Colby College – Women’s Tennis Head Coach

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The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a full-time head coach of women’s tennis.  Start date is negotiable, with a goal of fall 2022. This is an adjunct faculty position with benefits. In the context of Colby’s commitment to comprehensive excellence, the head coach is responsible for the leadership, direction, instruction, supervision, and coaching of a women’s tennis program that can compete consistently at the top of the NESCAC and Division III.

Highly qualified applicants have proven experience in recruiting, retaining and coaching diverse student athletes at the championship level.  Qualified candidates also have experience in fundraising, alumni engagement, and a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations set forth by the NESCAC and NCAA. The selected candidate is responsible to build the women’s tennis team into a top program in NESCAC and nationally and must be able to identify and develop athletes capable of achieving the highest level of success.

In addition to hiring and supervising assistant coaches involved with the program, the head coach will also be responsible for all aspects involved in running a tennis program including budget management, travel details and equipment needs.

Colby is looking for a diverse pool of highly motivated leaders with experience in coaching, recruiting, talent development, program management and fundraising. It is essential this person uphold the values of the College and the department while building athletes of character who contribute in the classroom and in the community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for the leadership, management and administration of an intercollegiate tennis program. 
  • Comply with all guidelines, rules, and regulations set forth by Colby College, the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and the NCAA.
  • Create a dynamic and inclusive recruiting plan. Lead the effort to recruit high-achieving student athletes from geographically and demographically diverse populations.
  • Monitor academic progress of student athletes. Understand academic needs, communicate with academic liaisons, identify any issues that may occur, and provide direction and guidance when necessary.
  • Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate assistant coaches.
  • Manage program budget, travel, and equipment logistics with department administration.
  • Establish strong relationships with student athletes and maintain effective lines of communication.
  • Analyze performance and instruct athletes’ technique and strategy in preparation for and during athletic competition.
  • Enhance ongoing engagement with internal and external entities, including Friends of Tennis, the primary fundraising program, the C Club, the alumni program for Colby Athletics, and the greater Maine community.
  • Work with the peak performance team, including strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers, sport medicine, sport performance psychology, and sports nutritionist, to implement and support team training and performance programs.   
  • Develop student athletes of character who are committed to fostering a campus environment of respect and inclusion.
  • A secondary responsibility within the Department of Athletics will be added depending on the qualifications of the applicant.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

The head coach of women’s tennis has significant interaction with staff, students, faculty, parents, and alumni.   

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

General open office and campus environment. Position involves frequent movement. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Several weeks of domestic travel and frequent evening and weekend work required throughout the year. Heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.) may be necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience working within a successful club, high school and/or collegiate tennis program. 
  • Successful track record of fostering and maintaining positive working relationships with various constituents.
  • Commitment to building and growing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for student athletes and the Colby community.
  • Intimate knowledge of rules and regulations governing collegiate tennis.  
  • Strong organizational, communication, writing, interpersonal, and analytical skills and the capacity to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic planning.
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise sound judgment and discretion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting the development of student athletes from varied backgrounds.
  • Ability to work weekends and nights.

TO APPLY:

  • Candidates must apply through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/110636 . A resume, cover letter and the names of three professional references are required.
  • Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.
  • Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities.  Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.
  • For more information about the College, please visit our website: colby.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, caste, political beliefs, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website: www.colby.edu

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