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 Athletics Operations Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative support to the Vice President and Athletics Director daily.
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 Athletics Operations Coordinator will have a full understanding of the NCAA rules that pertain to the position.
It is also expected that the Athletics Operations Coordinator will comply with all NCAA rules and if they become aware, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a violation of a rule has occurred they will immediately report it to the Vice President and Athletics Director or their designee.
Regular Duties Performed Daily or Almost Daily: 1. Serve as the primary contact and liaison between the Vice President and Athletics Director, other executive offices, divisional staff, university offices, league office staff, and external constituencies including community leaders, alumni, and donors. 2. Oversee the Vice President and Athletics Director daily affairs. This includes calendar coordination, scheduling appointments, organizing meetings and events, assembling appropriate files and documents, making travel arrangements, reviewing and sorting incoming mail, routing correspondence and tracking response deadlines, receiving and assisting visitors, and organizing and maintaining confidential information and department files. 3. Serves on the athletics senior leadership team and provides assignments and deadlines to staff members following meetings and retreats to further initiatives and communications within the department. 4. Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates special projects, events, and meetings for the department as assigned. 5. Prioritizes activities and events for Vice President and Athletics Director and senior leadership team to achieve appropriate department presence. Researches, prepares, and distributes information regarding activities and events. Supports the department with various fundraising and donor relations activities. 6. Schedule rooms in athletics facilities for Athletics Department and other campus groups’ meeting space. Post schedule where appropriate and assist in set-up of scheduled rooms. 7. Manage Vice President and Athletics Director budget, travel reimbursements, and P-Card. 8. Reconcile and code procurement card expenses for assigned coaches and administrators on a weekly basis. Review and audit all charges and assure they were made in accordance to the policies of the University, as well as the rules and regulations of the Horizon League and NCAA. Print monthly transaction reports and obtain necessary signatures. Assure all receipts and reports are filed in an orderly fashion. 9. Provide general office and event support to athletics administrators and staff as needed. 10. Serve as the Athletics Department liaison with University Housing. In collaboration with coaches coordinate on-campus housing needs for student-athletes on an annual basis. This includes incoming student-athletes, summer housing, early arrival for fall sports and extended stay for spring sports.
Three (3) or more years of related experience
1. Excellent organization skills
2. Display integrity and professionalism
3. Uphold confidentiality
4. Detail oriented
5. Strong communication skills
6. Innovative and creative
7. Willingness to implement change
8. Willingness to hold others accountable
Review of applicants will begin immediately.
Any candidate who is offered this position is required to undergo 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.