5671 Director, Student Athlete Development and Inclusive Engagement


TITLE Director, Student Athlete Development and Inclusive Engagement




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Women’s Administrator, and/or Assistant Director, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center


The Director of Student Athlete Development and Inclusive Engagement is responsible for developing programs and services for student athletes to achieve success in their personal and professional lives beyond their collegiate athletic experience. The Director is responsible for creating, planning, and implementing effective leadership, service, professional/career and personal development workshops, events and initiatives for all departmental athletic programs. The Director of Student Athlete Development and Inclusive Engagement is also responsible for the development and oversight of inclusive engagement within the Department of Athletics.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: At least one year of experience in student athlete development, educational leadership, teaching life skills, social work or related field 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. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Oversees and manages all Student-Athlete Development programs including programming, events, and works with the Career Center and other organizations on networking opportunities.

2. Coordinates various seminars, sessions or speaking engagements for student athletes with emphasis on career development, service, inclusive engagement, time management and communication skills, etc.

3. Oversees and coordinates student athlete community engagement and services. Develops, implements, and monitors community outreach programs and service hours of student athletes and teams.

4. Provides oversight and coordinates affinity groups (Bear Leadership, SAAC) within the Department of Athletics.

5. Cultivates employer relationships across various career fields to facilitate partnerships, internships, job shadowing, informational interviews, and career placements for student-athletes.

6. Meets one-on-one with student-athletes to provide guidance related to career development and graduate school admissions. Organizes career development opportunities which coincide with the academic and career paths of student-athletes with respect to their current phase of education.

7. Leads coordination efforts with coaches, administration, academics for athletics, and compliance areas to plan and facilitate the annual student-athlete calendar.

8. Fosters relationships with key university constituents including career counseling center, outreach, as well as representing inclusive engagement on campus.

9. Partners with the University’s Office of Inclusive Engagement to provide multiple services for the coaches, staff, and student-athletes. Identifies and pursues opportunities for institutional improvements and efficiencies, creates and implements training programs, and oversees the department-wide strategic initiatives to foster the advancement of inclusive engagement within the Department of Athletics.

10. Assists with academic advising of student athletes.

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

12. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts and colleagues, attending professional development seminars or conferences, and attending training or courses as required by the supervisor.

13. Supports the overall success of the Athletics department by performing other duties as assigned.


The Director of Student Athlete Development and Inclusive Engagement may occasionally supervise student employees.


MAY 2024