Reporting to the Deputy Director of Athletics, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration is responsible for the oversight, supervision and coordination of all athletics compliance activities related to NCAA Division I, Northeast Conference (NEC), Hockey East, Merrimack College bylaws, rules, and regulations. This position shall support a commitment to compliance and institutional control with all coaches, staff, student-athletes, university personnel, alumni and donors, mitigating risk for the college and the athletic department. The position will serve as the primary athletic liaison with the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) and with campus enrollment service areas (offices of admissions, financial aid, housing, and registrar). This individual will also serve as the primary sport administrator for several sports, pending experience and interests.
- Oversee a comprehensive NCAA Division I athletics compliance program with a focus on education, enforcement and monitoring of all policies and procedures, including, but not limited to recruiting, amateurism, eligibility, financial aid awards and benefits, and playing/practice seasons.
- Provide ongoing NCAA DI rules programming and consistently educate and interpret applicable rules for student-athletes, coaches, and staff on various matters; ensure donors and fans are informed and educated on applicable rules.
- Compile required information and/or data to complete and submit all required reports, including but not limited to, Academic Progress Rate (APR), Sports Sponsorship and Demographics, EADA, and various conference and NCAA reports and surveys.
- Ensure all current policies and procedures are updated in the department’s compliance handbook.
- Assure the timely investigation, resolution and self-reporting of NCAA rules violations and filing of waiver requests, as they may occur.
- Serve as primary administrator regarding online NCAA Applications, ARMS software, FanWord App and any other apps/software related to rules compliance, name, image and likeness (NIL), or similar area.
- Provide oversight to the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Affairs, including the establishment of goals and priorities, ensuring opportunities for continued growth and professional development.
- Collaborate with the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to certify that all student-athletes meet all NCAA, conference and college requirements for initial and continuing eligibility for athletic participation, for both practice and intercollegiate competition, and financial aid.
- Provide oversight to the Compliance Coordinator, including the establishment of goals and priorities and providing opportunities for continued growth and professional development.
- Serve as primary sports administrator for several sports, pending experience and interests, by providing leadership, advice, counsel, oversight and guidance to the head coach of the assigned program.
- Foster and maintain a culture that demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as well as trust and mutual respect.
- Represent the department on a variety of campus committees as deemed appropriate.
- Willingness and ability to work nights/weekends, including non-traditional hours and holidays and travel with teams when necessary.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
- Five to seven years of experience working in college compliance, with demonstrated growth in responsibilities; NCAA Division I experience preferred.
Competencies: (skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- Working knowledge of NCAA Applications and ARMS software, preferred.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to educate and communicate with a broad range of constituents about NCAA DI compliance
- 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
- Exceptional leadership skills.
Application Materials Should Include:
- Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Required Vaccinations and Remote Work
This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.
All Merrimack College students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and up to date with booster recommendations as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or attest to a medical, religious or personal concern about being vaccinated. Every member of the Merrimack College community must take personal responsibility and complete an attestation that validates each individual’s compliance with the College’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.
Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, nursing and health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and the Girard school of business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the Most Innovative Schools category. Merrimack is an NCAA Division I athletic institution.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.