Do you love Michigan athletics? Are you compliant? Do you need a job?

Submitted by TrueBlueLaw on March 12th, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Saw this posted on the law school job board (actually, it was posted earlier, then disappeared, and now is back). Anyway, I don't know if this has anything to do with the NCAA's recent visits, but it seems likely.

Athletics NCAA Compliance Assistant: The University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time, temporary position with the Athletic Department’s Compliance Services Office. The position is immediately available and will conclude July 31, 2010 with the potential to be extended through April 30, 2011. The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, assisting in the operation of the athletics compliance program. Duties include preparation and organization of required NCAA and Big Ten conference forms and reports; monitoring of compliance-related activities; maintenance of compliance records; and other duties as assigned. Successful applicants must have strong verbal and written communication skills, Windows-based computing skills (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, etc.). Bachelor’s degree required. Law or Master’s degree preferred. Remuneration is $10 per hour, no benefits. Please note that the review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates will be interviewed on an on-going basis, until the position is filled. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send resume, cover letter and at least three references by March 15, 2010 to . . .



March 12th, 2010 at 10:31 AM ^

You don't suppose the fact that they haven't given me a raise in my last two promotions has anything to do with my possibly not putting in 100% effort at all times, do you?

Edit: To be more accurate, I now converse directly with customers and vendors daily, and send out all kinds of documentation without any supervision whatsoever, and they're still paying me the same as they did when I helped a guy open boxes in shipping.


March 12th, 2010 at 10:36 AM ^

OH, I figured, but I've got a stick up my butt about it. Just because the job market is tight does not mean my degree is worthless and my cost of living doesn't increase!!!

Customers rave about my new format for manuals, you know.


March 12th, 2010 at 9:09 AM ^

While $10/hr is obviously not much pay, I think they will get a fair number of law grads applying. A lot of recent law school grads have been deferred by the firms who offered them jobs, meaning they have a job in theory, but will not start working for awhile and are looking for something to do in the interim. Other law grads don't have a job at all because of this economy. For example, I graduated in December 09, but won't start work until October 2010 - others have been deferred significantly longer. I recently found something to do in the interim, but I would've seriously considered this job otherwise, if for no other reason but I think it would be a cool experience.


March 12th, 2010 at 10:15 AM ^

The last think Michigan needs is a guy who is only doing this job for a few months (OK maybe 6 - 8 months) before starting their "real" career. It would take at least 2-3 months to understand the job and do it on your own (without someone constantly looking over your back).

Then, the recent grad would only have a few months left until they started a new job. Michigan needs someone who wants compliance/ football/ coaching as a career goal and will put all of the time and effort required.

If this is market rate, fine, but IMO, you get what you pay for.


March 12th, 2010 at 9:12 AM ^

I'm sure they will get someone who wants to use the job as a springboard. Entry-level assistants are notoriously underpaid in all sports; compliance is apparently no exception. Maybe they should change the ad so something like this:

"Do you like striking fear into the hearts of everyone you meet? Do you want to be like the Vowelless One someday? We'll teach you how and we'll even pay you ten dollars an hour to learn."

If you don't remember the Vowelless one, google Chuck Smrt. He was once the most feared investigator on the NCAA staff. He helps schools now, but old-timers probably still quake when they hear his name.

Stupid Flanders

March 12th, 2010 at 9:13 AM ^

Unfortunately, there will be a lot of applicants to chose from due to the economy, and a lot of recent law school grads who haven't found jobs yet. In addition to the money, the fact that it's only temporary is a real bummer. Might be nice to get into the department if it was a job with some staying power.

Does this mean after April 30th, 2011 we will go back to non-compliance?


March 23rd, 2010 at 3:08 PM ^

Please send resume, cover letter and at least three references by March 15, 2010 to
Ann Vollano, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, University of Michigan, 1000 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-
2201 or by email to [email protected].