Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence
Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island
Preferred Education: Masters
Internal Number: STA02179
The Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence is primarily responsible for the holistic development of Bryant University student-athletes through a comprehensive Life Skills program. This includes creating and implementing a robust series of programs and presentations to emphasize and improve the student-athlete experience and overall welfare of all Bryant University student-athletes with a focus on underrepresented students.
Principal Accountabilities: 1. Responsible for coordination of a comprehensive life skills program for all student-athletes. 2. Adhere to the philosophies and regulations of the department, university, and NCAA as they relate to assigned duties in the Department of Athletics under the direction of the Director of Athletics and in coordination with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 3. Create, maintain, and evaluate Department of Athletics diversity, equity, and inclusion written plans. 4. Develop and coordinate student-athlete development programs that will: emphasize student success, foster an inclusive and respectful culture, and focus on campus and community relations that positively reinforce student-athlete well-being. 5. Build rapport and relationships with student-athletes, coaches, and campus/community partners including, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Alumni Engagement, and others 6. Serve as department representative on various campus committees and engagements at the request of the Director of Athletics to ensure the Department of Athletics and student-athletes, coaches, and staff are appropriately represented and supported on campus. 7. Work collaboratively with The Amica Center for Career Education on programs and services to counsel student-athletes on career planning, interview strategies, and job attainment. 8. Work with the coaching staff and Intercultural Center to ensure international and domestic multicultural student-athlete participation in the 4MILE@Bryant program. 9. Work closely with the Senior Athletics staff in providing referrals relative to student-athlete personal and wellness concerns. 10. Provide support and specific programming to those student-athletes who come to the university from underrepresented populations and diverse backgrounds. 11. Provide leadership in implementing best practices and seeking innovative approaches for student-athlete development and support. 12. Have a proactive approach to the assessment of areas of concern for student-athletes that are first-generation, from underrepresented populations, may have mental health challenges and/or lower socioeconomic backgrounds. 13. In consultation with other Athletic Department staff, work with the C.A.R.E. Team and Bias Incident Committee for student-athlete concerns that focuses on their overall success through a holistic approach. 14. Maintain strong relationships with alumni to foster a real connection to the program and university resulting in alumni engagement, participation, and mentorship/career planning opportunities for current student-athletes. 15. Assist in the department’s initiatives for student-athlete recognition. 16. Serve as Staff Advisor to W.O.K.E. Athletes and provide programmatic support for major events and attend meetings. 17. Work collaboratively with the Associate Director of Student Athlete Academic Advising to provide inclusive programs and workshops for student athletes and the department of Athletics including coaching staff, trainers, and other personnel. 18. Serve as a liaison between student-athletes and staff with the university Student Affairs division and PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 19. Responsible for the professional development of Department of Athletics staff in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and student-athlete welfare. 20. Responsible for keeping abreast of current trends and developments in the field through publications, seminars, and conferences. 21. Other duties as assigned This position will require some work on nights and weekends.
Best served by a person with:
• Master’s degree in counseling, education or related field. • 1-3 years of experience working with or participating in intercollegiate athletics setting. • Working knowledge of computers and student database systems (i.e. Banner, ARMS, Peoplesoft, or similar).
Preferred: • Experience advising students and/or student groups at the collegiate level. • Knowledge of student development theory is preferred. • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. • Work experience in multicultural affairs, student affairs, student-athlete development, academic advising, and/or clinical or community social work.
Qualities and Characteristics:
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competence with the ability to positively work with and support diverse groups of students. • Ability to develop credibility and trust with a wide range of athletic, university, and public constituent groups to be a successful resource to the Bryant campus community. • Ability to act independently, take initiative, use sound judgment, and decision making skills. • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple priorities. • Strong written and oral communication skills. • Ability to create and facilitate presentations, workshops, and trainings focused on diversity and inclusion.
For 155 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative, uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 53 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron's.
Abundant co-curricular opportunities, service learning programs, internships, and practicums allow students to put theory into practice while building character and leadership skills. Athletics and recreation play an integral role in the health and well-being of Bryant students, whether competing on one of Bryant's 22 NCAA D1 varsity teams, taking part in a club or intramural sport, or just enjoying the Bulldog school spirit.
Bryant is dedicated to the success of our faculty and staff, and the school provides excellent benefits, training, and support so that individual talents may flourish f...or the benefit of its students. Bryant's academic and technological excellence and innovation foster the development of individuals so each can reach his or her personal best in life and their profession.
The University is located approximately 15 minutes from Providence and one hour from Boston.