University of Dubuque (UD) is seeking a new director of athletics to lead a department of talented coaches and staff deeply committed to NCAA Division III athletics and the student-athlete model within the American Rivers Conference.

The University of Dubuque is a diverse, Christian, and forward-thinking educational community of nearly 2,000 students, including approximately 1,500 traditional, full-time undergraduates. Founded in 1852, the University maintains its historic ties to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Offering undergraduate, graduate, and theological seminary programs, students come from 42 states and 28 countries and represent a variety of faith commitments. The University’s approach to learning is based on professional programs with a liberal arts core to prepare students to find their purpose and make meaningful contributions to the world. In 1998, the University underwent what has come to be known as “The Plan for Transformation.” Since the Transformation, student enrollment has grown from 600 to almost 2,000. The endowment has grown from $15 million to over $250 million. Over $200 million has been invested in new and renovated campus infrastructure. Most importantly, UD has clarified its missional focus as a diverse, Christian, and forward-thinking institution.

The 77-acre campus sits near the scenic bluffs along the mighty Mississippi in a vibrant river town that’s grown into a center of business and culture. Dubuque, Iowa, is a city of 60,000 people that serves as the cultural and economic center for 200,000 residents in the Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois tri-state area. A growing economy, vibrant cultural life, and a setting of natural beauty contribute to a high quality of life. Dubuque has been named one of America’s top 100 places to live and one of America’s most livable small cities.

The Position

The director of athletics oversees all aspects of the administration of the University’s comprehensive, highly competitive, and educationally focused Division III intercollegiate athletic and recreation program that includes intramurals, club sports, and non- NCAA sports. This oversight includes attention to the role of athletics in the student experience and persistence, university priorities of diversity, access and equity, and university recruitment and retention. Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the president’s cabinet, the director ensures equity-minded policies and processes and prioritizes student and student-athlete well-being as embedded concepts in decision-making and program infrastructure.

The director of athletics will provide vision and leadership for all elements of intercollegiate athletics and recreational programs, promoting a culture of professionalism and respect among coaches, staff, and student-athletes. The director will develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures that promote equity-minded best practices and address personnel development, financial management, facility management, alumni and community relations, and compliance and regulatory expectations while advancing a high level of integration of athletics into the overall student experience. The director will continue to advance and provide guidance to the recreation program to expand the intramurals and club sports. The director collaborates with other offices to support the recruitment and retention of students.

The director provides leadership for a dynamic department consisting of 24 varsity programs, two non-NCAA sports, nearly 40 professional coaches and staff, 28 graduate assistants, 550 student-athletes, robust recreational programming including club sports, intramurals, group fitness, and management of a $1.1 million budget.


The successful candidate will have an earned bachelor’s degree and progressively responsible leadership experience in collegiate athletics administration or a closely related field; a master’s degree is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, student-athlete development, NCAA compliance within a Division III environment, and facilities management. A collaborative management approach, coupled with superior communication and relationship-building skills, strategic planning and budgeting competencies, an understanding of the role of enrollment at a small, private university, a familiarity with program development and assessment, including risk management, demonstrated experience supporting recreational programs as part of overall student well-being, excellent problem-solving abilities, and a high degree of cultural competence demonstrating respect for diversity of identities and experiences will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of athletics.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson at or Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


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Applications from qualified persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color, are welcomed. AA/EEO