Associate Director of Equipment Operations – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC is also one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles.  We are searching for exceptional individuals to help us fulfill our mission: developing individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.

World-renowned for its unparalleled combination of academic and athletic prowess, USC has a storied history of collegiate and Olympic success. The vision of the USC Department of Athletics is to be the most student-athlete centered athletics program in the country. USC Athletics is committed to serving and empowering its student-athletes by providing the support, resources, and environment for student-athletes to pursue a world-class education; engage in a meaningful and fulfilling college experience; transform into the best versions of themselves; compete for championships; and prepare to thrive after USC. A member of the Pac-12 Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC is proud to support nine men’s (baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo) and 12 women’s (basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo) teams across 12 athletics venues.

Job Description:

USC Athletics is looking to hire an Associate Director of Equipment Operations to join our staff and student community of 600+ individuals. This individual will be responsible for ensuring the equipment room and needs of the various teams are met daily; supporting the assigned sports with Nike orders utilizing the Gameday ordering system; assisting with modifying selection, quantities, and embellishments of apparel, shoes, accessories, and protective equipment; being educated in fitting of equipment while making adjustments to equipment for the safety of the student-athlete; distributing equipment to student-athletes, staff, and others; ensuring measures are followed for proper equipment inventory control and record keeping with the mission of documenting all transactions of ordering, receiving, and distribution of equipment; confirming uniforms are in compliance with NCAA and Pac-12 regulations and policies along with our style guide; properly issuing equipment through Front Rush Software and labeling applicable articles of equipment with recipients’ appropriate clothing label; ensuring laundry operations are properly conducted; delegating daily responsibilities and operations to student workers; ensuring adherence to NCAA, Pac-12, University of Southern California, and Athletic Department rules and regulations.

Additional requirements include communicating with sport coaches and educating them on the new innovations and technology of protective equipment and apparel as it pertains to the sports assigned including working closely with the Nike Testing division; managing the maintenance and reconditioning of the equipment and coordinating sport equipment needs for special events; assessing personnel needs and assigning student workers appropriately; traveling with teams and working irregular/variable shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Reporting to the Director of Olympic Equipment Operations for 75% of the time and to the Associate Athletic Director of Equipment Operations for 25% of the time, the Associate Director of Equipment Operations will work in collaboration with Equipment, Football Operations, Recruiting, Sports Medicine, Strength & Conditioning, Creative, and Facilities departments. Sports and primary location (Galen Center, John McKay Center, etc.) will be assigned based on qualifications, experience, and department needs.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent time management skills and priority setting skills, proficient communication skills (both written and verbal), great utilization of Microsoft Office, ability to develop and implement improvements to move the department forward, be highly thorough and dependable while maintain a high degree of professionalism, display discretion and integrity and possess strong leadership skills, possess flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment, and provide a positive example to student-athletes by supporting the mission statement of USC Athletics. Knowledge of and experience working in higher education preferred. Understanding of the unique culture and needs of college athletes preferred.

This position serves a diverse student and staff population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and is expected to contribute to the program’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. USC Athletics is committed to increasing diversity in its staff and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual orientations.

This is a non-exempt position with work expected during the season and off-season to ensure assigned sports needs are met daily. Ability to work a flexible schedule to include availability for early morning hours, evening hours, and weekends.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Oversees and participates in the daily operation of the athletic equipment room.

  • Oversees daily laundering of player loops, coaches/staff loops, uniforms, and towels.

  • Responds to requests from coaches for equipment/uniform needs.

  • Ability to obtain AEMA certification with the first year of employment and maintain certification annually.

  • Maintain an accurate athletic inventory control using Front Rush System and adheres to NCAA, Pac-12, and institutional guidelines and policies.

  • Distributes and collects athletic equipment, uniforms, and supplies.

  • Equipment repair and modifications.

  • Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience (three to five years preferred) working in a college or professional equipment room. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

  • Certified Athletic Equipment Manager (or able to receive AEMA certification within 1 year).

  • Strong desire to pursue a career in the field of equipment management.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Front Rush.

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. or more.

  • Valid driver’s license.

  • Experience working in higher education and/or a sports related field ideal.

Hourly Range:

The hourly rate range for this position is $29.67-33.41. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

To Apply:

All candidates must submit a resume with their application. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. All USC employees will undergo reference checking and background screening prior to hire.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. 

-The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience (three to five years preferred) working in a college or professional equipment room. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

-Certified Athletic Equipment Manager (or able to receive AEMA certification within 1 year).

-Strong desire to pursue a career in the field of equipment management.

-Proficient with Microsoft Office and Front Rush.

-Ability to lift 50 lbs. or more.

-Valid driver’s license.

-Experience working in higher education and/or a sports related field ideal.

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