5658 Assistant Director of Athletics - Academic and Student Services


TITLE Assistant Director of Athletics - Academic and Student Services




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs and Director of Athletics



The Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic and Student Services is responsible for the development and coordination of academic assistance programs designed to enable student-athletes to receive appropriate and timely academic assistance and to develop viable educational goals and academic strategies to achieve those goals. The Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic and Student Services helps students experience a complete college career through exposure to the variety of academic disciplines and programs as well as career opportunities.  


Education: A Master's degree is required; a Master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, Sports Administration, or a related field preferred.

Experience: At least three years of experience is required in responsible positions in higher education where knowledge of academic advising and counseling has been obtained. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required.  Experience with student retention programs, academic support services, and in counseling student-athletes is preferred.    

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy, particularly in word processing and database management is required. Organizational, management, and supervisory skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The position requires occasional evening and/or weekend work.


1. Enables student-athletes requiring academic assistance to develop appropriate academic strategies, direction, and personal discipline regarding academics, thus facilitating achievement of their stated educational goals.

2. Ensures that the Principles of Operation of the Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics https://www.missouristate.edu/acia/23190.htm supports the established goals and objectives of the program by assuming full responsibility for their development, planning, coordination, administration and management, requesting the resources (budgetary, facility, equipment) necessary for program effectiveness, and evaluating the success/contribution of the program.

3. Assists faculty in resolving academic or related problems with student-athletes and enforces attendance policies established by academic departments by monitoring student-athletes’ academic progress during the semester, contacting and counseling students who have been reported by faculty for excessive absences, providing follow-up information regarding excessive absences to faculty, and informing appropriate coaches of student-athletes' performances.

4. Promotes a positive image of the University and contributes to the recruiting effort directed towards student-athletes by visiting with prospective student-athletes and their parents, providing information regarding the University, The Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, and associated programs, and answering questions posed by student-athletes or referring them to an appropriate authority or resource for the requested information.

5. Manages funds by assisting the Associate Provost and/or Director of Athletics with development of a departmental budget and exercising approval authority for expenditure of funds.

6. Develops a competent and effective staff of student mentors and tutors by recruiting and hiring qualified graduate assistants and students, providing orientation and training regarding programs, policies and procedures, making appropriate work assignments, and evaluating performance.

7. Coordinates career planning and community outreach, including, but not limited to, the Champs/Life Skills program and the Missouri Valley Conference Just Read Program and serves as an advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

8. Abides by and complies with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Missouri Valley Conference rules, academic standards, requirements, and policies of the University, and all guidelines and policies of the Athletics department and reports any concerns of compromise or violation of rules, standards, guidelines or policies to the Director of Athletics or the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance.

9. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Associate Provost and Director of Athletics.

11. Contributes to the overall success of The Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed.


The Associate Director of Athletics for Academic and Student Services is supervised by the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs and the Director of Athletics and supervises professional and clerical staff, graduate assistants, and student employees serving as tutors and mentors in the Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics.