College Athletics (jobs at NCAA member schools), Education / Teaching, Nonprofit / Social Services
4 Year Degree
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is hiring a Director of Student-Athlete Development Programs. This position will lead guide the association in matters related to student health and wellness, student-althlete development, and develop and implement a vision for character-driven intercollegiate athletics. The individual employed in this position will build upon existing efforts to further engage student advocacy groups in developing, implementing and managing initiatives focused on student-athlete wellbeing and development. This individual will provide leadership in liaison relationships with the medical and athletic training communities in safeguarding the health and wellness of participating student-athletes. This individual also will develop and implement a vision for Champions of Character programming to empower student-athletes to lead socially responsible lives. The ability to develop a vision, design and deliver a comprehensive program across a higher education national footprint is critical in supporting all elements of this role.
Responsibilities: • Engage NAIA governance groups and key stakeholders in the development, execution, and evaluation of student-athlete development programs and initiatives. • Identify, articulate and advocate legislative and policy issues impacting student-athlete development in concert with NAIA student-athlete leadership groups. • Collaborate with NAIA campus leaders to provide strategic direction and ongoing administration regarding the association’s Champions of Character program. • Manage engagement of the Athletic Trainers Association, healthcare professionals and other resources to develop and promote policies and resources in student-athlete health and wellness. • Provide best practices for intercollegiate athletic programs with a focus on social responsibility and wellness. • Develop effective lines of communication and serve as primary liaison to student advisory groups within the NAIA. • Lead and direct the drug testing and-education program for NAIA member institutions. • Develop, align and leverage internal and external partnerships/networks to achieve business goals. • Work with internal departments to develop effective communication and marketing strategy for student-athlete social, health and wellness initiatives. • Manage occasional in-person events, including an annual multi-day Student-Athlete Summit. • Manage and support coordinator position.
• Bachelor's Degree in a related field
• 5 - 7 years experience in program development, delivery and management. Experience in higher education and collegiate athletics preferred
• Experience designing social or health awareness programs for collegiate athletes such as wellness, leadership, sports medicine, student services, or character development programs preferred
• Demonstrated experience in student development and/or learning and development
• Ability to gain respect and build consensus among divergent stakeholders
• Demonstrated experience designing and developing a program to support a vision
• Organized, detail-focused, and driven to consistently meet project deadlines
• Proven ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
• Self-motivated and able to manage multiple programs effectively
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills with all levels within an educational institution
• Experience with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Ability to travel as needed
This position is based in Kansas City, Missouri.
About National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs dedicated to championships in balance with the overall college educational experience. Each year more than 77,000 NAIA student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports, earn over $800 million in scholarships, and compete for a chance to participate in 27 national championships.