the student-athlete experience.
•Represent FPU at national, regional and conference meetings.
•Oversee the eligibility certification process with the Registrar's Office in compliance with Conference and NCAA rules and bylaws.
•Work with head coaches and Campus Life staff in support of the FPU disciplinary process as needed.
•Maintain effective organizational lines of authority within the Department of Athletics with emphasis on oversight and accountability.
•Arrange for periodic self-studies of the Department of Athletics.
•Ensure annual monitoring and compliance of the FPU Athletics Gender Equity Plan, Athletics Diversity Plan, and Athletics Assessment Plan.
•Serve as an ex officio member of the Sunbird Club board and ensure that each officer has knowledge of NCAA rules.
•Review and approve game schedules with an emphasis on appropriate competitive opportunity, budget consideration and impact on the student-athlete experience including academic impact.
•Evaluate potential NCAA rule violations and notify the University President of violations.
•Support and ensure a comprehensive rules education program.
•Generate and promote NCAA legislative proposals.
•Serve as an ex-officio member of the Athletics Compliance Committee.
•Serve as a member of the FPU President’s Council.
•Provide regular updates to the FPU Board of Trustees and attend board meetings.
•Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Campus Life.
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University is the California Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university, connecting every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. Nonprofit and independent, FPU offers more than 100 areas of study to more than 4,100 traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion, graduate and seminary students at the main campus in Southeast Fresno and throughout the Valley at regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. Since class opened in 1944, FPU has encouraged first-generation students to achieve more.
About the University
*Rich and engaging history dating back to 1944
*5 locations in California’s Central Valley + Online
*Main Campus located in Fresno, California’s 5th largest city
*300+ days of sunshine per year
*3 national parks in close proximity (Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon)
*Highest four-year graduation rate in the region
*13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
*81% of faculty hold doctorate degrees
*Named a Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) for graduating Hispanic students by The Chronicle of Higher Education
*Ranked #4 in the West by U.S. News & World Report for Social Mobility, tracking graduation rates for students from lower-income families.
*Ranked #11 nationally in Best Colleges for Transfer Students by Money - its highest ranking for a Christian university.
*Ranked #68 nationally by Washington Monthly for Social Mobility.
*Ranked in the first tier among Regional Universities—West, as well as a “Best Value”, by U.S. News & World Report.
Fresno Pacific University provides a high-quality education to a variety of students
*49 percent of our students are the first in their families to attend college or university and graduate at the same rate as students in general.
*FPU is a Hispanic serving institution with about 47 percent of our students identifying as Latinx. These students graduate at the same rate as students overall.
*Our retention rate of students from first year to second is 80 percent, well above the national average.
*FPU is committed to welcoming international students and features undergraduates from more than 25 countries around the globe
Fresno Pacific University is affordable and accessible for students
*67 percent of our students come from families who earn $40,000 or less annually.
*The average debt among graduates is $21,500, well under the national average.
*Our student default rate is 4.4 percent, significantly less than the national average.
*98 percent of our students receive financial aid.
Fresno Pacific University is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Pacific West Conference. The Sunbirds field 16 intercollegiate sports involving nearly 300 student-athletes and have consistently been recognized at the national level for athletics, academics and community engagement. FPU is committed to the NCAA Division II philosophy and the NCAA Division II Strategic Positioning Platform with intercollegiate athletics playing an integral role in the holistic development of the student-athlete. For more information about Sunbird Athletics, visit www.fpuathletics.com.
*15 National Titles and 53 Conference Championships
*More than 100 all-academic honorees per year and a department-wide GPA of above 3.0
*Since joining the NCAA Division II, FPU student-athletes have participated in more than 20,000 community service hours and raised more than 30,000 dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
*Recipient of a community service award by the Pacific West Conference in each of the past six years
*Multiple Top-5 Finishes in the NACDA-Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, measuring the overall success of intercollegiate athletics programs nationwide
*FPU Athletics alumni have gone on to play or coach in the MLB, MLS, NBA and WNBA, as well as compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in multiple sports. Numerous alumni have become business and civic leaders in their communities
*Partnerships with ESPN Radio, Adidas, Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics, Toys For Tots and more
Master’s degree from an accredited institution
Commitment to the Christian mission, vision, and values of the University
A minimum of five years experience in intercollegiate athletics administration
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Strong organizational, management, budgetary, and leadership skills
Proven commitment to athletic and academic success
Proven commitment to the personal and spiritual growth of student-athletes
Demonstrated understanding of NCAA, conference and institution legislation and rules
Previous fundraising experience
Demonstrated success within athletics administration at the NCAA Division II level
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive benefits package.
About Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 35 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. For more information about Fresno Pacific University please visit www.fresno.edu