Job: Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Compliance

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Posted: 09/01/2017

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: R000010555

Job Description

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Grand Canyon University is currently seeking an Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Compliance (to commensurate with experience). At the direction of the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Compliance and Administration, this role is responsible for assisting in the administration of the Athletics Department’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance program. This role will assist in the strategic approach to monitoring, educating, reviewing and reporting as it relates to NCAA, WAC, and institutional rules. 

This role is responsible for assisting in the creation and management of initiatives that promote institutional and departmental culture of integrity and compliance as it relates to intercollegiate athletics. Responsibilities also include the supervision of assigned staff, internship/graduate assistant program, assessing compliance risks, review of certification of eligibility, maintenance of rules education plan, coordinate operating functions of NCAA Bylaws with direct reports, filing NCAA and WAC waivers, and assist in the reporting of violations. This position will assist with the coordination of institutional policies and procedures that have a compliance nexus.


  • Ensures that all student-athletes (including transfer students) are eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics programs by working with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center in processing the eligibility requirements of freshmen student-athletes and junior college transfers and processing and certifying the continuing eligibility of current student-athletes.
  • Ensures that the University’s athletics programs are in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations governing financial aid to student-athletes by working cooperatively with the Director of Student Financial Aid in monitoring all financial aid awarded to student-athletes, including initial athletically-related aid and renewable athletically-related aid, as well as income from additional sources of countable aid, work study, jobs, and grants and loans.
  • Provides relevant compliance information and updates as needed regarding NCAA and Conference rules to Athletics staff as well as staff outside Athletics in departments such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar whose responsibilities include dealing with student-athletes and/or Athletics Department personnel in matters governed by NCAA and or Conference rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Ensures that the University’s athletics programs are in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations governing recruiting, amateurism, awards and benefits, playing and practice seasons, and sports camps and clinics by developing and conducting NCAA rules education sessions for coaches, student-athletes, and other needed college personnel to encourage broad-based knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, and monitoring the compliance.
  • Ensures compliance with intercollegiate athletics program reporting requirements by assuming responsibility for filing all NCAA certification forms, squad list forms, drug consent forms, student-athlete statements, annual NCAA disclosure study and other related forms as required by NCAA and all affiliated conferences.
  • Assists the functional Department Head in maintaining the department policy and procedures manual, the compliance manual, the camps and clinics manual, and the Student-Athlete Handbook.
  • Responsible for the completion of the annual NCAA reports such as sport sponsorship and Demographics, Academic Progress Report (APR), Graduation Success Rate (GSR), and other reports as needed. 
  • Coordinates investigation of known and/or alleged rules violations, keeps the senior management of athletics informed of all alleged and known violations, and handles all correspondence with the NCAA and affiliated conferences regarding rules violations and follow up responses.
  • Participates in various initiatives and committees representing the University and the Athletic Department.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development seminars, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Associate Director of Athletics.
  • Contributes to the overall success of the intercollegiate athletics program by performing all other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends at GCU Athletic and other University sponsored events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3+ years experience in a compliance role, preferably in higher education and Division I university.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with NCAA Compliance Assistant, LSDBi, RSRO and AMA Online are required and experience with ACS recruiting and compliance software is preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of work experience and education may be substituted, upon hiring manager’s approval.
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.


GCU’s Christian worldview has shaped the university’s mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

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