Director of Equipment Operations–University of Iowa

Type of Position:  Regular 100% time; FLSA Exempt
Apply By: June 23, 2022 (or no later than 14 calendar days from posting date)
Salary: 60,000-$90,000

The University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics seeks a self-motivated, results-oriented individual with the knowledge, ability and interpersonal skills required to serve as the Director of Equipment Operations – a full-time position that includes full University benefits. The University of Iowa is an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Big Ten Conference.  The Department of Athletics manages 22 varsity sports programs and related events with a workforce of approximately 200 regular employees and 300 temporary employees. Athletics is a people-centric organization that operates under a “Win. Graduate. Do It Right.” philosophy. For more information regarding Athletics, please click here.

Responsibilities: The Director of Equipment Operations is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all Athletic Equipment room operations. This includes providing leadership to personnel in multiple facilities, providing service to multiple athletic teams, oversight of the departmental inventory management system and departmental equipment operation budgets. This position will be the primary contact for men’s and women’s basketball and other sports, as assigned. Additionally, this position will provide assistance to staff servicing sports from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena equipment room(s).
For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.
Benefits Highlights: Excellent fringe benefit package including paid vacation and sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.  This position will also be eligible for Athletics Specific Staff Privileges and Taxable Benefits. The University of Iowa is a Big Ten, nationally ranked research university with 30,000 students located in Iowa City. A vibrant community boasting excellent public schools, safe, comfortable neighborhoods, affordable housing, a highly educated population, and numerous cultural, recreational and sporting opportunities and events contribute to the Iowa City area frequently appearing high on the best-places-to-live listings. Go to “Working at Iowa” to learn more.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
• Minimum of three years of experience in the operation of an athletics equipment room at the college/university or professional level. Experience includes equipment purchasing, distribution, collection and laundering.
• Supervisory experience of full-time staff.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work constructively and collaboratively in a diverse environment, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• A valid U.S. driving license and the ability to meet and maintain University of Iowa Driving Policy standards.
• Working knowledge of and ability to:
o Utilize Microsoft Office.
o Utilize electronic inventory management system.
o Operate effectively within a highly regulated team environment.
Desired Qualifications:
• Basic knowledge and understanding of the professionalism and intensity necessary to successfully contribute to a Division I athletics program.
• Minimum of three years of supervisory experience of full-time staff.
• Minimum of five years of experience in the operation of an athletics equipment room at the college/university or professional level
• AEMA (Athletic Equipment Managers Association) Certification
• Knowledge of NCAA and Big Ten rules and regulations.
• Management of a large apparel contract.

Application Details:
Visit our website at and search for keywords “Equipment Operations”. 

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission. Only applications submitted at will be accepted. Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check and social media/internet review. Additionally, five professional references will be required at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact Karli Kirsch at [email protected] if you have questions.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. 

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