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Women's Artistic Gymnastics Head Coach, Faculty of Kinesiology

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Job ID: 13503

Updated: September 12, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Faculty of Kinesiology is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Women's Artistic Gymnastics Head Coach.

Reporting to the Manager, Youth Programs in Active Living, this position requires extensive knowledge of artistic competitive gymnastics, and self-sufficiency to coordinate and execute the program the incumbent will be accountable for the outcomes of the programs, which includes staff and budget responsibilities.

The Head Coach crafts the short and long-term plan for the programs and finalizes and executes it with involvement and consultation from the Youth Programs Manager. The Head Coach is a multifaceted position that involves cyclical responsibilities (depending on the time of the year). The program Head Coach has financial obligations and responsibilities, including managing an assigned budget of $230,000, being fiscally responsible, accountable and transparent, making sound financial decisions and documenting financial information appropriately. Purchasing, e-procurement, invoicing and maintenance of inventory are necessary to ensure that the programs have sufficient supplies, competition bookings and travel.

The Head Coach is the face of the program and as such is responsible for maintaining relations that uphold the integrity and visibility of the Competitive Gymnastics Programs with stakeholders including partners, parents, children and youth, teachers, principals, funders, mentors etc. The program also contributes to the brand of Active Living. As such, the Head Coach needs to be an excellent communicator, with an adequate knowledge of marketing, in order to communicate and market the program and its impact effectively to the community as well as potential funders, sponsors and partners.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Leadership Duties

  • Management of a team of young instructors and who need regular coaching and mentoring
  • Full scope of the recruitment and hiring process including screening, making hiring decisions, completing references and offering employment to a variety of those delivering the program
  • Responsible for delegation of work and responsibilities to successfully ensure a positive experience for those participating in the program. This includes assignment of work and hours of team members, managing schedules and authorizing any vacation
  • Performance management, providing positive feedback and encouragement as well as dealing with any performance issues of the staff
  • Public accountability, as the “face” of the program and dealing with partners, funders and sponsors as well as internal stakeholders within Active Living as well as the University of Calgary
  • Interacting with parents (customer) to answer questions and respond to concerns regarding their children or the program
  • Ultimate responsibility for the safety and security of the staff, stakeholders and the children while they are participating programs

Financial Responsibilities

  • Managing an assigned budget
  • Applying for program funding from grants. Complete funding applications and final reporting
  • Responsible for procurement of supplies as needed and available through budget
  • Managing discretionary funds prudently and responsibly, including ensuring all necessary policies regarding expenses are followed and funds are accurately accounted for
  • Overall financial responsibility for the success (financial) of the program to ensure viability year over year

Programming/Event Management

  • Developing, planning, delivering and evaluating youth programs
  • Promotes experiential and educational programs and group/contract through presentations, relationship building and special events to encourage growth of year round youth activities

Reporting Responsibilities

  • Setting the strategic direction for the program, including introducing new ideas for the program
  • Preparing a clearly articulated annual plan for the program, with goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and measures that demonstrate the effectiveness and reach of the program
  • Preparing a comprehensive annual report for donors and the public

Risk Management

  • Responsible for risk management associated with youth programs
  • Works with Risk Management and youth program coordinators from across campus to develop common policies and approaches regarding child safety and the training of coaches

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • NCCP Level 2 fully certified
  • 3 years of experience in teaching and coaching competitive and youth gymnastics programs
  • Previous experience as a competitive athlete is an asset
  • Experience in and strong understanding of education, and teaching and learning aimed at youth and coaches
  • Excellent written, verbal, and oral communication skills (English fluency is required)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Previous leadership and managerial experience showing initiative preferred, 2 years or more of supervisory experience
  • Strong organizational skills to manage schedules, student activities, donor relationships and
  • Experience with financial management or accounting, responsible for budget management
  • Knowledge of university core business systems, especially CICS and PeopleSoft are essential
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications, particularly Excel & Word

Application Deadline:  August 18, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 1 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Kinesiology visit Careers in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

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