Assistant Coach, Track & Field - Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (5005)

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Primary Function

Assist head coach in the management and administration of all phases of Track & Field/Cross Country programs, athletes and staff.

This is a professional coaching position and all of the duties of the position must be conducted in adheres with the policies, rules and regulations of affiliated national, regional and state intercollegiate athletic associations, the Mid-American conference (or subsequent member conference) and the university.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

• Responsible for the ongoing teaching and instruction of student-athletes in the performance of their sport such as, but not limited to, competitions, practices, individual and team workouts, and conditioning sessions.

• Assists the Head Coach/Director of Track and Field and Head Coach Cross Country with instructing players in the rules, regulations, equipment, and techniques of the sport.

• Provide an overall positive educational environment for our Student-Athletes conducive to academic success, athletic development, social growth, and preparing them for life beyond college. Supervise, in conjunction with the athletic tutoring and advising program, the total academic progress of the team implementing corrective action plans through appropriate staff.

• Assist head coach(es) in the preparing for and conducting of all team-related activities including skill instruction, sport strategy and competitive opportunities. Coach and instruct student-athletes individually and in groups and demonstrate event techniques and skills required to be successful at Track and Field and Cross Country; Plan and attend coaching and practice sessions, competitions, tournaments, etc. in accordance with NCAA and conference regulations for specified positions. Develop, recommend and teach event strategies.

• Monitor and maintain the discipline and conduct of student-athletes to support the image and reputation of the department and university. Responsible for the development, safety and conduct of the student-athletes within the sport program.

• Assist in the administration of the entire sport programs, including, but not limited to daily practices, competition planning and implementation, recruiting, equipment management, facilities scheduling, and budget.

• Perform both direct and indirect public relations functions including promotion, fund raising, public speaking, community events, and through camps and/or clinics. Serve on departmental/campus committees as requested.

• Assist with departmental needs as requested; When practical under the circumstances, intercollegiate athletic staff is encouraged to voluntarily attend all athletic events to promote audience participation and support for NIU team efforts.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

• Bachelor’s Degree.

• Minimum four years of experience in training strategies, plus teaching progressions for track and field programs.

• Minimum four years’ experience in recruitment and retention of quality student-athletes, particularly at the regional level (Midwest) including knowledge of AAU and high school programs.

• Minimum 4 years experience in coaching Jumps, Throws, and Combined Events.

• Minimum four academic years coaching experience in a Division I, II, III, NAIA or Junior College institution.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

• Master’s degree.
• Minimum four academic years coaching experience at the collegiate level.
• Former track and field and/or cross-country student-athlete.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

• Have a thorough knowledge of NCAA, conference and institutional rules and conduct the program within the regulations.

• As a staff member within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, you are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association ( NCAA ) regulations, both those general in nature and those which apply directly to your position’s responsibilities. Strict adherence to all applicable governing policies, procedures, and regulations of the NCAA is required and is a condition of your employment.

• Ability to communicate with and relate well to the female student-athlete.

• Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written and electronic forms.

• Self-motivated with initiative and work ethic.

Working Hours
37.50; some nights and weekends
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$30,000 - $35,000 annually
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Priority Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at Required materials include:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. List of 3 References
4. Transcripts (unofficial, with official required at hired)

Applications must be received by June 12, 2021. Please contact Lisa DeRango at for questions.

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EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

Clery Act Information

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of at least 3 References
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  2. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  3. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. Transcripts #3 (unofficial with official required at hire)

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