Josh Berlo, UMD Athletic Director

Josh Berlo

Josh Berlo

Position Description

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Minnesota Duluth

The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (Athletic Director) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) reports to the Chancellor and through the Chancellor’s Chief of Staff for day-to-day administrative issues.  The Athletic Director meets regularly with the Chancellor’s Cabinet and is responsible for administration of all intercollegiate athletic policies, programs, and services.  With a focus on academic excellence, student development, and successful athletic programs, the Athletic Director will provide strong leadership to foster the continued national prominence of UMD intercollegiate athletics and to promote new levels of excellence.

The Athletic Director will diligently and conscientiously devote their attention and efforts in performing and discharging the usual and customary duties of an athletics director of an intercollegiate athletics program with both NCAA Division I and Division II sports.  UMD supports 14 men’s and women’s sports in Division II and men’s and women’s hockey in Division I.  We have won five national championships in women’s hockey, one in men’s hockey, and have five Hobey Baker winners, more than any other university in the United States.  We have won two national championships in Division II football (2008 & 2010) and are proud of the competiveness of our other teams.  UMD prides itself in not only excellence on the field, but in the classroom as well.  Last year, 162 student athletes received All-Conference Academic honors.  Six senior athletes were awarded the Myles Brand Award for a cumulative graduating GPA over 3.75.
The specific duties of the Athletic Director will include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Supervise all head coaches, staff, and administrative personnel, including reviewing the performance for all University employees who report to the Athletic Director, setting compensation for the department employees, and hiring, promoting, demoting, and terminating any such employee in accordance with applicable University policies.
  • Develop and implement an ongoing strategic plan that is reflective of the mission, values, and vision of Intercollegiate Athletics and the UMD Strategic Plan.
  • Develop and administer the annual budget for the department.
  • Direct, lead, and organize the department’s fundraising efforts in partnership with UMD’s Chief Development Officer and assisted by the department’s Development Officer, and other staff members.
  • In conjunction with UMD’s Compliance Coordinator and with the University of Minnesota’s Office of the General Council, ensure the department’s compliance with rules and regulations of the University and the rules and regulations of any designated governing association, including policies regarding compliance with academic standards of the University, NCAA, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
  • In conjunction with the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, ensure the commitment to academic integrity, academic process and procedures of UMD, and the progress of and graduation of student athletes.
  • Ensure the department’s compliance with Title IX, and ensure gender equity throughout the department.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the recruitment, retention, and representation of coaches, staff and student athletes, and support UMD’s campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
  • Direct, lead, and organize the department’s public relations and promotions and marketing efforts.
  • Represent UMD intercollegiate athletics to both internal and external constituent groups, initiating and maintaining positive relationships with the public, media, alumni, students, and booster organizations.
  • Direct, lead, and organize the use of athletic facilities on the UMD campus and work with Recreational Sports Outdoor Programs and Academic Administration to best utilize UMD facilities for athletics, recreation, and related academic programs.  Collaborate with the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center regarding the use of AMSOIL Arena.
  • Serve and represent UMD on all appropriate athletic governing or oversight bodies and governing associations.
  • Perform such other duties as directed by UMD’s Chancellor.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three to five years of university or professional athletic administrative, fiscal and personnel management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with public constituencies, senior university leaders, faculty, staff, students, donors, and other constituents important to a public university
  • Demonstrated team building and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated fundraising abilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic integrity, academic process and procedures, and the progress and graduation of student athletes
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the recruitment, retention, and representation of coaches, staff, student athletes, and to diversity, equity, and social justice


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Successful administrative experience in both Division I and Division II levels
  • Advanced level training/degree in management, finance, leadership, or administration
  • Demonstrated success at developing and/or implementing a strategic plan
  • Demonstrated success in building a competitive athletic program(s) maintaining a strong record of academic retention and graduation
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with internal and external constituents through various media
  • Record of compliance with Title IX

Application Process:

The University of Minnesota Duluth invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 14, 2013.  For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President
Shelana Poindexter, Associate
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext: 113

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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