The Athletics department invites applications for an Academic Advisor II to join their team. Reporting to the Senior Associate Athletic Director, the person assigned to this position serves as the athletic advisor for the sports of men's basketball and cross country/track & field. In this capacity, they must be responsive to the demands of several dramatically different worlds. The person assigned to this position interacts with Intercollegiate Athletics Department personnel; the athletic coaches are in close contact regarding student-athlete recruits, active student-athlete academic and study requirements/eligibility; the person assigned to this position strongly identifies with the academic community as an academic resource person for student-athletes.
The incumbent in this position 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. They will serve as the co-coordinator and instructor for both first-year 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 co-teaching of the course. Additionally, this position will serve as coordinator of the mentoring program. This responsibility involves selection, training, supervision and evaluation of graduate student mentors. Mentors provide general assistance to student-athletes who are identified as at-risk, or in need of more in-depth assistance.
Demonstrated ability to establish and monitor policies and practices related to academic success
Proven experience providing one-on-one advising to students
Demonstrated experience developing and delivering academic instruction
Ability to work efficiently and independently to achieve goals and meet deadlines in a work environment with frequent interruptions
Ability to establish effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty and administration
Skills to gather, evaluate and report data
Must be able to juggle many responsibilities and still accomplish goals
Ability to maintain academic integrity at all times, especially when faced with pressure
Position requires some evening and weekend hours to meet with prospective students and other groups
Minimum Required Experience
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalency) in addition to two (2) years of experience advising in an athletics or higher education setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Prior experience working in collegiate athletics
Application materials will only be accepted through the Montana HR web system, and must be submitted by May 9, 2021.
About The University of Montana
The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with a student enrollment of 13,900 and 600 full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of 63,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur. The University of Montana offers high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the arts and sciences, and the University’s nine professional schools prepare students for careers in social work, pharmacy, physical therapy, journalism, law, business, education, forestry and fine arts.The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers varsity competition in 15 sports at the Division I level and Football Championship Subdivision. UM is a member of the Big Sky Conference.