Director of the King NU P.R.I.D.E. Program (Student-Athlete Development)
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Internal Number: 47377
Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, this position is responsible for the development of the overall strategy and management of the King NU P.R.I.D.E. Program, the focus of which is the holistic development of Northwestern Student-Athletes. The Director of the King NU P.R.I.D.E. Program will be fully immersed in the athletics and broader northwestern community and will be responsible for collaborating with athletics department teams/coaches and units as well as campus and community partners.
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1.Oversee Student-Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC), and other student-athlete leadership and well-being groups, such as Engage and Engage Affinity Spaces (DEI), Peers Urging Responsible Practices through Leadership & Education (Health & Wellness), and the King NU P.R.I.D.E. Leadership Institute.
2.Identifying goals and objectives for each respective group, coordinating regular meetings, and collaborate to develop workshops, trainings, and dialogue spaces.
3.Spearhead the selection and personal development of student executive boards.
4.Work alongside student executive boards to develop and implement initiatives in alignment with the mission of each respective leadership group.
5.Communicate regularly with coaches, team support staff, compliance, and academic advisors on student-athlete engagement in King NU P.R.I.D.E. programming.
6.Collaborate with campus partners to develop programming and foster community; serve on campus committees that align with student development goals and initiatives.
7.Partner with Kabiller NU for Life (Career Enhancement & Employer Relations), NIL General Manager, and ‘Cats Give Back (Community Outreach) to establish holistic student-athlete programming.
8.Lead a committee to deliver large scale student-athlete events, such as fall “Kick-Off” and the end of year award show (NESPYs).
9.Assist in the facilitation of external leadership engagement opportunities for student-athletes (conferences / workshops), such as NIL Summit, Black Student-Athlete Summit, NCAA Leadership Conference.
10.Manage King NU P.R.I.D.E. social media accounts, in collaboration with External Staff, to better connect students to resources, educate, and raise awareness of both campus and NUDAR events.
11.Recommend and manage fiscal year budget for approval and manage expenditures to ensure compliance with department policies.
12.Assist Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer with the management of the Big Ten Advisory Commission survey process; and develop additional metrics to assess the effectiveness of student development programing.
13.Stay up to date with trends and best practices to ensure NUDAR provides cutting edge support to a diverse population of student-athletes and remains an industry leader promoting student-athlete wellbeing.
14.Coordinate external reporting of King NU P.R.I.D.E. initiatives to Program benefactors and University leadership, annually as needed.
15.Serve on the Steering Committee for NUDAR’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
16.Assist in other projects and programs at the request of the Senior Associate Athletics Director, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Bachelors degree required; or appropriate combination of education and experience.
Minimum 3-5 years relevant experience with student services in intercollegiate athletics; experience with the development and facilitation of training/educational workshops and dialogue spaces.
Ability to communicate effectively one-to-one, in small groups, and in public speaking contexts.
Strong organizational skills and demonstrated effective written communication skills, including but limited to well-organized emails, letters and proposals.
Proven success working with diverse groups of individuals in various professional settings.
Ability to be self-motivated, detail oriented, and to prioritize competing demands in fast-paced environment.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and effectively interact with diverse populations.
Ability to establish engaging relationships within and across racialized and other marginalized communities.
Familiarity with NCAA rules and regulations; knowledge of the Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University preferred.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
Advanced degree in applicable areas of study preferred
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Faculty members include Tony Award winners, MacArthur Fellowship recipients and members of numerous honorary and professional societies, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies. Research thrives at Northwestern University. Interdisciplinary teams at Northwestern work to solve society's problems and facilitate clinical and commercial use of their innovations with partners at Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and local universities. Beyond being a dynamic learning organization, Northwestern employs a dynamic and diverse mix of faculty and staff who work proactively to ensure that the University is a special place to work. Northwestern is committed to the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body, fostering a climate that treasures differences and provides rich opportunities for learnin...g. To that end, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons for employment and promotion throughout the University.
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