University of Chicago – Assistant Tennis Coach


The University of Chicago is one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education and research. Campus and Student Life (CSL) is comprised of 20 departments that serve the University’s 15,000 college, graduate, and professional school students, as well as the campus community more broadly. CSL is importantly charged with the dual task of supporting all students in the University, graduate and undergraduate, and managing multiple campus departments and services that serve the entire campus community. CSL’s programs and services focus on supporting student academic success, providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership development, developing community and engagement through the residential housing and dining program, and in areas such as artistic expression, community service, spiritual exploration, and athletic competition. The University of Chicago community includes approximately 5,600 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students and there are over 300 recognized student organizations working together to create a vibrant and dynamic student life. The University of Chicago is a member of the University Athletic Association and the NCAA (Division III). The University sponsors 20 varsity sports. The Department of Athletics & Recreation maintains an environment that supports the student athletes’ commitment to thriving academically and athletically. A diverse, challenging athletic program supplements the rigorous academic curriculum. The lessons learned through athletic endeavors represent an invaluable part of the nonacademic aspects of a holistic education. Achieving this goal is based on a commitment to excellence.

Job Summary

The job provides instructional support to teachers in one or more subjects while expanding individual knowledge and acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Assists the teachers by providing individual instruction, counseling, and other academic services with a moderate level of guidance and direction. Assesses and documents student progress. Prepares lesson plans, course outlines and assignments.


  • Teaches relevant skills to student-athletes during team practices, games and individual/small group training sessions.
  • Evaluates the performance of the team and individual student-athletes in order to instruct and advise on technical, strategic, and mental development.
  • Analyzes data and evaluates tapes in order to develop, implement and teach game strategies.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of an overall recruiting plan.
  • Ensures student-athletes and athletic representatives are informed of and comply with NCAA and University rules and regulations.
  • Assists with the development and monitoring of budget.
  • Assists in developing and implement travel plans.
  • Works independently and guides work of groups of students throughout the academic year.  Interprets issues faced by students and provides academic and professional advising.
  • Performs initial and ongoing assessments of students’ academic abilities and rates achievements. Monitors and documents students’ progress, participation, and attendance in class.
  • Provides extra support for students outside normal classroom hours, including tutorials and academic counseling.
  • Must be able to string racquets as needed.
  • Has a moderate/high level of authority to participate in staff meetings, individual planning meetings, and parent student staffing.
  • Helps staff to plan and execute events.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
  • Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience: Minimum of two years of significant and relevant playing or teaching/coaching experience in tennis.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Driver’s License required.
  • CPR/First Aid certification (may be fulfilled upon employment)

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proficient in computer skills.
  • Microsoft Office Suite, etc.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the sport and its rules.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments concurrently.
  • Familiarity with NCAA rules and Division III philosophy.
  • Embracing and understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion on teams and at the University.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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