Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs
National Collegiate Athletic Association - Indianapolis, IN

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Basic Function:

This position functions primarily on the academic team of Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA). Functions include participation on academic waiver teams, work within various aspects of the Division I Academic Performance Program (APP), and other academic duties as assigned. As a secondary focus, the position will also provide rules compliance support to the membership.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Will serve as a member of the student-athlete academic waiver team, which includes processing progress-toward-degree and two-year college transfer waivers and assisting institutions in the waiver process.

2. Will serve as a member of the Academic Performance Program team, which may include the processing of APP adjustments and penalty waivers, the review of APR Improvement Plans and conducting APP data reviews.

3. Assist academics team leaders in policy matters by developing solutions to identified issues, drafting documents, and presenting concepts to staff and committees.

4. Serve as a primary member of the academics team within Academic and Membership Affairs. Will fulfill other academic duties as assigned, depending on the candidate selected.

5. Assist the membership and other interested individuals and organizations in understanding NCAA legislation and interpretations through telephone calls, written correspondence, preparing educational materials and in-person presentations.

6. Represent the NCAA and the academic and membership affairs staff through participation as a presenter at various staff, Association, conference and professional organizations’ seminars, workshops and meetings.

7. Complete miscellaneous projects as assigned by the vice president, managing directors and/or directors of academic and membership affairs.

8. Serve on various group and national office project teams.

Minimum Requirements:

1. The successful candidate must value and have the skills required to effectively function in a team oriented culture that emphasizes leadership, inclusion, collaboration, communication and accountability.

2. Bachelor’s degree.

3. Three years of full-time professional experience (excluding internships or graduate assistantships) in intercollegiate athletics, academic support, higher education administration, intercollegiate athletics compliance administration, the legal profession, or a regulatory/compliance administrative position.

4. Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage a high volume of job assignments with various deadlines using strong organizational skills.

5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a team, collaborating effectively with colleagues serving on the same team.

6. Strong oral and written communications skills, including the demonstrated ability to deliver presentations tailored to a variety of audiences.

7. Exceptional customer service skills.

8. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to process and synthesize information in multiple formats from various sources.

9. Well-developed analytical skills.

10. Strong computer skills with a desire to embrace new technologies.

11. Experience handling confidential and sensitive information.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Demonstrated working knowledge of the NCAA Academic Performance Program and/or NCAA rules.

2. Master’s or advanced/professional degree(s).

3. Five years of full-time professional experience (excluding internships or graduate assistantships) in intercollegiate athletics academic support services administration or intercollegiate athletics compliance administration.

4. Experience certifying NCAA academic eligibility.

5. Experience submitting APR and/or Graduation Rate data to the NCAA.

6. Experience creating and implementing APR Improvement Plans.

7. Experience preparing or processing NCAA waivers or cases (e.g., APP penalty waivers or progress-toward-degree waivers).

8. Experience in intercollegiate athletics as a coach or student-athlete.

9. Interest in research and analysis of intercollegiate athletics issues.

10. Experience managing and developing policy based on research.

Principal Contacts:

1. Other academic and membership affairs staff members (regular contact with managing director/directors, administrative and support staff members).

2. Representatives and staff from different groups within the national office.

3. Institutional administrators (e.g., presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives, academic support personnel and compliance administrators).

4. Conference athletics administrators (e.g., commissioners, associate/assistant commissioners, compliance administrators).

5. Prospective student-athletes.

6. Parents of prospective student-athletes and enrolled student-athletes.

7. Attorneys.

8. Members of external constituents with an interest in intercollegiate athletics (e.g., coaches associations).

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