Athletic Trainer-In-Residence

The NATA national office athletic trainer-in-residence (ATR) is a wonderful opportunity that affords an athletic trainer the ability to work at NATA for approximately a year. The athletic trainer will have access to and interact with all levels of staff and management. This leadership training experience will provide valuable knowledge of the inner workings of NATA and how it operates, how volunteers interact with the staff and our strategic initiatives.  This will also provide staff with a go-to resource and expertise regarding ATs and athletic training.
A key focus of the position is contributing to the association’s strategic plan by assisting with various projects and initiatives designed to advance the athletic training profession. Examples include working with federal and state agencies on regulatory issues, raising awareness for NATA youth sport safety strategies, attending task force or workgroup meetings, or assisting with public relations and public affairs initiatives. This unique position will provide the right candidate with a solid understanding of the inner workings of the NATA, while offering invaluable experience and introductions to the leadership of the association. To get further insight into the position and what it has to offer, read our former ATR's firsthand account of the job on the NATA Now blog.

Basic Responsibilities

These tentative duties are likely to morph according to the athletic trainer’s background and qualifications and how the work progresses.

Strategic Activities

  • Serve as a spokesperson for the profession and association, extolling the benefits of athletic trainers to various internal and external audiences.
  • Work with staff on legislative efforts, youth sport safety projects, secondary school AT advancement, reimbursement and/or practice advancement initiatives.
  • Improve collection of research statistics that relate to youth sport safety and can enhance athletic training advocacy efforts.



  • Assist with the annual convention, including pre-event planning and event coordination and on-site execution.  
  • Assist committees in their meetings, as needed.
  • Coordinate other activities as appropriate.


Corporate Sales

  • Review and advise on advertising content, including sponsor thank you ads and other messages, to determine if the message is properly geared towards athletic trainers.
  • Investigate new potential products and provide feedback with value to AT.
  • Review NATA Connect and other internal trade show areas and give input to maximize the value of the athletic trainers’ experience.

Knowledge Initiatives

  • Serve as a test subject as we design and re-design the quiz center, courses, and other education offerings.
  • Advise new webinar or workshop content that would be appealing to membership



  • Review NATA publications, videos and other content from an athletic training viewpoint to verify accuracy and prevent controversies. This includes Range of Motion, NATA News, Convention Daily News, convention preliminary and final programs, brochures, event promotional pieces and other documents.
  • Coordinate and execute staff field trips to various athletic training workplaces in local areas to provide further insight to member experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate for this full-time position is a professional with at least three years of certified athletic training experience with knowledge and expertise in research.  Qualifying candidates should have excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.  Only athletic trainers proficient with the Microsoft office suite will be considered.  Previous work experience in an office setting is a plus.  Candidates must be certified athletic trainers and must maintain their certification throughout their employment.  
The ATR will receive a salary commensurate with their years of experience and skillset.  The resident will also receive the customary NATA employee benefits package, complementary NATA membership dues for the year they are employed, paid continuing education, including the 2015 NATA convention registration fee.  The ATR will be working during most or all of the NATA convention, but may attend sessions and earn CEUs during any down time.
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Interested parties should send their cover letter, resume, AND salary requirements to using Athletic Trainer-in-Residence Position in the subject line. Submissions missing any of these three items will not be considered.


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