MANAGER OF FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT OPERATIONSUniversity of Washington
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Intercollegiate Athletics has an outstanding opportunity for a Manager of Football Equipment Operations (Program Operations Specialist).
The Manager of Football Equipment Operations reports to the Director of Athletics Equipment and Laundry Operations and to the Head Football Coach. This position is responsible for development and management of the football equipment operations program.
Oversee the football athletic supplies budget and the football uniforms and apparel allotment. Evaluate and determine business needs. Make proposals to management and coaching staff related to products, vendor selection, purchases, or other budgetary line items. Monitor spending within budgetary guidelines. Ensure equipment and funds are utilized in the most equitable and efficient manner.
Manage inventory utilizing equipment inventory software such as Sportsoft, ACS, etc. Oversee equipment control, pre- and postseason inventory and midseason shortages. Analyze specifications and quantities for required equipment, apparel and supplies for each fiscal year. Research vendors to ensure best pricing. Initiate procurement, manage delivery and inventory. Promote and maintain effective relationships with suppliers.
Stay abreast on products and best practices. Research and analyze current trends in football equipment and technologies. Collaborate with Athletic Trainers and Strength Coaches and consult with vendors to provide demonstrations and explanation of recommended products. Prepare reports and recommendations for management and coaches.
Hire and supervise 12 football student managers. Provide skilled instruction on the use and application of athletic equipment, responsibilities on and off the field, policies and procedures, and NCAA compliance. Determine and assign staffing to ensure adequate and qualified support for football practices and games.
Provide organizational logistics for football practices and games. This requires professionalism, tact and responsiveness to requests from coaches, staff, and student-athletes. Respond to unforeseen emergencies during practices and competition, making independent judgment calls on how to resolve. Oversee facility requirements including climate control, hydration, and communications system needs. Serve as primary liaison and coordinate with offsite location, evaluating and determining facility requirements, equipment planning, safety and security for staff, athletes and property.
Responsible for properly determining and fitting each player with a customized array of equipment to provide maximum efficiency and protection against injury. This includes utilizing training and expertise in properly sizing and fitting equipment, apparel and footwear. Inspect, evaluate and maintain equipment to ensure it is kept in top working condition and meets safety standards.
Prepare reports on inventory, staffing activities, and practice/game operations. Evaluate current practices. Recommend and implement policy changes where need for maximum efficiency or safety.
Assist with oversight of equipment room organization, cleanliness and safety. Prepare staging and presentation of facilities for tours and recruiting visits, representing the Athletic Department and football program’s high standards of excellence.
Perform other duties as required.
Compliance with the rules and regulations of the University, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference, the State of Washington and any other governing body is of paramount importance to the University. The overall responsibility of this position is for the successful operation of the program in full compliance with all such rules and regulations. As a condition of employment, the Employee shall be required to participate in rules education programs offered by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Bachelor’s degree in business, sports management, or a related field, and 2-3 years of fulltime experience in football equipment management/operations.
Demonstrated experience operating equipment inventory software such as Sportsoft, ACS, etc., and basic computer skills such as MS Word and Excel. Experience and knowledge of fitting football protective equipment. Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) certification, or the ability to obtain within 12 months.
Excellent organizational and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and professionally in a fast paced environment. Ability to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to work a variable schedule including evenings, weekends and travel.
Equipment operations experience in a Division 1 football or NFL environment preferred. Knowledge of NCAA rules compliance desirable.
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