The Academic Advisor reports to the Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Services and Student Development. The Office of Academic Services and Student Development is a support office for varsity student-athletes. Services are provided for a population of approximately 500 students. The office also serves as a liaison to the University’s academic and administrative community on behalf of Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation (NUDAR).
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Serve as core advisor to student-athletes from approximately 9 varsity sports; closely monitor academic progress and personal adjustment throughout the freshman year and meet at least quarterly with non-freshmen.
Advise student-athletes during quarterly registration for classes, monitoring for compliance to NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and University requirements.
Meet regularly with coaching staffs and team administrators to share information on team members’ academic progress.
Assist with departmental programming as needed (requires evening hours).
Meet with prospective student-athletes to discuss the University’s philosophy as it regards student-athletes and the support programs offered at Northwestern.
Refer selected individuals to various campus support programs as needed in consultation with the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Services and Student Development.
Build relationships across campus to promote student-athlete welfare and community integration.
When possible, attend athletic events to support student-athletes and develop maximum knowledge of each intercollegiate sport/team relevant to various assignments.
Assist in other projects and programs at the request of the Associate Director of Athletics.
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.
Other duties as assigned or required.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Master’s degree strongly preferred.
Minimum 2-4 years relevant experience with student services in intercollegiate athletics; advising and student programming experience preferred.
Possess ability to communicate effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Knowledge of rules and regulations of the NCAA is required, while knowledge of the Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University preferred.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Northwestern University is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. The Department of Athletics and Recreation has over 220 full-time employees, supplemented with a large number of part-time and temporary staff, as well as student personnel. There currently are over 485 student-athletes representing 19 varsity sports. The most recent year had the student-athletes with an average GPA of 3.32 with 232 of them earning the distinction of Academic All-Big Ten and an NCAA graduation rate of 97%. In addition, over 1200 students participate in club sports offered within Recreation.