Assistant Director of Academic Achievement & Student-Athlete Support Services
As a key member of the Griff Center for Student Success team, the Assistant Director, Academic Achievement & Student Athlete Support Services will work collaboratively with the Department of Athletics to provide academic support to our NCAA Division I Student-Athletes. This position will monitor student-athletes' academic progress with regards to College and NCAA academic eligibility requirements and work with coaches to ensure student success. They will also work with the academic achievement team to participate in college-wide academic advisement and retention initiatives.
Academic Achievement Responsibilities:
•Provide academic support for students who may need to resolve an academic issue(s); •Coordinate the academic coaching program; •Advise students who are still deciding on a major, assisting with degree requirements, and creating a plan of study based on academic/career goals; •Assist with freshmen scheduling and transfer student services; •Serve as a member of the Cura Personalis Team (CPT); •Assist with creating and implementing student success and retention initiatives; •Other duties as assigned.
Student-Athlete Support Services Responsibilities:
•Serve as the academic liaison to the Athletics Department and the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR); •Work in collaboration with student-athletes, coaches, and faculty in providing a comprehensive support services program that will assist student-athletes in their academic progress; •Meet or arrange for a member of the Griff Center for Student Success to meet with prospective student-athletes and families; •Facilitate coordination of student-athletes’ academic schedules with student-athletes’ participation in practices and competitions; •Work collaboratively with coaches and Athletic Department staff to ensure that student-athletes maintain academic progress per NCAA/MAAC requirements; •Counsel student-athletes concerning academic responsibilities and time management; •Coordinate athletic team academic travel contracts with the Associate Athletic Director/Administrator and respective head coaches; •Work collaboratively with the Associate Athletic Director/Administrator and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance to certify NCAA academic eligibility at the conclusion of every semester; •Assist the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance with NCAA rules education process for student-athletes including but not limited to monitoring full-time status and major changes of all student-athletes; •Coordinate the generation of weekly reports of academic mentoring, tutoring, and study center for each athletic team; •Facilitate review of academic progress and deficiency reports with coaches; •Serve as point person for faculty to share academic concerns regarding student-athletes; •Collaborate with the Athletic Department to determine Study Center requirements and student-athlete’s expectations; •Supervise the textbook/instructional supplies program in collaboration with the College bookstore to ensure an accurate distribution and collection of the textbooks in accordance with College and NCAA legislation; •Send weekly communications to student-athletes with relevant updates; •Supervise the Learning Specialist for Student-Athletes and the Graduate Assistant for Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes.
The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (716) 888-2240.
To apply, go to https://www.canisius.edu/about-canisius/employment-canisius. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please include your cover letter and resume with your application.
Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice. Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity. The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time position. Benefits are available the first of the month after the full-time employee’s date of hire and include – health, dental and vision insurance, life and long term disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees with contribution from College after one year. Paid holidays, vacation, personal leave and sick leave. Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.
Master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration or related field required.
Minimum of 2-4 years work experience post masters.
Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Strong attention to detail and follow through.
Ability to work effectively and cooperatively within a team and independently.
Ability to work under deadline pressure and manage multiple activities.
Advanced computer proficiency and the ability to learn additional programs, including the Canisius College BANNER system.
Preferable knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations as well a familiarity of NCAA academic reform.
Professional demeanor and ability to work effectively with various constituencies including: students, faculty, administrators, and the general public.
About Canisius College
Canisius at a Glance
Canisius College is the premier private university in Western New York, one of 28 Jesuit, Catholic colleges in the nation, and is consistently ranked among the top regional colleges in the Northeast. Founded in 1870 by German Jesuits, Canisius College is named for St. Peter Canisius, a renowned Dutch educator and one of the original members of the Society of Jesus. What began in a single building in downtown Buffalo now consists of 56 buildings located on 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in North-Central Buffalo.
John J. Hurley is Canisius College's 24th president. He took office July 1, 2010. President Hurley succeeded Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, SJ, who had been president since 1993.
Canisius College, a Jesuit, Catholic university, offers outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional programs distinguished by transformative learning experiences that engage students in the classroom and beyond. Canisius fosters in our students a commitment to excellence, service and leadership in a global society.
Rankings and Distinctions
The high quality of a Canisius education is consistently recognized and ranked in a wide variet...y of ways, including the following:
Accounting Graduates No. 1 in New York
Canisius College alumni ranked first, overall, in New York State on the 2013 CPA exam cycle, with a 71 percent pass rate, in the category of large programs.
Approximately 90 percent or more of our graduates are working or in graduate school within one year after graduation.
Graduate School Acceptance Rate for Law School
Nine of ten Canisius students who apply to law schools are accepted.
Graduate School Acceptance Rate for Medical School
Nine of ten Canisius students who apply to medical and health schools are accepted.
US News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges”
For the second consecutive year, Canisius earned its highest ranking in college history with the 20th spot in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 rankings of America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North. Consistently ranked among the top regional colleges, Canisius also moved up four spots in “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for regional universities in the north.
US News & World Report “Top Online Education Degree Programs”
The Canisius College Online Graduate Program in Education ranked high in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of top online education degree programs. Canisius scored well in the categories of Teaching Practices and Student Engagement and Student Services and Technology among others.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Best Value Private University
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Canisius College one of the nation’s best values among private universities for 2011-12. Canisius is the only private college in Western New York to rank in Kiplinger’s top 100 private universities. Only 13 of the 114 private colleges and universities in New York State made the list.
GI Jobs Magazine Lauds Canisius as “Military Friendly”
Canisius received the designation “military friendly” from GI Jobs Magazine. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
Forbes America’s Top Colleges
Canisius was named to Forbes’ 2012 ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions for quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.
2011 National Survey of Student Engagement
Canisius earned high marks from its student body in the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement. Ninety-three percent of freshman students reported a favorable image of the college and felt that Canisius demonstrated a substantial commitment to academic and social successes. Eighty-five percent of seniors said they would choose Canisius again, if they had to start their college career over.
The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, which allows students to work closely with their instructors, often publishing or presenting scholarly articles based on joint research. There are more than 200 full-time faculty at Canisius, 95 percent of whom hold a PhD or other terminal degree.
Campus Ministry is responsible for the religious life of the campus. Activities are open to students and staff of all faiths and include spiritual retreats, service opportunities and the promotion of social justice. Mass is celebrated in Christ the King Chapel for the college community at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 11:45 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Student Services and Activities
More than 140 college-sponsored organizations offer Canisius students experiences related to service, the media, student government, academics, and religious and social interests.
Total number of students – 5,148
College of Arts and Sciences
Richard J. Wehle School of Business
School of Education and Human Services
There are more than 1,000 courses and more than 100 distinct majors, minors and special programs offered at Canisius. View a listing of majors, minors and special programs.
There are more than 40,000 Canisius alumni who live and work in the United States and 52 other countries around the world.
96 percent of Canisius alumni live in the United States.
69 percent of Canisius alumni live in New York State.