Assistant Director of Equipment – Olympic Sports – Purdue University

Salary Range: $45,000-$50,000

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Equipment works with coaches, student-athletes, sport supervisors, Athletic Business Office, and other staff to supervise and oversee the purchase and fiscal control of game and sports equipment/apparel for designated Olympic sports. In this role, you will research vendors, products, and request sample products from specific vendors and make equipment/apparel recommendations.  You will instruct, and review the work of temporary and student employees, assist in the creation and planning of the department distribution and taxation process of all apparel, oversee equipment inventory & distribution and supervise the return of yearly issued equipment for select Olympic Sports.

Equipment Inventory/Distribution

  • Works on ACS inventory system, in conjunction with Assistant/Associate Equipment Managers, to create inventory records for each student-athlete and distributes appropriate gear to designated sport student-athletes
  • In conjunction with Assistant/Associate Equipment Manager, size and fit individual athletes in uniforms and equipment based on uniqueness and needs of each sport
  • Issue necessary items by sport for daily practice
  • Prepare game items for all contests for each specific player
  • Compiles end-of-season inventory on all athletic equipment and apparel used during the season (i.e. uniforms, accessories, equipment covers, additional apparel used for travel).  For items not returned, the associate will direct the Athletic Business Office staff to charge the individual student-athlete for appropriate costs, using the University billing systems.
  • Inventories and organizes all equipment to be reconditioned for the upcoming season. This includes, labeling each item, and adding to the computer database.
  • Receives all ordered items, and cross checks packing lists with order form and distributes items as needed. Follows up paperwork with the Athletic Business Office to pay vendors in a timely fashion.
  • As necessary, creates database for inventory of designated sport equipment.

Purchasing/Fiscal Control

  • Work with Assistant and Associate Equipment Managers in developing and monitoring annual equipment budgets for individual sports (approximately $500,000 total). Research vendors, products, and requests sample products from specific vendors.
  • Discusses purchase needs with designated coaches.  Meets with coach during budget process to determine game and sports equipment to be purchased during the budget cycle.
  • Rechecks inventory for sizes and quantities.  After checking with various vendors, participates in a joint decision by coach/head equipment manager from which company to purchase equipment/uniforms.
  • Plans and researches the yearly Nike allotment for designated sport with the head equipment manager in accordance to the Purdue University contract.
  • In conjunction with Assistant/Associate Equipment Manager based on the sport and equipment needs, determines or recommends how to best utilize the dollars allotted to fulfill the proposed budget request.


  • Train student employees in daily tasks-including but not limited to-collecting and washing laundry, redistributing the laundered items into locker rooms, prepare uniforms and equipment for team travel, and supervise in maintenance of game uniforms
  • Instructs and reviews the work of regular and temporary student employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Three years athletic equipment room work experience, preferably at the collegiate level, or directly related work experience.
  • Athletic equipment manager association (AEMA) certification required or ability to obtain within first year.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal skill for developing working relationship with coaches, athletes, and sales representatives.
  • Knowledge of athletic fabric, differences, durability, care.
  • Ability to maintain knowledge that’s current on all protective equipment.
  • Personal computer and related software skills, e.g., word process, spreadsheets, database, data query, Internet, etc., necessary.‎

Additional Information:  

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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