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Assistant Director of Sports Performance (4403)

Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 13, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Summary

This is a professional coaching position and all of the duties of the position must be conducted in adhering with the policies, rules and regulations of affiliated national, regional and state intercollegiate athletic associations, the Mid-American conference (or subsequent member conference) and the university.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Safety and Conduct
  • Responsible for the development, safety and conduct of the team(s).
  • Strives to reduce the likelihood of sports-related injuries or the aggravation of such injuries during practice sessions and scheduled contests by being knowledgeable of the injuries sustained in the sport and teaching proper prevention methods, directing appropriate pre-training session and pre-contest preparations and warm ups, and working with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers during all training sessions and contests.
  • Responsible for team training for assigned sport(s).
Team Training
  • Enables student-athletes to perform to their physical potential in their sport through the development and management of individual and group weight, strength, and fitness training programs.
  • Develops programs by evaluating current physical conditioning, having a knowledge of the various sports and associated exercises, tailoring strength programs for specific needs, demonstrating proper performance of exercises, correcting mistakes.
  • Manages programs by monitoring progress and providing an assessment of development.
Relations and Teamwork
  • Promotes commitment, teamwork and develops working relationships.
  • Establishes rapport with and ensures open lines of communication with the coaching staff, student-athletes of all teams, and athletic training staff.

  • Assists in the administration of the entire program, including assisting with daily weight room practices and conditioning responsibilities.
  • Provides an overall positive environment for the strength and conditioning development of all student-athletes.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Student-Athlete Well-Being
  • Supports recommendations as set forth by athletics department designated registered dietitian for good nutrition and supplementation for the health and performance of the student-athletes.
Maintenance of Weight Room
  • Develops and implements a cleaning schedule for the weight room and weight room equipment in the Yordon Center weight room.
Other duties as required.

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


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


Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in exercise science field.
  • Minimum two years of experience in strength and conditioning on the university or college level.
  • Minimum one year of administrative experience in a sports training facility, department, or program.
  • USA weightlifting certification.
  • Minimum one year of speed development experience.
Additional Requirements (SPS)


Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • Master’s Degree
Physical demands/requirements
  • Sitting, standing, walking, lifting up to 50 lbs, general office requirements.
Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date


Anticipated Appointment End Date


Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week


Working Hours

Varies days, nights, weekends


Commensurate with experience; NIU offers a robust Benefits Package

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

See above

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

For full consideration, prospective applicants should visit to apply and submit the following materials by April 1, 2024:

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Certifications
Applications received after April 1, 2024 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

Special Instructions

Quick Link to Applicant

Is Background Check Required?


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 Building Room 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

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.
Read the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report .
Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-9364 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)

Supplemental Questions

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