Director of Track and Field and Cross Country/Head Coach Track and Field/PE & W
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coaching - Cross Country
Coaching - Track & Field
MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER). Director of Track and Field and Cross Country/Head Coach Track and Field/Physical Education & Wellness Instructor.
General Responsibility: This is a full-time (10-month appointment) benefits eligible position. The Director of Track and Field and Cross Country/Head Coach Track and Field/Physical Education & Wellness Instructor responsibilities will include the management and oversight of all facets of the MIT Track and Field and Cross- Country programs. This position will also serve as primary coach for sprint and hurdle events. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: administration, budget management, alumni stewardship, recruiting, scheduling of competitions, meet management, including hiring officials, team travel, weekly practice sessions, advising of students, and compliance with NCAA and conference rules and regulations. In addition, this position will include teaching responsibilities and instruction in the required physical education and wellness activities program. Additional responsibilities may include department wide duties as assigned.
Roles and Responsibilities: •Leads a high-quality varsity program(s) that is competitively challenging, well organized and administered, based on sound coaching techniques and instructional strategies and has a positive retention rate.
•Oversight of all administrative aspects of the operation of a collegiate track and field and cross-country athletic program(s). This includes but is not limited to developing budgets, defining expenses, on-going budget management, prompt reconciliation of team-related expense reports, appropriate organizational duties affiliated with facility usage, staff appointment, supervision and performance evaluation, practice planning and equipment management procedures.
•In conjunction with Assistant or Associate Director of Athletics, define budget needs including equipment, team travel, uniforms and personnel.
•In collaboration with Director of Athletics-Department Head and/or Assistant or Associate Director of Athletics, as well as other members of the athletic department, assist with fundraising responsibilities including building and maintaining relationships with Alumni through newsletters, phone-a-thons, and departmental Alumni activities.
•Recruit academically qualified student-athletes to a highly selective science and engineering-oriented institution and maintain an appropriate number of student-athletes on the team.
•Scheduling home and away contests including working with other host institutions and MIT personnel in event management.
•Recruit, supervise, mentor and evaluate head cross-country/distance coach and assistant coaches.
•Ensure proper safety precautions regarding student-athletes’ training and health are followed at all times including DAPER Risk Management procedures.
•Demonstrates adherence to DAPER Risk Management procedures, as well as timely and effective communication with Sports Medicine to ensure the health and safety of the student-athletes.
•Provide oversight of facilities in order to ensure healthy and safety of users (i.e. condition of the track, electronic equipment).
•Teaches instructional activity courses in the required Physical Education and Wellness program. These duties include syllabus development, attendance, grading as well as attending meetings specific to physical education and wellness and curriculum development.
•Awards up to four points per season in accordance with guidelines towards the general institute requirement of eight points through the Physical Education and Wellness Office for student participation in varsity athletics.
•Participate in collaborative activities across the Division for Student Life (DSL) and within the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) through service on committees and mentoring colleagues.
•Provide team statistics and other relevant materials to Director of DAPER Communications, Promotions and Marketing.
•Adherence to regulations and completion of forms associated with MIT, conference and national governance regulations at the NCAA Division III membership level.
•Member in good standing in sport’s National Coaches Association or governing body.
•Competent fulfillment of other administration duties as assigned.
Supervision Received: Supervision is received from Assistant or Associate Director of Athletics and Director of Physical Education and Wellness.
Supervision Exercised: Supervision is exercised over the Head Cross-Country/Distance Coach and Assistant Coach/es.
Annual Review: Annual Review process includes metrics from varsity athletics including student-athlete evaluation, self-evaluation and administrator’s evaluation as well as physical education and wellness student feedback, observation, self-evaluation and administrative duties. Contacts Required to Perform Duties: DAPER contacts include but are not limited to: Physical Education and Wellness Office, Sports Administration, Office of Communications, Promotions and Marketing, Equipment, Facilities, Sports Medicine, and Business Office. MIT contacts include units within the Division of Student Life, Admissions Office, Alumni Office, Treasurer’s Office, Insurance and Legal Affairs, Procurement, Department of Facilities and Resource Development.
Five to seven years coaching experience preferably at the college or university level. A Bachelor's degree is required: a Master’s degree is preferred. Degree(s) in Physical Education and Wellness or related field is highly desirable. Previous experience in teaching physical education and wellness activities is also preferred. Proven experience in recruiting to a highly selective institution desirable. Administrative, interpersonal/communication skills and computer skills are essential. Appropriate certifications in First Aid, CPR, AED, and Biohazards are required within 30 days of hire. Employment is conditional upon successful completion of a background check.
MIT is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
MIT is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture to best support our student-athletes. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.