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Associate Athletic Director for Compliance

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado

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The Division of Athletics at the University of Denver is looking for an Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Support Services to join our team. This position will lead the day-today operations of a comprehensive compliance program to ensure adherence with all NCAA, conference, and institutional policies. Promote a culture of integrity while serving as an advisor and resource for all student-athletes and staff with the goal of excellence in student-athlete welfare, academics, and athletics. Specific duties include, but not are not limited to the following: delivering clear and concise education and monitoring the actions of athletic department staff, student-athletes, and campus administration to ensure adherence to NCAA, conference and institutional rules; effectively collaborating with campus constituents to ensure a positive student-athlete experience; Investigating, analyzing, and resolving all allegations of rules violations; and drafting and implementing departmental policies. We are looking to hire an individual who embodies our team values of character, teamwork, and excellence, is passionate about athletics, and has a positive attitude. This role will require a high level of organization, strong communication skills, and attention to detail.

Position Summary

The University of Denver has a proud athletic tradition that compliments the schools academic endeavors. In its history, DU has won 34 national championships and enables student-athletes to compete on 18 Division 1 teams. The Pioneers pursue championships, excel academically, and represent both the University and their respective conferences to the best of their abilities.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinating the education, interpretation, and monitoring of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), conference, and institutional rules and policies.
  • Developing and coordinating a compliance training program for the athletic department staff and campus community members which includes frequent education trainings and ensuring they are informed of their responsibility to a commitment to compliance.
  • Responding to requests by coaches and staff for rule clarification and interpretation.
  • Developing and coordinating a program conducting NCAA, conference, and institutional rules and policies meetings for student-athletes to ensure that they comply with rules and are informed of their individual responsibilities for a commitment to compliance.
  • Overseeing departmental operating policies and procedures which ensures rules compliance and facilitates ongoing monitoring efforts.
  • Disseminating information on new NCAA, conference, or institutional policies and rules, new interpretations and assisting in the development of new guidelines/procedures for incorporating change.
  • Ensuring adherence to NCAA Bylaws 11 (Athletics Personnel), 12 (Amateurism and Eligibility), 13 (Recruiting), 14 (Academics), 15 (Financial Aid), 16 (Awards and Benefits), 17 (Playing and Practice Seasons), and 20 (Division Membership).
  • Drafting and submitting waivers to the NCAA as needed.
  • Investigating and resolving of all allegations of NCAA, conference, or institutional rules violations.
  • Acting as liaison to faculty, administrators, and coaches regarding student-athlete academic matters and integrating the Student-Athlete Support Services Program with existing University resources.
  • Co-advising the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
  • Reviewing existing procedures and developing a new systems/modifications on policies with department personnel.
  • Overseeing initial NCAA amateurism and academic eligibility certification of all incoming student-athletes.
  • Coordinating efforts with the Registrars office to review procedures which deal with continuing eligibility and developing a monitoring system to safeguard those procedure.
  • Overseeing the distribution of athletically and non-athletically related financial aid in accordance to NCAA rules and institutional policies in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Coordinating with the Title IX office on all matters involving student-athletes and adherence to NCAA educational/training requirements.
  • Coordinating with the housing office to ensure student-athlete housing assignments during the regular academic year and during the summer.
  • Acting as a resource to the Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations compliance matters and assisting in the development of proposed NCAA legislation.
  • Preparing, implementing, and improving the Departments Compliance Handbook.
  • Coordinating with the Office of Admissions to monitor the admissions status of all incoming student-athletes.
  • Preparing end of year reports and conducting audits as necessary.
  • Maintaining composure and professionalism at all times.
  • Continually adapt to new rules and staying up to date on current trends.
  • Exhibiting the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and the Department of Athletics Code of Ethics and rules and regulations.
  • Contributing to the maintenance of good working relationships with all members of the Division.
  • Assuming other responsibilities as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations.
  • Potential for sport supervision responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize a high volume of work and perform efficiently
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Excellent communicator
  • Creative problem solving and the ability to exercise good decision making under pressure
  • Knowledge of NCAA Rules & Regulations
  • Knowledge of University & Divisional Policies and Procedures
  • Confidentiality

Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of compliance experience
  • Bachelors degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree, specifically a law degree
  • 5+ years of compliance experience

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) June 16, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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