The Assistant AD for Academic Success and Community Engagement serves the academic and community engagement needs of the student-athlete population by providing academic monitoring, resources and accountability for all student athletes. In addition, this position will collaborate with existing campus resources such as the tutoring center, Student Support Services (TRiO), and retention and student success leadership to connect student-athletes to these resources and identify those who may be at risk for leaving the university. Finally, the position will coordinate with coaches and others on campus to create opportunities for community service and engagement with the larger SWU community (e.g, Fine Arts, Student Activities, etc.). Student-athletes will be better served by the support, accountability and one-on-one attention provided in this role. The Assistant AD for Academic Success and Community Engagement reports to the Director of Athletics. This is a full-time exempt position operating on a 10 month work schedule (August 1-May 31). This is a grant funded position located on campus in Central, SC.
Academic Monitoring - 40% 1.Monitor all student-athlete grades and supervise reporting to coaches. 2.Provide one-on-one accountability to student-athletes with poor academic performance. 3.Coordinate with the Office of Retention in the identification of and intervention of at-risk student-athletes. 4.Coordinate with Academic Records, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Academic Advisors to aid in the registration of all student-athletes. 5.Provide additional review of student-athlete advising and registration to ensure academic eligibility standards are met.
Student-Athlete Emotional Well Being - 40% 1.Create and maintain study groups, process groups, and support groups for student-athletes. 2.Provide mentoring/counseling for student-athletes who are involved in drug/alcohol violations or who are injured and are not able to practice and compete. 3.Work alongside Career Services to provide professional development training for student-athletes.
Community Engagement - 20% 1.Coordinate with coaches to provide opportunities for community service on campus 2.Coordinate with coaches to provide opportunities for engagement with the campus community outside of athletics. 3.Coordinate with community service organizations and local schools to increase SWU’s presence in the area and engage more young people and families with SWU athletics.
A master's degree is required.
Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience working in athletics and academics at a four-year university.
Must have demonstrated leadership abilities with students, coaches and faculty.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Must be able to effectively communicate with various institutional constituencies (e.g., faculty, administration, students, parents, staff, alumni, and friends) in order to strengthen integration and relationships with the University.
SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with integrated database management systems, including reporting, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
Physical/Environmental Requirements. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage files. Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds. Position may require the flexibility to work occasional night and weekend hours.
Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a criminal background screening.
About Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.
UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES
•Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
•Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
•Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
•Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.
We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.
Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. Now, as a four-year, private, liberal arts college, SWU’s structure and name have changed, but our mission—...to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom—has remained.