Reporting to the Deputy AD for Administration and Policy, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance is responsible for oversight, supervision and coordination of all activities related to athletics compliance with the NCAA, Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University bylaws, rules, and regulations. In providing leadership to the Department and the University, this position shall create an atmosphere for commitment to compliance and institutional control with all coaches, staff, student-athletes, university personnel and boosters mitigating risk for the University and the Department.
The Athletics Compliance Office is a professional service responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive and effective NCAA Division I compliance program; investigating and reporting violations; submitting required NCAA and Big Ten reports; managing sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion; and maintaining exceptional customer service by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with administrators, coaches, support units, colleagues and other customers.
*Willingness and ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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.
Implement ongoing comprehensive rules education program for the institution's student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty, and alumni/donor groups to ensure compliance with NCAA, Big Ten and University rules and regulations at all times.
Provide NCAA, Big Ten and University rules interpretations for coaches, staff, student-athletes and parents, alumni, donors, prospective student-athletes and parents, campus and University personnel, community groups, and all other inquiries and requests. Prepare and submit various NCAA and Big Ten waivers, where necessary.
Oversee the management of initiatives that promote institutional and departmental culture of integrity and compliance as it relates to intercollegiate athletics.
Conduct and assure the timely investigation, resolution and self-reporting of NCAA and Big Ten rules violations, as they may occur.
In collaboration with the Associate Registrar, Senior Associate AD for Academic Services, and Faculty Athletics Representative, determine term-by-term eligibility for aid, practice and competition for all student-athletes in accordance with Big Ten and NCAA rules.
Serve as the secondary liaison with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Prepare prospects' academic records for review by the Assistant VP of Student Outreach and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions.
Oversee work with the International Office on admission and visa issues for international student-athletes.
Maintain athletics compliance office records, including interpretations, compliance actions, investigations, eligibility related documents, participation reports, financial aid and other historical data.
Complete and submit Big Ten and NCAA annual reports, including the Academic Progress Rate, Certification of Compliance for Staff Members, NCAA Division I Membership Requirements Certification, NCAA Demographics and Sports Sponsorship Report. In conjunction with the University's Registrar's Office provide the data for the Federal Graduation and Graduation Success Rate reports.
Serve as the department's liaison to the Big Ten and NCAA for matters dealing with NCAA Compliance. Attend and participate in NCAA and Big Ten rules education, monthly meetings and annual compliance conferences.
Coordinate staff travel with the institution's Football and Basketball programs to select away and postseason competitions to minimize risk of compliance related issues between these programs and external constituents.
Provide leadership and effectively supervise 2 or more staff members; establishing goals and priorities, conducting annual evaluations of direct reports, and recommending/implementing necessary changes.
Represent the department on a variety of campus committees as deemed appropriate.
As Sport Administrator, provide leadership, advice, counsel, oversight and guidance for each assigned program. Serve as the initial point of contact for all issues related to their respective sports program and exercise proactive leadership to resolve concerns for coaches, student-athletes and/or support staff.
Other duties as assigned.
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.
Five years' experience in a Division I athletics compliance office.
Experience managing staff and coaches through clear communication and a cooperative attitude.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Professional verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to teach diverse groups of individuals about NCAA compliance issues.
Ability to work in a dynamic fast paced environment and manage stressful situations.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Strong leadership skills.
Master's degree or higher
Experience working with an FBS football program
Familiarity of the financial aid and admissions processes at a university level
Experience with Compliance Assistant, JumpForward, Teamworks, and PeopleSoft
Knowledge of rules and regulations of the Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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