Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.
The Director of Operations – Women’s Basketball must have a commitment to developing a competitive NCAA Division I basketball program, while maintaining an emphasis on the academic success of the student-athlete. The Director of Operations – Women’s Basketball will be expected to assist in administering the program in a manner that promotes the health, safety and welfare of the student-athlete.
Compliance with NCAA rules is of the utmost importance at Northern Kentucky University. As a member of the athletics department staff it is expected that the Director of Operations – Women’s Basketball will have a full understanding of the NCAA rules that pertain to the position. It is also expected that the Director of Operations – Women’s Basketball will comply with all NCAA rules and if he/she becomes aware, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a violation of a rule has occurred he/she will immediately report it to the Director of Athletics or his/her designee.
The Director of Operations – Women’s Basketball duties include, but not limited to: • Coordinate all team meals, including pre-game meals. • Recruit, hire and train undergraduate student managers. • Coordinate videotaping for all practices and games; edit video as directed by the Head Coach. • Coordinate scheduling of facilities for practices and individual workouts. • Coordinate team travel, including transportation, lodging and meals. • Assist in the recruitment of student-athletes in accordance with NCAA regulations. • Monitor the academics of the women’s basketball student-athletes. Effectively communicate with Athletics Academic Advisor to ensure any academic concerns are being addressed. • Assist in the planning and coordination of in-season practices, including team and individual workouts. • Assist in the planning and coordination of out-of-season practices, including individual skill instruction and team workouts, focusing on the development of athletic skills to compete at the Division I level. • Complete all necessary compliance forms as required and/or requested by the Athletics Compliance Office. • Assist in monitoring of budget to ensure the women’s basketball program is fiscally responsible and expenditures are within the programs budget allocation as directed by the Head Coach. • Participate in fund raising activities for the women’s basketball program and/or Department of Athletics. • Be actively engaged within the University, as well as the surrounding communities. • Attend Department of Athletics staff meetings and training as directed by the Director of Athletics.
Experience with administrative support functions within an office setting, preferably within a college athletics setting
Ability to juggle many different tasks at same time; demonstrated organization
Experience as a Graduate Assistant within an athletics program
Experience within a basketball program
Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.
Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2018, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $105 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), home of NKU’s College of Health Professionals and the Institute for Health Innovation. St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. In 2008, we opened the Truist Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events, as well as our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building.
After a successful stint in Division II, NKU transitioned to Division I is 2012-13. Success has continued at the Division I level, highlighted by the men’s basketbal...l team qualifying for the NCAA Tournament or NIT in four of the last five years, which includes three NCAA Tournament qualifications. Women’s soccer has both a Horizon League regular-season and tournament championship to go along with a berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Volleyball won the 2019 Horizon League Tournament and qualified as one of two Horizon League teams to reach the NCAA Tournament that season. Individual success has also been prominent for Norse student-athletes. Men’s golfer Jacob Poore won the 2018 Horizon League Championship and competed in the Columbus Region of the 2018 NCAA Championship. Griffin Doersching not only competed in the 2019 Rocket Mortgage College Home Run Derby, but the slugger belted an astounding 20 homers in the final round to win the event on ESPN. Two Norse have also been named All-Americans, with men’s basketball player Drew McDonald garnering AP All-American Honorable Mention status in 2019 and women’s soccer player Kailey Ivins earning a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third-Team this past year.
NKU student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom as well, posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.42 in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. This marks 20-straight semesters in which Norse student-athletes have registered at least a 3.0, 14 in a row at or above a 3.2 and 8-consecutive with at least a 3.37 GPA. The fall 2020 semester featured 109 student-athletes that posted individual GPA’s of at least 3.60, while the spring 2021 semester featured 104 student-athletes. Approximately 60 student-athletes have garnered academic or scholar all-America status from either CoSIDA or their respective coaches associations.