Assistant Athletics Director/Head Athletic Trainer, Olympic Sports
The Department of Athletics at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Assistant Athletics Director/Head Athletic Trainer, Olympic Sports. It is the Assistant Athletics Director/Head Athletic Trainer, Olympic Sports' responsibility to be knowledgeable and comply with all of West Virginia University policies as well as rules of the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA. Failure to adhere to these tenets will result in appropriate disciplinary action including possible suspension and termination.
The Assistant Athletics Director/Head Athletic Trainer, Olympic Sports must comply with the NATA Code of Ethics.
Represent the University on the highest professional level with dignity, integrity, and strength of character and will exhibit ethical behavior; must respect the rights and dignity of individuals with sensitivity to problems that may arise from racial and ethnical differences.
Possess the ability to adapt to any situation, make decisions and work independently; position must have the ability to build and maintain relationships with student-athletes, coaches, staff members and constituencies; required to use creative abilities to develop new techniques and approaches in dealing with many issues controlled by this position; responsibilities of the position are ever-changing and require constant education; requires the ability to adapt to any situation and make decisions.
Manage sensitive and confidential information related to student-athletes, coaches and staff utilizing discretion and correct decisions. Failure to use proper discretion at required level could result in major and significant embarrassment to the University and/or have a significant impact on image, revenues and eligibility of student-athletes.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Oversee all Athletic Training day-to-day activities and long-term initiatives within the WVU Athletic Performance Center.
- Supervise and develop 7 full-time athletic training and/or physical therapist professionals as well as GAs/Interns within Olympic Sports.
- Develop and manage an infrastructure to ensure ongoing professional development of Olympic Sports Athletic Training staff that promotes continued individual growth and advancement of the Sports Medicine department.
- Manage all aspects of Sports Medicine for all Olympic Sports excluding men’s and women’s basketball.
- Coordinate the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and management of athletic-related injuries for assigned student-athletes.
- Serve as hiring chair of all new hires within Sports Medicine-Olympic Sports reporting line.
- Provide critical feedback and guidance to Sports Medicine-Olympic Sports reporting line employees throughout the year and during the university’s annual review process.
- Coordinate and distribute all communication to Sports Medicine-Olympic Sports direct reports.
- Administer emergency care and assist in making medical referrals.
- Manage system of injury records on appropriate student-athletes.
- Coordinate communication among parent, physician, student-athlete, coach, dietician as well as sports psychologist/mental health professional(s).
- Maintain current BOC certification, as well as WV State Athletic Trainer licensure.
- Work closely with Strength and Conditioning staff to ensure safe and effective “return to play” protocols.
- Demonstrate a cooperative attitude towards all other sports within the intercollegiate athletics program.
- Demonstrate a cooperative relationship with the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program within the WVU School of Medicine.
- Faithfully and diligently carries out related duties of the department, as requested or assigned by Athletics Medical Director, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director, and Director of Athletics.
- Master’s degree or further-advanced degree.
- 5 years post-professional experience following earned Master’s
- Athletic Training NCAA Division I level experience in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injured athletes.
- Successful management of a NCAA Division I level Sport Medicine department and Athletic Training professionals.
- Maintain high standard of ethics and integrity related to intercollegiate athletics.
- Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.
- Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA and conference guidelines, policies, rules and regulations with the ability to interpret, apply, enforce and explain such policies and rules.
- Maintain knowledge of state and University policies and procedures.
- Exhibit strong creative, organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of proper English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.
- Demonstrated ability to function professionally under high stress and confrontational circumstances.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks for extended period of time.
- Demonstrated ability to independently plan and organize work.
- Proactive attitude towards work and assignments.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain and develop personal contacts with outside groups, i.e. studentathletes, professional representatives, fans, media, donors, University community.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Demonstrated knowledge of record keeping and adherence to schedule.
- Ability to stay abreast of information impacting the affected area.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and motivate groups and individuals.
- Ability to maintain proper unit attendance and punctuality standards, work extended hours including nights and weekends (often with extensive walking and standing).
- Demonstrated skills in management of an intercollegiate athletics training program.
- Demonstrated knowledge of effected areas of involvement.
- Demonstrated ability to manage personnel.
- Ability to make administrative procedural decisions and judgments.
- Demonstrated ability to drive and travel via motor vehicle.
- Valid Driver's License.
- Current Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer certification.
- Eligible for West Virginia Athletic Trainer licensure.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/ .
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.