Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Role Type: Athletics
Rutgers University
Rutgers University

McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI): The purpose of the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI) is to provide minorities- known as MLI Future Leaders - a jump-start to their careers through practical experiences, opportunities to build their network, and instilling the values of John McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership, and Mentorship. Coaches participating in the initiative are Ambassadors of the program and will serve as mentors to the Future Leaders on their campuses. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree to apply.

This position will gain valuable experience across a variety of units within the Rutgers University Athletic Department.  The responsibilities outlined below will be broken down by academic term (Fall, Winter, Spring) with the opportunity to gain industry experience from multiple supervisors in various important areas within the athletic department.   The Future Leader will go through a rotational program, where they will get to spend time working under and learning from various departments. 

Duration: August 2022 - May 2023

Duties and Responsibilities of the Position:

Student-Athlete Development:

  • Work within the Rutgers Office of Scarlet Knights For Life to provide guidance and influence for our student athletes
  • Participate with diversity and inclusion committees within the Athletic Department
  • Provide individualized and team support on behalf of Student-Athlete Development to our student-athletes including goal setting and career planning support
  • Work on any other related projects assigned by the leadership of Scarlet Knights For Life

Sport Administration:

  • Learn the various responsibilities it requires to oversee a sport from an administrative standpoint
  • Work closely with our coaching staff and administrators to strategically plan for the coming seasons, as well as solve any issues that arise
  • Attend sport administrator & head coaches meetings

Facilities & Game Operation:

  • Learn about the various facility projects occurring at Rutgers Athletics
  • Assist in game operations where needed
  • Attend facility & operations staff meetings


  • Attend Communications meetings
  • Shadow game day comm operations and assist where needed
  • Assist in editing press releases, features and game notes and uploading to scarletknights.com
  • Help with historical and archival records and research
  • Attend Marketing & Communications weekly meetings
  • Shadow game day communications and marketing operations and assist where needed
  • Assist in editing press releases, features and game notes and uploading to sk.com
  • Assist with marketing research on peers and other institution’s promotional and atmosphere efforts
  • Plan and develop marketing and communications portion of external plans for assigned sport(s)
  • Support marketing with traditional and digital advertising efforts for Rutgers Athletics and team specific attendance driving and/or targeting initiatives

Business Operations

  • Meeting attendance – business office, third parties, etc
  • Policy and Procedures Research
  • Contracts Summary
  • Ancillary Revenue Tracking
  • Monthly file Updating
  • National Data Base Research and Analytics


  • Perform donor and prospect research
  • Attend fundraising & development staff meetings
  • Assist with the coordination of annual membership drives.  
  • Assist with donor stewardship 


  • Amateurism – including name, image and likeness
  • Eligibility
  • Recruiting
  • Playing and Practice Seasons
  • Financial Aid
  • Rules Education

Must adhere to all Rutgers University, BIG10 & NCAA rules and regulations.

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Effective and flexible communication skills

Stipend: $30,000

MLI Job ID: 112

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.