Head Women's Lacrosse Coach

Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago is one of the nation's leading institutions of higher education and research. Campus and Student Life (CSL) is comprised of 20 departments that serve the University's 15,000 college, graduate, and professional school students, as well as the campus community more broadly. CSL is importantly charged with the dual task of supporting all students in the University, graduate and undergraduate, and managing multiple campus departments and services that serve the entire campus community. CSL's programs and services focus on supporting student academic success, providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership development, developing community and engagement through the residential housing and dining program, and in areas such as artistic expression, community service, spiritual exploration, and athletic competition. The University of Chicago community includes approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students and there are over 300 recognized student organizations working together to create a vibrant and dynamic student life. The University of Chicago is a member of the University Athletic Association and the NCAA (Division III). The University sponsors nineteen varsity sports for an undergraduate population of 5200 students. Physical Education & Athletics maintains an environment that supports the student athletes' commitment to achieving their full potential. The arena in which this occurs is the competitive environment. The preparation for, and participation in, intercollegiate athletic competition creates a focal point for learning and provides valuable feedback on the progress of development. Intercollegiate athletics are considered a component of a liberal arts education, complementary to its central academic mission. A diverse, challenging athletic program supplements the rigorous academic curriculum. The lessons learned through athletic endeavors represent an invaluable part of the nonacademic aspects of a balanced education. The primary focus of the intercollegiate athletic program is the student-athletes. The goal is a positive educational experience. Participation in the intercollegiate athletic program should enhance an individual's personal, educational, and social development. Achieving this goal is based on a commitment to excellence.

Unit Job Summary: General Summary: The Head Women's Lacrosse Coach is responsible for the organization, direction, and administration of all facets of a competitive NCAA Division III lacrosse program. This includes: teaching and developing players, planning practices and developing game strategies, managing the women's lacrosse staff, recruiting quality student-athletes, scouting, organizing summer camps, alumnae relations and supporting fundraising efforts, administering operating budget, adhering to University policies and NCAA/conference rules and regulations, and program management (e.g. scheduling and planning team travel). The Head Women's Lacrosse Coach will provide leadership in the personal, academic and athletic development of student-athletes and will work with the Director of Athletics to support the overall mission and vision of the University of Chicago and Department of Athletics and Recreation. Additionally, the head coach must maintain collaborative working relationships with departmental staff, the College, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, other units within Campus and Student Life, other campus partners and all University constituents. The Head Women's Lacrosse Coach must be committed to the educational model of college athletics and in the values of professional integrity, dignity and ethical conduct. Essential Functions: 1. Develop and execute a strategy for building a competitive women's lacrosse team. Implement plans and strategies during practices and competition by teaching and developing student-athletes. 2. Oversee the plan for each lacrosse season, including competitive schedule and practices, i.e., scheduling facilities, administration of practice schedule, overseeing travel arrangements for away competition, any necessary communication with officials. 3. Demonstrate a philosophy that emphasizes academic priorities for student-athletes. 4. Counsel team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters; consult with appropriate Department and University members as required. 5. Provide leadership and mentorship in the personal and athletic development of student-athletes. Foster a team culture that defines the team and aims to develop athletes holistically. 6. In conjunction with strength staff, assist in developing training and conditioning programs. 7. Organize all practice sessions to enhance team performance. Evaluate individual performance and provide leadership and instruction in areas of deficiency as required. 8. Conceive, implement, and supervise strategies to recruit academically and athletically talented prospective student-athletes in accordance with NCAA rules and regulations. Communicate and work with the Admission Office through the application and matriculation process of prospective student athletes. 9. Supervise and evaluate the assistant coach and other staff as assigned. Direct and coordinate the activities of assistant coaches in recruiting, team management and practice and game planning in compliance with University, conference and NCAA policies and regulations. 10. Manage operating budget. Determine fiscal requirements and prepare budgetary recommendations; monitor, verify and reconcile expenditures of budgeted funds. 11. Serve as leader for the women's lacrosse program and articulate the vision to respective stakeholders and University representatives. 12. Assist as needed to raise funds to support the women's lacrosse program and Department. 13. Remain current with sport developments and trends and rules of sport; participate in professional development through coaching organizations, clinics, conventions, and other applicable meetings. 14. Perform related duties as assigned.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required.

Unit Experience: Knowledge of NCAA rules and compliance issues concerning the administration of intercollegiate athletics required. Minimum of four years of significant and relevant playing and/or coaching experience in highly competitive women's lacrosse required. Excellent communication and organizational skills required. Demonstrated ability to recruit academically and athletically successful student-athletes preferred. Experience playing and/or coaching women's lacrosse at the collegiate level preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of relevant sports rules required. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and Division III philosophy required. Knowledge, certifications, or training to manage, organize, and teach specialized aspects of the sport required. Understanding of the role athletics plays in a rigorous academic setting required. Ability to successfully teach, coach, and mentor competitive student athletics required. Interpersonal skills required. Verbal and written communications skills required. Organizational skills required. Ability to travel required. Valid driver s license required. Ability to drive safely required. In accordance with the principles of NCAA rules compliance, it is understood that any employee who is found in violation of NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures, including suspension without pay or termination of employment for significant or repetitive violations. Considerable travel and frequent night and weekend hours involved.

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