Director of Academic and Membership Affairs
National Collegiate Athletic Association 4 reviews - Indianapolis, IN

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POSITION: Director of Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA).

Basic Function. Serve as one of a team of directors who collectively lead and oversee all of the NCAA Division I academic work conducted by AMA with the goal of ensuring student-athlete academic success and graduation. 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.

Duties and Responsibilities.

1. Lead, manage, supervise, coach, mentor and develop staff. Conduct regular one-on-one meetings with all direct reports and others as needed. Agree on developmental tasks for direct reports and develop a plan of action for areas of development. Conduct midyear and annual performance evaluations within established timeframes. Review and evaluate direct report assignments with a focus on helping staff develop professionally. Actively mentor staff and serve as a role model for the attributes of the NCAA and its core values including: leadership, inclusion, communication, collaboration and accountability.

2. Participate as an active member of the AMA management team including contributing agenda items; participating in management team discussions and contributing to resolution of key issues; and working collaboratively with other management team members as issues arise. Emphasize and provide leadership in identifying Business Performance Metrics for all areas of oversight, monitoring outcomes and engaging key staff is discussions about the metrics and outcomes on a regular basis.

3. Work collaboratively with managing director and other directors to oversee Division I academic policy and governance matters. Specifically, this position will:
  • Oversee assigned policy issues with an emphasis on student-athlete academic success and graduation (e.g., initial eligibility, progress-toward degree, transfers). Develop solutions for identified issues (e.g., transfer regulations and academic fraud) and work with committees as appropriate.
  • Support academic governance bodies and working groups as assigned. This includes serving as a staff liaison to the NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet and staff liaison to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance.
  • Assist the public relations and media staff with regard to Academic Cabinet meetings and major academic policy matters. Work with NCAA News staff after meetings and as needed to review draft articles.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Academic Cabinet with a focus on review and development of policy. Oversee cabinet review of all academic policy/legislative issues. Work with identified staff to prepare documents and presentations to cabinet on identified issues. Interface as needed with cabinet chair. Oversee preparatory meeting for staff liaisons. Oversee and provide orientation/training to cabinet staff liaisons and select academic team members, including guidance on meeting preparation, committee leadership, shepherding issues through the cabinet and related topics. Oversee and coordinate cabinet strategic planning initiatives. Oversee cabinet report writing.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Committee on Academic Performance assisting with review and development of assigned policy matters.
  • Provide academic education to the membership through presentations, development of printed materials, etc.
  • Serve as staff liaison supporting the Division I Board of Directors APP Penalty Appeals Subcommittee in its appellate role for Level-Three Penalties. This includes: scheduling Board APP Appeals Subcommittee teleconferences; supporting Board APP Appeals Subcommittee throughout appeals process, participating on teleconferences; drafting Board APP Appeals Subcommittee decisions; communicating decisions to institutions in a timely manner; adhering to all Committee on Academic Performance/Board of Directors policies and procedures and NCAA legislation; consulting legal counsel as appropriate; interfacing with chair of subcommittee as needed; and oversight of all the staff liaisons supporting this subcommittee.

4. Oversee the student academic waiver team (i.e., Division I and II progress-toward-degree waivers and two-year college transfer waivers). In this role, ensure appropriate staffing and decisions; seek legal counsel when appropriate; ensure supervisors are apprised of key cases; ensure appropriate training and continuing education of all team members involved in academic waiver work; provide constructive feedback on team members’ work and development; hold team members accountable for their assigned cases; provide day-to-day management and oversight of high-profile or media-intense cases, including coordinating with the public media relations staff, the managing director and vice president of AMA, and NCAA legal counsel; as appropriate, work with NCAA governance entities to enhance existing processes, amend policies and consider legislative changes; and work with research staff annually to review decision outcomes in aggregate based on student-athletes’ academic performance. Based on this data analysis, consider whether changes to future decisions or related policies should be considered.

5. Serve as the AMA lead and work with other national office staffs to ensure implementation of a robust educational campaign regarding NCAA Division I initial-eligibility educational efforts based on rules changes effective 2016. Ensure resources as allocated appropriately and expenses do not exceed budgeted allocation. Communicate with membership regarding activities and collaborate with the membership on key initiatives.

6. Oversee select academic education and partnerships both internally and externally. This includes establishing and maintaining relationships with, but not limited to, the following higher education associations, NACADA, N4A, AACRO, 3C4A, NJCAA, CCCAA, NWACC.

7. Oversee Elite 89 Awards given to student-athletes at each NCAA championship. Work collaboratively with championships staffs to ensure successful delivery of this program.

8. Interface with Division II staff leaders to provide support as requested with any Division II academic policy or governance matter. In this role, help ensure communication and dialog on key matters of importance to Division I and II. Coordinate with Division II leaders to include changes to standards in the educational outreach plan already underway for Division I.

9. Assist managing director(s) with various internal operation duties as assigned. Based on candidates experience and interest, help facilitate the management and oversight of various AMA internal functions.

10. Complete miscellaneous projects as assigned by the vice president of AMA or the managing director of AMA.

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

12. Other duties and responsibilities to be assigned based on expertise and interest of selected candidate.

Preferred Qualifications and Minimum Requirements.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of six years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, higher education, and/or in policy development and analysis as a senior-level administrator is required.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Strong organizational skills required.
  • Strong analytical skills, with a preferred interest in candidates with policy and governance experience within the NCAA or other entity.
  • A minimum of three years of management and/or supervisory experience required.
  • Strong computer skills required.
  • Experience handling confidential and sensitive materials required.
  • Working knowledge of NCAA academic requirements and policy is preferred.

Principal Contacts.
  • Other AMA staff members (regular contact with managing director/directors, administrative and support staff members).
  • Institutional administrators (including: chancellors/presidents, directors of athletics, senior women administrators, faculty athletics representatives, compliance coordinators).
  • Conference athletics administrators (including: commissioners, assistant commissioners, compliance administrators).
  • Student-athletes.
  • Prospective student-athletes.
  • Representatives from different groups within the national office.
  • Media representatives.
  • Representatives from higher education associations.
  • Attorneys.

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