Director of Strength and Conditioning in the Division of Physical Education

Job description

Job Category:

Athletic Staff Coach/Trainer

Position Title:

Director of Strength and Conditioning in the Division of Physical Education

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time




Strength & Fitness

Department Statement:

Colgate University, a Division I member of the Patriot League Conference, seeks a highly motivated individual for the position of Director of Strength and Conditioning in the Division of Physical Education. This is a full-time position with health and benefits over 12-months.

Colgate Athletics Mission:
To be an inclusive community of competitive excellence.

Athletics Department Values:
Thoughtful – Careful, reasoned, inclusive thinking
Driven – Relentless, energetic, focused pursuit of the courageous goal
Enthusiastic – Passionate, positive, fun presence
Cohesive – Close-knit, collaborative, consistent teamwork
Bold – Creative, resourceful, fearless winners


• Responsible for strategic leadership of all activities and outcomes for the strength and conditioning of all men’s and women’s varsity sports program. These will include sustained performance and execution in the following areas:
- Designing and implementing sport specific strength and conditioning programs for each varsity sport.
- Effectively communication with a diverse population of student-athletes.
- Student-athlete welfare.
- Overseeing the coordination of scheduling weight room training for the various athletic programs.
- Instructing student-athletes in the proper and safe techniques of weight training, plyometrics, speed development drills, conditioning exercises and agility movements that are current and scientifically valid.
- Educating student-athletes in the area of performance enhancement.
- Effectively work and communicate with head coaches and administrators.
- Effectively work, communicate and build collaborative relationships with athletic training staff.

• Responsible for development of policies and protocols that ensure a safe and effective working environment in the varsity weight room through inspection of all equipment, appropriately setting up the facility and monitoring each team’s training sessions, when staffing permits.

• Independent and unchallengeable decision-making regarding all student-athlete participation in strength and conditioning activities. Accountable for student-athlete welfare while coaching.

• Accountable for coordination, scheduling and maintenance of weight room/strength facility.

• Accountable for creating a safe and inclusive environment for all student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

• Effectively identifies strength and conditioning equipment and facility needs.

• Ensures all student-athlete injuries are properly reported to appropriate medical staff per current protocol. All student-athlete injures reported to the strength and conditioning staff should be addressed appropriately in that student’s strength and conditioning program.

• Responsible for budget development and management for strength and conditioning department.

• Responsible for the effective supervision of staff as assigned. Ensures selection and hiring of high quality employees; ensures appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures fair and accurate performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas for professional development and documenting and conducting disciplinary measures, as needed. Responsible for providing fair and accurate input to supervisor regarding employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and sustained performance.

• Responsible for budget development and management for sports performance department.

• Responsible for the job evaluation, development and continued professional growth of all direct reports.

• Responsible for role modeling behaviors and leadership for student-athletes.

• Knowledge of all NCAA banned substances.

• Accountable for creating a culture of compliance within program to all relevant governing bodies to include:
- Patriot League
- athletic department
- university policies

This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.




Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of strength and conditioning through certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and/or Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. Certification is maintained through continuing education and continued emergency cardiac care certification (CPR/AED)


Strength and Conditioning Expertise


Demonstrated expertise of strength and conditioning methodologies sufficient to properly prepare a department training philosophy and program for each specific division1 NCAA sport. Ability to execute all individual team training programs, to include effective planning, program periodization, competitive strategy, injury prevention and student-athlete management.




Proven track record of an ability to comply with NCAA, conference and institutional regulations.


Student-Athlete Development and Management


Demonstrated ability of consistently improving individual student-athlete performance. A demonstrated ability of developing student-athletes within the team/program.


Management Skills


Demonstrated ability to select, develop and retain high performing work teams, to include: Demonstrated skill in the development of employee skills, performance and behaviors. Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and communicate with employees on issues of pay, performance and development. Demonstrated ability to consistently identify, hire and retain high performing employees.


Budget and finance


Ability to produce and manage within a defined budget


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

2-4 Years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience is required.

Must be in good standing with one of the recognized national organizations (NSCA or CSCCa) and possess either a CSCS from the NSCA or a SCCC from the CSCCa.

Preferred Qualifications:

5-8 Years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience is preferred.

Experience leading/directing a collegiate strength and conditioning program preferred.

Division 1 experience preferred.


Bachelor’s degree is required.

Master’s degree is preferred.


A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy is required.

Other Information:

Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which he or she is aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate full in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. The failure to do so can be grounds for your termination with cause.

Requisition Number:




Work Schedule:

Weekdays, with occasional evenings, weekends and overnights.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:




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Job No:
Posted: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 8/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time