Grand Canyon University’s Athletics Sports Performance department is seeking a Graduate Assistant. Under the general direction of the Director of Sports Performance, the Graduate Assistant will primarily instruct, develop programming, train and monitor all phases of the strength and conditioning and personal training programs for specified athletic teams. The position also assists in other facets involving the sports performance area, and assists in the upkeep of the athletics weight room.
Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Director of Sports Performance develop, design, implement, and administer strength training programs unique to assigned sport(s) and to each individual student-athlete. Provide instruction to student-athletes during strength and conditioning training sessions. Develop and establish goals, rules, expectations, and motivations for assigned teams and each individual student-athlete. Provide Fitness Assessments and Body Composition. Provides nutrition counseling/ assessments for designated student athlete 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, correcting mistakes; manages 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 reports any concerns of compromise or violation of rules, standards, guidelines or policies to the Vice President of Athletics or the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, Administration. Establish injury preventative programming in conjunction with the Sports Medicine to reduce sports-related injuries or the aggravation of such injuries. Direct appropriate pre-training session and pre-contest preparations and warm ups, and working with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers during all training sessions and contests. Prepare periodic evaluations and progress reports regarding the progress, conditioning, and training of the student-athletes. Demonstrate good judgment in coaching responsibilities, including orienting student-athletes and staff to proper equipment use, appropriate conditioning techniques, and use of the most up to date training and conditioning concepts; Participate in clinics and lectures on strength and conditioning upon request. Monitor appearance, maintenance, and organization of equipment in training facilities; Assist in the education and enforcement of weight room rules. Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Contribute to the overall success of the University's intercollegiate athletics program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Data input into tracking software.
Qualifications: 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. 0-2 years’ relevant experience in strength and conditioning coaching. CPR, First Aid and AED required; Coaches’ Safety Training certifications helpful. Possess a certification with the National Strength and Conditional Association (CSCS) or Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). Must have a thorough understanding of human physiology. Knowledgeable of University, NCAA and Conference rules and regulations. Participation in competitive High school or college athletics and the ability to articulate to student athletes the benefits of sports performance training preferred. Good relationship management skills and ability to work cohesively in a team environment requiring good social and interpersonal skills. Proficiency with MS Office Suite software and familiarity with team, game, meet management software preferred. Must be enrolled in GCU master’s program. Must be able to maintain academic GPA of 3.0 May only work 20 hours per week but may require evenings and weekend hours. Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.
Internal Number: R000022637
About Grand Canyon University
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