Director of Student-Athlete Development and Academic Engagement

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Job CategoryProfessional/AdministrativePosition TitleDirector of Student-Athlete Development and Academic EngagementFull Time/Part TimeFull TimeDivisionAthleticsDepartmentAthletic ComplianceDepartment Statement

Athletics Department Values:
Thoughtful – Careful, reasoned, inclusive thinking
Driven – Relentless, energetic, focused pursuit of a courageous goal
Enthusiastic – Passionate, positive, fun presence
Cohesive – Close—knit, collaborative, consistent teamwork
Bold – Creative, resourceful, fearless winners


The Director of Student-Athlete Development & Academic Engagement will report directly to the Assistant Athletics Director, Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services, under the guidance of the Associate Athletics Director, Compliance & Student-Athlete Services. Primary areas of responsibility will be overseeing Colgate Athletics student-athlete development programming as well as supporting student-athlete academic success for assigned sport programs.

Student-Athlete Development
Colgate Athletics is committed to the holistic development of all student-athletes in order to foster engaged student-athletes who contribute positively to our campus and local community. The Director of Student-Athlete Development & Academic Engagement will be responsible for the primary oversight and development of programming that enhances the student-athlete experience through promotion of personal growth, in coordination with campus constituencies and outside resources. Goals of this program include helping to facilitate an inclusive and diverse community for student-athletes to thrive within, as well as the continued growth of relationships with campus partners (such as Career Services, ALANA Cultural Center, the LGBTQ community, Shaw Wellness Institute, etc.) and continued pursuit of dynamic and engaging programming (such as outside speakers, community events, etc.). Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Creation and execution of a cohesive and comprehensive student-athlete development program that aligns with the Athletics Department’s vision and virtues. This program should coincide with the academic and career path of a four-year student-athlete, while balancing time demands and programming opportunities across campus;
•Advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC);
•Advisor to Raiders of Color Connect (ROCC) – a program aimed at providing additional support to student-athletes of color navigating Colgate’s campus and community;
•Assist in the facilitation of campus-wide Career Service initiatives and programming to the student-athlete population; and
•Oversight of student-athlete community service initiatives.

Student-Athlete Academic Support
Colgate Athletics’ Academic Support Services are meant to serve as a supplement, rather than a replacement, to the resources and support provided by the greater campus community to all students, such as faculty (academic) advisors, administrative deans, disability support services, tutoring, etc. This office is dedicated to assisting student-athletes navigate Colgate and campus life, balance potential conflicts that may arise due to time demands, and help to educate on NCAA and Patriot League eligibility regulations. Colgate student-athletes collectively boast a 3.20 average GPA and 97% graduation rate, and thrive under the rigorous demands of Colgate’s liberal arts foundation and curriculum. The Director of Student-Athlete Development & Academic Engagement will assist in these pursuits by supporting assigned sport programs in the following ways:
•Consult with student-athletes and coaches regarding academic performance and progress towards graduation;
•Facilitate interaction between student-athletes and appropriate campus and academic resources;
•Support student-athletes in finding ways to effectively communicate with campus faculty and administration in order to navigate potential concerns or conflicts that may arise; and
•Supplement faculty advisors by acting as another support resource for student-athletes when developing academic schedules, major exploration and planning, and maintaining progress towards graduation per university, Patriot League, and NCAA eligibility expectations and requirements.

Technical Competencies

NameAcademic ProgramsDescription

Demonstrated knowledge of the University’s graduation requirements. Demonstrated ability to access requirements for majors and minors and convey that information to student athletes.

Technical Competencies


Demonstrated knowledge of key University policies (eg travel policy). Demonstrated ability to effectively manage student athlete services (the computer loan program).

Technical Competencies

NameCustomer ServiceDescription

Demonstrated ability to diagnose needs of on and off-campus constituents and craft appropriate communications and services. Displays empathy and patience with all constituents.

Technical Competencies

NameProgram DevelopmentDescription

Demonstrated ability to create programs that directly address the specific needs of student athletes.

Technical Competencies


Demonstrated understanding of University and Athletics department rules and codes of conduct. Demonstrated ability to positively influence student choices and behaviors. Demonstrated ability to recognize needs for further counseling and services, and broker access to those services. Ensures student athletes have knowledge of and access to University career service resources.

Technical Competencies

NameFaculty RelationsDescription

Demonstrated ability to recognize conflicts between athletic and academic expectations. Demonstrated ability to broker solutions of same. Demonstrated working knowledge of Dean of the Faculty and academic department(s) structure sufficient to resolve issues. Demonstrated ability to identify and reach out appropriate faculty for purposes of engaging in the Faculty Liaison Program.

Technical Competencies

NameNCAA and League Regulatory KnowledgeDescription

Demonstrated understanding of NCAA and league(s) eligibility requirements and their application within Colgate’s academic environment

Behavioral Competencies

NamePersonal Accountability for ResultsDescription

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Behavioral Competencies

NameEffective CommunicationDescription

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Behavioral Competencies

NameProblem Solving and Decision MakingDescription

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Behavioral Competencies

NameChange ManagementDescription

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Behavioral Competencies

NameLeadership and TeamworkDescription

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Behavioral Competencies

NameCreativity and InnovationDescription

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Behavioral Competencies

NameDiversity and InclusionDescription

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Behavioral Competencies


Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.


Professional Experience/ Qualifications


•Experience in working with and/or providing support to a diverse student population with a variety of identities, including student-athletes of color
•Robust organizational skills with the ability to independently handle multiple tasks
•Strong interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills
•Position requires availability on limited nights and weekends for athletic events and meetings.
•1-2 years of experience working with student-athlete development and/or academic support services within intercollegiate athletics

Preferred Qualifications

•2 or more years of experience working with student-athlete development and/or academic support services within intercollegiate athletics
•Previous experience working with campus/athletics data and administration systems, such as Banner, Tableau, ARMS, Teamworks, etc.


•Bachelor’s Degree Required
•Master’s degree Preferred


A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy, is required.

Physical RequirementsOther Information

Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which he or she is aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate full in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. The failure to do so can be grounds for your termination with cause.

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number2019S087PTemporaryNoWork ScheduleJob Open Date07/03/2019Job Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions SummaryEEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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    Posted: 7/16/2019
    Application Due: 9/14/2019
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