Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Y7007 / Athl Afrs & Spts Progs Dir
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under the supervision of the Director, Intercollegiate Athletics, serves as an essential member of the athletics department executive management team. Develops, plans, and leads departmental implementation of student-athlete welfare, compliance, and academic activities, including NCAA and Mountain West Conference compliance and Federal Title IX compliance. Represents the University as the designated Senior Woman Administrator in Conference and NCAA matters. Serves as an expert and representative for external organizations, to include fundraising and partnership building. Provides professional leadership as well as day-to-day administrative and functional management of program activities and staff. Sets strategic direction and develops and implements related policies and procedures; establishes funding, and provides operational planning, budgeting, and assessment. Provides select, sport-specific oversight responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive University program.
  2. Establishes and implements short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness and effects changes required for improvement.
  3. Serves as a principal point of collaboration, leadership, and expertise to both internal and external constituencies on professional and operational matters pertaining to the mission, goals, objectives, and work scope of the program.
  4. Designs, implements, and evaluates organization and staffing to effectively accomplish the goals and objectives of the program; recruits, employs, trains, and manages professional/technical and support staff on both a professional and administrative basis.
  5. Provides advanced technical leadership and direction to subordinate staff, University constituencies and community organizations and representatives within a broadly specified area of professional expertise, in accordance with program goals and objectives.
  6. Identifies and solicits local, state, federal, and/or international funding sources for services and programs; provides leadership in planning, development, and implementation of strategies and initiatives for generating program resources.
  7. Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as externally to the media, governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies and individuals, prospective vendors, and/or a range of constituencies within the community at large.
  8. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  9. Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures; may serve on University planning and policy-making committees.
  10. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the organizational unit, ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.
  11. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  12. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methods, and techniques within a prescribed area of professional specialty.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex financial and operational data and prepare business reports, projections, and recommendations.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment within a complex partnership/organizational structure.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional staff and clientele in the field.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to develop and implement funding strategies and programs.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations is required in this position.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 04/18/2022