NIU – Head EQ Mgr – Baseball/Softball/Wrestling & Assistant for Football

Position Information

Posting Detail Information

Working Position Title Sports Equipment Supervisor (39183)
Classification Title Sports Equipment Supervisor
Position Number 00039183
Open Date 11/02/2023
Close Date 11/22/2023
Priority Review Date
Business Unit Description Civil Service with Status
Full-Time/Part Time Full-Time
FTE 1.00
Position Status Regular
FLSA Exempt
Job code 3438
Union Representation Union
Union Code AFC – AFSCME C, Local #1890
Unit/Department Intercollegiate Athletics
College/Unit Intercollegiate Athletics
Division Div Intercollegiate Athletics
Location CC 204
Link to Department Website or Custom Search Page

Position Summary, Requirements, and Qualifications

Position Summary, Requirements, and Qualifications

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is accepting applications for the position of Sports Equipment Supervisor. This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits. Under the general supervision of the Associate Athletic Director/Brand and Equipment Management, this position is responsible for assisting in the management and administration of all phases of the Huskie Stadium equipment operations.

The mission of NIU Athletics is to enhance the University, community and region through service and engagement while developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in life. With long standing traditions and core values centered on family, NIU Athletics is home to 17 NCAA Division I sport programs. Northern Illinois University, chartered in 1895, is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with over 15,000 currently enrolled students and houses seven (7) degree-granting colleges—Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Centrally located in DeKalb, Northern Illinois University is 30 miles west of Aurora, 65 miles west of Chicago, 36 miles west of Naperville, and 45 miles southeast of Rockford.

Position Summary
Under the direction of the Associate AD for Brand and Equipment Management, this position assists with Huskie Stadium Equipment Operations for Baseball, Softball, and Wrestling. It will also be the primary assistant with Football. This position requires extensive evening and weekend work; independent decision-making in many areas including purchase of sports equipment for safety features; acceptance of responsibility for day-to-day problem solving; management ability to maintain good rapport with athletic administrators and coaches.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist with Huskie Stadium equipment oversight for assigned sports and its alignment with university and department policies and procedures and Athletics Strategic Plan.
  • Maintain and enforce strict equipment safety standards for assigned sports, in accordance with NCAA Standards.
  • Oversight of preparation and set-up for opposing teams;
  • Work with assigned sports on university and athletic department ordering policies and provides training to all parties on Adidas apparel contract;
  • Communicate with student athletes on their needs making sure these needs align with head coaches vision and goals for equipment management.
  • Supervise Graduate Assistant and/or student managers, including scheduling coverage for practices, home events, away events, and laundry.
  • Direct and manage laundering, cleaning, and repairing of equipment.
  • Oversee the process of inventorying apparel and equipment for good ordering practices.
  • Train and oversee student managers in processes for setting up and tearing down practices and games.
  • Oversee daily issue, maintenance and retrieval of equipment including preparation and delivery of practice and competition gear.
  • Direct the process of packing for away events
  • Maintain strictest safety standards and proper fitting requirements for assigned sports athletic equipment, making minor repairs as needed or providing replacements.
  • Maintain strictest safety standards in disinfecting/cleaning equipment that cannot be laundered, as well as handling of medical issues (ie: blood, infectious diseases such as staph or ringworm) in laundry
  • Responsible for working with Athletic Business Office and assigned sports on proper budgeting of athletic equipment and timely payment of invoices
  • Order equipment and apparel for assigned sports and manages distribution of received orders.
  • Create and grow relationships with new and existing vendors.
  • Responsible for detailed record keeping for all placed orders using Microsoft Office
  • When practical under the circumstances, intercollegiate athletic staff is encouraged to attend athletic events to promote audience participation and support for NIU team efforts.
  • If requested by supervisor, cash handling responsibilities — $5,000 to $25,000 annually.
  • Assist with departmental needs as requested.
  • Attend departmental meetings as required.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
1. High school diploma or equivalent.

2. Any one or combination totaling one (1) year (12 months) from the categories below:

A. Coursework in physical education or recreation, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:

    • 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
B. Work experience in the care and maintenance of sports equipment.

3. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience in the care and maintenance of sports equipment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)
  1. Knowledge of a variety of sports equipment and their use.
  2. Ability to supervise.
  3. Mechanical aptitude.
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • AEMA Certification, or be eligible to apply for AEMA certification
  • Two year’s sports equipment management experience, preferably with a DI institution
  • Extensive experience in/with laundering athletic clothing that has blood on it and reducing/eliminating/treating common locker room/athletic setting bacteria/infections (i.e. MRSA, Staphylococcus, etc.) in accordance with NOCSAE and OSHA standards as well as routine cleaning clothing that has been stained (i.e. grass, red clay, paint, etc.)
  • Minimum one year experience in preparing equipment needs for practice and competition
  • Minimum one year experience in fitting and maintaining protective football equipment.
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
Additional Requirements (SPS)
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
Physical demands/requirements

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date 12/01/23
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Percent of Staff Year 1.00
Standard Hours Per Week 37.50
Working Hours 8 AM-4:30 PM, one-hour lunch; varies nights and weekends
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications. NIU offers a robust benefits package.
Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range See above
Earn Type Salary

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure
Required Procedures:
      • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Important: Please upload any unofficial transcript(s) and/or documentation that verifies any education, experience, and/or training you have received.
  1. After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register.
  2. Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from [email protected] and [email protected]. Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  3. Applicants must be a current citizen or resident of the State of Illinois to move forward in the hiring process.
Credentials Assessment Examination:
  • The examination for this position is a Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant’s/employee’s education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications (licenses, etc.). Applicants are required to upload documentation to verify the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting, such as a driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your application materials.
  • After assessment of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three (3) scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
Additional Details:
  • Click on Sports Equipment Supervisor for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • Please click on Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Special Instructions
Quick Link to Applicant
Is Background Check Required? Yes
EEO Statement Summary
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
ADA Accommodation
NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) at [email protected].
Safety Information
NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report. Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.

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