Canisius Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director of Academic Achievement & Student-Athlete Support Services

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Student Affairs

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/SWA and respective head coaches;
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Athletic Director/SWA 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
  • 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.


  • 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.

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 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.

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