Assistant Football Coach- Special Teams Coordinator

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Date: March 31, 2021

Title: Assistant Football Coach- Special Teams Coordinator

Description:  Hartwick College (NCAA Division III and Empire 8 member institution) is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach – Special Teams Coordinator. This is a full-time, benefits eligible, 10-month position. Working in the primary capacity of an educator, the Assistant Coach will assist the Head Football Coach in all facets of a competitive NCAA football program. Will be responsible for coordinating the special teams, coaching a position, as well as assisting the Head Football Coach with all aspects of the daily operation. Daily operations include but are not limited to recruiting, the organization and conduct of practices/competitions, fundraising, parent and alumni relations, retention, and duties associated with the overall administration of the program in accordance with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Hartwick College, Empire 8, NCAA, and other related association rules and regulations.


  • Coordinate the special teams within the philosophy and direction of the head coach.
  • Recruit student-athletes to the program, in accordance with College standards.
  • Work to retain and graduate student-athletes from the program and institution.
  • Instruct student-athletes on the rules, fundamentals, regulations, equipment, and techniques of the sport by designing instructions for individual student-athletes and team needs. Collaborate with the head coach on coaching activities, including determining game strategy, coaching of student-athletes during games and practices, practice preparation, video work, and development of student athletes. Assess player’s skills, monitor players during competition and practice, and keep the head coach informed of the athletic performance of students.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by Director of Athletics, including teaching PHED skill courses, and PE coaching courses.
  • Assist the head coach and department in the administrative functions of the program.  Administrative paperwork (travel expenses, compliance obligations, etc.) and general office work including emails and participating in department staff meetings.
  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence, innovation and diversity in undergraduate teaching by building healthy relationships with the students, responding to their concerns, advising students both personally and academically, and contributing to their personal growth and academic success.
  • Take part in Community Service activities.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external constituents.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Other department expectations include the following:

  • As a college employee, this person is expected to comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus.
  • Comply with all Federal, State, local, NCAA, Empire 8 Conference, College, and department regulations, rules, policies and procedures.
  • General office work (email, database management, phone calls, etc.)
  • Be a positive member of the department by supporting other programs and find ways to be involved for the betterment of the department and College (i.e., attend Code Blue events, volunteer for special department events).
  • Service to the Hartwick community through committee work and/or service to National organizations through committee work (i.e., Department committees, NCAA, Coaching Associations).
  • Attend important College functions (i.e., State of the College Address, Assessment Forum, and Conversations with the President).
  • Participate in significant campus activities including Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, and Commencement Weekend.
Qualifications:  Minimum requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. Collegiate coaching experience is preferred.

The successful candidate must demonstrate effective teaching methods and be able to provide academic guidance and mentoring to scholar-athletes. The candidate should possess excellent leadership, role modeling, organizational, interpersonal, time management, and written and verbal communication skills. Ability to multi-task and handle a job with a daily change of pace; supervisory skills a plus.

General computer skills required including Microsoft software (Word, Office, Excel, etc.). Must have a thorough understanding and working knowledge of NCAA regulations and be up to date with safety, rules and regulations and proper certifications. Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable through the College. Certification in CPR and First Aid required.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce.

Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of benefits eligible employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process. 

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume; 
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; and
  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.





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Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 6/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time