Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Y2023 / Associate Athletic Trainer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

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 direction of a Head Athletic Trainer, oversees the physical evaluation and treatment of student athletes to maintain maximum physical fitness and participation in athletic competition. Provides support to student athletes engaged in high-impact, high-intensity and/or large sports. Mentors, leads and/or supervises lower-level athletic trainers, ensuring quality of care. Provides administrative oversight and support for departmental operations, including the development and implementation of department policies, processes and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads, mentors, and/or supervises lower-level athletic trainers; ensures quality of care to student athletes and compliance to established standards and requirements.
  2. Promotes a positive learning environment for clinical education; assists with the identification of continuing education units (CEUs) required for continued credentialing of athletic training staff.
  3. Assists with the administration of athletic training services, to include coordinating billing, maintaining medical files, inventorying supplies and equipment, and scheduling follow-up appointments with medical providers, diagnostic testing, and professional consultations.
  4. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  5. Performs physical evaluation and treatment services to student athletes in high-impact, high-intensity and/or large sports prone to extensive and/or chronic injury; provides a comprehensive range of care, including operation of therapeutic devices and equipment, first aid application, customized fitness/nutrition/conditioning plans, etc.
  6. Serves as a liaison between physicians, administrators, coaches, parents, and student athletes regarding injury prevention, diagnosis, care, management, treatment, rehabilitation and claim submission.
  7. Oversees the daily management of training room, including ordering and storage of supplies and equipment.
  8. Supervises safety factors of athletic competition by ensuring elimination of undue hazards.
  9. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 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

  • Ability to supervise and train employees including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments; evaluating performance; and mentoring and coaching employees to achieve maximum productivity.
  • 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.
  • Ability to develop and formulate working processes, policies, and procedures in area of expertise.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and parents, as well as a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to collect, interpret, and analyze medical data, and to formulate, implement, and evaluate a plan of medical care.

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