Assistant Director, Academic Success, Coordinator of Learning Enhancement
University of Massachusetts
As the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is making a profound, transformative impact to the common good. We are the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research and community outreach programs. We have a comprehensive and nationally-recognized Division I athletics program, and our campus culture typifies the ultimate public university experience with diverse students and deep community engagement.
The University Of Massachusetts Amherst Department Of Athletics is accepting applications for an Assistant Director, Academic Success, Coordinator of Learning Enhancement.
Under the direction of the Director of Student Success, is responsible for supervising and overseeing of the development and implementation of programs and services designed to meet the needs of student-athletes diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and/or considered to be at risk academically. Develop and coordinate an organized effort to enhance and nurture the relationship between the student-athlete Academic Success program and the student-athletes, coaches, and faculty.
Coordinate responsibilities related to the tutoring program and the appropriate hiring and training of tutors as assigned by the Associate AD. Coordinate payroll aspects of the Learning Enhancement and Tutoring program. In conjunction with the Academic Counselor/Coordinator of Tutoring, implement individualized academic support plans for identified student-athletes. Coordinate the initial identification of student-athletes who may benefit further from diagnostic testing. Coordinate and collaborate with other staff in the office of Academic Success. Serve as a resource to the tutorial and Academic Success staff on relevant learning strategy issues. Develop and implement tutor and educational mentoring training programs. Act as a resource for staff and coaches in the areas of learning development, disability identification and referral, providing training in these areas as needed. Work with student-athletes on learning and studying strategies designed to enhance academic performance and graduation from the University.
Responsible for the academic counseling of student-athletes as assigned. This includes but is not limited to coordinating and supervising study hall activities, tutoring activities, and approval of course related books. Communicate with student-athletes, coaches, and other applicable administrative staff regarding assigned student-athletes’ academic records in regard to matriculation, graduation and NCAA eligibility. Monitor and identify the means for student-athletes to satisfy NCAA progress toward degree completion requirements, as well as specific program graduation requirements including evaluating and making recommendations on academic suspension and dismissal petitions. Counsel and advise student-athletes in establishing realistic and attainable goals regarding course and major selection, study skills, time management and career choices. Utilize SPIRE and EAB Campus registration and records systems to regularly monitor and update internal academic records. Meet with prospective student-athletes during the academic portion of the recruitment process to disseminate information regarding the athletic Academic Success program and general university academic requirements. Consistently monitor and maintain records related to NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) specific to each assigned sport program(s).
Responsible for adhering to the philosophies and regulations of the Department, Conference, University, and NCAA as they relate to assigned duties in the Academic Success area. In conjunction with the Associate Directors, assumes responsibility for directing the athletic Academic Success program and the full time professional staff in the absence of the Director of Student Success. Provide referrals to appropriate internal and external campus resources for assistance as needed. Responsible for keeping abreast of current trends and developments in the field through publications, seminars, and conferences. Responsible for strict adherence to NCAA, Conference, and University rules and regulations. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Sport Management, Education, Social Sciences, Counseling, or related field.
Two years’ experience in special education/counseling, or a related field.
Advanced oral and written communication skills.
Working knowledge of computers and student database systems.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse educations, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
Ability to foster and maintain working relationships with various athletic and University constituencies.
Master's degree in Sport Management, Education, Social Sciences, Counseling, or related field.
One year experience in special education/counseling, or a related field within a college or university environment.
Demonstrated proficiency administering athletic academic support programming.
Experience in teaching learning strategies and developing academic intervention strategies to enhance learning for students with academic challenges.
Demonstrated experience as a learning specialist for student-athletes.
HIRING SALARY RANGE: $41,900 - $52,500
NORMAL STARTING SALARY: $41,900 - $47,200
PROFESSIONAL STAFF SALARY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM POSITION LEVEL 26.
On-campus applicants are defined as Amherst campus non-student employees.
Please apply online and submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, titles, and telephone numbers of at least three current references by July 29, 2017.
The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.