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Assistant Director, Sports Performance/Olympic (4453)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 1, 2023
Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Sports Performance/Olympic, reporting directly to the Associate Athletic Director of Sports Performance, provides expertise and guidance in the training, development and implementation of sound, scientifically proven strength and physical conditioning protocols, including, but not limited to, mental development and motivation of assigned sports/student-athletes to maximize their potential for athletic performance and injury prevention.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide an overall positive environment for the strength and conditioning development of all student-athletes.
  • Assist in the administration of the entire program, including assisting with daily weight room practices and conditioning sessions.
  • Detailed instruction to execute all training exercises safely and correctly specific to performance enhancement methods to achieve desired results.
Communication/Relationship Building
  • Promote commitment, teamwork and develop a working relationship, establish rapport with, and ensure open lines of communication with the coaching staff, student-athletes of all teams and athletic training staff.
  • Be responsible for the development, safety and conduct of the team(s).
Dietary and Student Athlete Well-Being
  • Support recommendations as set forth by the athletics department designated registered dietitian for good nutrition and supplementation for the health and performance of the student-athletes
Public Relations
  • Perform both direct and indirect public relations functions including promotion, fund raising, community instruction through camps and/or clinics

Cash Handling
  • Cash handling responsibilities – $5,000-$10,000 annually;
  • Additional duties as assigned by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
  • When practical under the circumstances, intercollegiate athletic staff are encouraged to voluntarily attend all athletic events to promote audience participation and support for NIU team efforts .
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)


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Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
  • Bachelor’s Degree required in exercise science field, with appropriate certifications.
  • Ability to demonstrate weight training skills, conditioning strategies plus teaching progressions, and knowledge of sports nutrition.
  • Ability to communicate with and relate well to the student-athlete.
  • Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written, and electronic forms.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • CSCCa or CSCS certification required
Additional Requirements (SPS)
  • Ability to communicate with and relate well to the student-athlete.
  • Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written and electronic forms.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • When practical under the circumstances, intercollegiate athletic staff are encouraged to voluntarily attend all athletic events to promote audience participation and support for NIU team efforts.
  • As a staff member within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, you are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association ( NCAA ) regulations, both those general in nature and those which apply directly to your position’s responsibilities. Strict adherence to all applicable governing policies, procedures, and regulations of the NCAA is required and is a condition of your employment.
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • Master’s degree.
  • Successful experience in strength and conditioning on the university or college level.
  • Administrative experience in a sports training facility, department, or program.
  • Speed development experience.
Physical demands/requirements


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Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

For full consideration, prospective applicants should visit
to apply and upload the following materials
by June 21, 2023

Required Documents
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • CSCCa or CSCS Certification
  • Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  • List of References
Applications received after June 21, 2023 are welcomed, but will be considered only as needed.

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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

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Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
  5. Certifications/Licensure #1
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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