Assistant Director of Sports Medicine #605546

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 13, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

This is a full-time 12-month contracted position. This position requires a BOC certified and Arizona Board of Athletic Training (eligible) licensed athletic trainer to oversee the healthcare needs of a Division I sport as designated by the Director of Sports Medicine, and under the direction of the team physician.

Job Functions & Standards:

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality, evidence-based health care for Division I student athletes.
  • Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of student athletes' injuries in a manner that best reflects the mission and goals of the department, University, Big Sky Conference, and the NCAA.
  • Provide high quality, thorough and regular communication to coaches, team physicians and the sports medicine staff regarding student athlete illness/injury and condition progress. (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act [HIPAA] and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act [FERPA] rules apply)
  • Communicate directly to the team physician and will be responsible for all necessary referrals to outside entities.
  • Schedule outside services for student athletes (counseling services, laboratory testing, imaging services, physical therapy, etc.) in a timely manner per the direction of the team physician.
  • Establish criteria for safe return to practice and competition, and implementing the return-to-play process.
  • Communicate daily status updates to strength and conditioning staff. (HIPPA & FERPA rules apply)
  • Maintain accurate medical records for each student athlete in an Electronic Medical Record.
  • Provide on-site medical coverage to any/all practices and competitions as designated by the Director of Sports Medicine, including travel during regular season and practice coverage outside of regular season.
  • Establish and operate treatment facilities for both practice and game situations that follow national and local standards.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of the sports medicine program including maintaining clean, organized, safe, and efficient facilities.
  • Establish a safe practice and playing environment by monitoring environmental risk factors such as weather conditions.
  • Review the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for safety and appropriateness related to injury prevention and provide recommendations for change when indicated.
  • Coordinating timely processing of athletic injury related bills and filing claims directly to medical services coordinator.
  • Supervises 1-2 graduate assistant athletic trainers in a mentorship role to assist in their sport coverage and in decisions relevant to return-to-play.
  • Required to be an approved clinical instructor for the Athletic Training Education Program, and will supervise the clinical education of the Master’s level students.

Administrative/Operational Responsibilities (subject to change at the discretion of the Director):

  • Coordinator of personnel hiring. Will communicate when positions become available for graduate assistants and full time positions, post positions, and act as chair on hiring committee. Will schedule interviews, visits, and review applicants that fit the graduate assistant job description and advise applicants on graduate colleges/programs.
  • Responsible for assisting the Director of Sports Medicine in keeping active record of budget and allocating funds as needed.
  • Property and capital assets supervisor for the Department of Sports Medicine. This includes property maintenance, tracking, correct disposal, and replacement.
  • Designated liaison to the department of strength and conditioning. Will assist the Director of Sports Medicine in training the strength and conditioning specialists in urgent and emergent injury protocol and practice the protocol annually. Will collaborate with strength and conditioning on professional development opportunities that will benefit student athlete welfare and performance.
  • Assist the Director of Sports Medicine in annual review and updating of policies, procedures, and student athlete waivers/forms to reflect best practices and current evidence.
  • Responsible for assisting the Director of Sports Medicine in monitoring scholarships and endowments, allocating them, determining criteria for awards.
  • Assist the Director of Sports Medicine in identifying research opportunities and seeing them through to whatever extent necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Sports Medicine always performed with urgency, quality, and in the name of stewardship of resources and professionalism.

This position may also be assigned as the Head Football Athletic Trainer (by the Director); and as such is responsible to coordinate healthcare services for the NAU football team. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Scheduling staff and student workers for coverage of practices, home and away competition.
  • Facilitating additional on-site services from various Healthcare Specialties in the community to be present for competition (Orthopedic, Dental, Physical Therapy, etc.)
  • Coordination of Custom Bracing through Don Joy Orthopedics for all offensive lineman or others with similar bracing needs. Fitting, refurbishing, maintenance and repairs.
  • Facilitating comprehensive education to NAU football coaches and student athletes on NCAA mandated Concussion education.
  • Coordinating with Emergency Medical services to staff EMS on site for football games.
  • Coordinating with Emergency Medical Services to educate and train both NAU staff and EMS on best practices regarding on-field emergencies and equipment removal for head trauma, cervical trauma, Cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies, and fractures and/or dislocations.
  • Coordinating with Coaching staff and NAU Compliance on prospective student athlete official visits and pre-screening for risk.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in athletic training, kinesiology, or related field, AND
  • 5-7 years of athletic training at the collegiate level or relevant experience.
  • Certification through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Board of Certification.
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • Arizona Board of Athletic Training (eligible) licensed athletic trainer.
  • A combination of related education, experience, and training may be used.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in athletic training, kinesiology, or related field.

Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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