Sports Equipment Supervisor – Football – Northern Illinois University

Position Information

Posting Detail Information 

Working Position Title Sports Equipment Supervisor-Football (1282)
Classification Title Sports Equipment Supervisor
Position Number 00001282
Open Date 07/19/2023
Close Date 07/25/2023
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 Non-Union
Union Code N/A
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. This position is responsible for the equipment needs of the Football Program.
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 17,000 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/Brand and Equipment Management, this position oversees all aspects of the Yordon Center Equipment Operation. 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
  • Oversee all aspects of the Yordon Center Equipment Operation 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 NCAANOCSAE and Manufacturer Standards.
  • Oversee 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 Front Rush (FR TRAC) Inventory System.
  • Attend athletic events to promote audience participation and support for NIU team efforts when practical under certain circumstances.
  • 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 of the following:
    • 30 semester hours of college coursework in physical education or recreation AND one (1) year (12 months) of work experience in the care and maintenance of sports equipment


  • Two (2) years of work experience in the care and maintenance of sports equipment
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)
  • As a staff member within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, you are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) regulations, both those general in nature and those which apply directly to your position’s responsibilities. Strict adherence to all applicable governing policies, procedures, and regulations of the NCAA is required and is a condition of your employment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with game officials, game coordinators, students, coaches and athletic administrators is required.
  • General knowledge of equipment standards and inventory/records process.
  • General knowledge of various equipment requirements and relative safety standards as applicable to each sport assigned
  • Extensive experience in/with laundering athletic clothing, cleaning and sanitizing athletic equipment 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.)
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • Master’s Degree
  • AEMA Certification, or be eligible to apply for AEMA certification within 4 months after hire
  • Two (2) years of sports equipment management experience with a DI institution
  • One (1) year of experience in/with laundering athletic clothing, cleaning and sanitizing athletic equipment
  • 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
  • Employee must be able to lift and move 50 pounds
  • Employee must be able to stand for long periods of time (ie: entire length of athletic event)

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