Position Summary The head coach for swimming and diving is a full-time position. Alma College is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the NCAA Division III. The position will oversee all daily aspects of the sport and will participate as an active member of the Athletics Department. This position will also oversee lifeguarding activities.
Essential Functions – may include, but not limited to the following:
•Instructing and coaching the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams •Manages and directs the swimming and diving program, including practices, competitions and scheduling •Retain current student athletes, monitor grades and academic progress •Develop student athletes to be contributing members to the campus community and the community at large •Evaluate and recruit qualified student-athletes; develops a recruiting plan •Make all travel arrangements for the teams and recruiting •Manages a fiscally sound budget and develop fundraisers to support program •Provides direct supervision to assistant coach(es) •Cooperate with athletic training staff, maintenance staff, transportation staff, and others who are involved in supporting the athletic program •Assist administration with alumni relations •Commits to and is responsible for adhering to all rules and regulations set forth for the team, the College, the MIAA, and the NCAA with the utmost integrity •Work cooperatively with personnel in athletic department, attend department meetings and activities, and always represents the College positively when interacting with the community, alumni, high school and club coaches, media and general public •Support the philosophy and mission of the College and the athletic department •Instructor for Exercise and Health Studies •Oversee lifeguard assignments for open swim and other activities •Additional administrative duties as assigned
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application that addressed the skilled required for the position, a resume, and Alma College Employment Application and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and nature of relationship of four (4) professional references via email to: Sarah Dehring, Director of Athletics, at email@example.com. For an Alma College application please go to: https://www.alma.edu/live/files/3085-employment-application. Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduates thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. *Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) • Minimum 4 years coaching experience at the collegiate lever or demonstrated successful head coaching experience at the high school or club level • Knowledge of NCAA Division III and MIAA compliance and conference rules • Educational background and expertise to teach college level courses • Ability to work weekends and evenings, along with travel • A valid driver’s license and good driving record • Ability to communicate effectively to various groups and individuals • American Red Cross or equivalent Lifeguard Certification • Ability to manage multiple tasks • Ability to fulfil essential functions of the position
About Head Swimming and Diving Coach
Alma College, a four-year residential liberal arts college located in the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, offers a personalized education with multiple paths and experiences leading to success. A deep regard for students as individuals is fundamental to an Alma education, with small classes and many opportunities for one-on-one collaboration with dedicated faculty.
Alma College actively connects students with a world of ideas and opportunities. The Alma Commitment offers a four-year graduation promise and a pledge that each interested student can participate in an experiential learning opportunity, such as an internship, research fellowship, or study abroad, backed by $2,500 in Alma Venture funding from the college.
Alma’s attractive 128-acre campus is located in the city of Alma, approximately one hour north of Lansing. With an enrollment of about 1,400 students, Alma College employs a full-time teaching faculty of 96, of which 85 percent hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Alma College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Alma College is an Equal Oppor...tunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
Our Academic Mission
Alma College’s mission is to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.
Focused exclusively on undergraduate education, Alma College boasts a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, 41 academic majors, self-designed programs of emphasis, pre-professional programs in law and medicine, and an intensive Spring Term that provides opportunities for innovative courses, travel classes, research and internships.
More than 90 percent of Alma’s graduates go on to graduate school or are employed within six months following their graduation.
Located in a community of 10,000, Alma College features a walkable campus with historic and contemporary buildings. The campus is a block from downtown Alma and within two hours of Michigan beaches and ski areas. Gratiot and adjacent counties feature plentiful parks, outdoor recreation opportunities, golf courses and shops.
College facilities, including the Stone Recreation Center and Hogan Center pool, offer wellness education, swimming instruction and recreational opportunities to community members and local businesses. The campus is bordered by the 41-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Bike Trail. The Alma College library, housing more than 278,000 volumes, also is a resource.
Cultural and sports events are offered throughout the year, with free admission to Alma College students, faculty and staff for most college-sponsored events. In addition to the college’s excellent fine arts programs, an active community of local artists has formed music, theatre and art guilds with a loyal regional following. Alma’s Division III Athletics program offers intercollegiate competition in 22 varsity sports.
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