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CMS Head Women’s Softball Coach/ Instructor in Physical Education

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Location:

Claremont, CA

Job Posting Title:

CMS Head Women’s Softball Coach/ Instructor in Physical Education

Job Details and Requirement:

CMS ATHLETICS:

The Joint CMS Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation Program is comprised of student-athletes from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps Colleges and offers a comprehensive program of regular physical education, intramural, recreational, club, and varsity sports. CMS varsity teams compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), as a member of NCAA Division III. The Program is comprised of 21 varsity sports (10 men’s, 11 women’s) and supports a student population of over 3,200 and a student-athlete population of approximately 530.

CMS SOFTBALL:

The Athenas have a rich history of success on the field, having won eight SCIAC regular season championships and five SCIAC Postseason Tournament titles, including a regular season co-champion in 2024. In addition, the Athenas have made numerous appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including reaching the NCAA Super Regionals in 2014 and serving as a regional host in 2019. The Athenas have won 30 or more games eight times since 2010, and reached the 20-win plateau in SCIAC games five times in that span, including 24-4 in both 2016 and 2019. In the classroom, the Athenas have earned Easton All-America Scholar honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for having grade point averages of 3.5 or higher each year, and half the team regularly earns all SCIAC All-Academic Team recognition.

Approximate Salary Range: $75,000-85,000

BASIC FUNCTION:

This head coaching position is responsible for the management of all facets of the women’s softball program including but not limited to: coaching, teaching, recruiting, budget management, administration, scheduling of competitions, team travel, practice sessions, hiring and supervision of assistant coaches, and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. Additional administrative responsibilities as assigned by the Athletic Director.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the role of athletics in the liberal arts college curriculum and the integration of the student-athlete and coaching staff into the overall educational experience offered at The Colleges.

Teaching responsibilities include instruction in physical education courses, which are required of all students. Additional responsibilities will include department-wide duties as assigned. This is a full-time, non-tenure track, athletic faculty appointment.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Reporting to the Director of Athletics, the individual performs or works independently/collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead a competitive varsity softball program that promotes the values of leadership, scholarship, teamwork, discipline, commitment, resilience, positive sportsmanship and high ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fostering an educational environment that prioritizes the academic, athletic, and personal development of student-athletes from diverse backgrounds and identities, ensuring an inclusive and supportive atmosphere
  • Recruit and retain academically qualified student-athletes to highly selective liberal arts institutions with exceptional academic opportunities at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and Scripps College.
  • Oversee all administrative aspects of the softball program. This includes but is not limited to, budget management, prompt completion of all administrative paperwork, and collaboration with CMS Athletics staff in the areas of sports medicine, business operations, compliance, equipment, events, facilities, and recreation.
  • Schedule all contests; work in concert with fellow CMS coaches and staff for scheduling and event management.
  • Prepare and maintain the softball field for practice and competitions.
  • Recruit and retain assistant coaches with values that are reflective of CMS Athletics.
  • Mentor and develop coaching staff to serve the goals and expectations of the CMS athletic program.
  • In collaboration with Athletic Administration, as well as staff at all three colleges, assist with building and maintaining relationships with alumni and other program supporters.
  • Teach physical education courses in the required Physical Education program, engaging students outside the varsity teams in fitness and recreational activity classes.
  • Engage as a faculty colleague with academic peers to promote Athletics as a significant co-curricular activity with important educational value.
  • Represent CMS Athletic Department and the softball program at college events, faculty meetings, and in committee assignments for CMC, HMC, and Scripps.
  • Represent CMS Athletic Department and the softball program in a positive manner within the SCIAC as well as regionally and nationally.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education: A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of coaching experience, preferably at the college/university level. Five or more years preferred.

Licenses: A valid driver’s license is required to drive College-owned vehicles and the ability to be insured under the College’s authorized driver’s policy.

