This position serves as overall leader of the Men's & Women's Diving program and embraces the vision of principled leadership, academic integration and excellence in college athletics. This person will be expected to set the program's goals, vision and strategic direction and will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including student-athlete development, operations, staffing, budget, facilities, technology, media, University and community relationships, as appropriate.
The Diving Coach will use athletics as a tool to educate college students. By using inter-collegiate competition and all related activities, this position will serve as a teacher and mentor to help build student character, prepare students for a constructive and effective life, and teach valuable life lessons including work ethic; discipline, resilience; persistence; teamwork and selflessness; goal-setting and goal achievement; overcoming adversity; and leadership. This position typically influences student-athletes for their entire four years at Harvard and plays a key role in shaping their personal development.
The Diving Coach will be responsible for ensuring that student-athletes have a positive experience, achieve and maintain peak performance, with minimal risk of injury. In the Ivy League, program success is defined broadly and involves much more than winning - a successful program imparts the life lessons described in the above paragraph and results in high levels of student satisfaction. As a key Ambassador for the Athletics Department and the entire University, the Diving Coach must reflect the highest levels of integrity, ethical behavior and adhere to Ivy League principles.
This position will coach and develop student-athletes; plan and direct the overall training strategy for the program; establish practice, training and competition schedules; oversee strength and conditioning of the athletes; develop and implement a student-athlete recruiting strategy; spearhead fundraising efforts and alumni/ae engagement; and supervise Volunteer Assistant Coaches. In conjunction with the Men's & Women's Associate Head Coaches, this position will plan, direct and manage the Swim School - a major fundraiser for the Swimming & Diving programs. The Diving Coach will promote and market the School with a goal of maximizing revenues and ensure the smooth operation of each session. The Diving Coach will report to the Head Coaches for Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving.
Bachelor's degree required. At least 5 seasons of (a) coaching diving and/or (b) diving as an athlete in intercollegiate competition. Experience as a diving coach at the college level preferred, particularly at the Division I level. Must have outstanding technical, tactical and strategic knowledge of diving. Strong leadership, interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to work with and relate well to a diverse group of athletes, administrators, and University constituents, needed. Must be able to establish yourself as a respected coach to students, faculty, alumni/ae, media representatives, and the broader University community.
Must be administratively self-sufficient and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Should have basic video filming, editing and analytical ability.
Internal Number: 48363BR
About Harvard University Department of Athletics
Harvard is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission is to educate citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. The College is a residential institution of nearly 7,000 undergraduates and is located in Cambridge, MA. Harvard is deeply committed to the intellectual, social and personal transformation of its undergraduates during their four years at Harvard. The Department of Athletics offers 42 varsity programs for men and women, more than any other Division I school in the United States.
Harvard employees have access to a wide range of educational offerings, including world-class museums, tuition assistance, and hundreds of web-based learning programs. Our benefits package is superior and provides multiple options for the health and well-being of our employees. Being located in Cambridge is a distinct advantage, since Cambridge is a lively, multi-cultural city adjacent to Boston, which is an undisputed hub of college and university life in the U.S.
We actively seek and welcome applications from diverse candidates and from those with a demonstrable commitment to a more inclusive society.