ETHNIC MINORITY AND WOMEN’S INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Athletics seeks a student-athlete experience intern beginning August 9, 2021 and ending April 29, 2022. This innovative leader will help the department implement a comprehensive and sustainable leadership development program for student-athletes as well as assist with the advisement and academic support of student-athletes. The intern will also develop a strategy for communications and social media that highlights studentathlete experiences, accolades, and leadership. These programs and strategies will include deliberate efforts to support diversity and inclusion efforts of the department. In line with the institutional priorities of the University, we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our University, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
FOCUS: As a student experience intern, gain a broad-based understanding of all aspects of student experience/development, academic advising, communications, and athletic department general operations.
- Work with the Academic Enhancement staff and the Communications Team to create a program strategy that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership.
- Implementation of social media strategy o Play a role in implementation of department wide social media strategy
- Development of program strategy that highlights s/a experience, accolades, leadership on the GoMocs.com
o Benchmark against programs of excellence (ie. see. Tennessee, Oregon….) to develop strategy
o Present benchmarking findings to Deputy AD and Asst. AD for Comm.
o Develop implementation plan to launch presence.
o Develop presence for leadership program and student athlete experience on GoMocs.com
- Create a plan, structure, calendar, and ongoing communication strategy for the StudentAthlete Awards and Accolades including, but not limited to:
o Develop yearly calendar for awards and awards solicitations
o Awards include, but are not limited to the following:
N4A Awards (ie sportsmanship, academic)
NCAA Awards and scholarships
Sr. Athletics Awards
- Work with Assistant AD for Business and Asst.AD for communications for planning and execution of student athlete awards events.
Summary of Areas:
- Social Media:
STUDENT ATHLETE EXPERIENCE (25%)
- Work with Academic Enhancement staff and SWA to create a comprehensive and sustainable student-athlete career development program.
- Develop and implement comprehensive SA career development program to enhance student-athlete experience
- Refine & Launch Program
o Work with campus constituents (ex. MocLead)
o Draft and further develop curriculum, programming, and workshops
o Plan with academic enhancement curriculum implementation
o Work on ongoing implementation plan
o Create and communicate programming calendar
o Implement programming and curriculum
o Communicate programming details to student athletes, coaches, administrators, and as appropriate, greater campus and Chattanooga community
o Work with a team of people to lead programming and curriculum for students
o Create and maintain Job Board
- Serve as an advisor to Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
o Enhance SAAC’s growth, presence, and impact on campus
o Guide SAAC on development and execution of goals
o Guide SAAC to develop a yearly calendar of events, including beginning and end of the year events.
o Ensure SAAC is involved in campus leadership.
o Have a presence with SAAC committee and leadership, attending meetings and coordinating with co-presidents and executive team.
- Implement and refine plan to orient new student-athletes to campus.
- Refine calendar and develop a plan (in conjunction with Awards work) for solicitation, in coordination with Sport Oversights, Faculty Athletic Representative, and coaches, for student athletes, for NCAA internships and grant opportunities.
- Serve on department/campus Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
- Advise a cohort of student-athletes toward NCAA eligibility and UTC graduation.
- Meet weekly with students who are at-risk.
- Coordinate academic support for student-athletes.
- FERPA compliance.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES (25%):
- Assist department in areas as requested including game day operations and other events.
- A comprehensive student-athlete development program for student-athletes including:
o SoCon initiatives (#SoConnected)
Programming must include goals that focus on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for student-athletes.
- Support the development of a departmental strategy for social media.
- A communications program strategy that highlights student athlete experiences, and accolades, and leadership.
o Build a departmental strategy for student athlete awards and accolades.
o Build a website presence around student athlete experience and leadership.
- Number of areas within the department and University that student is exposed to and works with over the course of the internship.
- Mastery of skills in development of communications strategies and student-athlete development programming.
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; degree in sports management/marketing, journalism, communications, marketing, or similar field preferred
- Familiarity with NCAA Division I and conference regulations (SoCon) preferred
- Experience with diversity and inclusion programming preferred
- Previous engagement with or in a leadership development program
- Ability to develop programming/educational curriculum and content
- Organized and detail-oriented
- Strong self-initiative and ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and minimal supervision
- Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail including the ability to detect grammatical and spelling errors
- Aptitude for collaborating with others, establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, coaches, administrators, and campus colleagues
- Ability to exercise significant independent judgment
- Proficiency with utilization of trending social media platforms
- Willingness to comply with NCAA regulations and to work extended hours beyond the typical business day, nights and weekends throughout the academic year, and travel as required
- Ability to excel as a member of a diverse community
- This position has significant interaction with students, faculty, staff, coaches, administrators, media, and external constituents.
- 30-35 hours per week (approx.), August 9, 2021 until April 29, 2022. Off Dec. 7 through January 9th. Must be willing to work a flex schedule.