Director Spirit Squad
The University of Colorado Boulder Athletics Department encourages applications for a Director Spirit Squad. This role is responsible for the planning, promotion and administration of the intercollegiate athletics Spirit Squad Program. This position will be responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the entire Colorado Spirit Squad program, which includes the cheerleading team, dance team and CHIP the mascot. This position will provide a vision and direction for the program, establish goals and take an active role in managing coaches and athletes, to ensure the program is in line with the CU Athletic Department's Mission. This position will supervise all phases of the spirit program including dance and cheer coaches and spirit squad members. Lead all administrative aspects of the spirit squad including: fundraising, budget allocation, scheduling, community service, travel, uniform and equipment needs, appearances and outreach activities (department, University, community and private events), tryouts, health & academic requirements of squad, leadership programs, team behavior management, manage current social media for Spirit Squad, and CUBuffs.com and manage the mascot program.
This position will assist with special events and other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Outreach. This position is responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics program. This shall include adhering to the principles of the Athletic Department’s Mission Statement, Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement, Core Values, Policies and Procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the University, the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff, and students work with the broader community to establish outstanding connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
- Serve as the squad’s point of contact on game days and connect with the Game Operations staff regarding squad activities during CU Athletic games.
- Supervise and collaborate with cheer, dance and mascot coaches.
- Responsible for game day atmosphere of all CU venues.
- Regularly attend cheer and dance practices.
- Attend CU Athletic events where spirit squad is present.
- Manage the competitive needs of the team including costumes, props, music, registration and preparation.
- Meet with spirit squad members on any issues that might arise that are non-coaching related.
- Work with coaches on coordinating practices, participation and performances at home Football, Men's and Women's basketball, Volleyball, Soccer games and other events as requested.
- Work on student handbook with policies to identify rules and regulations.
- Weekends and evenings work is required as well as travel with Spirit Squad to away athletic events.
- Increase exposure for CU Athletics and the Spirit Squad Program through special appearances on campus and in the community.
- Work with creative services to craft marketing materials for events and fundraisers.
- Responsible for fundraising for the Spirit Program’s operational budget and any national appearances.
- Build and implement a fundraising plan.
- Cultivate, recruit, and ask former cheer, dance & mascot alumni groups in fundraising efforts/campaigns.
- Work on developing and leading all aspects of the Jr. Buffs Spirit Program.
- Work on developing and leading all aspects of High School level cheer and dance camps.
Manage all Aspects of the Mascot Program:
- Manage the Chip Mascot Program. Includes scheduling, department communication, fundraisers, uniforms, game day tasks, tryouts, team meetings and team member evaluation/behavior management.
- Oversee Chip Coach.
- Manage the development and creation of the national’s video and skit.
Oversee Scheduling and Planning:
- Coordinate all Spirit Squad activities relating to tryouts, public appearances, athletic and special events, promotional and social events.
- Manage and schedule all logistics relating to UCA and UDA nationals.
- Be an external contact and provide visibility within the local community.
- Serve as the internal contact for CU Spirit Squad to Athletics Department staff and the campus community in all matters relating to squad logistics.
- Help coordinate with cheer and dance coaches on recruiting and selection process of spirit squad members.
- Manage social media team to update posts in timely manner.
- Keep spirit page on website current and up-to-date.
- Supervise all physical and mental development, academic progress, medical care of student athletes as well as maintaining equipment and inventory:
- Serve as the contact for Sports Medicine regarding injuries and health of the Spirit Squad members.
- Serve as the contact for Strength and Conditioning regarding workouts for the Spirit Squad members.
- Work with equipment staff to coordinate the Squad’s equipment needs.
- Complete required camp, sports medicine, and insurance clearance for each team member.
- Ensure safety and student welfare.
- Supervise academic progress of Spirit Squad.
What You Should Know
- M-F 8:00-5:00. Irregular Hours based on practice and events.
- Travel with spirit squad to away athletic events is required.
- In addition to regular office hours must be available to work after 5pm and on weekends and occasional holidays.
What We Can Offer
- The salary rate is $56,000 annually.
- Additional Compensation Details:
- Relocation is available within department guidelines. Additional Athletics benefits include: Athletic Event Tickets: Per Athletic Department Policy and NCAA regulations, Nike Elite Employee Benefit: Per Nike Elite Policy.
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What We Require
- Bachelor's Degree.
- Experience operating a studio or supervising cheer, dance or mascot program.
- At least 3 years of coaching experience and/or marketing and/or public relations background. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
What You Will Need
- Knowledge of one or both dance and cheer associations guidelines (Universal Dance Association, National Dance Alliance, and/or United Spirit Association, USA Cheer or Universal Cheerleaders Association).
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, judgment, initiative and attention to detail.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to organize multiple tasks, meet due dates, plan schedules and coordinate events.
- Ability to work independently or as a team member, who will forge strong working relationships with professional colleagues, donors, team members, administration and other external constituents.
- Creative, high energy level and astute at generating and implementing new insights.
- Ability to use social media networks, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Strong public speaking and digital literacy.
- CPR and First Aid Training Certified.
What We Would Like You To Have
Three years experience coaching cheerleading or dance at a high school, collegiate or professional sports program.
Experience choreographing routines, coaching, teaching team and individual skills.
Experience conducting tryouts, creating and implementing practice.
Experience with fundraising.
Experience supervising staff, students and/or volunteers.
Knowledge of NCAA policies, practices and guidelines.
CPR Training and First Aid Training Certified.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by July 6, 2021 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu
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