Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Y1023 / Assistant Athletic Trainer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, evaluates physical condition and treats student athletes to maintain maximum physical fitness for participation in athletic competition. Prescribes routine and corrective exercises to strengthen muscles; recommends special diets to increase/decrease weight. Treats chronic minor injuries and related disabilities to maintain student athlete performance. May design customized individual training programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Designs and implements basic fitness, nutrition, and conditioning programs for student-athletes; may design customized plans to meet individual needs.
  2. Operates therapeutic devices and equipment; fits braces, guards, mouthpieces, and other similar devices.
  3. Administers first aid to injured players such as giving artificial respiration, cleaning and bandaging wounds, and applying heat and cold to promote healing.
  4. Wraps ankles, fingers, or wrists in synthetic skin, protective gauze, and adhesive tape to support muscles and ligaments.
  5. Oversees the daily management of training room, including ordering and storage of supplies and equipment.
  6. Calls physician for seriously injured athletes.
  7. Supervises safety factors of athletic competition by ensuring elimination of undue hazards.
  8. May assist injured athletes in completing and submitting insurance claims.
  9. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
  10. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to evaluate therapeutic requirements for student-athletes, and to fit and modify therapeutic and/or protective equipment.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to design and implement fitness, nutrition and/or conditioning programs.
  • Skill in the use of first aid procedures.
  • Knowledge of CPR and emergency medical procedures.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations is required in this position.
  • Must maintain State of New Mexico Athletic Trainers Practice Board License.
  • Must maintain certification from National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/01/2019