Assistant Dance Coach, Department of Athletics

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2021-07-16
Req: R0003625
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Job Description Summary

The Assistant Dance Coach will assist the Director of Spirit Programs and Events with the administration and coaching needs related to the Wake Forest spirit programs, with a primary focus on efforts related to the daily operation of Wake Forest Dance Team.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the Director of Spirit Programs and Events with preparation of cheerleaders/dance team to perform at all football and basketball games, to include:
    • Coordination, evaluation and selection of cheerleaders and dance squad members on an annual basis, including making determinations regarding recruiting, selection and scholarship offers.
    • Coach spirit program members in the proper techniques to ensure safety.
    • Choreograph and plan performances to enhance fan engagement at events.
    • Work in partnership with strength and conditioning staff to supervise strength and conditioning program for the spirit programs.
    • Collaborate with the Fan Experience team to design promotional items to recruit future spirit program prospects.
    • Recruit strong student athletes for spirit programs through outreach efforts and camp evaluations throughout the region.
    • Implement and execute game day activities and responsibilities.
    • Coordinate with the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black on band and cheer songs and routines to enhance fan experience at events.
  • Assists in game management services related to the public address system, message center, cheerleaders, and band.
  • Promotes positive public relations for the Department through involvement in community, University, and student organizations.
  • Performs other related duties as requested by Director of Spirit Programs and Events and Associate Athletic Director, Fan Experience & Brand Development.
  • Ensures all assigned tasks are in compliance with department, University, ACC, and NCAA rules and regulations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, or related field
  • One-year experience in spirit groups/dance/marketing

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to choreograph and create performances of all genres
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Detail oriented for accuracy of data and information
  • Highly organized and ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines
  • Strong initiative to solve problems
  • Extraordinary focus on customer service
  • Willing to work in a team atmosphere where expectations are set and managed while giving staff flexibility to do their assigned task as both a leader and/or a follower
  • Ability to work long hours including nights and weekends.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully recruit and evaluate cheerleaders, dancers, and mascots.
  • Ability to supervise and train cheerleaders, dancers, and mascots.
  • 6-12 months experience in leading dance and choreography efforts for an organized dance program or dance team.
  • Direct involvement with a collegiate or professional dance program.
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.


This position will assist in the supervision of approximately 50 spirit group members.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Part timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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