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Director of Sports Medicine

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN, TN

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Health & Medical Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Overview

Primary Function:

Serving as a member of the Athletics Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Sports Medicine is responsible for the administration of the sports medicine program, including managing athletic training staff, coordinating with team physicians, and the administration of insurance. Oversee complete medical care regarding all varsity student-athletes participating in 24 varsity sports. Evaluate and treat athletic injuries, rehabilitate athletes, and recommend injury prevention strategies.

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only the general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with the supervisor.

Position Appointment Details:
  • Exempt position
  • Career Band: 2D
  • This position follows a yearly schedule of 9.5 months.

  • Position Description

    Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

    Coordinate the daily operation of Fowler Center Athletic Training Room and Kyle Rote Soccer Facility Athletic Training Room including staffing.

    Supervise Athletic Trainers, work-study students, and student interns.

    Evaluate athletic injuries; administer proper first aid and emergency care.

    Make appropriate physician referrals for further diagnosis and treatment or appropriate follow-up care.

    Oversee the treatment and rehabilitation of all athletic injuries including planning and implementing a reconditioning program; supervising exercises; and determining a safe return to sports activity.

    Maintain injury/medical records files including correspondence with physicians.

    Communicate with coaches, administrators, physicians, and parents regarding the injury status of athletes.

    Ensure all varsity sports practices and home competitions are staffed either on-site or in the Athletic Training Room by a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

    Serve as Athletic Department AED site coordinator.

    Conduct Adult CPR / AED training.

    Develop and maintain Emergency Action Plans for each varsity athletic venue, including lightning and catastrophic guidelines.

    Ensure that all incoming freshmen have on file a current physical before they are permitted to participate in varsity athletics.

    Confirm that all athletes have filed up-to-date health insurance.

    Judgment Required:

    Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

    Budgetary Responsibility:

    Monitors expenditures against budget; prepares budget data for review/approval by supervisor/department head.

    Machines & Equipment Used:

  • Various modalities,
  • Rehabilitative equipment,
  • Whirlpools and,
  • ImPACT Concussion Management Program

  • Personal Interaction/Communications:

    Student Contact: Daily, working with student-athletes.

    Internal (Operations Committee, Faculty, Administrative department heads). Frequent, working with coaches and administrators.

    External (Regents & Trustees, government officials or agencies, visitors, parents, other institutions, colleges, or companies, suppliers)Frequent; contacting physicians and parents of student-athletes.

    Attributes of a Successful Candidate

    Bachelor’s degree in related field, Master’s degree preferred

    3-5 years experience

    Job-Related Skills: None.

    Licenses & Certifications:

    • National Certification (NATABOC),
    • TN State Licensure,
    • Driver’s License F Endorsement
    Supplemental Information

    Confidential Information:

    Medical reports, physician’s reports, and student records.

    Working Environment:

    • Work is performed in an office setting and within athletic facilities. (Approximately 60 hours per week, Fall, Winter, Spring).

    • Travel is required to athletic contests and accompanying student-athletes to visits with physicians.

    • Practice coverage includes early mornings, late afternoons, and evenings.

    • Game coverage includes nights and weekends.

    • Exposure to bodily fluids.

    Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time,

  • Must be able to walk for extended periods of time,

  • Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders),

  • Must be able to crawl and or kneel,

  • Must be able to push and/or pull objects,

  • Must be able to use feet for repetitive tasks,

  • Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks,

  • Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work),

  • Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)

  • Any additional requirements specific to this position:

    • Travel is required
    • Nights and weekends for game coverage

    The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

    If you have questions about a position, the University application process, or if you are a person with a disability and would like to request an accommodation in the application and interview process please contact Human Resources at 931.598.1381 or email us at DEI Institutional Statement:

    At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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