The Taft School seeks a head strength and conditioning coach starting in August 2023. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing a comprehensive strength and wellness strategy for our community of 600 high schooled aged students. They should have a strong background in planning and implementing training programs for high performing athletes, Taft places around 50 students in college athletic programs each year, while also possessing the desire to work with students of varying abilities to reach their strength and fitness goals.
Community strength and wellness specific duties include working with the Head of School, Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs, and Dean of Faculty to create a diverse selection of afternoon offerings that promote overall wellness and an active community; coordinating these offerings with faculty members assigned to oversee the activities; and overseeing all fitness spaces in the Athletic Center with emphasis on maintaining equipment that is safe and meets the needs of our community.
Head strength and conditioning coach related duties include programming and leading afternoon strength and conditioning classes for out of season varsity athletes; coordinating with varsity coaches on specific team needs for in-season strength and conditioning sessions; operating designated open gym hours to provide general oversight and one-on-one instruction; providing education in other related areas including nutrition, hydration, sleep, and recovery; and regularly communicating with various stakeholders, including families.
Depending on a candidate’s relevant experience, duties may also include teaching in an academic department and/or a non-teaching administrative role, and evening school duties.
Specific qualifications include previous high-level coaching experience; strong interpersonal, communication, and professional skills; and, a desire to work with engaged and motivated students.
Additional qualifications include a demonstrated commitment to the tenets described in the school’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Portrait of the Graduate; a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant experience; the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of students, employees, and other campus stakeholders to support and expand programmatic and institutional goals; and, an interest in joining a residential community that serves a globally-inclusive student body.
Candidates for this position should email a PDF copy of their resume and a brief introductory email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taft School is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of The Taft School to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, actual or perceived disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran's status, genetic predisposition or any other class protected by law.
Taft sits on 226 acres of rolling hills, ponds, and historic buildings and venues in Watertown, Connecticut. Our location at the tip of Litchfield County offers easy access to the natural beauty and cultural riches that are the hallmarks of the region.
Taft is a place where faculty and staff members grow professionally, build strong personal relationships, and help shape the future, one student at a time. We consciously work to build a professional community that is diverse in perspectives, talents, backgrounds, and experiences, yet singular in its commitment to preparing young men and women for lives of consequence in an ever-changing and global community. We value rigor, and deliver it with heart.