The NCAA Eligibility Center is the association’s main point of contact with the member institutions, high schools and prospective student-athletes regarding initial-eligibility matters. The External Affairs team within the Eligibility Center supports ongoing educational efforts and responds to inquiries received from these audiences. In an effort to establish deeper connections in areas with high volumes of college-bound student-athletes, this role will focus on building relationships and connections within a specific geography. The assistant director of outreach and strategic partnerships will perform the following functions:
1. Lead and manage all relationship efforts including regular in person and virtual contact with key individuals in assigned regions across the United States, in order to increase awareness of the Eligibility Center registration and certification process for college-bound student-athletes.
Lead the Eligibility Center’s efforts to proactively engage the high school community regarding initial-eligibility standards and processes through data analysis and delivery of educational tactics tailored to specific geographical needs.
Provide support to the Eligibility Center Communications team in development of association-wide tactics (print materials, web-based communications, live presentations, etc.) to increase awareness of the NCAA’s Division I and II initial-eligibility standards.
1. Proactively lead and establish relationships with assigned partner organizations and regions in alignment with the Eligibility Center Outreach, Education and Engagement plan.
2. Understand unique requirements and needs of assigned regions and (in coordination with Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships) assist in planning, development and implementation of communication methods specific to each assigned region.
3. Utilize a data-driven approach to determine the best strategy and plan for all facets of the Eligibility Center outreach and education program.
4. Engage with all Eligibility Center and NCAA National Office functional teams to identify opportunities for outreach to NCAA colleges and universities, high schools and college-bound student-athletes.
5. Collaborate with high schools and school districts to build partnerships, ensuring awareness of how to assist college-bound student-athletes and families.
6. Develop and implement outreach initiatives and gather feedback for delivering quality, helpful information and guidance to member institutions, prospective student-athletes, guidance counselors, parents, coaches and other constituent groups.
7. Provide strategic input and suggestions for communications initiatives across all constituent groups.
8. Deliver presentations and maintain regular contact with key constituent groups as needed.
9. Develop content for monthly newsletters and other communications to constituent associations and the high school and coaching communities.
10. Other projects and presentations as assigned by External Affairs leadership team.
Experience providing presentations in front of large groups preferred.
Candidates should possess the ability to connect with a broad spectrum of personality types and demonstrate excellent communication skills, including speaking and writing skills.
Technical knowledge in NCAA initial eligibility and NCAA legislation.
Successful candidates will be self-starters with an entrepreneurial mindset and have experience thriving in a fast-paced environment and maintaining composure under pressure.
Successful candidates will be experienced problem solvers and critical thinkers with a passion for helping others understand NCAA standards and being an effective facilitator for the initial-eligibility process.
2 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
The NCAA national office is the staff and the bricks-and-mortar office building in Indianapolis. The 500-plus employees at the national office provide advice and counsel to the governance and playing rules committees, interpret legislation, enforce NCAA bylaws, provide legal advice, run championships, administer education and youth programs and communicate with the NCAA membership and the public.