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The Assistant/Associate Director of Sport Performance will lead, plan and coordinate all aspects of competitive intercollegiate sports performance programming including strength and conditioning, speed and agility training, effective teaching of exercise technique, and all components of the Peak Performance Strategy to enhance and complement sport specific training.

Job Summary:

The Assistant/Associate Director of Sports Performance is responsible for safety and compliance with NCAA Conference and Ithaca College rules and regulations. The successful candidate will work directly with head coaches and assistant coaches to establish appropriate competitive and developmental goals for each sport in each season.

The Assistant/Associate Director of Sport Performance will work closely with colleagues within the Department of Exercise Science & Athletic Training (ESAT) to plan and coordinate all integrative learning activities offered to Strength & Conditioning (S&C) concentration students within the Exercise Science major. The successful candidate must be willing to mentor graduate assistants and student interns in the performance of duties in a manner that complies with Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE) standards.

Position reports to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Collaborates with ESAT Faculty.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Plan, direct and conduct team and individual strength and conditioning programs for in-season, post-season and non-traditional seasons where appropriate and permissible.

  • Design instructions for individual student-athletes and for specific team needs. Teach proper skills, skill development, and leadership concepts to student-athletes.

  • Develop, demonstrate, and promote multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful College community. Demonstrate a commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging as a college priority, communicate to employees an expectation of behavior that is civil and inclusive when interacting with all staff, faculty, students and visitors and promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment.

  • Hire, train, mentor and supervise student interns (undergraduate and graduate level) as S&C coaches and facility supervisors .

  • Oversee the promotion of student athlete safety and well-being in all training sessions, conditioning activities, practice activities and competitions. Provide student athletes with instruction regarding physical health and safety.

  • Lead development and coordination of the Peak Performance Strategy; nutrition, leadership academy, rest recovery, time management, and others as appropriate.

  • Attend and participate in appropriate national or regional level coaching clinics and/or conventions to improve and increase overall knowledge of training and coaching techniques as appropriate.

  • Collaborate with the appropriate athletics administrators to create practice and training schedules. Plan and schedule weight room usage and team schedules in coordination with head coaches.

  • Lead facility oversight for the Gianotti Weight Room and the Hill Center Weight Room. Provide equipment oversight, maintenance/repair and replacement oversight.

  • Participate in Department of Athletics meetings and activities as appropriate.

  • Participate in HSHP and Exercise Science and Athletic Training meetings as appropriate.

  • Participate in Ithaca College community activities as appropriate.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience at the collegiate level as a Strength & Conditioning/Sports Performance Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator

  • Membership in the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) required.

  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.

  • CPR/First Aid Certification required.

  • Experience in planning and executing strength and conditioning programming for competitive athletics teams.

  • Ability to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment.

  • Ability to treat all people equitably and with a sensitivity and awareness to cultural difference.

  • Demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for behavior that is supportive of a community that is diverse and inclusive.

  • Extensive knowledge of various word processing, spreadsheet and database software applications

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail are required.

  • Education: Masters Degree in Exercise Science or related field.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants must apply online and attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references. Questions about online applications should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000 or

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

Hiring Range

$68,000 to $74,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We pride ourselves on providing our benefit-eligible employees with comprehensive benefits, including work/life balance, generous paid time off policies, career-enhancing trainings, educational benefits, and opportunities to give back to the community. Beyond benefits, you’ll enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community. For an overview of our benefit offerings, please visit

At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of approximately 5,000 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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