Physical Requirements: Moderate (up to 30 lbs.)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Deploy professional skills, in collaboration with colleagues, to best promote the College’s strategic interests.
  • An evident understanding of the role of athletics in the liberal arts college environment is necessary along with proven experience in recruiting student-athletes to highly selective institutions.
  • Strong administrative, interpersonal skills, and computer/technology skills.
  • Significant interest and expertise in teaching physical education activity classes.
  • Appropriate certifications in First Aid, CPR, AED.
  • Operate computers with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Box, Teams, and PowerPoint) and associated professional software (such as CX CARS, internet research, and menu-driven databases).
  • Use technology/devices/equipment in assessing and improving division/department systems and processes to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate effective, accurate, and clear communication with excellent/strong verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, phone, and customer service and leadership skills. Follow all written and verbal instructions, asking questions as needed for clarification of projects/tasks/duties.
  • Use strong organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and keen attention to detail.

OTHER:

Required Hours: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will be required. Travel will be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division. This is a 12-month position.

Classification and Status: Athletic Faculty – usually initial rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.

Physical Requirements: Heavy (up to 50 lbs.)

Supervisory Responsibility: Assistant Coaches

Background Check: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Disclaimer: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

At-Will Employment: Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause. The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.

Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or hr@cmc.edu for assistance.

Organization

As one of the nation's most selective private liberal arts colleges, CMC sits among the intellectually-stimulating, socially-fulfilling, seven-college community known as The Claremont Colleges, a system modeled after England's Oxford University. Founded in 1946, CMC is the youngest of the nation's top colleges and enrolls approximately 1,200 students.

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) educates its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in economics, government and public affairs. CMC's strong grounding in the liberal arts, together with its emphasis on economics, government, and international relations, attracts students who approach education pragmatically and who intend to make a difference in the world. With this broad-based foundation graduates leave CMC well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Many go on to pursue careers in law, business, government, foreign service, international relations, public policy, museum administration, science and education, or to pursue graduate study.

The College's cutting-edge research institutes provide students unprecedented opportunities to work alongside their professors and discover how what they learn in the classroom links to life in the world behond. The world comes to Claremont McKenna through a vibrant and renowned speakers series in which world leaders, thinkers, artists and visionaries visit campus through the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and other public programming.

In September 2007, Robert A. Day, the Founder and Chairman of The TCW Group, Inc., pledged a $200 million personal gift to establish the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance and its unique programs. This was the largest recorded gift to a liberal arts institution, the largest gift in the field of finance and economics, and among the top 20 largest gifts ever given to a college or university. Through his generosity, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance now offers multiple programs, including a Master of Arts in Finance degree.

While many other colleges champion either a traditional liberal arts education with emphasis on intellectual breadth, or training that stresses acquisition of technical skills, Claremont McKenna College offers a clear alternative. Instead of dividing the liberal arts and the working world into separate realms, education at Claremont McKenna is rooted in the interplay between the world of ideas and the world of events. By combining the intellectual breadth of the liberal arts with the more pragmatic concerns of public affairs, CMC helps students to gain the vision, skills, and values necessary for leadership in all sectors of society.

In addition to its dedication to teaching and learning, the College is a center for scholars who are engaged in research that can enlighten a society intent on finding solutions to its economic, political, social, and environmental problems. Ongoing research at CMC is contributing to the body of knowledge in areas such as the effects of government regulations upon the economy, toxic waste, juvenile justice, changes of enzyme systems in humans, and the ecology of desert regions.

The Research Institutes are perhaps our clearest example of the linkages forged at CMC between research, teaching and learning. Here, students serve as assistants to, and collaborators with, their teachers, co-authoring scholarly articles and presenting papers to academic bodies, corporations, political organizations and government agencies. They test theories in the public marketplace and actively seek answers to questions of broad social importance.

In recent years CMC has gained national recognition as one of the top liberal arts colleges in America. This recognition can be attributed, in part, to CMC's mission which acknowledges its obligation for service to the larger scholarly community through faculty contact with business and with government, a process that enriches both the outside world and the campus itself. Also contributing to CMC's national reputation are the accomplishments of its almost 8,000 alumni. Today, about seventy percent of CMC's graduates go on to advanced degrees at prestigious institutions, and one in eight graduates holds a position in top management.

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