The University of Portland, an NCAA Division I institution and West Coast Conference member located in Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Academic and Student-Athlete Development. This position manages all academic support and student-athlete development activities and operations within the Department of Athletics. The position reports to the Associate Provost, with a dotted-line report to the Senior Associate Athletic Director.
Organize, initiate, and administer a comprehensive academic support program for student-athletes. The primary goal of the unit is supporting the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes in a degree of their choice.
Provide advice and counsel to all student-athletes to enable their adjustment to and navigation of academic life as a Division I student-athletes.
Manage and supervise academic counseling staff in the Athletics Department, including organizing staff roles and responsibilities and making team assignments. Supervision includes hiring, training, setting unit and individual performance goals, completing annual performance reviews and other performance management duties, coaching, day-to-day supervision, and disciplinary processes.
Provide strategic oversight to staff in management and organization of student development and leadership programming and unit organization and activities.
Build strong relationships with faculty, deans, associate deans, and college program counselors to advance academic support for student-athletes both generally and specifically; serve as liaison between faculty members and coaching staff for all academic issues.
Identify and provide pro-active support to a select group of student-athletes in collaboration with unit staff, including the identification of appropriate support services (i.e., tutoring, assignment tracking, study skills, and time management).
Collaborate with central University student support offices (Learning Commons, Accessible Education Services, Shepard Academic Resource Center, Learning Assistance Counselor, Career Center, Health and Counseling Center) to effectively utilize University resources for student-athletes.
Collaborate with the Faculty Athletic Representative to address institutional, conference, and national issues related to student-athlete academic performance.
May oversee gathering, recordings, and analysis of data and reports.
May oversee unit budget and budget lines.
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick & vacation time, tuition remission benefits starting after 90 days (employee) or 2 years (spouse and children) of employment, retirement contributions after 2 years of employment, and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program consistent with program requirements. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)
Education and Experience Required: bachelor’s degree in relevant area such as education or counseling. Required: minimum five years of directly relevant experience. Preferred: master’s degree in relevant area and previous experience in higher education. Or equivalent education and/or experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Strong ability to interact and communicate effectively with college-age students. Strong management and supervisory skills. Exceptional administrative, organizational, and time management skills. Excellent attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to consistently handle and follow through with multiple projects and assignments and meet deadlines; ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment. Strong orientation towards taking ownership of projects and assignments and being proactive with projects, assignments, and process improvements. Ability to learn and apply applicable University and other applicable policies. Ability to exercise excellent judgment. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Effective customer service and interpersonal skills. Ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies, and processes. Competence with and commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff. Effective computer skills and proficiency with office software and email applications; ability to quickly learn and use new technologies and applications in depth at level appropriate for the position’s duties. Please see full job description (link above) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.
About University of Portland
Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www1.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.