Seattle University is a highly selective, independent, Catholic, Jesuit institution adjacent to downtown Seattle, and is seeking a dynamic and proven athletics department professional to serve as its Assistant Director for Academics and Student-Athlete Services.
Located on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, Seattle University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and currently enrolls more than 7,400 graduate and undergraduate students within nine schools and colleges. Seattle University is among the most diverse independent universities in the West: 40 percent of its students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and students come from 77 nations and all 50 states. Seattle University employs approximately 1,500 faculty and staff and has an annual operating budget of over $210M.
The university's athletic program fields 20 Division I intercollegiate teams (9 men's and 11 women's) and is comprised of more than 350 student athletes. The Redhawks, Seattle University's athletic teams, compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in all sports and have an excellent track record of achievement both on the field and court and in the classroom. In the five years with the WAC, the Redhawk teams have a combined 31 WAC conference titles, including both team and individual championships.
GENERAL PURPOSE The Assistant Director for Academics and Student-Athlete Services will play an integral role working closely with the Associate AD for Academics and Compliance and Assistant AD-Academics and Student-Athlete Services in developing, coordinating and executing a comprehensive student-services plan intended to provide students with a tremendous student-athlete experience from recruitment through career formation and alumni engagement. Primary responsibility to provide leadership for a comprehensive academic support program for student athletes that leads to students experiencing an exceptional academic experience evidenced by exceptional eligibility, retention and graduation rates.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED General guidance and direction of the Associate AD for Academics & Compliance and Assistant AD for Academics and Student-Athlete Services.
RESPONSIBILITIES Academic Success & Eligibility (55%): Primary role within the department is to ensure student-athlete academic, eligibility success, and satisfaction. Responsibilities include providing academic support and advising, provide academic advising for graduation plans, maintain the current program of academic support. Performing academic planning with academically at-risk students, and assisting with academic eligibility certification. Refer students as appropriate to Seattle University student development and campus partners to assure a comprehensive academic support program. Monitor overall academic progress of student-athletes through campus software and faculty progress reports. Identify academic needs of student-athletes and coordinate support services, including learning disability testing. Effectively communicate with coaches and faculty members regarding student progress. Complete evaluations for academic eligibility, including course scheduling, sequence, and progress towards degree. Occasionally travel with sport teams to proctor exams and facilitate study hall. Effectively work with Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) and other key university personnel to further department initiatives, academic integrity and improve student-athlete welfare. Advise students on registration and academic issues. Track NCAA progress toward degree. Assess academic needs and implement tutoring, academic assistance and study skills program. Develop processes and procedures to assure appropriate internal checks and balances and institutional control. Develop an academic and eligibility compliance manual for members of coaching staff.
Student Support Services-Tutoring and Study Hall (20%): Programmatic area is implementation and execution of tutoring and study hall program, with assistance from Disability Services and Learning Assistance programs. Responsible for the direct oversight and management of the athletics academic student support staff (tutors and study hall monitors). Management of study hall program for individual sport programs, including academic integrity rules education to all tutors and student employees. Formulate at-risk programming for student athletes with time management, organizational, educational impacting disabilities, and study skill issues. Assist in the recruitment process of prospective student athletes and their parents. Partner with various members of the university and community in order to develop seminars, workshops, lectures and one on one interaction in order to meet student-athlete needs. Serve on Student Development and Institutional committees
Supervision and Budget (10%): Supervises and provides rules education to tutors, study hall monitors, and academic student interns.
Career Planning (10%): Coordinate career planning programming and serve as liaison to Career Services and the Alumni Association to assist student-athletes in post-graduation plans and professional formation.
Community Engagement (5%): Implement community outreach and execute deliverance of promotional activities programming for student-athletes in partnership with coaches, campus, and internal athletic department staff.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of two years of combined professional experience in NCAA Division I academic advising, student development, compliance setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills required. Strong leadership and support in the effort of student-athletes and coaches. Must be able to work a flexible schedule; evenings and weekends are required. Working knowledge and commitment to all NCAA, Western Athletic Conference, Seattle University compliance rules and regulations. All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision, and values. This position requires a criminal history background check.