Rockford University invites candidates for a Graduate Assistant in Cross Country and Track & Field (Sprints/Jumps). The successful candidate must be available to start 8/1/18. This is a 12 month position, averaging 30+ hours per week.
1.To fulfill all the necessary duties of a collegiate cross country and track coach. 2.To organize and facilitate collegiate sprints and jumps practices. 3.To creatively assist the head coach in recruiting, practice planning, meet management, and fundraising. 4.To foster a team culture that enhances the quality of education for student-athletes at Rockford University.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following but not limited to:
•Organize and run practices (Sprints/Jumps) •Generate large numbers of recruiting contact lists •Organize mailings •Make connections with high school coaches through email and/or phone •Build relationships with potential student athletes through emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings. •Manage Front Rush recruiting software •Be able to create macro and micro training plans for any track and field event discipline as directed. •Assist in practice planning for both cross country and track field teams •Develop offseason training plans for track and field athletes not competing in cross country •Supervise practices and weight room sessions as needed •Contact current students about tutoring opportunities •Aid program in the successful adherence of all compliance requirements for both the NCAA and the University •Assist in the acquisition, proper use, storage, and maintenance of team uniforms and equipment •Help develop a highly competitive yet appropriate competition schedule •Create and plan summer camps and clinics •Generate fundraising plans •Aid in event management of cross country meets hosted on the Rockford University campus (both collegiate and high school). •Operate rental vehicles •Organize storage spaces •Complete facility management projects as needed •Keep a clean and orderly workspace
Education and/or Experience:
• Bachelors Degree. • Full acceptance into either the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program at Rockford University • 1-2ys experience coaching cross country and/or track and field • Experience as a collegiate athlete at the NCAA Div I, II, or III level(s) • Knowledge of NCAA Division III rules and regulations • Working knowledge of training theory • Valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail • Experience in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office.
Coaches are expected to actively participate in practices through running, biking, weightlifting, or walking. The successful candidate must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time and maintain a high level of enthusiasm while at practices and meets. Competitions will require a great deal of movement in a wide variety of weather conditions. Coaches must be able to lift 50lbs. It is preferred that coaches be able to demonstrate proper running and weight room mechanics to athletes.
Coaches must maintain a consistent presence on campus throughout the school year and a professional appearance is required in all phases of the job. The successful candidate must be able to work with diverse individuals, and maintain working relationships with all members of the Rockford University faculty and staff. Work during evening hours and on weekends is expected. Some travel will be required.
• Tuition remission- 21 hours per year • Stipend- $200 per working month • Campus housing • Campus meal plan (excluding break periods and summer months)
How to Apply:
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu
About Rockford University
Founded in 1847, Rockford University is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts institution located in Rockford, Ill., a city of 150,000 people about 85 miles northwest of Chicago. The University offers over 70 majors, minors and programs, a return-to-college program in management studies, masters programs in business and teaching, and several community education programs. Rockford University is one of only 11 institutions in Illinois with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Our mission includes providing an education “grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experiences.” Our vision builds on the life and work of our distinguished alumna, Jane Addams, and many others in her tradition. Founder of Hull House in Chicago in the late 19th Century, Addams worked at the nexus of the major historical and intellectual currents of the day. In 1931 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Our vision is to be “Jane Addams' college in the 21st century.”