UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The Director of Student-Athlete Development is responsible for the holistic development of UMass student-athletes, and will provide the education, resources, and opportunities that support learning essential life skills vital to student-athlete success at UMass and beyond. The Director of Student-Athlete Development will build rapport and relationships with student-athletes, coaches, and campus/community partners. Assess and identify the challenges of student-athletes as it relates to first generation college students, socioeconomic and diverse backgrounds, and transitioning to college and the University of Massachusetts environment. Organize, align and activate campus and off campus resources to meet those identified challenges. Responsible for adhering 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 Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations.
-Develop and coordinate student-athlete development programs and initiatives 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.
-Responsible for leading the development, planning and implementation of comprehensive life skills programming focused on personal development, career development and community service.
-Develop and manage a program for Career Development including; student-athlete internships and job opportunities in partnership with Career Services. Work with internal and external partners to provide programming for student-athletes to leverage their unique characteristics and transferable skills with potential employers.
-Plan and execute annual Maroon Connections programming focusing on personal development, defining career goals, developing a leadership identity, and transitioning beyond the role of student-athlete.
-Counsel student-athletes in establishing attainable goals regarding post-graduation plans and provide applicable referrals for their future success.
-Works directly with University Career Services on programs and services to counsel student-athletes on career planning, interview strategies, and job attainment.
-Monitor and provide assistance to all senior student-athletes in their efforts to attain internships, graduate school or employment post-graduation. Have a goal of 100% placement for each senior class.
-Identify opportunities for community service projects and lead all efforts for student-athletes. Develop events in the community that allow for connection between student-athletes and the surrounding campus and town communities.
-Provide opportunities for involvement with underrepresented populations in the surrounding community.
-Develop and implement strategic plans and procedures for programs designed to cultivate an environment that supports elite performance and a first-class student-athlete experience.
-Responsible for leading the development, planning and implementation of comprehensive transition programming focused on onboarding, acclimatization and essential life skills.
-Build acclimatization and successful transition programming for student-athletes (i.e. summer bridge programming, fall transition programming, mid-year transition programming).
-Work closely with the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations in providing referrals relative to student-athlete personal and wellness concerns.
-Provide support and specific programming to those student-athletes who come to the university from underrepresented population and diverse backgrounds.
-Serve as the student-athlete’s point person to provide referrals to internal and external areas of the department (Compliance Office, Business Office, Academic Services Office, Sports Medicine, Enrichment Services, Communications, etc.) to solve student-athlete related issues on campus (i.e. resolution of SPIRE Holds with Bursar, Dean of Students, and Health Services).
-Provide leadership in implementing best practices and seeking innovative approaches for student-athlete development and support.
-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. Coordinate and institute a Care team for each student-athlete that may have these concerns that focuses on their overall success through a holistic approach. The Care team may be comprised of the following people: case manager, athletic counselor, sport program administrator, academic advisor, nutritionist, and/or coach.
-Through immersive action, build strong relationships with student-athletes and staff to achieve student and program success.
-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.
-Responsible for leading the development, planning and implementation of student-athlete and faculty recognition programming.
-Assist in the department’s initiatives for student-athlete recognition, including, but not limited to; annual SAMY’s Awards, National Student-Athlete Appreciation Day events, Varsity M Graduation Breakfast and other scholar recognition opportunities.
-Work closely with Communications department to promote the positive contributions the student-athletes make to the great campus community.
-Serve as the point person for various (NCAA, FBS Independents) post-graduate scholarship opportunities.
-Compile data relative to student-athlete success for the promotion of the student-athlete on a local, regional, and national level.
-Assist student-athletes in completing applications and developing their candidacy for applicable scholarships and awards.
-Work collaboratively with the Director of Student Academic Success and Faculty Athletic Representative to develop and execute a Faculty Fellows program – inclusive of programming that may include (guest coach opportunities, Senior Day recognitions and creation of other academic events).
-In coordination with Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, serve as a liaison between student-athletes and staff with the university Student Affairs Division and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office.
-Develop necessary reports and balance scorecards as required or requested by Director of Athletics or University Leadership.
-Responsible for keeping abreast of current trends and developments in the field through publications, seminars, and conferences.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please apply online and provide cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. https://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/510449/director-of-student-athlete-development
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.