Western Kentucky University, a member of Conference USA and a Football Bowl Subdivision NCAA member institution, seeks to hire an individual for the full-time position of Director of Student-Athlete Career Development. This is a 12-month, full-time position. This position will report directly to the Associate AD. Applicants must have a commitment to and responsibility for adhering to all rules and regulations of WKU, Conference USA and the NCAA.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
•Create a multi-year development program including but not limited to: personal skills, inclusion, career and professional development, community service and leadership
•Primary goal is to provide each football player with an opportunity to be gainfully employed after graduation.
•Organize career-related services and programs for student-athletes, which enhance personal and career development
•Monitor attendance at career events and programs
•Orchestrate life skill seminars and workshops for football student-athletes and eventually all student-athletes
•Identify opportunities and coordinate all community outreach requests for the football program and staff members
•Meet one-on-one with student-athletes to provide career development guidance and monitor the fulfillment of the required career checklist
•Coordinate and execute networking and mentoring initiatives among current student-athletes and alumni while maintaining an up-to-date alumni database
•Implement and facilitate leadership development sessions with sport programs
•Coordinate resources to be added weekly to the Hilltopper Network website
•Serve as a staff advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
•Serve as athletics liaison to the Advising and Career Development Center on campus, which includes having student-athletes participate in career fairs and job interviews
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
•Knowledge of NCAA rules.
•Must be self-motivated and team-oriented.
•Excellent organization, interpersonal, and communication skills.
•Experience with Microsoft Office products.
•Must be willing and able to flexible hours, including work evenings and weekends.
•The duties and responsibilities of this position must be performed in a competent manner following the highest standards for leadership, professionalism, integrity, accountability, responsibility, cooperation and customer service.
At least 2 years of experience in the student-athlete career development field, or similar.
Must have knowledge of NCAA legislation.
Internal Number: 995266
About Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students (32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff employees.
Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.
Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our c...ommunity home.
Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.