Lead Athlethic Academic Program Specialist

Ypsilanti, MI
Jul 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Summary:

Assist in the administration as well as the continuous development and implementation of a comprehensive support program for all student-athletes in compliance with University, MAC and NCAA regulations. Exercise discretion and independent judgment while monitoring the academic progress of assigned student-athletes from matriculation to graduation. Coordinate student affairs programs or other projects as assigned by the Associate AD for Student-Athlete Support Services. Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Delivery academic support services to assigned student-athletes.

Provide specific athletics-academic counseling and academic support to student-athletes to ensure progress toward educational objectives.

Assess academic levels of student-athletes in order to provide appropriate learning and intervention strategies.

Stay abreast of and ensure adherence to any and all NCAA, Mid-American Conference and Eastern Michigan University policies, rules, regulations, and operational procedures.

Lead the planning and organization of a comprehensive learning program for student-athletes, including contact with professors, mentoring and tutorial needs.

Provide intensive academic monitoring and tracking of academically at-risk student-athletes and/or at-risk teams.

Lead student affairs programming and/or other projects related to the operations of the program.

Communicate regularly with coaching staff and/or sport administrators regarding the academic status of student-athletes.

Supervise the study table program.

Develop and implement a comprehensive tutorial program.

Meet with prospective student-athletes and their families during official and unofficial visits to provide an overview of available academic, career, personal and community service opportunities.

Represent the program at meetings and other events on campus as requested.

Perform related departmental duties as required. Qualifications:
Knowledge and skills in guidance, counseling and motivational techniques, typically acquired through the completion of a Bachelor's degree in education, business or related field is required. Master's degree preferred.

Experience advising an assigned population of student-athletes in accordance with NCAA academic eligibility requirements is required.

Three (3) or more years of experience providing academic support services to student athletes is required.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse educational, cultural and economic backgrounds is required.

Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills and attention to detail is required.

Ability to use a personal computer, databases, and student information systems is necessary.

Experience working with at-risk student populations within an academic setting is required.

Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment is desirable.

Ability to articulate an understanding of the needs of academically at-risk student-athletes is required.

Ability to work with competing priorities, multiple constituencies, and advocate for students effectively.

Knowledge of issues faced by Division I student-athletes at the campus, conference and national levels is required.