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Debate Coach

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 27, 2021

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Debate Coach

Posting Number: R0003685
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
The Debate coach is responsible for all aspects of directing, leading, and managing Willamette's Debate Union, including training and coaching debaters, program administration, travel to local and national tournaments, and participation in campus and community outreach. Weekly duties during the academic year include 15-20 hours per week teaching the “Intercollegiate Debate” course, coordinating debate team practices, mentoring and supporting the team captains, and contributing to the academic life and culture of the University. Position includes traveling with the team to approximately 6-8 tournaments during the academic year.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Teach the 1-credit IDS 062X: Intercollegiate Debate course each semester
  • Facilitate 2-3 debate team practice meetings each week to include speaking/presentation drills, preparation skills, debating strategy, content workshops, practice rounds, etc.
  • Drive the debate team members to scheduled local tournaments, coordinate the team's transportation to more distant tournaments and supervise their safety while attending events and traveling off campus
  • Coordinate the annual Jerry Hudson high school debate tournament held on Willamette's campus (may not occur in 2021)
  • Provide individual coaching and mentoring of debate team members to improve on their skills (videotaping and reviewing debate, developing individualized strategies for improvement, etc.)
  • Serve as a debate team judge or event organizer as requested at tournaments or other events
  • Research and draft case file materials

Other Responsibilities
  • Support and organize Public Advocacy programming both on and off campus,
  • Meet with faculty members interested in using debate as a classroom activity
  • Conduct outreach to local schools to promote the debate team and events

  • BA or BS, Masters preferred
  • Experience coaching or leading collegiate debate
  • Experience with Worlds-Style debate
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for working with both experienced and novice debaters
  • Excellent team-building and mentoring skills

Typical Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, variable hours. Some travel required.

This is a 9-month, part-time position following the academic calendar.

Working Conditions

Work is primarily performed indoors in a typical classroom or office environment.

Salary Range: $25,000 - $28,000 depending on experience

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received. Position will remain open until it is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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