Simon Fraser University (SFU), a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution and a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) invites qualified candidates to apply for the full-time position of Head Coach, Swimming and Diving. The SFU Swimming and Diving program is a high performance program and one of 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports sponsored by SFU.
JOB SUMMARY The successful candidate is under the general supervision of the Associate Director, Athletics and ultimately responsible to the Senior Director Athletics and Recreation, will be highly motivated, display effective and positive leadership, and have superior supervision skills in directing and maintaining a successful and competitive swimming and diving program at SFU.
ROLE EXPECTATIONS AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SFU DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS AND RECREATION
Provide leadership in the development of the SFU Swimming and Diving program to achieve the objectives that are consistent with the department.
Establish positive relationships with department staff, other university departments and faculties and groups such as clubs, communities, high schools, boosters and alumni.
Provide guidance and support to student-athletes towards achieving their greatest potential academically and athletically.
Adhere to the procedures, policies and best practices established by Simon Fraser University and SFU Athletics and Recreation.
Ensure health and safety, integrity and education welfare of student-athletes.
Assist in the overall development and promotion of the SFU Swimming and Diving program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES In consultation with the Senior Director of Athletics & Recreation, establish the goals, objectives, performance indicators, and team culture of the SFU Swimming and Diving program.
Program Management and Administration
Responsible for the coaching, leading, management and coordination of a highly competitive SFU Swimming and Diving program.
Develop and implement an annual operating plan as well as a rolling five-year strategic plan.
Prepare and manage the annual operating budget in collaboration with Associate Director, Athletics and responsible for operating budget accountability.
Ensure the appropriate preparation of financial expenditure requests and approve all expenditure requests related to the program.
Works with Associate Director, Athletics and/or travel coordinator to manage all logistical requirements for team travel, adhering to Department and University travel guidelines and protocols.
Coordinate all facility scheduling including but not limited to meetings, competitions, practice, and clinics.
Establish contractual agreements with the team’s student athletes and support personnel.
Plans, schedules and oversees seasonal youth and sport camps, in collaboration with SFU Camps office.
Travel extensively as it is an integral part of the position as is being responsible for team student-athletes and personnel on out-of-town travel. Hours required to perform the duties and responsibilities effectively include a large number of evening and weekend hours for student-athlete training, competition, and recruiting.
Responsible for the effective selection, supervision, leadership, mentorship, and evaluation of assistant coaches and the program’s support personnel.
Performs other duties consistent with the qualifications and requirements of the position, as appropriate and assigned.
Professional Development and Compliance
Adhere to all internal and external rules, regulations and policies, including but not limited Simon Fraser University, NCAA, and GNAC.
Ensure the program’s support personnel, student-athletes, and the program’s performances comply with all internal and external rules, regulations and policies, including but not limited to Simon Fraser University, NCAA, and GNAC.
Pass the NCAA Division II Rules Test and maintain NCAA certification for off campus recruiting of prospective student-athletes.
Attend instructional clinics to remain up to date in coaching skills and methodology.
Maintain Senior Coach (NCCP Level 3) / CAC Competition Development Train to Compete certification.
Maintain Standard First Aid and CPR-AED certification.
Maintain a valid driver’s license.
Establish and maintain a positive team culture.
Design, monitor and support student-athletes’ personal development programs and progress with respect to their academic, athletic, and community citizenship.
Direct, design, implement, and review on an ongoing basis the high performance team-training program (e.g. technical, tactical, physiological, sport science research and application, etc.).
Educate team members regarding high performance athletics.
Develop and enhance the program’s competitive schedule.
Develop practice schedules, teach fundamental skills, and properly train and condition student athletes in preparation for contests.
Develop and implement personal training program in conjunction with strength and conditioning personnel to ensure the team’s and individual competitive success for student-athletes and for the team personnel.
Orient team members with respect to the team, department, university and competitive leagues’ culture, team standards and expectations, policies, procedures and regulations.
Assists in the development of athletically talented swimmers in their pursuit of potential national team opportunities.
Work alongside other personnel (coaches, athletic trainers, team physicians, and Health and Counselling) to ensure the physical and mental health of all student-athletes are being supported and monitored.
Evaluate, recruit, and retain highly skilled student athletes who will be successful in the classroom and contribute positively to the program and the University community.
Monitor the national, provincial, club and school systems to identify, contact, interview and recruit talented student-athletes.
Recommend to the Senior Director Athletics or designate annually the names of swimming and diving student-athlete recipients for scholarship and awards.
Community Outreach and Fundraising
Nurture the program’s alumni and cultivate internal and external relationships to develop fundraising initiatives and enhance the endowment growth through donations.
Develop, organize, and coordinate fundraising initiatives to enhance the program’s operating and student-athlete financial assistance budgets and endowments.
Promotes program and university initiatives including SFU Athletic Awards, Hall of Fame Banquet, and other fundraising/award events.
Demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, conduct becoming of the coaching profession adhering to all college and professional sport association guidelines.
Acting as a public representative of the program, represents the University and Athletics in both Canada and the United States.
Acting as an ambassador of Simon Fraser University by representing it in a positive manner to all internal and external outlets including the media, general public, national-provincial-club system, sports organizations, school system, intercollegiate conference, alumni and other related groups.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
5 years coaching experience with high performance athletes aged 16 years and over (i.e. Provincial, National, University/College) with an excellent win/loss record (or an equivalent combination of education and training experience)
Proven track record of program success
NCAA coaching experience an asset
Knowledge of and commitment to NCAA rules and regulations
Possess high levels of integrity
Proven role model with peers, athletes and assistant coaches
Ability to work well with a wide range of situations and personalities while maintaining the decorum of a representative of the University
Excellent organizational, time management, fiscal management and interpersonal skills
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Effective leadership, supervisory and motivational skills
Ability to problem solve and work independently
Ability to deal with discretion in confidential and sensitive issues
Proficiency with computer software applications (e.g. word processing, web-based, and spreadsheets).
Ability to travel extensively and work evenings and weekends when required
Senior Coach (NCCP Level 3) / CAC Competition Development Train to Compete certification, with demonstrated knowledge and analysis of swimming skill development and excellent instructional ability
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certification and Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPS) certification
Valid Driver’s license
Current Emergency or Standard First Aid Training
This is a full time contract position, with a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.
SFU | Mission: To be the leading engaged university, defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.
SFU Athletics | Mission: To ignite passion in our student-athletes and our communities by making a difference and creating bright futures where winning matters in all that we do.
Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of Employment Equity and the University’s goal is to ensure our campuses are welcoming places for everyone to gather and learn and that all who work or study here feel a sense of belonging, inclusion, fairness, and mutual respect. We invite all candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University and Department’s mission and values.
HOW TO APPLY To receive consideration for this position, email a detailed resume and cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of the position to Breanne Watson, Associate Director, Athletics at email@example.com by 4:30 pm, May 5, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
About Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities and consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and named to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world universities under 50. The University is the only international university in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Located on British Columbia's west coast, the University boasts three distinctive campuses, 30,000 students, 6,500 faculty and staff, and more than 160,000 alumni.