Director or Assistant Athletics Director, Football Academic Support
University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 221031
This is a full-time professional position within the Prentice Gautt Academic Center, a comprehensive support services unit for intercollegiate student-athletes. The Director of Football Academic Support reports to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services and is charged with oversight of athletics academic advising and operations for the football program. Responsibilities include the coordination of procedures and communication with NCAA Athletic Certification officer, campus advising staff, and football personnel. The individual will also have direct advising for a group of student-athletes in football and on other assigned teams. This position requires consistent and open communication with coaches and staff and a thorough understanding of NCAA and Big 12 Conference guidelines and regulations.
Duties and responsibilities:
Provide direct oversight to football athletics academic advising staff; manage an effective process of monitoring student-athlete academic progress, incorporating current best practices in the profession.
Serve as the advisor to a designated group of football student-athletes and other assigned teams; monitor their academic progress; provide course advisement, career and personal guidance; educate student-athletes on rules of eligibility and personal responsibility.
Communicate with football coaching staff through scheduled academic meetings; regularly and promptly share detailed information regarding the ongoing academic progress of assigned student-athletes.
Serve as the academic liaison to the football program for on-campus recruiting operations. Prepare and update presentation materials for use during prospective student-athletes’ visits to campus.
With a thorough understanding of NCAA legislation, Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) guidelines, serve as the unit’s primary point of contact for monitoring and projecting student-athlete academic outcomes.
Promote positive working relationships with college advisors and faculty throughout campus.
Utilize standard grade reports to communicate student-athlete progress to appropriate constituents.
Monitor student-athletes’ NCAA academic eligibility through the use of University student systems and established internal degree-tracking forms.
Administer the guidelines of the unit's objective-based academic support program, tutorial services and grade report tracking system.
Regularly communicate the progress, outcomes, and direction of work to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services; make recommendations concerning improvement of programs and services.
Support department and campus-wide student success efforts through participation in a variety of department activities and committee work.
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree and 36 months experience in academic advising or student services.
Equivalency/Substitution: Will accept 48 months related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of 60 months experience.
Demonstrated and successful experience providing academic advising and/or academic support in education.
Demonstrated excellent oral, written and presentation skills and proactive, open and responsive interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse student populations, university personnel (e.g. faculty, college deans, administrators, athletic coaches and staff), as well as representatives from the community.
Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, and high degree of openness to new approaches and new ideas.
Thorough knowledge of NCAA academic legislation, particularly with rules of student-athlete initial-eligibility and progress-toward-degree, transfer legislation, Academic Progress Rates (APR), and Graduation Success Rates (GSR).
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Commitment to compliance with all NCAA legislation and principles.
Advertised Physical Requirements:
Engage in repetitive motion.
Standard office environment.
Master's degree, or in process of completing a graduate degree program.
Five years of experience as an academic counselor/ advisor for student-athletes at the Division I level.
At least one year of supervisory experience with full-time or student staff in a student-athlete academic support unit.
Proficiency and/or familiarity with the University’s systems, including Banner, Canvas, and Teamworks.
Proficiency in using computer software such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, etc.
Knowledge of FERPA and ethical principles in working with students.
Demonstrated understanding of NCAA and Big 12 Conference rules and regulations governing, but not limited to, academics, satisfactory progress, and eligibility.
Supervision: Team Leader
If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view the policy, visit https://hr.ou.edu/Policies-Handbooks/TB-Testing.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
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The University of Oklahoma is a Division I institution and is a member of the Big 12 Conference. There are approximately 550 student-athletes in 23 intercollegiate athletic programs. The mission of the Oklahoma Athletics Department is to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow by providing an excellent environment to enable student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.