Director of Athletics and Physical Education

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

ID: 7064964
Posted: February 28, 2020
Application Deadline: March 27, 2020

Job Description

Lewis & Clark College, in the vibrant city of Portland, Oregon, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

“A private institution with a public conscience and a residential campus with a global reach,” Lewis & Clark was named after the famous explorers in order to symbolize its commitment to investigation and discovery. Its three schools—the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the School of Law—each combine classic liberal learning with pioneering collaboration. Its official motto, Explorare, Discere, Sociare means to explore, to learn, and to work together.

Located on a forested, hill-top campus next to a 645-acre state nature preserve, Lewis & Clark was named by the Princeton Review as one of the top ten most beautiful campuses in the United States. Wind-power supplies one hundred percent of the college’s electricity, and all of its building projects must be LEED-certified. With a student body of about 3,400 and an endowment of about $240 million, it has been coeducational since it graduated its first class in 1873.

The Lewis & Clark Department of Athletics and Physical Education supports and complements the college’s commitment to student exploration and discovery. It is dedicated to developing and educating students through high-quality experiential learning opportunities in varsity athletics, physical education, and wellness.

Reporting to the vice president for student life and dean of students, the director of athletics and physical education provides vision, strategic direction, and administrative leadership to the department. Leading a program that promotes excellence and develops the physical, mental, and personal abilities of all Lewis & Clark Pioneers, the new director will be responsible for continuing to enhance the competitiveness of a comprehensive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program that is grounded in a strong liberal-arts environment. The director works collaboratively with coaches and the Office of Admissions on the recruitment of scholar athletes; continues the focus on developing relationships with alumni in support of the athletics program; and encourages and promotes a commitment to diversity, gender equality, and inclusivity among all students, faculty, and staff. The new director will demonstrate an understanding of the components of well-being and the ability to leverage recreational activities and the physical education curriculum in the collaboration, development, and implementation of campus-wide wellness goals. As a strong institutional partner, the director will actively engage with advancement to support fundraising initiatives aligned with departmental and college goals.

Lewis & Clark is a member of the Northwest Conference (NWC). The athletics program supports 19 varsity teams, with approximately 350 scholar-athletics, a physical education program requiring all students to complete two credits for graduation, and an array of well-being and recreational activities.
The director leads an organization with an annual budget of over $3.4 million and over 30 full-time and 60 part-time positions.

A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of experience in athletics, higher education, or related is required; a master’s degree and ten years of directly related work experience is preferred. The successful candidate will have progressive experience in supervision and management of athletics programs and services; demonstrated progressive experience in budget management; and experience collaborating with multiple campus partners. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of NCAA Division III athletics administration, scholar-athlete development, compliance, and the role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives. Superior communication and relationship-building skills; strong supervisory, planning, and fiscal competencies; an understanding of the role of enrollment at a small, private college; a familiarity with strategic planning, program development, and assessment; excellent problem-solving abilities; demonstrated respect for diversity of identities and experiences; an orientation toward equity and inclusion; and cultural competency in all aspects of campus life will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of athletics and physical education.

Review of applications will begin March 27, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson, or Anne-Marie Kenney, Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Lewis & Clark College website at and the athletics website at

Lewis & Clark College adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission. We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies. Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators.


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