Athletic Trainer

Athletic Trainer

Posted: July 10, 2023
Position Code: 1076/1077

Position Overview

The athletic trainer is responsible for providing quality healthcare as an integral member of a team-based approach The athletic trainer is expected to assist the head athletic trainer in the day-to-day operations of the athletic training facility, including but not limited to the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and/or illnesses for the student-athletes participating as a member of an intercollegiate program. This full-time position reports directly to the head athletic trainer and will work in accordance with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics, Board of Certification Standards of Professional Practice, NCAA Division I, Northeast Conference (NEC), Hockey East Association, any additional athletic conference affiliation as well as Merrimack College rules, regulations and policies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work in a team-based environment primarily with designated teams and student-athletes to provide onsite care and management of injuries and illnesses including: clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment, rehabilitation, and health and well-being support to student-athletes. Assist with the care of all student-athletes as needed and directed by the head athletic trainer.
  • Assess risk of injury, perform ergonomic evaluation and coaching, self-care implementation and overall wellness promotion.
  • Think critically and make independent decisions regarding the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and return to play decisions per state licensure guidelines.
  • Maintain written/electronic documentation of all athletic injuries/conditions, treatment, rehabilitation and progress notes, including physician clinic notes, physician referrals, and insurance claims.
  • Communicate with physicians, coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, and other healthcare providers regarding student-athlete injuries and overall health.
  • Work cooperatively and communicate with the strength and conditioning staff regarding injuries and rehabilitation, treatment plans, weight room limitations/modifications and programming.
  • Minimize risk of injury through awareness, education and prevention strategies.
  • Assist head athletic trainer with administrative responsibilities. Ability to perform responsibilities as directed.
  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and professionalism to the students involved with the daily operations of the athletic training room including but not limited to graduate teaching fellows, work study interns, and athletic training students.
  • Opportunities to teach skills and competencies to students in the graduate Athletic Training Education Program and serve as a clinical preceptor as directed by the head athletic trainer and clinical coordinator.
  • Foster and maintain a culture that demonstrates commitment to the NATA Code of Ethics, BOC Standards of Professional Practice, and Massachusetts Board of Allied Health.
  • Foster and maintain a culture that demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and
  • inclusion as well as trust and mutual respect.
  • Foster and maintain a culture that demonstrates a commitment to NCAA rules compliance, Northeast Conference (NEC) and Hockey East rules and protocols, and institutional policies.
  • Participate in departmental activities including staff meetings, compliance education, diversity, equity and inclusion training, guest speaker presentations and other events/meetings.
  • Represent Merrimack Athletics with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.
  • Fulfill other specific areas of responsibility related to the athletic healthcare as directed by the head athletic trainer and medical director.


  • Master’s degree
  • Experience at the collegiate level, preferred.
  • Ability to work with a variety of athletes, including contact/collision sports such as football, ice hockey, and lacrosse, preferred.
  • Additional credentials, certifications, and areas of clinical expertise, preferred.
  • Previous experience working with athletic training students, especially as a clinical preceptor, preferred.

License Requirements:

  • BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Massachusetts State License or eligible upon hire
  • CPR/AED Certification

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Vaccinations and Remote Work 

This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster for which an individual may be eligible are highly recommended for students, faculty and staff. Merrimack College does not require proof of COVID vaccination for enrollment, employment or to be a guest on our campus. 

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, nursing and health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and the Girard school of business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the Most Innovative Schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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