Reporting to the Head Football Coach and Director of Football Operations, the Director of Player Engagement is responsible for providing direction and support to the development of the Northwestern Football student-athlete. This position will provide day-to-day support to student-athletes in areas such as community engagement, academic progress, ‘big brother’ and mentoring programs. Supporting all diversity and inclusion initiatives, this position will hold a leadership role with the NU Football program.
Please note: Willingness and ability work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Travel required.
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Develop and oversee programming that supports the personal development and overall experience of football student-athletes including, but not limited to:
Big Brother program
Alumni Mentoring Program
Faith Development initiatives
Serve as program liaison with NUDAR Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and JEDI taskforce, coordinating and supporting diversity and inclusion curriculum for student-athletes and staff.
Organize and support community engagement initiatives in conjunction with community relations department.
Serve as liaison to Academic Services, overseeing the academic progress of current student-athletes.
Assist in coordinating off-season ‘Wildcat Games’ competition.
Oversee and coordinate NU Branch App to engage current and former players; build alumni networks and program engagement.
Assist with day-to-day operations including, but not limited to: on-campus recruiting, team travel, pre-season campus and post-season travel.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Maintenance of CPR, AED and First Aid training.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Excellent written and verbal communication.
Previous experience managing a diverse team
Master's degree preferred.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience working or playing in collegiate football preferred.
Knowledge of rules and regulations of the NCAA, Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University preferred.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. The Department of Athletics and Recreation has over 220 full-time employees, supplemented with a large number of part-time and temporary staff, as well as student personnel. There currently are over 485 student-athletes representing 19 varsity sports. The most recent year had the student-athletes with an average GPA of 3.32 with 232 of them earning the distinction of Academic All-Big Ten and an NCAA graduation rate of 97%. In addition, over 1200 students participate in club sports offered within Recreation.