Job Description

Grand Canyon University is seeking a Director/Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine.


  • Will oversee and lead the GCU Athletics Sports Medicine Department and is responsible to ensure medical care for all D1 Athletic Programs and the Cheer/Dance Programs
  • Will provide direct support and coverage for assigned sport programs
  • Directs and oversees GCU Athletics Sports Medicine Clinic operations, strategic planning, policies, and procedures
  • Manages, hires, and supervises sports medicine staff
  • Prepares and maintains accurate and up to date medical records for student-athletes and monitors insurance
  • Continuous improvement to the institution’s concussion management program for new and returning student-athletes.
  • Assess and reports the progress of recovering athletes to physicians, physical therapist, Athletic Trainers, and coaches.
  • Evaluate individual members of the staff and provide constructive feedback to continue professional growth and development
  • Serve as a liaison to doctors and other allied health professionals to deliver care to student-athletes
  • Collaborate with physicians, physical therapist, Athletic Trainers, and coaches to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic participation
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records, insurance reports or writing care reports.
  • Delegate responsibilities and projects to appropriate staff members to empower individuals and provide professional development opportunities
  • Assists in planning, documentation and implementation of comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention protocols
  • Coordination and scheduling of medical coverage for practice and home & away competitions
  • Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, and/or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries
  • Compliance with all federal and state laws regarding the confidentiality of student-athlete information
  • Oversee all on field/court assessments and emergency care to injured athletes at events both on and off campus.
  • Budget oversight for Sports Medicine Department to ensure compliance within approved parameters
  • A sound knowledge of competencies and treatment techniques as an Athletic Trainer including modalities trained to assist in the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries
  • Assist sports performance staff in developing rehabilitation programs for injured student-athletes
  • Assists in maintenance of equipment and ensures the department has adequate supplies, linens, training kits, etc. to carry out its function
  • Coordinates imaging for basketball home contests
  • Maintains and schedules repairs for all equipment and facilities for safe use
  • Maintains a clean, functioning, and orderly facility
  • Researches and promotes discussion of optimal testing and evaluation principles based on the latest information and data
  • Assists team coaches for all sports in recruiting student-athletes by providing an interesting and enthusiastic explanation of the Sports Medicine program
  • Make available basic information to professional scouts that may assist in evaluation of players
  • Education/Mentoring - Keeps informed of current research and trends in all areas of athletic performance and strives to constantly evaluate and update all training programs
  • Manages and oversees continuing education program for staff and interns
  • Builds a library of research and professional development resources for staff and interns
  • Establish communication and ensure enforcement of the rules and regulations concerning student-athlete expectations: conduct, appearance, road games, punctuality and other areas as deemed appropriate
  • Collaborate with Sports Performance, Sports Medicine (including Physical Therapist and Team Physician), Nutritionist, and Sport Coaches to create an optimal training environment for student-athletes
  • Organize and direct daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly departmental staff meetings to lead and unify staff with the vision of the Sports Medicine Department
  • Collaborate with the Director of Sports Performance to lead and unify staff through joint staff meetings
  • Collaborates with the Athletic Training Academic program in assigning and monitoring student trainers
  • Collaborates with the GCU Health and Wellness Center for assigned treatment or preventative care plans (e.g., lab work, imaging)
  • Collaborates with Office of Student Care to ensure support and education is provided to student-athletes in the area of Mental Health
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Assist with the transportation of student-athletes as necessary


Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience preferably in sports or health sciences discipline, (e.g. Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Movement Science or other related field)
  • Current NATABOC certification
  • Eligible for athletic training licensure by the Arizona State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • CPR / AED / First Aid certified
  • Four years of athletics administration experience in Sports Medicine; NCAA Division I experience preferred
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of people, in intense or emergency medical situations.
  • Must be able to meet continuing education requirements as mandated.
  • Must be able to satisfy the athletic event schedule for travel and work on weekends and evenings.

Preferred experience

  • Master's degree in related field from an accredited institution.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Certification with the National Strength and Conditional Association (CSCS) or Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC)


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