James Madison University – Equipment Manager Basketball/Cheer


Working Title: Equipment Manager-Basketball/Cheer

State Role Title: Store and Warehouse Specialist III

Position Type: Full-time Staff (Classified)

Position Status: Full-Time

College/Division: Intercollegiate Athletics

Department: 300261 – Equipment Room

Pay Rate: Maximum Starting

Beginning Review Date: 04/10/2024

Specify Range or Amount: $37,194

Is this a JMU only position? No

Is this a grant-funded position? No

Is this a Conflict of Interest designated position? No

About JMU:

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

General Information:

James Madison University, a Division 1 member of the NCAA and Sun Belt Conference, is accepting applications for an Equipment Manager of Basketball and Cheer. The Equipment Manager reports to the Director of Equipment Room Operations and is primarily responsible for purchase, storage, laundering, inventory and distribution of apparel and equipment to student-athletes and coaches in the Atlantic Union Bank Center. This includes, but is not limited to, providing an efficient and well-organized system for issuing apparel and equipment for the teams to be assigned to this position, ensuring appropriate documentation, records and inventory are maintained according to industry standards.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist in the management of cleaning and collection of athletic apparel and equipment for the teams assigned to this position.
Ensure the distribution of practice and game apparel and that equipment is cleaned and returned to appropriate coaches and student-athletes with attention to adequate stain removal and uniform and equipment repair.
Maintain up-to-date inventory systems, store inventory properly, and dispose of outdated inventory according to compliance standards. Follow unusable apparel procedures for surplus and discard. Work with the coaching staff to encourage disposal of outdated inventory.
Assist with purchasing, receiving and shipping, laundry services, equipment room storage and inventory, issuance, repair, and maintenance of equipment apparel and machinery. Notify coaches in a timely manner of all issues pertaining to these areas.
Oversee uniform and equipment distribution and retrieval at practices and on game day for assigned sports.
Oversee the training, work performance and evaluation of student managers, graduate assistants and part-time employees.
Full preparation of apparel/equipment issue for each assigned team of season start up. Contact coaching staff to determine equipment to be issued and schedule issue date.
Assist the Director with yearly inventory, external and internal communication, invoicing and billing. Tracks inventory using Front Rush and Excel databases keeping data entries up to date.


Previous work experience in a basketball or other Olympic sport equipment room.
Basic knowledge of laundry procedures and stain removal.
Basic knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
Knowledge of athletic equipment room operations and records maintenance.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
Strong organization and communication skills
Detail oriented, self-starter, and able to work independently.
Proficient in Microsoft applications.

Additional Considerations:
Athletic Equipment Managers Association certification or certifiable within one year.
Previous work within a Division I Intercollegiate Athletics program.
Knowledge of Nike products.
Experience working with Front Rush inventory software.
Previous work using a heat press for embellishment.

Conditions of Employment:  

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Additional Posting Information:

EEO Statement:

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation:

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or jobs@jmu.edu. You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

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