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Amherst College - Asst to Athletic Dir and Athletic Trainer Intern

Job Description
Amherst College invites applications for the position of Assistant to the Director of Athletics and Athletic Trainer Intern. This is a 35 hour per week, casual position without benefits that goes until June 2019. The position is in the college's Department of Physical Education and Athletics. The internship is funded by the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Grant. This grant is designed to provide financial assistance to the division's member schools and conferences that are committed to enhancing ethic minority and gender representation in entry-level, intercollegiate athletics administrative positions.

Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The Assistant to the Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer Intern will be systematically exposed to a range of key Athletic Department administrative duties, while given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as an Athletic Trainer. The intern will be mentored and guided by seasoned administrators, and given access to a new Staff Leadership Development Program run by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The intern will be exposed to a range of skills and responsibilities including athletic department operations, game management, tournament direction, community building, diversity and athletic training clinical practice. Will also collaborate with mentors to develop goals and a work plan based on individual interests. The plan may include a variety of activities, but at least 70% of the work will focus on athletic administration and 30% on athletic training services. In addition, the Intern takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Work Schedule:

Our work is central to the students involved in athletics activities and their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule is required. The work schedule varies and corresponds to the athletic activities and involves traveling with teams to events and NCAA tournament championships. Attendance at specified intercollegiate practices and events is required.

Key Responsibilities

Athletic Department Operations

Assist the Director of Sports Medicine on day-to-day operations of the Athletics and Sports Medicine Departments including budgeting, payroll, inventory, scheduling, fundraising, and staff evaluations.

Athletic Training Clinical Practice

Learn and gain practical experience with evaluations, care, and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries, game and practice coverage, and concussion care. Create and maintain medical records for all students treated in the sports medicine facilities. Comply with the NATA Board of Certifications "Standards of Professional Practice" and maintain national certification and State licensure by complying with professional continuing education requirements as set forth by the National Athletic Trainers Association

Community Building and Diversity Work in Athletics

Contribute to community building and diversity efforts within Amherst Athletics by serving on the Athletic Departments Diversity and Inclusion Council. Work to increase communication and community-building efforts to foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all student-athletes. Specific projects may include working with the Athletics-led Amherst Leadership program (Amherst LEADS), becoming familiar with NESCAC and NCAA policies and procedures and helping to compose a NESCAC or NCAA grant proposal, and working with varsity teams alongside the Assistant Athletic Director, on a variety of campus and local community outreach projects supporting diversity and inclusion including Special Olympics, Amherst Athletes Read, Supper Song and Story (an annual celebration of Martin Luther King Day), and our Holyoke Youth Sports Initiative.

NESCAC and NCAA Tournament Hosting

Work directly with Tournament Managers, hosting conference and NCAA championship events, gaining valuable tournament experience in a variety of sports and venues. The first year will be devoted to learning the process alongside tournament directors; in the second year, the intern will serve as a Tournament Director with the current Tournament Director acting as the Assistant.

Home Game Management

Serve on the Athletic Department Operations Committee and work directly with the Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Facilities, Business Manager, and Equipment Manager to organize all facets of home game management.



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Current NATA certification
  • Eligibility for MA State Licensure
  • Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively


  • Experience with athletic department operations
  • Experience with collision sports medical coverage
  • Demonstrated skill with technologies used in athletics/education

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!

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