Assistant Athletic Trainer - Head Football Athletic Trainer

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Athletics
Pay Grade: 27
Categories: Athletics

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Sports Medicine, provide quality care to all student-athletes including prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries incurred in practice and games.  Serves as the Head Football Athletic Trainer.  Directing all functions of Sports Medicine for the Football Program. 


Essential Functions

  • Provide prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries for Football student athletes.
  • Provide assistance to other staff members with the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries for all student athletes.
  • Travel with athletic teams as assigned and provide athletic injury care coverage during practice and games. The ability to perform these tasks includes but is not limited to being physically able to get to an injured student athlete on the field of play in a timely fashion, being physically able to get in a position to assess the student athlete’s injury in an acute situation (i.e. squatting, kneeling, bending, ability to lift 25-50 lbs., etc.), the ability to perform emergency protocols, provide appropriate hydration and monitor the safety of the environment in which the practice or game is taking place.
  • Prepare and maintain appropriate athletic injury care records and reports as required utilizing the present computer programs for such purposes following all NCAA and NATA guidelines; compliance with all federal, state, university laws including FERPA and HIPPA; and the maintenance of the highest level of confidence in regards to the various confidential information that the sports medicine staff is exposed to in regards to student-athletes and coaches.
  • Schedule and oversee athletic clearance physical examinations process performed by physicians at the University Health Service for applicable sports programs. As part of clearance physicals, perform baseline concussion testing for each student athlete assigned.
  • Oversee the operation of the football sports medicine facility to insure appropriate function, maintenance and accurate inventory control.
  • Provide direct supervision of certified intern athletic trainers. Responsible for the hiring, mentoring, educating and facilitating communication with coaches and other staff.
  • Provide supervision of undergraduate student athletic trainers and have oversight of the selection process.
  • Communicate to student athletes and coaches the department’s health insurance policies.
  • Coordinates the disposition of medical bills incurred by student-athletes as well as the medical insurance for our student-athletes with direct supervisor, Compliance Office, and Business Office.
  • Tracks all football medical expenditures.
  • Assist in the development and integration of sports medicine policies and procedures as they relate to the operation of athletic training services for football, including EAP‘s and game day EMS.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, and other compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Serves on Department, School and University committees.
  • Attends conventions, conferences, clinics, etc., consistent with Department policy as approved by the Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Director of Athletics.
  • Required to work long hours, weekends, and holidays as game schedules dictate.
  • Responsible for strict adherence to NCAA, conference, and University rules and regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.


Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited athletic training curriculum (based on Massachusetts license requirements).
  • 3 years of intercollegiate and/or professional athletic training experience.
  • Previous Division I intercollegiate and/or Professional Football athletic training experience.
  • Previous rehabilitative experience.
  • Ability to foster and maintain working relationships with various University departments.
  • Ability to improve working knowledge of athletic injury care.
  • Ability to successfully complete the administrative tasks of the position.
  • Ability to work long hours, weekends and holidays as game and practice schedules dictate.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coaching staff, strength and conditioning staff, team physicians and administrators regarding. injury and participation status of football student athletes.
  • Meets physical, health and emotional stability standards of the position.
  • Must have and maintain N.A.T.A.  (National Athletic Trainers Association) certification.
  • Must have and maintain Professional Rescuer C.P.R. (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) certification.
  • Must meet requirements to obtain and maintain a Massachusetts State license for athletic trainers.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s Degree from accredited athletic training curriculum (based on Massachusetts license requirements).


 Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Meets physical, health and emotional stability standards of the position.
  • Extended periods of standing.
  • Nights, weekends and holidays required.
  • Attendance at all sport assigned practice and games required.
  • Flexible and variable hours depending on the demands of the position.
  • Carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, repetitive movements, bending, travel to other campuses, reaching, sitting, twisting and lifting.
  • Must be able to lift 25-50 pounds.


Work Schedule

Flexible and variable hours depending on the demands of the position.


Salary Information

PSU Level 27

PSU Salary Chart


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. Applicants must apply by the priority deadline of 5/26/2021 in order to ensure consideration. Applications may be accepted after the priority date until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.