The Assistant Director for Student Athlete Success works closely with advisors, coaches, and staff to support and enhance the academic experience of all student athletes. The Assistant Director serves as the primary academic advisor and success coach for KSAS division I (men’s & women’s) student athletes, and as a supplementary advisor to any WSE division I (men’s & women’s) student athletes. Additionally, the Assistant Director serves as a liaison for Division 3 student athletes as needed. The Assistant Director works closely with the Academic Support Program to coordinate tutoring services for student athletes. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and consults routinely with the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising within the Whiting School of Engineering regarding Division I and Division III athletes pursuing academic degrees in the engineering school. Travel with teams is optional except when proctoring tests for Division I athletes is necessary.
Academic Advising 35%
Help D1 student athletes navigate their academic experience by assisting with proactive academic planning, creative problem solving, and connection to academic resources. Assist D1 student athletes with course registration, academic strategies, selecting majors and minors, and developing post-graduation plans. Work with D1 student athletes to create and implement academic improvement plans for participants with semester and/or cumulative GPAs placing them either on academic probation or at-risk. Monitor D1 student’s NCAA eligibility, progress towards degree and deadlines for processing graduation. Monitor the academic performance of all student athletes via the HopReach early alert system and on-going contact with academic advisors and faculty. Work with athletics department administrators, coaches and other University staff (e.g. case managers, psychologists, academic advisors, etc.) to support students facing personal or academic challenges. Conduct group advising sessions, advising workshops, and/or co-sponsor events with faculty and other support offices on campus. Troubleshoot problems with registration and refer students to support services to facilitate success Advise on academic opportunities and requirements, policies and procedures. Create and maintain accurate academic records through the use of degree audit software and SIS, document student meetings and notes in the student information database.
Success Coaching 35%
Support the success of D1 student athletes by providing year-round proactive coaching and guidance throughout their undergraduate careers to facilitate academic progress and socio-emotional well-being, and career-related issues. Meet regularly and individually with D1 student athletes to provide support and mentorship. Meetings include helping students to develop academic goals and plans to achieve goals each week. Sessions also include revision of plans as needed, problem solving and connecting participants to resources. Coach D1 student athletes on time-management, study skills, self-discipline and adjusting to university life. Identify and supports at-risk students via individual meetings, study hall oversight, program development and connecting them with appropriate support resources. Coach students to self-advocate as necessary in appropriate, effective ways. Create and distribute travel letters for all student-athletes and assist in managing faculty concerns in regards to missed class due to athletic competition. Facilitate the proctoring of exams for faculty and student-athletes due to athletic competition conflicts. Support the participation of student-athletes in campus-wide student initiatives and/or leadership positions. Meet with and/or corresponds with D3 athletes as needed to provide coordination with campus resources.
Programming & Collaboration (15%)
Assessment & Administration (15%)
Johns Hopkins University
Master’s degree required (Education, Psychology, Sports Psychology, Sport Management, or related preferred)
- Passion for working with student athletes
- Ability to interact effectively with student-athletes, academic advisors, coaches, faculty, administrators and alumni
- Experience working with academically underprepared students and students with learning disabilities preferred
- Knowledge of NCAA Division I initial and continuing eligibility requirements preferred
- N4A Individual Membership preferred
- Ability to use appropriate judgment when dealing with sensitive issues.
- Extensive knowledge and experiences managing holistic advising, assessment, academic and student affairs collaborations, diversity, and inclusion.
- Exceptional interpersonal, oral, public speaking, writing, and listening skills.
- Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus and community culture.
- Proven ability to cultivate trust and credibility with colleagues and to build positive and effective relationships.
- Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery.
- Experience in communications and utilizing social media an asset.