Head Equipment Manager (Hockey) (11 Months)

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013

St. Thomas University offers a dynamic and challenging work environment and invites applications for the 11-month, full-time, temporary position of Head Equipment Manager (Hockey), Athletics. It is anticipated that this 11-month, temporary position will start on July 2, 2013.

St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution whose roots are in the faith and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. With a full-time enrolment of 2,400, its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the university holds four Canada Research Chairs.

Reporting to the Head Coaches of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams, the Head Equipment Manager (Athletics) will: 

  • Prepare and maintain dressing rooms for practices and games. 
  • Clean dressing rooms after practices and games, including laundering of practice clothing and game jerseys.
  • Clean the STU dedicated space at the Grant Harvey Centre, including the showers, washrooms, student lounges, fitness room, and coaches’ offices, on a regular basis.
  • Ensure skate sharpening and equipment repair for both the men’s and women’s hockey teams is done well in advance of games and practices. (Skate sharpening ability/experience is not a prerequisite, but it is necessary to be able to learn and be proficient in.)
  • Recruit, select, and train student and volunteer equipment trainers. 
  • Prepare for team travel by: packing road trip boxes and bags.
  • Attend all practices and home games.
  • Ensure all equipment used by the players is functioning properly and is maintained and repaired.
  • In cooperation and with guidance from the head coaches, is responsible for negotiating equipment purchases and ensuring that equipment and materials expenditures are within approved budget. 
  • Maintain equipment inventory spreadsheet. Ensure that equipment and materials needed are acquired.
  • Distribute equipment to student athletes and signs-out equipment to student-athletes in off season.
  • Communicate any unsafe conditions or accidents that occur in or around the dressing rooms to the appropriate Coach or the Director of Athletics as the situation dictates. 
  • Assist with the planning, organizing and event day activities of special university hockey events, such as the 2014 CIS Women’s Hockey Championships.

The knowledge, skills, and experience required for this position include: 

  • High school diploma (grade 12) or GED.
  • Ability to perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Experience in risk management in sports venues and athletics environments. 
  • Exceptional organizational abilities with task prioritization, multi-tasking, use of timelines and time management techniques.
  • Knowledge of the University's varsity programs, regulations, and services. 
  • Excellent management, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Professional/mature demeanor.
  • Experience in using word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Initiative and ability to complete work assignments with minimal direction.
  • Experience as equipment manager would be an asset. 
  • First Aid, AED, and CPR training. 
  • Physical ability to lift up to 75 lbs. 

Salary range: $23,000
Union/Exempt: Exempt
Term: 11-month, full-time, temporary
Hours of work: Regular requirement to have irregular work hours (evenings and weekends) during regular season and play-offs; required to work a varied work week due to the nature of practices and game day operations.

The closing date for receipt of applications is June 7, 2013, or until the position is filled. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed applications are received by this date. Please forward your cover letter, resume, and the names of three references to: Jason Scarbro, Director of Human Resources, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NB E3B 5G3 or by email to hr@stu.ca. Each applicant is asked to provide his/her contract information (preferably an email address) as it is normal practice for all applicants to be contacted when the hiring process is complete.

An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. The university welcomes applications from all faiths and backgrounds. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.