Amherst College invites applications for the Assistant Coach for Men & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (Casual Position, No Benefits) position. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The assistant coach will assist the head coach in all aspects of a highly competitive NCAA Division III cross country / track & field program. The position will include responsibilities such as recruiting correspondence and evaluations, daily operations, practice planning, coaching, scouting, player development, meet management, and various other administrative tasks as assigned by the head coach. The position requires an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics in a highly competitive academic environment. Fall of 2019, the candidate will serve as interim head coach during the second half of the cross-country season, as the head coach will be away on maternity leave. Requires night and weekend work, and overnight travel to away meets and tournaments. The assistant coach takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Coaching -Assist with coaching strategies and teaching methods to develop student-athletes' skill and teamwork, analyze performance of teams and individuals and provide leadership and instruction, evaluate opponents and develop meet strategies, assist in pre-season, in-season, and post-season training and practice planning for cross country and track and field, assist with home meet management
Recruiting -Assist with coaching strategies and teaching methods to develop student-athletes' skill and teamwork, analyze performance of teams and individuals and provide leadership and instruction, evaluate opponents and develop meet strategies, assist in pre-season, in-season, and post-season training and practice planning for cross country and track and field, assist with home meet management
Program responsibilities - Ensures Compliance with College, NESCAC, and NCAA rules and regulations
A valid driver's license and successful credentialing is required in order to operate College vehicles
Collegiate playing and/or coaching experience with distance events
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Commitment to working with a diverse community
Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!