Intercollegiate Athletics has long been an integral part of Sacred Heart University life. The success of the athletics program links the educational mission of the University, especially with regard to the academic and personal health wellness and development of student-athletes.
The joining of academic experience with athletic performance is a guiding principle behind SHU's participation in Division I athletics. To accomplish this goal SHU offers its student-athletes a comprehensive system of services and resources. A truly effective athletics program produces student-athletes who succeed in their academic work as well as in their chosen sport and whose careers after graduation are a tribute to their university.
- Working to assist student-athletes by referring and collaborating with established University-wide support services, faculty, staff and departments.
- Participate in meeting with Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services and Deputy Athletic Director, the University Registrar and the Faculty Athletic Representative to certify academic eligibility of all student-athletes.
- Update policy and procedures manual on an as-needed basis.
- Help prepare and report on semester and annual grade reports of team GPA's and general student-athlete academic progress and standings.
- Act as primary contact to professors for all injured student-athletes. Working closely with Athletic Trainers/Doctors/Specialists to convey academic restrictions placed upon student-athletes when recovering from injuries. Actively work with student-athletes and professors to create return to learn programs. Accurately document all communications and be able to produce timeline of recovery for each student.
- Continue to collaborate with Athletic Training and be primary liaison for H.E.A.R.T Club (Helping Every Athlete Return Together). Conducting a minimal of two (2) meetings per semester.
- Act as Supervisor for all SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) related activities. This included but not limited to working with Executive Board, schedule monthly meetings, NEC Conference calls, Community Service Initiatives, NEC Building Communities Award, Pioneer Cup, and represent SHU during yearly NEC SAAC Conference and monthly conference calls.
- Distribution of books for those student-athletes on athletic scholarship. Academic Support
- Support student-athletes in scheduling of athletic and academic commitments, resulting in a successful time-management environment in collaboration with academic advisement.
- Assist in organizing and administering student-athlete tutoring programs as well as first-year orientation.
- Assist in evaluating the NCAA Life Skills Needs Assessments of individual teams and/or individual athletic cohorts to produce related programming addressing identified issues facing student-athletes.
- Report on coordinated community service projects to better the community at large and support the mission and goals of the University in collaboration with Service Learning.
- Assist/monitor student-athletes progression to stay on track to complete their degree in four years.
- Manage changes in registration, including registration holds, as well as priority registration.
- Help to advise student-athletes during registration for classes, monitoring for compliance with NCAA, NEC and University requirements.
- Meet with coaching staffs and team administrators to share information on team members' academic progress when needed.
- Build relationships across campus to promote student-athlete welfare and community integration.
- Review and create action plans to identify and for student-athletes at risk, meeting with them one-on-one in coordination with other campus support services (i.e.: Executive Director of Student Success, JLC Academic Support Services, First-Year Experience, and Academic Advisement), and monitor/report out on a continual basis to assure satisfactory academic progress.
- Meet with prospective student-athletes, and families to discuss the University's philosophy as it regards student-athletes and the support programs offered at Sacred Heart.
- Conduct recruiting presentations as needed.
- Meet with coaches and key University staff/faculty on a continual basis to promote a collaborative environment to benefit all student-athletes potential successes outside of their sport.
- Attend NCAA and NEC meetings for academic advisors, as required.
- Responsible for NEC Yearly Speakers, and corresponding coordination of events.
- Help to prepare NCAA, NEC and Athletic Department reports as needed.
- When possible, attend athletic events to maintain maximum knowledge of each intercollegiate sport relevant to various assignments.
- Assist in other projects at the request of the Senior Associate Director of Athletics- Academic Services.
- Responsible for adherence to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the NCAA and the NEC.
A proven instinct for addressing the day-to-day academic and social issues affecting the lives of student-athletes and young people of college age in general. Previous experience in mentoring (preferred).
Ability to facilitate and constructively participate in-group meetings.
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Strong listening skills.
Must be able to work cooperatively with the Department's administrative, coaching and support staff as well as various entities and constituents on and off-campus.
Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., located less than 60 miles from Manhattan and approximately 150 miles from Boston. With its five miles of shoreline, marinas, parks, open space and plenty of shopping and fine dining, Fairfield is consistently recognized as a top community in the Northeast in which to live. In 2018 the town earned an A+ in a 'report card' by Niche on "Best Places to Live" in Connecticut. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. It comprises more than 300 acres of land, including an 18-hole golf course and the former global headquarters of General Electric. Rooted in the 2000-year-old Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, Sacred Heart embraces a vision for social justice and educates students in mind, body and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community. More than 8,500 students attend the University's six colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Busin...ess; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; and St. Vincent's College. Consistently recognized for excellence, The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides, Best 382 Colleges-2018 Edition, "Best in the Northeast" and Best 267 Business Schools-2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for "Best College Theater" and "Most Engaged in Community Service," each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU in its Best Colleges 2018 guidebook and calls SHU the fourth "Most Innovative School" in the North. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac. .