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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 Associate Athletic Trainer for Football will work directly with the Head Athletic Trainer Football, athletic trainers, sport administration, coaches, physicians, athletic counseling and sports psychology personnel, sports dieticians, strength and conditioning  personnel,  and  other  allied  health  personnel  to  deliver  comprehensive  healthcare and  lifetime  wellness services for University of Michigan student athletes.  The Associate Athletic Trainer for Football will have a wide range of clinical  and  administrative daily  responsibilities  to  include  the  prevention,  evaluation,  management,  treatment,  and rehabilitation  of  student athletes;  preparticipation  physicals;  inventory  management  of  supplies  and  equipment; maintaining medical records; completing required insurance claims; daily interaction, communication, and relationship  building  with  coaching  staff,  strength  and  conditioning  and  sports  performance  personnel,  physicians,  fellow  athletic trainers, other members of  the medical community, and athletic administration; attending  team practices and events; supervising  other  athletic  trainers  and  athletic  training  students;  assisting  with  various  administrative  duties;  and performing other duties as assigned. 


Essential Functions: 

  • Assist the Head Athletic Trainer Football as the primary medical contact for the football program.
  • Serve  as  a  medical  contact  and  liaison  between  members  of  the  coaching  staff,  student athletes,  parents, physicians,  members  of  the  Student-Athlete  Health  &  Welfare  Team,  other  allied  health  personnel,  sport administration, and others.
  • Provide a high level of medical care, customer service, and communication at all times to all entities.
  • Clinical application and administration of comprehensive health care and lifetime wellness services for student athletes as assigned to include the prevention, evaluation, management, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses under the supervision of team physicians.
  • Attend  assigned  team  practices,  competitions,  strength  and  conditioning  sessions,  and  other  team  events  as needed and/or directed within the established scope of coverage.
  • Maintain  a  safe  environment  for  student athletes  to  include  decision making  involving  the  ability  of  student athletes  to  safely  return  to  practice  or  competition  following  an  injury  and/or  illness  and  communicate participation status with the appropriate personnel.
  • Provide care based on standard physical therapy and/or athletic training guidelines as directed by a physician, and in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Provide  written  and/or  verbal  reports  to  fellow  Student Athlete  Health  and  Welfare  personnel,  physicians, coaching personnel, and other pertinent individuals as needed and/or requested.
  • Assist with recruitment, retention, and hiring of highly qualified and competent Student Athlete Health & Welfare personnel at all levels.
  • Assist with the research and determination of current and future needs within the department then assist with the development of detailed proposals as directed.
  • Assist  the  Head  Football  Athletic  Trainer  with  all  tasks  for  which  he/she  is  responsible  and  assist  with  the management, operation, and general administration in his/her absence.
  • Ensure budgetary compliance through efficient financial management.
  • Assist with the research and procurement of new equipment, as well as ensure the repair and replacement of existing equipment.
  • Medical documentation and record keeping.
  • Counseling and education of student athletes.
  • Coordination of medical coverage for various athletic events, including Big 10 and NCAA Championship events.
  • Assist with University, Big 10, and/or NCAA Substance Abuse Testing as directed.
  • Maintain the organization, administration, inventory, and staffing of athletic training facilities.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative alliances with multiple stakeholders at the University of Michigan.
  • Use technology and social media to foster an effective and efficient overall experience for student athletes and department team members.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned regarding donor and student athlete support.
  • Contribute to the development of an environment for team members and student athletes that is healthy, safe, equitable, and culturally diverse.
  • Adhere  to all policies and procedures as defined by  the NCAA, Big 10 Conference, University of Michigan, and University of Michigan Department of Athletics.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Assist the Head Football Athletic Trainer, Senior Associate Athletic Director, and team physicians with regard to the day to day supervision of Student Athlete Health and Welfare personnel.
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics and credentialing requirements of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) and the State of Michigan Bureau of Health Care Services.
  • Act as liaison with other members of the athletic department team in issues involving student athletes, including compliance, academics, athletic counseling, nutrition, strength and conditioning, and others.
  • Participate in special projects, committees, or other initiatives as assigned.
  • Represent  the  University  of  Michigan  and  the  Department  of  Intercollegiate  Athletics  at  University,  State, Regional, and national conferences and/or meetings as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervision, education, and preceptor of students assisting within Athletic Medicine.
  • Supervision and education of other athletic trainers 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*

  • Master’s Degree in athletic training, exercise science, sports or health care administration, or other related field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years related experience in intercollegiate or professional athletics.
  • Minimum of five (5) years related experience in NCAA Division I or professional football.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC).
  • Eligible for athletic training licensure by the State of Michigan Bureau of Health Care Services.
  • 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 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and the State of Michigan.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures set forth by the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Strong  evaluation,  management,  and  rehabilitation  skills,  including  demonstrated  proficiency  with  manual therapy and the application of evidence based medicine.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of unique aspects of student athlete populations.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to create programs and services to further drive program enhancements.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic  plans  that  support  student athletes and  the mission  of  the University  of Michigan,  the University  of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Student Athlete Health & Welfare.
  • 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 assist injured individuals on / off playing surfaces.
  • Proven ability to multitask, work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in leadership and supervision of other professionals.
  • Demonstrated successful decision making skills.
  • Demonstrated  track  record  of  developing  collaborative  relationships  with  both  internal  and  external constituencies.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certification and license as a physical therapist.
  • Additional certifications and/or expertise in adjunctive therapies (e.g.  dry needling, ART, PRI, etc.).
  • CPR/First Aid Instructor.
  • Healthcare administration experience.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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