Head Volleyball Coach

United States, North America
Jan 14, 2014
About The Unit: The University of Chicago is one of the nation's leading institutions of higher education and research. Campus and Student Life (CSL) is comprised of 20 departments that serve the University's 15,000 college, graduate, and professional school students, as well as the campus community more broadly. CSL is importantly charged with the dual task of supporting all students in the University, graduate and undergraduate, and managing multiple campus departments and services that serve the entire campus community. CSL's programs and services focus on supporting student academic success, providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership development, developing community and engagement through the residential housing and dining program, and in areas such as artistic expression, community service, spiritual exploration, and athletic competition. The University of Chicago community includes approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students and there are over 300 recognized student organizations working together to create a vibrant and dynamic student life. The University of Chicago is a member of the University Athletic Association and the NCAA (Division III). The University sponsors nineteen varsity sports for an undergraduate population of 5200 students. Physical Education & Athletics maintains an environment that supports the student athletes' commitment to achieving their full potential. The arena in which this occurs is the competitive environment. The preparation for, and participation in, intercollegiate athletic competition creates a focal point for learning and provides valuable feedback on the progress of development. Intercollegiate athletics are considered a component of a liberal arts education, complementary to its central academic mission. A diverse, challenging athletic program supplements the rigorous academic curriculum. The lessons learned through athletic endeavors represent an invaluable part of the nonacademic aspects of a balanced education. The primary focus of the intercollegiate athletic program is the student-athletes. The goal is a positive educational experience. Participation in the intercollegiate athletic program should enhance an individual's personal, educational, and social development. Achieving this goal is based on a commitment to excellence.

Unit Job Summary: General Summary: The Head Volleyball Coach is responsible for the organization, direction, and administration of all facets of a competitive NCAA Division III volleyball program. This includes coaching, organizing and planning practices and game strategies, managing the volleyball staff, recruiting quality student-athletes, scouting, administering and coaching summer camps, fundraising, administering operating budget, compliance, and program management (e.g. scheduling and planning team travel), all in compliance with University, UAA and NCAA rules and regulations. The Head Volleyball Coach also provides leadership in the personal, academic and athletic development of student-athletes and will work with the Athletic Director to support the overall mission and vision of the University of Chicago. Additionally, the Head Coach must maintain collaborative working relationships with administrators and coaches in the department, the College, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Office of Alumni Relations and Development and other individuals interested in the sports program. The Head Volleyball Coach must have a thorough commitment to compliance with the rules, regulations and policies of the University of Chicago and the NCAA and UAA and demonstrated professional integrity. Essential Functions: 1. Develop and execute a strategy for building a competitive volleyball team. Implement plans and strategies during practices and competition by teaching and coaching student-athletes. 2. Oversee the plan for each volleyball season, including competitive schedule and practices, i.e., facilities, officials, practice schedule, supervise travel arrangements for away competition and develop game strategies and plans. 3. Demonstrate a philosophy that emphasizes academic priorities for student-athletes. 4. Counsel team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters; consult with University administration and faculty for resolution of problems as required 5. Provide leadership and mentorship in the personal and athletic development of student- athletes. 6. In conjunction with strength staff, develop training and conditioning program; organize all practice sessions to enhance team performance. Evaluate individual performance and provide leadership and instruction in areas of deficiency as required. 7. Conceive, implement, and supervise strategies to recruit academically talented prospective Division-III student-athletes in accordance with NCAA rules and regulations. Communicate and work with the Admission Office through the application and matriculation process of prospective student athletes. 8. Supervise and evaluate the assistant coach and other staff as assigned. Direct and coordinate the activities of the assistant coaches in recruiting, team management and practice and game planning in compliance with University, UAA and NCAA policies and regulations. 9. Manage operating budget. Determine fiscal requirements and prepare budgetary recommendations; monitor, verify and reconcile expenditures of budgeted funds. 10. Serve as ambassador for the volleyball program and articulate the mission to alumni, parents, and additional stakeholders. 11. Assist in the development of strategies to increase visibility and attendance at home and away events. 12. Work with the Athletic Director and Office of Alumni Relations and Development to raise funds and develop other fundraising activities to support the Volleyball program. 13. Remain current with coaching best practices, sport developments and trends, rules of sport; physiological and psychological sport applications; contribute and participate in professional organizations; attend clinics, conventions, and other meetings. 14. Participate in professional development and training. 15. Perform related duties as assigned.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree in physical education or related field preferred.

Unit Experience: Knowledge of NCAA rules and compliance issues concerning the administration of intercollegiate athletics required. Minimum of four years of significant and relevant playing and/or coaching experience in highly competitive volleyball required. Excellent communications and organizational skills required. Demonstrated ability to recruit student-athletes with potential for academic and athletic success preferred. Preferred experience playing and/or coaching volleyball at the collegiate level.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of relevant sports rules required. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and Division III philosophy required. Knowledge of applicable strength and conditioning programs and routines required. Knowledge, certifications, or training to manage, organize, and teach specialized aspects of the sport required. Understanding of the role athletics plays in a rigorous academic setting required. Ability to successfully teach, coach, and mentor competitive student athletics required. Interpersonal skills required. Verbal and written communications skills required. Organizational skills required. Ability to travel required. Valid driver s license required. Ability to drive safely required. In accordance with the principles of NCAA rules compliance, it is understood that any employee who is found in violation of NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures, including suspension without pay or termination of employment for significant or repetitive violations. Considerable travel and frequent night and weekend hours involved.