Head Athletic Trainer

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  • Job Number:519680
  • Classification:Athletics Training 3
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Chancellor
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Athletics

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a Head Athletic Trainer. As a direct report to the Director of Athletics, this is a full time, 12 month position. The fundamental responsibilities of the Head Athletic Trainer position includes managing all aspects of the Athletic Training room.


1Administer the athletic training program to provide injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, referral for necessary medical care, rehabilitation. Delegation of sport assignments per athletic trainer to ensure each program is covered Travel, as necessary with teams, along with assigning travel to asst athletic trainers Communication of office, treatment, and appointment hours for all coaches, staff, and student-athletes Regular updates within all-staff meetings to ensure proper communication regarding all items associated with athletic training, conference policies, game operations, and championship events Coordinates First Aid/CPR/AED Training for all coaches and staff, keeps record of certifications and tracks annual updates Collaborates with Strength and Conditioning Coach on recommendations and designs of strength conditioning in specialized areas Establish and maintain work schedules, coordinate staff meetings, and establish priority of daily and weekly tasks. Write and update policies and procedures for individuals, facilities, treatment, and activity areas by referring to established safety and legal guidelines, NATA Role Delineation Study, and best practices. Use electronic medical records system to log all injuries, treatments, and pertinent information (ARMS, etc.) Responsible for purchase of and inventory of all ATR supplies and equipment Select, apply and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions using evidence-based practices to guide decisions (e.g., manual therapy, stretching, strengthening exercises, proprioceptive activities, agility training, cardiovascular training, sports specific training, therapeutic modalities, etc.). Recommend, fit and apply braces, splints and assistive devices to facilitate the patient recovery. Assess the patient's functional status, interpret the results and determine ability to return to activity. Recognize the role of medications in the recovery process. Provide patient education necessary to facilitate recovery. Perform a comprehensive examination of the patient with an orthopedic injury or medical condition (e.g., medical history, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and referral). Create a treatment plan. Communicate the nature of examination and treatment plan to patient and other involved health care personnel, respecting the privacy of the patient. Serve as the primary drug testing administrator or designate another certified athletic trainer in absence. All through DrugFree sport Work collaboratively with strength and conditioning staff to design and implement conditioning programs (flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness) to reduce the risk of injury and illness. Design and implement emergency action plans to ensure medical personnel are prepared in an emergency situation. Obtain and interpret environmental (e.g., ambient temperature, relative humidity, heat index, lightning) and patient data (e.g., hydration status) to make appropriate recommendations for patient safety and the continuance or suspension of activity. Educate patients and coaches on the importance of acclimatization and fluid and electrolyte balance in the prevention of heat illness. Inspect facilities to ensure they are free of hazards, are sanitary, and that equipment is maintained properly. Select, apply, evaluate and modify prophylactic and protective equipment and other custom devices for patients to minimize the risk of injury or re-injury. Educate and advise patients regarding the nutritional aspects of physical activity. Educate patients, coaches, administrators on signs/symptoms of concussions and athletic department concussion management plan. As well as conduct CPR trainings for Athletic Department staff. Educate and train coaches and administrators on the Emergency Action Plan. Provide mental health education for prevention and care. Assist the athletic department administration in Alcohol, Smoking, and Other Drug (ATOD) education for student-athletes. Perform an initial assessment of the patient to determine his/her level of consciousness and the severity of the condition. Implement appropriate emergency injury and illness management strategies following a pre-established emergency action plan (e.g., CPR, AED, splinting, use of spine board, control of bleeding, control of body temperature, use of epinephrine for anaphylaxis, etc.). Perform a secondary assessment and employ the appropriate management strategies for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Formulate a differential diagnosis based on the results of the initial and/or secondary assessment(s). Communicate the nature of the injury or illness and the resulting treatment plan to the patient and other involved health care personnel, respecting the privacy of the patient. Oversee UAF athletic health care administration and delivery, as defined by the NCAA Independent Medical Care Legislation Division I Constitution, Division II Constitution Serve as primary point of contact to assure UAF is compliant with NCAA health and safety legislation and inter-association recommendations. Primary areas of focus include being aware of all NCAA health and safety-related legislation, inter-association recommendations and resources; sharing health and safety legislation, inter-association recommendations and resources with stakeholders within the athletic department and campus; and monitoring the athletic department's health and safety policies and practices to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation and establish consistency with inter-association best practice guidance. Coordinating with physicians/medical personnel on care of student-athletes. Including local PT’s, PA’s, Chiropractors, etcEssential
35Supervision of and coordination of additional training staff Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate athletic training staff including assistant athletic trainer, Intern Athletic Trainers, student assistants, and volunteers. Coordinate outside medical care with doctor(s) and athletes Provides athletic trainer at practices and competition Maintain medical records on each student-athlete Manage insurance claims and payments of deductibles or charges in excess of coverage. Manage the selection, purchase and inventory of training supplies Directs all phases of both the Athletic Training Room and all equipment and areas associated with the program Coordinate machine maintenance or replacement as necessaryEssential


  • Sports medicine skills: injury evaluation and treatment & rehabilitation, including the use of therapeutic modalities, taping, bandaging, physical rehabilitation techniques, physical conditioning techniques
  • Emergency medical skills: injury evaluation, first aid, and CPR/AED
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities and excellent communication skills required.
  • A commitment to a strict adherence to NCAA, GNAC, university and department rules and
    regulations as well as a solid commitment to student achievement in academics. The successful
    candidate will be a person of high ethical standards and show initiative and integrity to make
    important independent decisions
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a global environment
  • Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and
    collegiality with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.
  • An understanding of UAF Athletics vision and mission


  • Professional training and certification in Athletic Training, along with university athletic training experience.
  • Bachelor/Masters Degree
  • NCAA Sport experience at Division I, II, or III level


  • Bachelor's Degree-Required
  • Masters Degree-Preferred
  • National Athletic Trainers Association Certification (this includes CPR)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (Not required but preferred)

This position is a full-time, Grade 80, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes excellent benefits including retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. 

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Review Date:

Applicants reviewed on a rolling basis, with first review to begin on June 28th.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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