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Associate Director of Athletics for Equity and Inclusion/Compliance Officer

Employer
Amherst College
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 3, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Amherst College


Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Regular
Full time
JR2774

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Associate Director of Athletics for Equity and Inclusion/Compliance Officer position. The Associate Director of Athletics for Equity and Inclusion/Compliance Officer is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $75,000-commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Associate Director of Athletics for Equity and Inclusion/Compliance Officer will be responsible for sustaining, designing and implementing programs, curricula, support-services, initiatives, and policies which promote diversity, equity, inclusion within the Athletic department and for the wider community. This position reports to the Director of Athletics and the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at the College. In partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, this new position is charged with defining our approach to promoting and fostering an accessible, welcoming, and affirming environment within the Athletic department. The Associate Director will work with the director of athletics and the CEIO to develop a strategic DEI vision for the athletics department- working with coaches, administrators, teams, athletic student orgs, and DEI reps to implement. The position will have oversight of all aspects of DEI education and training for student-athletes, coaches, and staff within the athletics department and will also work collaboratively with the College's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in the advancement of diversity education and inclusive practices for and in support of student-athletes.

This position is also charged with executing the day-to-day management and operation of the athletics compliance office for a successful Division III athletics program. The associate director/compliance officer will monitor and enforce NCAA, NESCAC, and College rules and regulations, as well as educate and interpret the applicable rules for a diverse group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff on various matters. This position is also responsible for other related duties assigned by the Director of Athletics. The position requires an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics in a highly competitive academic environment and takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Oversight of all aspects of DEI within the Athletics department
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on topics related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging
  • Lead and oversee the athletic department's DEI Strategic Plan
  • Provides strategic leadership, resources, and expertise in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Recommends policy, procedure, and structural improvements that remove barriers to student success and participation
  • Evaluate all business operations, policies, procedures, and practices within the athletics department and recommend changes that align with our commitment to DEI and address departmental inequities
  • Work with department and college constituents to implement strategies and resources for the recruitment and retention of staff members and student-athletes of marginalized groups
  • Create and implement a robust series of programs and events to emphasize and improve the student-athlete experience and overall welfare of all Amherst College student-athletes with a focus on DEI topics
  • Responsible for the professional development of department staff in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure diversity efforts are part of our everyday practice and culture
  • Meets one-on-one and in groups with students to address issues of concern and serve as a resource on issues related to diversity and inclusion
  • Conducts outreach and develops initiatives and educational programming that addresses the needs of student athletes and enhances institutional priorities around diversity, and inclusion within athletics.
  • Develops key performance indicators by which to evaluate the effectiveness of programs, promotes the utilization of appropriate assessment techniques, and uses assessment outcomes to inform program development and training
  • Attend ODEI senior leadership and division meetings and meet one on one with CEIO
  • Assist with campus wide athletic DEI programming
  • Oversee and serve as staff advisor to the Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color (CACSAC) and provide programmatic support for major events and attend meetings.
  • Serve as department representative on various campus committees and engagements at the request of the Director of Athletics to ensure the Department of Athletics and student-athletes, coaches, and staff are appropriately represented and supported on campus
  • Chair the Athletic Department's DEI Committee and ensure that the DEI goals are being met.
  • Serves as a core member of the College's identity-based harm review team
  • Serve as Department's NCAA athletics diversity and inclusion designee
  • Prepares and distributes an annual Athletic's DEI report
  • Adhere to all College, NESCAC, and NCAA rules and regulations


Compliance enforcement, monitoring, and education
  • Direct and operate the day-to-day tasks of the athletics compliance office
  • Interpret NCAA and NESCAC rules in order to provide coaches, administrators, student-athletes, alumni, and other campus constituents with guidance and advice
  • Oversee the annual NCAA Rules Testing and ensure all staff members have completed the test
  • Manage ARMS roster management system, which includes approximately 600 student-athlete profiles, in addition to prospective student-athlete information
  • Investigate, document, and submit NCAA and NESCAC violations, when necessary
  • Research and write NCAA and/or NESCAC legislative relief waivers, when needed
  • Collect, analyze and submit data for various annual NCAA and NESCAC reports including, but not limited to, Academic Progress Rate, Graduations Success Rate, and Sport Sponsorship and Demographics
  • Oversee NIL education and track student-athlete NIL Disclosure forms
  • Monitor and enforce NCAA and NESCAC rules associated with off-campus recruiting and recruiting materials
  • Track and communicate NCAA and NESCAC legislative proposals and changes
  • Maintain the Department's NCAA compliance calendar
  • Serve on the College's NCAA Compliance Committee and attend monthly meetings
  • Attend NCAA rules seminars when offered, attend meetings within the department and conference
  • Complete internal and external NCAA transfer requests and tracers and maintain files
  • Manage the continuing eligibility certification process for approximately 600 varsity student-athletes by coordinating with the Registrar's Office, Athletic Training Staff, and the NCAA and NESCAC Offices
  • Manage the initial eligibility process for approximately 200 first-year varsity student-athletes through direct communication with the Admissions Office, Athletic Training Staff, and the NCAA and NESCAC Offices
  • Research and write eligibility waivers to the NCAA and NESCAC when necessary
  • Manages and verifies that every participating athlete is officially registered and enrolled full-time at the beginning of every semester
  • Works as a liaison with other department constituencies to ensure deadlines are being adhered to for NCAA forms and reports
  • In partnership with the Registrar's Office, collect and manage day-to-day academic data pertaining to current student-athletes and distribute aggregated team academic data coaching staff
  • Ensure that all student-athletes and staff members have completed the NCAA required sexual assault prevention training requirement, in coordination with the Title IX Officer


Qualifications

Required:
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3-5 years or more work experience
  • A strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence with the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds
  • Extensive knowledge of DEI topics, including current research, national trends in higher education, and theoretical models
  • Experience developing and facilitating trainings, presentations, workshops on a wide range of diversity, equity and inclusion topics, concepts, and social constructs, etc.
  • Ability to act independently, take initiative, use sound judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated skills at building collaborative relationships with internal and external colleagues
  • The ability to communicate effectively with various constituencies
  • Comfortable with conflict and able to manage difficult conversations in training and workshop settings
  • Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Exercising discretion at all times and able to keep confidential all data related to Amherst
  • The willingness to work flexible and long hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Commitment to department of athletics mission of education through athletics
  • Ability to work well with coaches, student-athletes, administrators, alumni, and other College constituencies
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web-based applications
  • Requires substantial knowledge of rules, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to student-athletes, coaches, alumni/donors, and other institutional constituents


Preferred:
  • Experience with ARMS software preferred
  • Master's degree or professional degree


Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure itmeets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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