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Job No. 540530 Head Athletic Trainer

California State University, Bakersfield
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 24, 2024

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


FT/PT: Full-time

PAY PLAN: 12-month

WORKPLACE TYPE: On-site (work in-person at business location)

  • However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate's experience, education, skills, and training.


    PAY BASIS: Monthly

    BENEFITS: CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays per year and more! See our benefits website for additional information.

    CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Open to all qualified applicants.

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANT: FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION, applications must be received by July 8, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled.

    POSITION PURPOSE: Under the general direction of the Sr. Associate Athletics Director, the Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for the development, organization, and administration of the sports medicine program, including providing lead work direction to other trainers. When injuries occur, the Head Athletic Trainer serves as a first responder by recognizing and evaluating the injuries, and subsequently developing treatment and rehabilitation programs, incorporating the appropriate therapeutic modalities and use of rehabilitation and exercise equipment.


    Lead Work
  • Provide lead direction to other athletic trainers, including assisting in employee selection, scheduling, and assigning of work, reviewing work of other Athletic Trainers, and providing input for performance evaluations.
  • Provide expertise in athletic training services to all sports teams and coaches within athletic training rooms, home games, away games, and practices.
  • Assign athletic trainers to ensure needed coverage for practices, home events, and team travel.
  • Coordinate temporary athletic training staff scheduling.
  • Develop and recommend program policies and procedures to athletics administration, ensuring compliance with provisions of the NCAA, OSHA, and HIPAA.
  • Oversee the maintenance of athletic training facilities and equipment.
  • Coordinate with Deputy Athletics Director on development of Sports Medicine budget.
  • Act as a liaison to the campus Health Center.

  • Injury Treatment/Rehabilitation
  • Prevent, recognize, and assess athletic injuries. Develop and administer rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries using appropriate therapeutic modalities and treatments.
  • Monitor rehabilitation plans and progress.
  • Assist with and assign student-athletes for therapy as needed.
  • Coordinate athletic training programs.
  • Coordinate drug prevention programs and drug testing requirements for student-athletes.
  • Assist coaches in designing and implementing conditioning programs and rehabilitation programs.
  • Coordinate student-athlete doctor's appointments as needed.
  • Consult with physicians on injuries and treatment plans and coordinate with coaching staff.

  • Administrative Duties
    • Monitor, review, and verify injury reports and medical records and take appropriate action as required. Ensure proper maintenance and confidentiality of all medical records and follow insurance processing and procedures.
    • Maintain insurance records.
    • Monitor and verify insurance billings and advise athletic administration on all major injuries and treatment not covered by student-athlete's insurance.


    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in athletic training, physical education, kinesiology and equivalent to three (3) to four (4) years of experience as a certified Athletic Trainer with progressive responsibility, including at least one (1) year in a lead capacity with some responsibility for program administration and experience at the college level. A combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, and abilities may be considered.

    • Possess and maintain Board of Certification (BOC) certification for Athletic Trainer.
    • CPR/AED certified.
    • Possession of a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.

    • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
    • Advanced proficiency in the skills and abilities of an Athletic Trainer including evaluating injuries and their severity, developing conditioning and rehabilitation programs, and managing and treating injuries.
    • Ability to use the full range of appropriate therapeutic modalities and treatments and rehabilitation and exercise equipment to treat and prevent injuries.
    • Ability to determine the appropriate referrals for athletes to other health care professionals.
    • Ability to recognize life threatening situations and administer the appropriate emergency aid.
    • Ability to use a computer to perform medical, insurance and other recordkeeping functions and work in an environment with competing priorities.
    • Knowledge of applicable CSU polies and procedures, state and federal laws, and NCAA policies and procedures as it relates to Athletic Training.
    • Ability to exhibit the organizational and administrative abilities necessary to develop and coordinate a sports medicine program.
    • Ability to establish program priorities and provide lead work direction and training to other Athletic Trainers.
    • Ability to promote teamwork to optimize effectiveness and develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory agencies.
    • Ability to ensure rehabilitation objectives are achieved and medical records are secured as confidential, accurate, and complete, and ensure accurate maintenance of insurance records and billings.
    • Ability to assist with the development and monitoring of Sports Medicine budget.
    • Ability to follow rules, regulations, and guidelines established by the campuses' governing national collegiate athletic associations (e.g., National Collegiate Athletics Association or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) pertaining to student athletes, their training, sports medicine care, and health and safety.
    • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards for handling blood borne pathogens; maintaining medical records, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards; and following insurance procedures.
    • Ability to comply with HIPAA to effectively communicate high level and sensitive medical information.
    • Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
    • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
    • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
    • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
    • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.
    • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
    • Excellent computer skills and competence with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
    • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure.
    • Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional· development.
    • Must be able to work occasional holidays and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed.

    • Master's degree.
    • NSCA-CSCS recommended.
    • Experience working as an Athletic Trainer at the NCAA Division I level.
    • Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment possessing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: MEDIUM WORK – up to 40% of the activities involve sitting, standing, squatting, kneeling or walking; lifting heavy weight objects limited to 50 pounds; may involve pushing and pulling objects within the weight limits. Perform treatments that require fine motor skills, manual control, and repetitive motions. Sustain energy and focus during long hours and multi-game events. Assist in lifting or supporting injured athletes. Precise manual dexterity to apply tape, bandages, and braces.

    • Is exposed to excessive noise.
    • Is around moving machinery.
    • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity.
    • Is exposed to dust, fumes, gases, or radiation, microwave.
    • Works in high places.
    • Other: Potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and hazardous materials, requiring adherence to strict safety and infection control protocols.


    SCREENING: Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

    CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES UNION: It shall be the policy of the CSU in filling vacant CSUEU bargaining Units 2, 5, 7 & 9 positions to fill such vacancies from among qualified individuals currently employed on-campus except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet campus workforce diversity goals or to provide specialized skills and abilities that are not available from current employees.

    BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    SENSITIVE POSITION: Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.

    MANDATED REPORTER: General: The person holding this position is considered a general mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017.

    GENERAL INFORMATION: It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment. You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations. State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens. These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

    EEO STATEMENT: California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.


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