Strength and Conditioning Assistant

deadline 16 July 2022
employer Towson University
type Full-time

Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.

Under the supervision of the Director of Football Performance, the Strength and Conditioning Assistant will serve as a member of the Towson University Athletic Department’s multidisciplinary Performance Team and will work directly with student-athletes, athletic trainers, dietitian, coaches, and other exercise science and allied health personnel to deliver comprehensive, practical, and evidence-based performance strategies for Towson University student-athletes. This position is aimed to provide professional experience for individuals who are looking for additional experience following graduation from a bachelor’s degree program as they transition into full time employment, working independently as a strength and conditioning coach. The incumbent will work in a team environment and assist with the daily operations of the strength and conditioning program for varsity student-athletes; provide proper supervision, instruction in exercise to reduce the risk of injury, and ensure safe equipment usage; assist with movement screenings; assist with the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for a variety of men's and women's athletic teams and individual athletes as assigned by the Assistant AD for Sports Performance which includes: communication, coordination, and collaboration with athletic trainers regarding biomechanical assessments, as well as implementation of exercise modification, recovery techniques, and return to participation protocols for athletes returning from injury; supervision and teaching progression, resistance training, cardiovascular, speed, plyometric, flexibility and functional movement, record keeping and monitoring progress; and design off-season and summer workout programs utilizing electronic means.

Responsibilities and Duties

Responsibilities for the Strength and Conditioning Assistant include, but are not limited to the following:

Design and implement comprehensive year-round programming (movement assessments, speed, strength and conditioning) for the athletic development and enhancement of student-athletes; maintain accurate and timely electronic records for monitoring prescribed and completed program variables; assist with the coaching of other teams when necessary
Monitor the condition of equipment and request repairs or replacement, as necessary
Cooperate with all coaches and administrative staff within the intercollegiate athletics programs to enhance overall departmental operations; understand and comply with all department policies and procedures, as well as NCAA and Colonial Athletic Association rules and regulations
In coordination with the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Performance and the Director of Football Performance, assist in the implementation of: comprehensive injury prevention, performance enhancement, and functional performance screening and testing; utilization of performance monitoring technology (e.g., heart rate monitoring, GPS, sleep monitoring, velocity-based training modalities, etc.) as a tool to better plan and adjust training plans; continuously seek continuing education opportunities and explore current tools and techniques; utilize evolving advances in technology to benefit and enhance each sport's training philosophy; and serve the sport coach by providing specific and tangible information regarding their athletes' physical status and abilities
Communicate, collaborate, and interact with coaches, athletic trainers, administrative staff, and Towson Research Academy of Collaborative Sport Science to apply evidence-based practice for strength and conditioning
Act in a responsible, ethical, and professional manner
Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Football Performance

The work hours for this position may include evenings and weekends depending on sport schedules.

Qualifications and Skills

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field
SCCC or CSCS certification
CPR, AED, First Aid certifications
Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge base in performance and injury prevention program development of the collegiate athletics population
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Commitment to student-athlete wellbeing, and health & safety in a competitive environment
Ability to collaborate in developing a holistic sports performance model

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in the collegiate strength and conditioning field as an intern or graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach
Experience leading large team lifts, conditioning sessions, warmups and recovery sessions
Knowledge of higher education, student development theories, and best practices

Salary and Benefits

$15.00 per hour and a contract that offers annual leave, holidays, sick days. Contractual employees scheduled to work 30 or more hours per week may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage. The position is contingent on funds being available at time of hire. To learn more about our benefits, click here. TU also offers a variety of great perks and discounts, which can be found here.

This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Resume is requested, but not required.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.