Jess Duff begins her first year as the special assistant to the athletic director/department head in 2017-18. Duff came to MIT from the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she has served as the Assistant Coordinator for the NCAA Office of Inclusion.
During her time with the NCAA, Duff collaborated with the NCAA Division III core staff in assisting with the support and communication of the membership’s 15+ decision-making bodies. Her wide range of duties also included working with key leadership to advance strategic initiatives, identity platforms and web-based communications for Division III. Duff also assisted in the implementation of the Emerging Leaders Seminar, the DIII Advancement Forum, the DIII Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR) Institute, the New Athletic Director Orientation and the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.
In addition, Duff was the lead for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes the top female student-athletes in the NCAA at all divisions for their achievement in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
A former varsity basketball and volleyball student-athlete at Wellesley College (Mass.), Duff earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and went on to earn her Master’s in Education from Tufts University (Mass.).
She worked as a women’s basketball graduate assistant at Tufts University from 2009-12, as well as an assistant coach for one season at UMass Boston and two years as the Assistant to the Director of Athletics at Mount Holyoke College. During her stint at Mount Holyoke from 2013-15, Duff was also the Fitness Center Director and was an assistant basketball coach.