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University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Position Number: 4187537
  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • Position Type: Athletics/Coaching

Head Athletic Trainer

  • Job No: 524313
  • Classification:Athletics Training 3
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VCAS Athletics
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Athletics

  • Position Summary:
    Are you ready to join a collegial athletic training team that operates out of a state of the art sports medicine facility? The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Seawolf Athletics is seeking applicants to join our team as the Head Athletic Trainer. The UAA Seawolf athletic program is a multidivisional member of the NCAA, with 13 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels.

    Immediate and Emergency Care: 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/client and other involved health care personnel, adhering to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines in all forms of communication.

    Organizational and Professional Health and Well-Being: Use evidence-based practices and the needs of the patient to guide care. Ensure compliance with state and federal law and accrediting agencies' policies related to the delivery of health care (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, OSHA). Maintain all athletic training room locations located on and off UAA campus. Maintain medical records that meet legal and regulatory standards. Abide by federal, state, and local regulations for the proper storage, transportation, dispensing, and documentation of commonly used medications. Develop and implement policies and procedures related to NCAA best practices/consensus statements, NATA guidelines, conference/league membership guidelines, university guidelines and the operations of a university sports medicine facility (e.g., emergency action plan, concussion management plan, mental health policy, risk management plan, operations manual, etc.). Manage resources by constructing and monitoring an annual budget. Inventory and purchase annual medical supplies/equipment (disposable and non-disposable). Coordinate annual maintenance checks on all medical equipment. Collect patient primary, secondary and tertiary insurance plan information, submit medical claims and monitor/track medical bills associated with athletic-related injuries.

    Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis: Perform a comprehensive examination of the patient with an orthopedic injury or medical condition (e.g., medical history, physical examination, differential diagnosis, referral). Create a treatment plan. Communicate nature of examination and treatment plan to patient/client and other involved health care personnel, adhering to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines in all forms of communication. Serve as the primary drug testing administrator or designate another certified athletic trainer in absence.

    Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection: Assess patient to screen for potential injuries/illnesses or risk factors that would increase their risk of injury/illness (e.g., pre-participation examination, initial health history, orthopedic evaluation, mental health screening, body composition, sickle cell trait). 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/clients, 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/clients regarding the nutritional aspects of physical activity. Educate patients/clients, coaches, administrators on signs/symptoms of concussions and athletic department concussion management plan. 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, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) education for student-athletes.

    Treatment and Rehabilitation: 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.). Work collaboratively with the Strength and Conditioning staff, and provide the Strength and Conditioning staff with timely information on Student-Athlete's injuries and rehabilitation information for appropriate modifications to workouts. Recommend, fit and apply braces, splints and assistive devices to facilitate the patient recovery. Assess the patient functional status, interpret the results and determine ability to return to activity. Recognize the role of medications in recovery process. Provide patient education necessary to facilitate recovery.

    Administration: Responsible for all aspects of the UAA athletic training program. Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate athletic training staff including associate athletic trainer(s), assistant athletic trainer(s), student assistant(s), intern(s), and volunteer assistant(s). Establish and maintain work schedules, coordinate staff meetings, and establish priority of daily and weekly tasks. Annual completion and submission of athletic training personnel continuing education units. Write 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. Complete all assigned training to meet the requirements of the position in the specified period. Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor, Senior Associate/Associate Directors and/or the Director of Athletics.

    Health Care Administrator: Oversee UAA's 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 UAA 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.

    The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Department of Athletics, located in the Alaska Airlines Center and the Seawolf Sports Complex, is committed to building and supporting a diverse division focused first and foremost of assisting all Seawolf student-athletes in meeting their academic and athletic goals and preparing each for entering the work force and making a positive contribution to her/his community following their years at UAA. Seawolf Athletics strives to do so through the University's intercollegiate athletic program as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    UAA Athletics Mission
    • We support the educational mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
    • We protect and promote the safety, health, and wellness of our Student-Athletes.
    • We guide and support our Student-Athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.
    • We strive to produce honorable graduates and citizens.
    • We are actively engaged in our Community.

    Please visit for more information on the University, for specific UAA Athletics information, and for more about Anchorage, Alaska.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
    • Expert knowledge and skills pertaining to written and verbal communication; teaching and counseling; problem solving; technical computer application; collaborating in verbal and written form; delegation; conflict resolution strategies; management; accounting; record keeping; evaluating; interpersonal; diplomacy; personnel procedures and regulations. Ability to supervise.
    • Ability to travel. Ability to work evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays.
    • Expert knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive patient care in the five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being.
    • Expert knowledge, skills, clinical abilities, professional behaviors and proficiencies in the following areas identified within athletic training education competencies: evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psycho-social strategies and referrals, health care administration, and professional development and responsibility.
    • Knowledge of National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Role Delineation Study and NATA best practices required.
    • Knowledge of applicable National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and various conference (e.g., GNAC, MPSF, RMISA, etc.) rules and regulations preferred.

    Preferred Experience:
    Five years experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    Required Education or Training:
    Master's degree with an academic major (or graduate equivalent major program) that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
    NATABOC (National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification).
    State of Alaska Athletic Training Licensure or must obtain completion ASAP and within 30 days of the job start date.(required to practice in the State of Alaska).
    GNAC and NCAA required learning modules completed within 30 days of the job start date.
    FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) certification or certification completion within 30 days of the job start date.
    Applicant must possess an unrestricted Alaska driver's license (and CDL with endorsements as required) or be able to obtain an unrestricted Alaska driver's license within 60 days of accepting the job. In addition, the applicant must meet UAA's safe driving criteria.

    Salary Information:

    This is a full-time, 12-month, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 80, based on education and experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

    Review of applicants will begin immediately, to ensure full consideration you must apply before 11:55pm, Alaska Standard Time, June 5, 2023. This posting will fully close to applications on July 19, 2023.

    *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.

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

    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.

    UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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

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

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kristin Warren, UAA Athletics HR Coordinator, at or (907) 786-1233.

    Applications Close: 19 Jun 2023

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