Director of Olympic Sports Performance – (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 Big Ten Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC is proud to support ten men’s (baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, volleyball, water polo) and 13 women’s (basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, volleyball, water polo) teams across 12 athletics venues.

Job Description:

USC Athletics is looking to hire a Director of Olympic Sports Performance to join our staff and student community of 600+ individuals.  This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the university’s sports performance program for all Olympic sports, including men’s and women’s basketball. This role will oversee the Olympic Sports Performance staff and be responsible for delivering sports performance training to a subset of sports. This individual will be responsible for creating a safe and inspiring environment to support the athletic development of student-athletes striving to reach their fullest potential through guidance and coaching.

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 an exempt position with work expected to include travel, weekends, early mornings, and evenings.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements, and maintains the university’s sports performance program for all Olympic sports, including men’s and women’s basketball. Responsible for creating a safe and inspiring environment to support the athletic development of student-athletes striving to reach their fullest potential through guidance and coaching. Will have direct oversight of the holistic training of specified sports.

  • Management of the sports performance department and staff, including but not limited to, training plan development, recruitment and hiring, facility scheduling, continuing education, and adhering to athletic department and sports performance policies and procedures. Builds and administers annual budgets.

  • Maintain awareness of industry standards and new technologies/developments to implement with sport programs as needed.

  • Foster effective communication between the sports performance staff and sport coaches, athletes, and administration. Communicate and collaborate with athletic medicine to create and ensure a safe and effective training environment for each sport program.

  • Ensures adherence to all association, conference, and university rules by athletes and supporting staff. Complies with all rules and bylaws of the NCAA, Conference, and university regulations relating to program conduct and administration.

  • Supervises employees and/or student workers.

  • 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 (master’s degree preferred) and have over five years of experience (seven years preferred). Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

  • Working knowledge of collegiate athletic conference and NCAA rules and regulations.

  • Excellent organizational and strategic planning skills.

  • Working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and Title IX compliance.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to meet the extended hours and travel requirements of the position.

  • Skilled at implementing administrative tasks and maintaining interpersonal relationships with colleagues.

  • Maintains current CPR/AED/First Aid certification.

  • CSCCA and/or NSCA certification.

  • Valid driver’s license is required.

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

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment to USC’s Unifying Values of integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

Salary Range:

The annual base salary range for this position is $155,000- $195,000. 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 (master’s degree preferred) and have over five years of experience (seven years preferred). Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

-Working knowledge of collegiate athletic conference and NCAA rules and regulations.

-Excellent organizational and strategic planning skills.

-Working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and Title IX compliance.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills.

-Ability to meet the extended hours and travel requirements of the position.

-Skilled at implementing administrative tasks and maintaining interpersonal relationships with colleagues.

-Maintains current CPR/AED/First Aid certification.

-CSCCA and/or NSCA certification.

-Valid driver’s license is required.

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

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