Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics

Colorado, USA, Denver
Sep 28, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation, and Ritchie Center Operations ("VC") reports to Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and will participate as a member of the chancellor's executive leadership team, fully engaging in the implementation of the University's strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. The plan emphasizes holistic student learning and community partnership, and the VC will ensure that the Division of Athletics and Recreation continues to integrate with the full University community to realize that vision.

At all times, the VC shall provide strategic and executive leadership in the unwavering commitment to the betterment of the university, its mission and the overall welfare of the University students. The VC serves on the chancellor's senior staff, providing counsel on matters of University-wide import and ensuring that other senior leaders understand the priorities and successes of the Division of Athletics and Recreation.

The VC will be responsible for the overall operations of the University of Denver's intercollegiate athletics program and its seventeen (17) varsity sports, as well as the continued development and expansion of the recreation and wellness program to meet the needs of the University and the metro Denver community. Additionally, the VC will oversee the execution of NCAA Division I events, carious University and community events in the Ritchie Center and the University-owned Highlands Ranch Golf Course operations.

The general responsibilities listed herein are neither exhaustive nor exclusive and are subject to change. Most importantly, the VC shall fully embrace the University mission including striving to achieve the highest possible academic achievement and graduation rates for all students, including student-athletes; leadership with the highest possible standard of integrity, ethics, honesty and humility including constant vigilance and compliance with the rules; strong fiscal/business, marketing, communications and media acumen to ensure a balanced budget and maintenance of the strongest possible financial integrity of the Department; and above all else, an innate public service/teacher orientation where all team members (students, student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni) are put ahead of any real or perceived personal agenda.

Desired Qualifications, Characteristics & Traits:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's or other post-graduate degree in athletics administration, education, business, law or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic integrity and excellence while personally and professionally embodying a commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity.
  • Minimum ten years of work experience at institutions of higher education or similar experience; minimum ten years of progressively responsible management experience involving the administration of Division I intercollegiate athletics programs or other related university administrative experience.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, assuring gender equity and full compliance with Title IX as well as strong personal commitment to diversity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with budget development and financial planning aligned with strong business management skills; ability to provide divisional financial stewardship of (currently) $37 million in annual revenue and expense.
  • Extensive experience with fundraising and donor relations, including an innate appreciation for the role that philanthropy plays in higher education; demonstrated success in fundraising efforts for and the management of capital projects.
  • Experience and skill in recruiting, managing and developing senior-level leadership, including coaches; experience successfully leading large and diverse teams of substantial complexity.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with sales and marketing experiential products (games, events, matches) as well as services and consumer products.
  • Embodiment of excellent interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking and strong written and verbal communications; demonstrated eagerness to interact with, understand and relate to students, coaches, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, elected officials and the media; demonstrated ability to embody and balance the roles of educator, coach, business leader and public servant.
  • Embodiment of a strong work ethic, including attention to detail, strong negotiation skills, the ability to make tough decisions, handle adversity and conflict and seek feedback.

Nominations & Applications:

The University of Denver has retained Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment ("Turnkey"), to assist in the recruitment and review of all applications and nominations. For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest to To ensure full consideration, application and/or nomination materials must be received by November 1, 2017.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.