The Big Ten Conference is seeking candidates for the George and Viola Taliaferro Fellowship. This historic position provides an opportunity to an individual from an underrepresented community to gain introductory and fundamental knowledge of intercollegiate athletics administration by working directly with the Commissioner and other key stakeholders of the Big Ten Conference.
George Taliaferro was an All-American football student-athlete at Indiana University. He led the Hoosiers to their only undefeated season in school history. His record-breaking successes were achieved in the face of discrimination, prejudice, and racism. Taliaferro’s legacy in Bloomington helped demolish long-standing barriers for future African-American student-athletes.
After a legendary career at Indiana, Taliaferro became the first African-American drafted into the NFL. His distinguished career featured three Pro-Bowl selections. After retirement, Taliaferro embarked on a distinguished career in higher education and leadership. After receiving his master’s degree in social work from Morgan State University, Taliaferro went on to teach at the University of Maryland, serve as dean of students at Morgan State, and return to Indiana University as a special assistant to the IU President and dean of the School of Social Work.
After returning to Bloomington, Viola Taliaferro enrolled in the Indiana University School of Law and began a career in private practice. She was appointed as the first African-American judge of the Monroe Circuit Court and served as a consultant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
George and Viola Taliaferro left behind a historic legacy in education, athletics, and the justice system that broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations from underrepresented communities. Their passion, dedication, commitment, and unwavering spirit are key pillars that serve as the foundation of this prestigious fellowship position.
Support the Office of the Commissioner with special projects and initiatives
Conduct research and collect data to help support major initiatives throughout the Conference
Assist with the planning and preparation of key meetings with the Commissioner and other major stakeholders
Serve as a liaison between the Office of the Commissioner and other departments within the Big Ten Conference office
Collaborate with key external stakeholders to gain a solid understanding of intercollegiate sports administration
Maintain relationships with key stakeholders and partners on behalf of the Commissioner
Foster a culture of inclusion to support a diverse environment
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree is required
Experience as a collegiate student-athlete, student assistant or graduate assistant is preferred
Problem-solving, critical thinking, and time management skills
A desire to learn, develop, and grow as an athletics professional
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and relevant software and technology platforms
The ability to maintain punctual attendance and timely correspondence
Commitment to travel, work evenings, weekends, and non-traditional hours
The anticipated start date of this fellowship is July 1, 2022. This is a full-time fellowship with a job term of one year with an option for an additional year extension. Benefits offered for this position include robust health, dental, and relocation reimbursement. The Big Ten Conference requires that all employees, including new hires, show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Interested candidates are invited to apply for this position on the Big Ten Conference careers website by February 8, 2022.
The Big Ten Conference is a proud equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status or civil partnership/union status, veteran status, citizenship, pregnancy, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,500 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.