Caltech Seeks Head Swimming Coach

The California Institute of Technology in beautiful Pasadena, California welcomes applications for the position of Head Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving.  Caltech is a member of NCAA Division III and founding member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).      It is a dynamic time at Caltech, the #1 ranked University in the World, as we seek to build our athletic experience to match the academic success of the rest of the Institute. Our swimming program has broken 20 school records in the past two years and welcomes a very good freshman class in the fall of 2016.  The tide is rising!

The Head Coach is responsible for administering all aspects of the swimming and diving program including: coaching, recruiting, meet scheduling, supervision of personnel, community engagement, committee participation, budget management, compliance with NCAA, and conference rules/regulations. The head coach will teach in the physical education curriculum and participate as a collaborative member of the department and college community.  Reporting to the Director of Athletics, Betsy Mitchell allows the unique opportunity to work with an athletic director who hails from the swimming world.

This full time twelve month coaching position, with fantastic benefits, is an integral part of the team of student centered educators in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. Anticipated starting salary range is $55,000-$65,000. The basic qualifications include:  a 4 year undergraduate degree; Organized swim coaching experience; Excellent interpersonal , organizational and communication skills; Strong computing skills including database manipulation, email and calendar savvy; The ability to teach through use of images and emerging technologies; passion for life-long learning;  Lifeguarding certification, CPR/AED and first aid certification (or ability to get certified prior to work on deck)  Additional preferred qualifications include: Master’s degree; personal collegiate swimmingexperience; Coaching at the collegiate level.

Caltech encourages and welcomes a diverse applicant pool and is a community that strives to the highest ethical and educational standards.   Please contact Betsy Mitchell, betsy.mitchell@caltech.edu and prepare to apply online through the Caltech HR website. A cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications, a complete resume and a one page coaching philosophy are required.  The posting is open until position is filled however, we hope to review applications until July 8, interview candidates in July with the successful candidate beginning work on or around August 1.  

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Demonstrating excellent teaching and coaching competencies with regard to:(a) sport skill instruction (b) motivation (c) tactical strategies (d) physical training and fitness.

2. Exhibiting the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, College, and Department of Athletics rules, policies and expectations including commitment to life-long learning, sportsmanship on and off the field of play, positive leadership and the desire and ability to act as a positive role model and representative of the Institute at all times.

3. Design and execute a competitive schedule for intercollegiate contests (including practice planning) that maximizes individual and collective student-athlete development and performance; prioritizes conference competition within an academically rigorous educational experience.

4. Create team results that are competitive within the SCIAC regular season on a consistent basis. Create an environment that strives for excellence and supports outstanding individuals to train and compete at the highest level of their potential.

5. Successful recruitment, matriculation, retention and graduation of student-athletes capable of attaining the baccalaureate degree in sufficient quantity to maintain a team roster appropriate for competitive success. Recruitment activities include: letter writing, phone calling, record keeping, identification and evaluation, hosting campus visits and travelling to identify top quality prospective student-athletes.

6. Provide student-athletes with opportunities that allow for social, emotional, and academic development, in addition to athletic success through close interpersonal guidance, mentoring and counseling.

7. Manage a cost-effective and administratively efficient sport program working at or within operational budget on an annual basis, includes purchasing, inventory and control of sports equipment and uniforms, travel arrangements for away contests

8. Participating in whole department and sport specific marketing, public relations, civic and community outreach and fundraising/friend raising activities as appropriate.

9. Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with all constituents including department colleagues, administration, faculty and other college personnel in the spirit of integration and community with a common mission. Includes collaboration with service/support functions such as SID, equipment and ATC.

10. Demonstrate positive and effective communication in all aspects of job; including writing, speaking, listening, and non-verbal skills.

11. Supervise and utilize effectively part time assistant coaches (where applicable).

12. Teach a variety of courses in the required physical education curriculum.

13. Assuming additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation which may include game or facility supervision duties, including facility care and maintenance, attending all department and other assigned meetings and committee work.

14. Each coaching staff member may be required to perform physical tasks such as: lifting and carrying, sport specific equipment; set up and tear down of sports contest support equipment;  some care and maintenance of sport specific or general athletic facilities