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Director of Applied Sports Science - Cincinnati Reds (Cincinnati · OH)

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Player Operations: Team Administration/Operations
Department: Health and Performance 
Job Title: Director of Applied Sports Science 
Reports To: Senior Director of Health and Performance 
FLSA: Salary, Exempt
Location: Cincinnati, OH with up to 50% travel nationally and internationally 

Job Purpose: 
The Director of Applied Sports Science is to work as a part of the Cincinnati Reds Health and Performance department with the primary objective of leading an applied sports science staff in developing and applying practical, technical, and tactical health, performance, and human movement skill enhancement protocols across the Reds organization that revolve around baseballs key performance indicators. Sports Science, as applied in this instance, is the scientific study of physiology and biomechanics in relation to the ability of the human body to adapt to motion, movement and physical activity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Strong management skills and demonstrated leadership qualities to oversee an applied sports science staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in the creation and application of practical applied sports science tactics rooted in research that are effective and efficient for players, field staff, or health and performance staff to easily integrate into their daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal programs.
  • Utilization, including beta testing and evaluation of the value and accuracy of the most current and reliable scientific equipment available in sport to optimize players in game performance or health outcomes. 
  • Work within our integrated Health and Performance staff: Sports Science, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Mental Skills, Wellness, Nutrition, and Strength and Conditioning on items such as: 
    • Athlete centered holistic short and long-term player development plans via creation of daily, weekly, monthly, and season long actionable reports and visualizations delivered to players and staff from the Reds Athlete Management System (AMS). 
    • Pursuing and onboarding innovative technologies. 
    • Nutrition initiatives for performance fueling considerations as they pertain to the physiological adaptations/demands from training and the highest level of athletic competition. 
    • Enhancing and assisting in the evaluation of rehab return to play protocols through the use of objective assessments and actionable reports provided to our Rehab staff. 
  • The person filling this role should have strong ability to work closely with our Reds analytics department to produce meaningful key performance indicators as they apply to baseball to effect change in how we program for practice and training. 
  • Critical decision-making ability, pay close attention to detail, have strong presentation skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills. 
  • A key goal will be to help the organization optimize the health and performance of its players by keeping abreast of the latest advancements in sports science technology as well as available research.
  • We expect that the person in this role will engage in applied research projects to gather new information on a wide variety of sports-related topics.
  • We expect that this person will conduct background research for, as well as assist in, the formation of guidelines for player workload subscription in micro and macro phases of the changing seasons throughout the calendar year.
  • Implement continued education opportunities for both inter and intradepartmental summits, and oversee the long-term development of the applied sports science coaches in all areas of leading sport science, including the organizations core values.
  • Effectively work with our field staff on movement mechanics as it pertains to baseball skill acquisition (i.e. the correlation between assessing and teaching human body movement for hitting and pitching mechanics).
  • Integrate applied sports science protocols into all Reds off-season performance development camps.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets, execute sensible contracts, and maintain relationships with technology vendors.
  • Be prepared to assist the scouting department in performance assessments and injury risk profiles of amateur players.
Experience, Education, and Licensure: 
  • Graduate degree in an exercise science related field. CSCS, ATC, DPT, or PhD is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Independent judgment and ability to multitask is required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to work long, flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
  • Must be trustworthy and comfortable with managing large quantities of money and sensitive information.
  • High level of interpersonal skills and be able to effectively communicate with wide range of departments, seniority levels and personalities.
  • Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

  • Adhere to Cincinnati Reds Organization Policies and Procedures. 
  • Act as a role model within and outside the Cincinnati Reds Organization.
  • Performs duties as workload necessitates.
  • Demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Meet Department productivity standards.

Equal Opportunity Statement:
The Cincinnati Reds are an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Cincinnati Reds to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, sex, age, military or veteran status, disability, citizenship status, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. The above description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. Additional duties, as assigned, may become part of the job function. The duties listed above is, therefore, a partial representation not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Job Questions:

  1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?

  2. Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status?