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Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence
The Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence is primarily responsible for the holistic development of Bryant University student-athletes through a comprehensive Life Skills program. This includes creating and implementing a robust series of programs and presentations to emphasize and improve the student-athlete experience and overall welfare of all Bryant University student-athletes with a focus on underrepresented students.
This position will require some work on nights and weekends.
1. Responsible for coordinator of a comprehensive life skills program for all student-athletes.
2. Adhere to the philosophies and regulations of the department, university, and NCAA as they relate to assigned duties in the Department of Athletics under the direction of the Director of Athletics and the Special Assistant to the President for Inclusive Excellence.
3. Develop and coordinate student-athlete development programs that will: emphasize student success, foster an inclusive and respectful culture, and focus on campus and community relations that positively reinforce student-athlete well-being.
4. Build rapport and relationships with student-athletes, coaches, and campus/community partners including, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Alumni Engagement, and others
5. Serve as department representative on various campus committees and engagements at the request of the Director of Athletics to ensure the Department of Athletics and student-athletes, coaches, and staff are appropriately represented and supported on campus.
6. Work collaboratively with The Amica Center for Career Education on programs and services to counsel student-athletes on career planning, interview strategies, and job attainment.
7. Work with the coaching staff and Intercultural Center to ensure international and domestic multicultural student-athlete participation in the 4MILE@Bryant program.
8. Work closely with the Senior Athletics staff in providing referrals relative to student-athlete personal and wellness concerns.
9. Provide support and specific programming to those student-athletes who come to the university from underrepresented populations and diverse backgrounds.
10. Provide leadership in implementing best practices and seeking innovative approaches for student-athlete development and support.
11. Have a proactive approach to the assessment of areas of concern for student-athletes that are first-generation, from underrepresented populations, may have mental health challenges and/or lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
12. In consultation with other Athletic Department staff, work with the C.A.R.E. Team and Bias Incident Committee for student-athlete concerns that focuses on their overall success through a holistic approach.
13. Maintain strong relationships with alumni to foster a real connection to the program and university resulting in alumni engagement, participation, and mentorship/career planning opportunities for current student-athletes.
14. Assist in the department’s initiatives for student-athlete recognition.
15. Serve as Staff Advisor to W.O.K.E. Athletes and provide programmatic support for major events and attend meetings.
16. Work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Student Athlete Academic Advising to provide inclusive programs and workshops for student athletes and the department of Athletics including coaching staff, trainers, and other personnel.
17. Serve as a liaison between student-athletes and staff with the university Student Affairs division and PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
18. Responsible for keeping abreast of current trends and developments in the field through publications, seminars, and conferences.
19. Represent Athletics on interdivisional committees.
20. Other duties as assigned
Qualities and Characteristics:
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competence with the ability to positively work with and support diverse groups of students.
- Ability to develop credibility and trust with a wide range of athletic, university, and public constituent groups to be a successful resource to the Bryant campus community.
- Ability to act independently, take initiative, use sound judgment, and decision making skills.
- Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple priorities.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to create and facilitate presentations, workshops, and trainings focused on diversity and inclusion.
Best served by a person with:
- Master’s degree in counseling, education or related field.
- 1-3 years of experience working with or participating in intercollegiate athletics setting.
- Working knowledge of computers and student database systems (i.e. Banner, ARMS, Peoplesoft, or similar).
- Experience advising students and/or student groups at the collegiate level.
- Knowledge of student development theory is preferred.
- Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
- Work experience in multicultural affairs, student affairs, student-athlete development, academic advising, and/or clinical or community social work.
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