Director of Student-Athlete Support, Grizzly Athletics

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 29, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Athletics
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Student-Athlete Support

Grizzly Athletics invites applications for a Director of Student-Athlete Support . 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 Academic Services.

The Director of Student-Athlete Support will be tasked with developing and coordinating an internship position that 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 certification team ; 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 student-athlete classes (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 Montana.

Finally, this position will serve as coordinator of the mentoring program . 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 responsibility areas.

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 Details
  • 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 wellness program.
  • Position requires some evening and weekend hours to meet with prospective students and other groups.
  • Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications.
Required Skills
  • Master's degree is required to serve as an instructor of academic courses.
  • 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 abilities.
  • Ability to handle stress, multiple tasks, and the ability to handle conflict.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Direct advising experience in a collegiate athletics setting.
  • Experience working with men's basketball student-athletes.
  • Experience developing diversity programming.

About UM and Grizzly Athletics

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.

To learn more about the University of Montana, please visit the links below.
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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 experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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