Director-Intercollegiate Athletics

The Director of Athletics is responsible for the overall direction, leadership and management of the Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) program. This includes responsibility for program quality and integrity, resource acquisition and allocation, facility development and management, fundraising, publicity, marketing, athletic eligibility, and liaison with campus and external organizations. A major responsibility of the director is to provide leadership for the further development of the programs consistent with the objectives and resources of the campus and the campus philosophy of athletics. Oversight includes the management of the athletics senior staff, Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) unit managers and 25 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I sports with more than 600 student-athletes and a budget of approximately $39 million. The director reports directly to the chancellor.

The director serves as a liaison to the university administration as a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Council. The Director of Athletics plays a key role in planning for the future direction and needs of the ICA program, and makes final decisions regarding policies, organization and administration of the ICA program.  

The incumbent acts as the primary official and liaison for attracting private support for interactions with community support groups and coordinates and leads the annual fundraising and major gift fundraising. The director is directly accountable to the chancellor on policy matters pertaining to the National Collegiate Athletics Association, Big West Conference, Big Sky Conference and other applicable conferences. The ICA program employs more than 75 full- and part-time coaches and more than 50 full- and part-time support staff. Responsibilities include the eligibility and welfare of student-athletes, program operations, short- and long-term fiscal planning and management, marketing and promotions, corporate sponsorships, television and radio contracts, and public relations with Intercollegiate Athletics constituents. 

The director acts as a liaison for the department to the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD), and serve as representative to the NCAA, the Big West Conference, the Big Sky Conference and other conference affiliations.

UC Davis students are regularly named to Big West Academic All-Conference honor rolls. In July, a record 90 UC Davis student-athletes were honored for winter and spring sports for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. 

UC Davis has one of the largest student-spirit organizations in the country, the Aggie Pack, with more than 8,000 annual members and 50,000 lifetime members. 

The recruitment advisory committee is led by chair Scott Carrell, Faculty Athletics Representative and professor in the Department of Economics. 

The committee comprises alumni, student leaders, student-athletes, faculty representatives, coaches and campus leaders. The complete roster is available as a PDF in the documents section, below.

The national search firm WittKieffer is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran statusThe complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.