Head Track and Field/Assistant Cross Country Coach (Men's/Women's)
Head Track & Field Coach / Assistant Cross Country Coach (Men's/Women's)
Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.
Position Purpose: The Head Track and Field / Assistant Cross Country Coach (men's and women's) supports learning by managing, organizing and administrating all aspects of the Aurora University NCAA Division III track and field and cross country programs. This includes but is not limited to: scheduling of varsity and junior varsity contests as necessary; development and management of operating budget; and making team travel arrangements.
- Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
- Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
- Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
- Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
- Manages and administers all aspects of the Aurora University NCAA Division III track and field and cross country programs. This includes, but is not limited to, recruiting and teaching/coaching student-athletes, scheduling varsity and junior varsity contests as necessary, developing and managing operating budget, and making team travel arrangements.
- Supervises assigned Assistant Coach(es) to ensure compliance to applicable rules, policies and procedures; provides orientation, training and guidance as needed; conducts performance evaluations.
- Understands and follows NCAA and conference rules and regulations. Follows NCAA rules as outlined in Bylaw 13 in the NCAA Division III Manual. Reports any alleged violations of NCAA, conference, or institutional rules and regulations.
- Teaching/Coaching: (1) Keeps informed of contemporary trends, tactics, techniques and strategies in coaching, which includes developing a philosophy of what to teach and how to implement. Provides coaching and direction to assistant coaches, as well as praise and constructive feedback. (2) Plans, implements and evaluates practice sessions. Communicates expectations, praise and corrective feedback in a clear and constructive manner. (3) Develops effective game plans. Prepares team physically, mentally and emotionally for competition; maintains and meets high expectations for team athletic success. (4) Instructs student-athletes on high expectations for academic achievement; monitors the academic progress of student-athletes. (5) Instructs student-athletes on high expectations for student-athlete social responsibility and works to develop well-rounded student-athletes. (6) Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper student-athlete conduct, both in and out of the athletic arena and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.to sanction those who do not meet the set standard. (7) Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper safety. Monitors condition of equipment and facilities, and reports items in need of repair/maintenance to Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper student-athlete conduct, both in and out of the athletic arena and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics to sanction those who do not meet the set standard.
- Recruitment of Student-Athletes: (1) Recruits and retains quality student-athletes and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics and the Office of Admission to satisfy target squad size numbers and freshmen/transfer recruitment goals. (2) Assists student-athletes and their parents in understanding the educational programs and opportunities at Aurora University as well as the opportunities in the athletic program. Answers questions to aid in the understanding of NCAA Division III rules related to recruitment.
- Oversees selection, purchase and maintenance of team equipment, to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.
- Prepares and end of season report and assistant coach(es) evaluations by the date designated by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics. Schedules and completes an end of the year review meeting with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.
- Maintains records and statistics of team and individual performances. Utilizes the support of the Sports Information Director in collecting the necessary information for archives.
- Maintains self-control and poise; provides an example of sportsmanlike conduct for team members, officials, opponents and spectators.
- Develops and maintains a positive relationship with alumni and interested segments of the university and community.
- Attends athletic department meetings and university community meetings and functions.
- Handles confidential information with tact and discretion.
- Drives university or rental vehicles as needed for away contests.
- Performs special and/or additional duties as required by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.
Essential Job Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university is required.
- Minimum of three years related experience.
- Excellent verbal and written skills required.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of constituents: student-athletes, parents, coaches, media, alumni, administrators, support staff, campus community and the community at-large.
- Ability to set and achieve or exceed goals and meet deadlines, strong strategic thinking and problem solving abilities.
- General computer knowledge with a proficiency in Word and Excel.
- Evening and weekend availability is required
- Flexibility with an evolving work environment important
- A valid driver's license and driving record which meets institutional requirements is required
- Physical ability to endure physically strenuous work-outs and physical exercise on a daily basis, including standing and/or walking for long periods, bending, stooping, lifting; manual dexterity; lifting of up to 30 pounds.
Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax
[email protected] - email
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.