Director of Academic and Membership Affairs for Division II - NCAA (Indianapolis · IN)

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Job Function: Serve as lead to the Division II academic and membership affairs team and primary liaison between academic and membership affairs and the Division II governance staff.  Provides oversight for several academic and membership affairs functions that assist the Division II governance structure, conferences and institutions. In addition, this position will supervise AMA staff members, participate on AMA's management team and fulfill other duties as assigned. This director may, along with one or more other AMA directors, have oversight responsibilities of additional AMA functions.  Any additional areas of oversight will depend on AMA needs and priorities and on the skills and interests of the selected candidate.  The successful candidate must be highly skilled in effectively serving within a collaborative culture.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Participate as an active member of the academic and membership affairs management team.
  • Supervise assigned personnel, with particular emphasis on regular communication, conducting one-on-ones and providing performance feedback.
  • Establish and maintain effective lines of communication, including means to solicit periodic feedback that keep the staff informed and involved in academic and membership affairs, governance and national office activities.
  • Serve as primary liaison between academic and membership affairs and the Division II governance staff.
    • Provide timely updates to the Division II governance staff on Division II issues and issues in other divisions, as appropriate, that originate in academic and membership affairs;
    • Keep academic and membership affairs informed of important Division II issues and initiatives (e.g., key Division II policy and legislative initiatives); and
    • Coordinate Division II special projects that impact/involve academic and membership affairs.
    • Serve as a member of the Division II core team and participate in meetings.
  • Lead and oversee the Division II academic and membership affairs team including 360-degree communication and quality control initiatives, including coordination of updates regarding Management Council and Presidents Council actions.
  • Oversee the work of academic and membership affairs staff members who are liaisons with Division II committees. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting regular meetings; reviewing agenda, materials and reports; attending meetings; and assisting in the management of Division II issues.
  • Provide legislative and interpretive expertise and serve as primary academic and membership affairs liaison to the NCAA Division II Management Council and NCAA Division II Presidents Council and the Division II business session at the Convention.
  • Oversee membership issues for Division II, including the exploratory budget for the division.
  • Assist the liaisons to the NCAA Board of Governors to monitor and manage Division II progress with the Association-wide legislative issues.
  • Serve as Division II interpretive contact for other groups in the national office (i.e., enforcement, public and media relations, research).
  • Coordinate/oversee the Division II conference contact program, assisting conferences in the understanding of applicable NCAA legislation and interpretations. Participate in conference contact program, delivering academic and membership affairs or governance-related information to conferences.
  • Serve as a member of the academic and membership affairs legislation team and provide leadership and oversight specifically for Division II. This includes the coordination of the production of Division II legislative publications including Division II Manual, Official Notice, Initial Publication of Proposed Legislation and Second Publication of Proposed Legislation.
  • Assist the Division II membership, NCAA staff and other interested individuals and organizations in understanding NCAA legislation and interpretations through telephone calls, written correspondence and in-person presentations.
  • Assist in the preparation of Division II educational initiatives and materials that describe the application of NCAA legislation in various subject areas including overseeing D2 University (D2U).
  • Serve on various group and national office project teams.
  • Complete miscellaneous projects and responsibilities as assigned by the vice president or managing director(s) of AMA.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or advanced/professional degree(s) preferred.
  • Experience in intercollegiate athletics, either as a student-athlete or an administrator, is preferred.
  • Understanding of and interest in the governance structure and regulatory processes for the NCAA and Division II.
  • Management and supervisory experience in a team-oriented setting is preferred.
  • Flexibility to deal both with detailed, task-oriented assignments and with policy-level matters (essential).
  • Ability to create and maintain a productive, satisfying and cooperative team working environment (essential).
  • Strong technology and computer knowledge.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills.
  • This position will be based out of the national office in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Current work environment is hybrid; 3 days in the office and 2 days are remote.
  • All national office staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  As a new hire, you will be required to be fully vaccinated within 8 weeks from acceptance of offer and you will be required to show proof of that vaccination. 

Key Competencies

  • LEADERSHIP| We actively listen and continually strive to provide vital solutions, counsel and advocacy for student-athletes and intercollegiate athletics.
  • INCLUSION| We seek and incorporate different perspectives and experiences to drive innovation and impact.
  • COMMUNICATION| We commit to an environment of openness to build trust and make timely decisions.
  • COLLABORATION| We work together, based on mutual respect, to lead and serve our stakeholders.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY | We take ownership for our actions and results to add value every day.

Experience

Required
  • Understanding of and interest in the governance structure and regulatory processes for the NCAA and Division II.
Preferred
  • Experience in intercollegiate athletics, either as a student-athlete or an administrator, is preferred.

Education

Required
  • Bachelors or better