Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine - Athletic Training, Sports Medicine - Personal Training, Sports Medicine - Strength & Conditioning
4 Year Degree
Grand Canyon University is currently seeking a Sports Performance Specialist I. Under the general direction of the Director of Sports Performance, this position will manage all phases of the performance training for Soccer, as well as another sport to be determined.
Develop, design, implement, and administer strength training programs unique to the assigned sport(s) and to each individual student-athlete, utilizing evidence based practices and current industry training practices.
Provide instruction to student-athletes during strength and conditioning training sessions. Use discretion and independent judgement in developing and establishing goals, rules, expectations, and motivations for assigned teams and each individual student-athlete.
Conduct appropriate pre-training session and pre-contest preparations and warm ups, working with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers during all training sessions and contests.
Provides nutrition counseling as needed to student athlete to enhance sports performance.
Educates student athletes in NCAA Drug Free Sport policies for assigned sport teams.
Ensure at all times that the equipment and exercises are following best practices to safeguard the student athlete and the facility.
Develop programs by evaluating current physical conditioning, having a knowledge of the various sports and associated exercises, tailoring strength programs for specific needs, demonstrating proper performance of exercises, ensuring proper execution by student athletes for both efficiency and safety; manage programs by monitoring progress and providing an assessment of development.
Abide by and comply with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and other appropriate Conference rules, academic standards, requirements, and policies of the University, and all guidelines and policies of the Athletics department and report any concerns of compromise or violation of rules, standards, guidelines or policies to the Vice President of Athletics or the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration.
Establish injury preventative programming in conjunction with Sports Medicine to reduce sports-related injuries.
Aid Sports Medicine in the rehabilitation and reconditioning of student athlete to be able to return to play after injury.
Prepare semi-annual evaluations and progress reports regarding the progress, conditioning, and training of the student-athletes, for athletic management.
Participate in clinics and lectures on strength and conditioning upon request.
Monitor appearance, maintenance, and organization of equipment in training facilities.
Provide education and enforcement of weight room rules.
Assist in scheduling and organizing daily use of the Facility.
Assist in the evaluation and recommendation in the procurement and maintenance of all equipment.
Assist in providing continuing education opportunities for strength staff.
Responsible for updating information into GCU application database for each student-athlete served.
Contributes to the overall success of the University's intercollegiate athletics program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required from accredited 4-year university, preferably in sports or health sciences discipline, e.g. Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Movement Science or other related field.
Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience in strength and conditioning coaching.
Recommended participation in competitive High school or college athletics and the ability to articulate to student athletes the benefits of sports performance training.
Possess a certification with the National Strength and Conditional Association (CSCS) or Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC).
Has a thorough understanding of human physiology.
Ability to effectively coach, advise, and motivate student-athletes.
Knowledgeable of University, NCAA and Conference rules and regulations.
Proficiency with MS Office Suite software and familiarity with team, game, meet management software preferred.
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record and occasionally operates University vehicles.
CPR, First Aid and AED required; Coaches’ Safety Training certifications helpful.
Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.
Internal Number: R000020594
About Grand Canyon Education
Why Grand Canyon University?
History of Grand Canyon University
More Than 65 Years of Excellence
Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier, private Christian university where students find their purpose in pursuit of their dreams. GCU was founded in 1949 as Grand Canyon College in Prescott, AZ.
During its early years, Grand Canyon developed a strong reputation for quality education in teaching, nursing, health care and fine arts. After transitioning into Grand Canyon University and relocating to Phoenix, the university rapidly grew in the higher education landscape.
GCU now serves as a leading non-profit institute where students thrive academically, personally and spiritually on the university’s vibrant campus with state-of-the-art facilities and online through its innovative digital platform. With a $1 billion investment, GCU has been able to build new technology infrastructure, offer in-demand STEM programs, expand academic offerings and more, while committing to its mission based on a Christian worldview.
Exciting Growth & Expansion
GCU is experiencing an era of transformation and rapid growth that’s exciting not only for our students and local community, but for... our faculty and employees too! Our vibrant campus in the heart of Phoenix continues to grow with new classroom buildings, amenities and state-of-the-art facilities like GCU Stadium and Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark for game days like no other. We continue to expand our catalog of online and campus offerings in high-demand fields, impact the community with our GCU enterprises and focus on our commitment to service by revitalizing the community.
Thriving Work Environment
We welcome new talent to explore rewarding opportunities and the chance to be a part of something great. Here, you’ll join a fast-paced culture that values our Christian principles and work among teams enthusiastic about making a difference. You’ll be surrounded by colleagues who share your drive, push to raise the bar and exceed expectations within an energized and innovative work setting. Whether you’re pursuing a faculty or a position at one of the enterprises, you will play an important role in our mission to elevate higher education and help GCU students find their purpose, as your find yours at GCU too.
Generous Benefits & Special Perks
Take advantage of GCU’s full range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) savings plan, team-building activities, discounted event tickets, gyms in every location, financial planning services and worship events.
Working at GCU offers more than just a paycheck and generous benefits, it offers the opportunity to contribute toward the greater good and experience something greater than yourself. In addition to four weeks of paid time off within the first year, employees may take up to two additional paid days off to volunteer. Many employees choose to volunteer with GCU’s partner Habitat for Humanity and support this great cause benefitting our neighborhoods. GCU has currently renovated over 170 homes with a goal to rehabilitate 700 homes, and employees have volunteered 6,400 hours of their time.
Our commitment to education also extends to our employees and their families. We create pathways for employees to progress their career here, as well as continue their education for career advancement. Full-time employees may participate in an Education Tuition Discount Program that offers up to 100% of tuition costs for themselves and/or two family members.
We invite you to be a part of this exciting, unprecedented era of transformation! Help shape the futures of our students, university, community—and your own. Find Your Purpose at GCU. For more information, visit gcu.edu