Scope of Responsibilities: The individual should be responsible for the oversight of the Women’s Softball at Grace College. General Responsibilities: Coaching: Conduct practices and conditioning sessions. Game preparation and coaching. Assign duties and responsibilities to assistant coaches with the approval of the athletics director. Supervise student athletes at all times from the time practice or activity starts until the student athletes leave. At no time should the student athletes be without supervision of a coach. Show respect for officials, press, opposing coaches, visiting teams, parents, fans, students, athletes, fellow coaches, administrators and teachers. Administrative Responsibilities: Coordinate the issuance, care, and inventory of equipment, supplies, and uniforms. Assist the athletics director in purchasing equipment, supplies, and uniforms for the sport. Assist the athletics director in developing the annual sports budget. Monitor budget and maintain accurate expense records. Schedule matches for the sport in consultation with the athletics director. Coordinate the security of all facilities used by the team and coaching staff. Submit the team roster and the end-of-season report to the Athletics Director. Ensure proper completion of physical examinations and all forms relating to the examinations, waiver and release form and proof of insurance form before a student athlete participates in practice. Coordinate the distribution, collection, and storage of athletic equipment, uniforms, and supplies (during the season and at its conclusion) and for the collection of fees for lost equipment and uniforms by athletes. Attend departmental meetings. Coordinate transportation for team members for all scheduled events. Perform any other duties or responsibilities related to the coaching position as needed or directed by the Athletics Director. Manage the team scholarship program. Game Management: Assist Athletic Department with game coverage during athletic events. Student Mentoring and Leadership: Be a leader among the student athletes. Assist with the discipleship of the student athletes under your care by conducting Bible studies, meeting with players one-on-one, and being available for the team members. Coordinate Spring or Winter Break trips for team members in order to establish team unity and cohesiveness. Establish an environment in which athletes can gain self-esteem and develop a positive self-image. Demonstrate an interest in the classroom efforts and off-season activities of your student athletes. Provide leadership that promotes positive attitudes and good sportsmanship. Work with student athletes in a fair, understanding, and tolerant manner. Notify all members of the team of policies, procedures, and training rules as they pertain to the team. Be responsible for the conduct of the student athlete at practices and games. Promote unity within the coaching staff and within the framework of the athletic department. Provide ongoing individual support and guidance for team members. Monitor the academic status of each athlete to assure team members are maintaining eligibility. Other Duties: Be responsible for awards presentations for your sport. Establish winning teams within the bounds of good sportsmanship. Develop teamwork, morale, sportsmanship, courtesy, fair play, academic excellence, and strict adherence to rules of training and conduct. Promote the attitude among student athletes and coaches that winning is important but is secondary to good sportsmanship and the overall welfare of the athlete. Supervision: Supervise regular and student employees to include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work, coaching, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems. Must have a mindset of mentoring employees under supervision. Should be able to lead in a way that sets a good example, promotes teamwork, and encourages a positive, efficient work environment.
Minimum Qualifications: Two to three years of successful coaching experience. Proven ability to communicate effectively one-on-one, in small groups, and in public speaking contexts. Proven ability to communicate ideas and priorities effectively to promote teamwork and achieve desired results. Demonstrated strategic planning skills and an ability to assess the team’s competitive strengths and vulnerabilities. Demonstrated skill in making strategic recommendations to enhance the team’s performance.
Preferred Qualifications: Three to five years of successful college-level coaching Experience.
A completed employment application must be submitted in order to be considered for employment. Applications are available in the Human Resource Office or can be downloaded at www.grace.edu.
About Grace College & Seminary
Grace College is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college and a member of the NAIA and the National Christian College Athletic Association. Grace competes in the very competitive Mid-Central College Conference. Located in the resort community of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana (36 miles west of Ft. Wayne), Grace College offers 52 academic majors (38 minors) and a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Central to the mission is developing character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Our goal in Christian living and teaching is to make Christ preeminent in all things. The programs of the college, as well as its community lifestyle, are designed to encourage serious academic inquiry, a biblical worldview, spiritual understanding, and social conscience, all in the context of God's grace.