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Student-Athlete Careers Program Director
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

February 19, 2015

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University of Notre Dame Student-Athlete Careers Program Director The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Student-Athlete Careers Program Director. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2015. The Student-Athlete Careers Program Director will work with the 750+ Notre Dame Student-Athletes around all topics pertinent to their career development while meeting their unique and growing needs, working around their schedules driven by travel, practice, competition, training, and study hours. In addition to their schedules, Student-Athletes have unique attributes and skills that come with being Varsity Athletes at a Major NCAA D1 school that the incumbent must be able to help them articulate to potential employers and graduate programs and speak to their strengths during interviews. The Student-Athlete Careers Program Director will be a key member of The Career Center team with office space in both The Career Center and Athletics. The incumbent will fully participate in Career Center activities, programs, etc. with a special focus on Student-Athletes. Opportunities will abound to collaborate with Athletics staff. The Student-Athlete Careers Program Director will build strong working relationships with the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Services, Student Welfare and Development, the Monogram Club, Department of Academic Services for Student-Athletes, coaches, other partners throughout the Athletics Department, and Academic Colleges within the University. This position will serve in a liaison capacity between The Career Center staff and the student-athletes and their larger support staffs. In addition to all responsibilities related to serving the student-athlete population, the Student-Athlete Careers Program Director will also serve as a member of the Career Exploration Team with a focus on the sports industry. Provides coaching and programming for undergraduate students interested in careers in sports and recreation. Career Coaching: Provide individual career counseling services with a particular focus on student-athletes in all academic disciplines. Guide and mentor students in career discernment and personal branding (assessments, social media presence, resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills and effective job/internship/graduate school search strategies). Teach appropriate career education courses. Cover proper networking skills, researching industry/career fields, and how their skills and values fit with those employers who hire candidates with this leadership profile. Program Development/Implementation: Create, develop, promote and manage programs and workshops, including tailored and team specific events, to enhance career development of student-athletes in collaboration with Career Center and Student Welfare and Development staff . Plan, lead and implement career exploration events, marquee bi-annual events with goals of empowering student-athletes with timely and relevant knowledge needed to assist with career engagement, exploration, and employment, as well as networking events with Monogram Club members and on campus recruiters. Assist in designing and teaching courses for career development. Serve as a member of both Career Engagement and Career Exploration Teams. Will have the opportunity to serve in a support role with student-athlete programming, including the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and the Rosenthal Leadership Academy as an integrated team member with Student Welfare and Development. Liaison Role: Develop additional partnerships with the Notre Dame Coaching Staff, Undergraduate Advisers and Faculty. Create a strong coalition between The Career Center, Student Welfare and Development, and the Monogram Club. Develop strong communication links with coaching staff in all 26 sports and create partnerships of collaboration and program development to serve the unique career development needs of student-athletes. Initiate new partnerships and help student-athletes make the connection between the unique and related resources of all departments. Employer Development: Establish and maintain relationships with employers, working with the rest of The Career Center team to increase job, internship/externship, shadowing, and informational interviewing opportunities for student-athletes. Visit with employers – including travel with the AVP and Director of The Career Center, and/or Athletics staff members, to meet with Monogram winners and other alumni and recruiters to identify new opportunities. Serve as the industry lead for career opportunities in Sports and Recreation. Represents The Career Center across campus and in professional associations/community organizations. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director to ensure the success of the Career Center, the University, students, and other stakeholders. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years experience in higher education or college recruiting required. Exhibits strong ethical standards in an effort to advocate for all students. Advanced communication, program evaluation, and outcomes development skills. Should be able to lift boxes up to 40 pounds. Sense of humor and desire to contribute ideas toward the success of the overall undergraduate career services program essential. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field strongly preferred. Licensed professional counselors, or certified career coaches preferred. Certifications for specific career assessments also preferred. Preference given for previous experience as a Division I student-athlete and an understanding of student development in higher education. Experience in complex career services office or related (higher education, college recruiting, etc.). Appreciation for centralized undergraduate career services model. Understanding of NACE professional standards and career development theory. ABOUT NOTRE DAME: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual "Great Colleges to Work For" survey...and we are proud of it! The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality staff and administration. Toward this end, the University shall continue its commitments to equal employment opportunities and affirmative action goals. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at to Job # S15103. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search. The University of Notre Dame is committed to diversity in its staff, faculty, and student body. As such, we strongly encourage applications from members of minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who will enhance our community. The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. jeid-938556de1eb13d441760329828b2c386


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