Athletics Director/Assistant Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics

Job description

Classification Benefits:    

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS).


Summary Description:    

To serve as Athletics Director for Saddleback College; to plan, develop, organize, coordinate, direct, review and evaluate the entire college athletics program (20 intercollegiate sports), including selecting, recommending for hire, training, supervising and evaluating the performances of all coaches and other personnel assigned to the athletics department.


And to serve as assistant administrator and supervisor of the Kinesiology & Athletics division of the college; and to assist the Dean, as assigned, in providing leadership to develop, organize and implement the division’s goals and objectives; to assist the Dean as needed in planning, developing, organizing, scheduling, directing, improving and evaluating the division’s programs, curriculum and related student support services in consultation with academic leadership, chairs, coaches, faculty and classified support staff.


To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.




Receives general direction from the Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics or the Vice President for Instruction’s designee.


Exercises functional and technical supervision over academic, professional coaching and classified staff as assigned, including the Assistant Athletics Director.


Representative Duties:    

Duties may include, but are not limited to the example of duties listed in Job Duties. Please see Job Duties for details.


Knowledge of:    

• A community college system.

• All divisions and their inter-relationships; a thorough knowledge of the various student support services required to enhance instruction.

• Applicable District policies and local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations, including Title V and California Education Code.

• Basic data collection and analysis related to student learning outcomes, retention, and success.

• Community relations and external resource development.

• Computer systems and software applications related to assigned instructional division.

• Curriculum development. 

• District safety policies and procedures.

• Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff. 

• Evidence of understanding and experience with the principles of collegial consultation.

• Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

• Management techniques that encourage creativity improve efficiency and increase productivity.

• Oral and written communication skills.

• Organizational and management practices as applied to assigned division.

• Participatory governance process and venue fostering open communication among divisions, programs and services.

• Principles and practices of budget preparation and management.

• Principles and practices of training and supervision.    

• Principles of program evaluation, student assessment, and organizational development.

• Role and purpose of technological systems in providing online instruction, instructional support and student services.

• Team-oriented leadership style.

• Web page design, Blackboard and/or other course management systems, and other instructional and student services software.


Ability to:    

Advocate for assigned division’s programs and needs.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Assist in assessing, managing, implementing, using and applying technology in the management and delivery of assigned athletic training or student services programs.

• Assist in forecasting current and future needs and costs affecting assigned division.

• Build trusting relationships by acting with integrity, courtesy, and responsibility, even in the face of stress or demanding workplace conditions. 

• Collect, compile and analyze data.

• Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

• Demonstrate commitment to academic and professional excellence.

• Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.

• Develop and provide athletic services to meet the needs of a wide variety of student athletes. 

• Develop markets and promotional strategies for courses, services and projects related to foundational skills that will promote enrollment growth, retention and student success.

• Develop, prepare and administer program budgets.

• Display empathy and positive regard for others in written, verbal and non-verbal communications. 

• Embrace and work effectively within a system of participatory governance.

• Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services. 

• Establish and maintain effective, harmonious and collaborative relationships with a diverse population of students, staff and community.

• Exercise initiative and work independently.

• Exercise judgment or choice among possible actions, sometimes without clear precedents and often with concern for the consequences of the action.

• Integrate multiple activities and programs around the goals of the athletic program. 

• Interact effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty and administrators.

• Interpret, analyze, apply and explain applicable local, State and federal laws and regulations.

• Interpret, apply and explain applicable District policies and procedures.

• Lead, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.

• Maintain proficiency of athletics by attending trainings, reading job-related materials and meeting with others in the same area of responsibility. 

• Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner. 

• Manage complex grants and budgets.

• Meet all required standards of confidentiality and safety. 

• Operate computer/applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to athletics.

• Operate modern office equipment such as computer, printer, calculator, copier and facsimile machine.

• Participate with other campus personnel in developing and coordinating activities, goals, and services; 

• Perform work with tact, patience and sensitivity.

• Plan and organize work.

• Plan, evaluate and supervise athletic programs, services and activities.

• Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite assigned programs, services and activities related to athletics in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

• Prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

• Read, interpret, and explain laws, rules and regulations, and implement new, existing or revised personnel policies and procedures.

• Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socio-economic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy. 

• Represent the college at the community, State and national levels.

• Resolve conflicts and solve problems.

• Serve as an effective management team member.

• Train and provide supervision and work direction to others as assigned.

• Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

• Use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

• Work collaboratively with administration, classified management, academic and classified staff, and students.

• Work effectively in a fast paced environment with numerous interruptions.

• Work effectively with colleagues and students by practicing punctuality, respect for deadlines, collaborative problem solving, and honest communication.


Education and Experience Guidelines:    

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in Athletic Administration, Physical Education or closely-related field. An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.



At least three years of successful experience at the postsecondary level as an Assistant Athletic Director, teacher or head coach, or any combination of related athletic or administrative experience; and evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. At least one year of successful postsecondary administrative/supervisory experience in Athletics is preferred.


License or Certificate:    

Valid California driver’s license.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER




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Job No:
Posted: 10/9/2018
Application Due: 12/8/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $134,268 - $188,904