Head Coach, Women's Lacrosse

Jun 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Head Coach, Women's Lacrosse

Posting Number: S0359
Faculty Rank:
Status: Awaiting Approval
Classification: Administrative/Professional Anticipated Length of Appointment:
Special area(s) of assignment (teaching/research/administration):

Position Summary:
Willamette University announces a full-time position for a Head Coach, Women's Lacrosse.

The Head Coach will direct all areas associated with the women's lacrosse program including practice and competition preparation; student-athlete recruitment; student leadership development; budget management; scheduling and supervision of assistant coach(es).

May require exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as noise, extreme temperatures, inclement weather, and other adversities as the incumbent performs duties and responsibilities in both an indoor and outdoor setting. May require infrequent travel.

This is an exciting time at Willamette and we welcome you to join our team as we strive to provide students with an intercollegiate athletics experience that develops life skills by cultivating moral, physical, intellectual and emotional growth. In support of the mission and goals of Willamette University, our program strives to enhance the overall learning environment for scholar-athletes. GO Bearcats!

To learn more about the Department of Athletics, visit http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/

This is a full-time, year-round position. This position is eligible for the University's generous benefits package that include: medical/dental insurance, sick and vacation accruals, a contribution of 10% of gross base pay from the University in exchange for a mandatory contribution of 1% by the employee, tuition remission, and holidays.

Salary is commensurate depending on experience, education, and background.

Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Situated in Oregon's capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2,000 students) and graduate programs in Law and Management. The university is committed to living out its motto “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” by incorporating the principles of sustainability, social justice, and action. Salem is located in the center of the picturesque Willamette Valley, approximately an hour's drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene. For more information about Willamette, visit our website at http://www.willamette.edu/

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following functions, which are not listed in any particular order of importance or significance:

• Directs and coordinates all aspects of the women’s lacrosse program, serving as head coach.
• Recruits qualified student-athletes for admission to a demanding academic environment.
• Provides leadership and instruction in the personal and athletic development of student-athletes, including counseling team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters.
• Prepares and manages program budget, including purchasing of equipment and other supplies as needed.
• Makes team travel arrangements including accommodations, transportation, and meals.
• Observes all-conference, NCAA and university rules, and regulations.
• Schedules competitions and practices within university, Northwest Conference and NCAA Division III guidelines.
• Supervises and provides assistant coach(es) with necessary information and training.
• Teaches the fundamental principles and techniques of lacrosse skills (i.e. competition, traditions, and sportsmanship) as well as the philosophy of the sport.
• Is proactive in all matters pertaining to safety among staff and participants.
• Represents the department and University in public relations efforts.
• Participates in department and Division planning and staff meetings, representing the women’s lacrosse program and/or Willamette athletic department.
• Cooperate with all coaches and administrative staff within the athletics program to enhance overall department operation and student-athlete experience.
• Additional administrative responsibilities and duties will be assigned by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Additional Information/About the Department:

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent required.
• Three years’ experience coaching high school, club or college lacrosse, with preference given to college coaching experience.
• Thorough knowledge of all applicable NCAA Division III and Conference rules as they apply to lacrosse.
• Must be able to successfully articulate the values of a liberal arts education and the role intercollegiate athletics plays in the development of student-athletes.
• Ability to recruit outstanding student-athletes to a strong academic environment.
• Possess strong leadership, organizational, communication, and management skills; serves as a role model for student-athletes. Ability to effectively teach and coach students in both an individual and team setting.
• Must demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills and must be able to work effectively with staff, faculty and other members of the University.
• Ability to effectively communicate in English, both orally and in writing, including the ability to communicate instructions pertaining to athletic matters in an athletic coaching setting.
• Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions of the position.
• Knowledge of and ability to use computers and a variety of software applications.
• Ability to effectively interact with a wide all-conference of people in a manner that positively portrays the University and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.
• Must possess a current driver’s license valid in the state of Oregon or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire date and satisfactory driving record insurable by the University’s insurer.
• Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty, and students.
• Successful clearance of a criminal conviction record check.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree.
• College coaching experience.

Special Instructions:
You will be asked to submit the following documents as part of your application materials:

• Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis.
• Current Resume
• As part of the application you will be asked for references, please include contact information including emails.

Application deadline: Open until finalists are selected, initial screening will begin May 15, 2017.

Desired Start Date: July 5, 2017.

Open Date: 04/21/2017
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: No

Apply online at https://jobs.willamette.edu/postings/2330

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.