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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Assistant Equipment Manager will work directly with Equipment personnel, UM Administrators, coaches, StudentAthlete Health and Welfare personnel, studentathletes, and external partners to facilitate the development and delivery of all aspects of equipment operations for Intercollegiate Athletics intended to promote and maintain the health, safety, and performance of studentathletes.


Essential Functions:

1. Assist with the management and evaluation of temporary employees, student managers, and/or volunteers;    
2. Exhibit fiscal responsibility with regards to all operations in conjunction with the Director of Equipment Operations,  Senior Associate Athletic Director Student Athlete Health and Welfare, and the CFO / Business Office;   
3. Serves as a liaison and conduit to Nike for equipment, footwear, and performance apparel related matters for assigned sport(s);  
4. Assist with the acquisition and distribution of athletic equipment and clothing to student athletes and coaches for assigned sports;   
5. Assist with the solicitation and response to feedback from student athletes, coaches, and team members regarding the proper type / model / sizes of clothing and equipment;   
6. Manage the processes for the issue, retrieval, storage, repair, maintenance, reconditioning, and inventory control of all equipment, apparel, coaching aids, and field equipment for assigned sports;   
7. Ensure compliance with department, University, Big Ten conference and NCAA policies and procedures with respect to the purchase and distribution of equipment and apparel;   
8. Assist with risk management and safety concerns within the Athletic Department and help insure that practice and competition facilities are hazard free;   
9. Supervise and schedule laundry operations for assigned teams;  
10. Assist with accurate recordkeeping utilizing the computerized inventory management system;   
11. Assist with the coordination of equipment needs and appropriate transportation as needed for away events, including but not limited to identifying appropriate equipment and apparel, packing, delivery, and return of equipment and apparel to campus;   
12. Attend and participate in regularly scheduled Equipment Team, Athletic Department Quarterly Huddle meetings, and other meetings as directed or necessary;   
13. Assist with the establishment and maintenance of relationships with other departments and/or resources on campus and within the community;   
14. Assist with the coordination, inventory, and overall execution of Athletic Department Yard Sales   
15. Represent the University of Michigan at the AEMA and other professional development conferences, symposiums, and trade shows as directed or necessary;    and

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervision and education of assigned students enrolled in clinical internships within the University and professional interns / residents.
  • Supervision and education of other equipment operations team members as assigned.


  •  Travel with assigned team(s) as needed and/or directed.

Other Duties:

  • Please note that this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated ability to think and work independently, multi task and prioritize efficiently and effectively,   and respond to varying requests simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office and general computer skills;
  • Compliance and understanding of Big Ten Conference and NCAA rules;
  • Ability to champion a culture of innovative thought, life long learning and continuous improvement;
  • Ability to meet Continuing Education requirements as established by the Athletic Equipment Managers’ Association (AEMA)  and the State of Michigan (if applicable);
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures set forth by the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Must be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, coaches, student  athletes, physicians, and other allied health personnel;
  • Must possess problem solving and critical thinking skills, innovation and creativity, adaptability, initiative and stress tolerance to various situations in a fast paced, dynamic work environment;              
  • Must provide a high level of customer service;
  • Ability to work long hours, including early mornings, late nights, weekends, holidays, overtime, non traditional work hours, extended periods of time without days off, travel, and be on call as a regular part of the position;
  • Ability to lift heavy objects, stand for long periods, work in various environmental conditions;  and
  • Proven ability to multi task, work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and decision making skills;
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory skills
  • Demonstrated track record of developing collaborative relationships with both internal and external constituencies;
  • Proven ability to multi task, work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner;  and
  • Demonstrated track record of developing collaborative relationships with both internal and external constituencies;

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certification by the Athletic Equipment Managers’ Association (AEMA);
  • Previous experience of managing athletic equipment operations at the collegiate or professional sports level;
  • Knowledge of a computerized inventory management system;

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.