Adams State University is seeking a Senior Associate Athletic Director Compliance/Internal Affairs to be a member of the Athletics Department executive team. As a direct report to the Director of Athletics this is a full time 12 month at-will position that will direct and oversee all aspects of the compliance and eligibility office as well as overseeing all aspects related to student/athlete’s health and safety as well as academic success. The position supervises and evaluates a full time compliance assistant, Head Athletic Trainer, Event Manager, Strength coach, and Sports Information Director. The position requires extensive working experience in NCAA rules and regulations, particularly at the NCAA D2 level.
Specific Responsibilities for Compliance
Implement ongoing comprehensive rules education program for the institution's student/athletes, coaches, faculty and alumni/donor groups to ensure compliance with NCAA, RMAC and institution rules and regulation at all times.
Ensure the Athletic Department operates with the highest level of integrity and ensures compliance with all NCAA, RMAC and institutional rules and regulations as well as federal and state laws.
Provide NCAA, RMAC 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 RMAC waivers where necessary.
Oversee the management of initiatives that promote the institutional and departmental culture of integrity and compliance as it relates to intercollegiate athletics. In collaboration with the Compliance Assistant and FAR, determine term by term eligibility for aid, practice and competition for all student/athletes in accordance with NCAA, RMAC and university rules.
Maintain athletics compliance office records, including interpretations, compliance actions, investigations, eligibility related documents, participation reports, financial aid and other data.
Complete and submit NCAA annual reports including, but not limited to NCAA Demographics and Sports Sponsorship report, Where appropriate, work with entities on campus to complete EADA report, Federal Graduation rate report and any other report required.
Serve as the department’s liaison to the NCAA and RMAC for matters dealing with NCAA Compliance. Attend and participate in NCAA and RMAC rules education, monthly meetings and conferences. Conduct monthly coaching staff rules education training.
Provide leadership and supervise the full time Compliance/Eligibility assistant, establishing goals and priorities, conducting annual evaluation of direct report and recommending/implementing necessary changes.
Specific Responsibilities for Internal Affairs
Oversee the success of the department’s student/athletes, including their academics, health, safety and welfare.
Assists in maintaining an athletic department that is committed to the University’s mission and strategic priorities.
Serve as the primary liaison with the financial aid, registrar, admissions and student affairs department.
Represent the athletic department in committees across campus
Direct oversight of auxiliary staff and departments which include Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Information, Facilities/Events and Equipment room.
Conduct annual evaluations of the aforementioned personnel. Work closely and counsel with the AD in key decisions pertaining to the athletic department.
Be the lead in writing policies for the department including updates to the Student/athlete Handbook and Department Handbook.
With the assistance of the AD as needed, handle all student/related issues and concerns that may arise
Be the primary contact for any/all student related questions, concerns and issues.
Ability to perform the requirements of the position
Bachelor’s degree required, Master of Arts or related degree preferred
3 years NCAA Compliance related experience required
Ability to work with a variety of personalities and excellent communication skills required.
A commitment to a strict adherence to NCAA, RMAC, university and department rules and regulations as well as a solid commitment to student achievement in academics. The successful candidate will be a person of high ethical standards and show initiative and integrity to make important independent decisions
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a global environment
Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegiality with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.
An understanding of Adams State University’s vision and mission
About Adams State University
Located in Alamosa Colorado Adams State is a state -supported primarily undergraduate institution in the San Luis Valley, a rural and agricultural area of south-central Colorado, approximately 3.5 hours from Denver and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and as a regional education provider.
The Athletic Department is comprised of 19 Varsity NCAA DII sports and 600 student-athletes