Director of Student-Athlete Support
invites applications for a Director of
. The Director of Student-Athlete
Support (MBB and Track) coordinates and manages all academic
services for the sports of Men's Basketball and Cross Country/Track
and Field. This includes arranging and managing tutoring services;
arranging and managing mentor services; providing direct academic
advising; arranging and managing study hall assignments;
communicating directly with faculty and campus personnel regarding
any issues involving those student-athletes. In this capacity, this
role must be responsive to the demands of several dramatically
different worlds. This position has a high level of autonomy in
decision-making and requires a high level of independence. The
Director interacts with Intercollegiate Athletics Department
personnel; the athletic coaches are in close contact with the
person occupying this position regarding student-athlete recruits,
active student-athlete academic and study requirements/eligibility;
this role strongly identifies with the academic community as an
academic resource person for student-athletes. This position will
report to the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Compliance and
The Director of Student-Athlete Support will be tasked with
developing and coordinating an internship position
specifically addresses diversity and inclusion initiatives in the
Athletics Department. This will entail developing the role
description, priorities, and responsibilities for the intern;
selecting an appropriate person to serve in the internship; and
supervising and managing the work product of the intern. The
Director will also coordinate with campus Career Services to
establish the awarding of academic credit for the internship
experience. This role will also have supervisory responsibilities
over graduate mentors.
The Director is a member of the academic eligibility
; serves as the primary advisor for all
men's basketball and track & field student-athletes; tracks and
reports student-athlete academic progress and reviews programs; and
establishes effective communication systems with campus academic,
administrative, athletic offices and NCAA representatives.
The Director will serve as instructor for both freshman
(one credit in the fall and one credit
in the spring) within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
This involves curriculum development and teaching of the course. In
addition, this position will be responsible for developing the
curriculum for a one-credit course for junior student-athletes.
This will involve developing the curriculum and obtaining campus
approval for awarding credit for the course. The primary focus of
the course will be professional development and transitioning from
being a collegiate student-athlete to becoming a member of the
workforce and not being a student-athlete. The Director will need
to conduct extensive research in the areas of student-athlete
identity and the issues with transitioning away from that identity
when their sport is finished. The Director also serves as the
scholarship textbook coordinator, which involves close
collaboration with the UM Bookstore to coordinate the purchasing of
textbooks for student-athletes on scholarship.
The Director will work with coaches to meet with potential
recruits during their visits to campus
. In this role, the
Director will be responsible to exposing the recruit to all of the
services and support provided to our student-athletes, as well as
the campus resources and highlights to encourage them to enroll at
Finally, this position will serve as coordinator of the
. This responsibility involves selection,
training, supervision and evaluation of graduate student mentors.
The person in this role will develop and deliver the training
curriculum throughout the semester for the mentors. Mentors provide
general assistance to student-athletes who are identified as
at-risk, or in need of more in-depth assistance.
The academic image of the student-athlete is directly affected by
the support and efforts provided by the Athletic Academic Services
office. This position is crucial to the athletic and academic
retention and success of student-athletes. Most importantly, the
position determines what guidance and academic advice to provide to
the student-athletes and what help must be provided to ensure that
NCAA rules are being met and the students remain eligible. The
position has the authority to make decisions for the program and
the adherence to the NCAA regulations regarding academic
performance. Therefore, the position is fully responsible for
designing the academic strategies to fulfill the goals of their
Athletic Department employees and those University employees
outside the Athletic Department with NCAA rules compliance
responsibilities are subject at all times to NCAA Bylaws 10.1 and
11.1 regarding ethical conduct and the responsibility to positively
contribute to a campus culture of NCAA rules compliance. Failure to
conduct oneself as such will result in disciplinary or corrective
action up to and including immediate discharge.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to
the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are
particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in
demonstrating its five priorities for action
: Place student
success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation
in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of
“mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly
tell the UM story.
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and
includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance
package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and
- Position requires some evening and weekend hours to meet with
prospective students and other groups.
- Salary for this position is commensurate with
- Master's degree is required to serve as an instructor of
- Demonstrated experience in athletics or higher education
- Demonstrated experience in establishing and monitoring policies
and practices related to academic success.
- Demonstrated experience providing one-on-one advising to
students. Ability to work with a diverse population of students and
- Ability to handle stress, multiple tasks, and the ability to
About UM and
- Direct advising experience in a collegiate athletics
- Experience working with men's basketball student-athletes.
- Experience developing diversity programming.
The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with
more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located
in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000,
surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant
recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national
forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National
Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.
The mission of the Athletics Department is to serve
student-athletes, coaches, administration, university staff, and
faculty by providing academic support and services within
regulatory framework set forth by the University of Montana, NCAA
and Big Sky Conference.
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Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position
will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for
persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available
in alternative format upon request. As an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications
from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may
request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with
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Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to
administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential
E mployment Eligibility.
All New Employees must be eligible
and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of
employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Applications received by this date will be guaranteed
consideration. Application review will begin after date above and
continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials via "New
Resume/CV" button below.
*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per
application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required
skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work
- Three (3) professional references - Names and contact
Montana, United States