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Head Women's Softball Coach

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 9, 2024

Job Details

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our students. As a 2024 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our hometown of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Job Description:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has an opportunity to lead our Softball program. As such, the coach will effectively manage all aspects of the softball program including, but not limited to: supervise and mentor assigned staff and student-athletes, recruit, schedule, plan, develop, promote, coordinate, evaluate and other administrative duties as assigned that will continually improve the softball program.

All full-time coaches have one or more additional administrative responsibility as assigned by the Director of Athletics based on candidate's strengths and department needs. Examples could include, but not limited to: Academic Coordinator, Athletic Communications, Student-Athlete Development, SAAC, etc.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Directly responsible for team and individual compliance to NCAA and operating policies within the department and College.
  • Design and implement a training program that advances individual and team performance skills, supporting the achievement of the program's purpose.
  • Design a competitive schedule that maximizes athlete development and performance.
  • Actively recruit athletes capable of performing at desired levels.
  • Recruit athletes capable of completing the baccalaureate degree and performing academically at levels reflecting program objectives. Communicate expectations and work toward achievement of a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Meet recruitment, retention and graduation rate goals along with roster management numbers set forth by Athletic Administration.
  • Relate well to officials, high school coaches, parents, the media, alumni, donors, the public and the MCLA Athletic Department and College staff and faculty.
  • Communicate and model standards of conduct and behavior to the athletes in your program. Supervise to ensure their conduct and behavior reflect favorably on themselves, the college, and department.
  • Demonstrate a high level of commitment to personal and academic development of student-athletes.
  • Work cooperatively with the Director of Athletics and Administrative Assistant in budgeting, requisitions and inventory of all related athletic equipment and supplies.
  • Mentor and supervise assistant coaches with the end goals of developing head coach capabilities and supporting all program objectives.
  • Attend and represent MCLA Athletics at campus programs, open houses, orientations, accepted students' days and other events at the request of the Director of Athletics.
  • Conduct a minimum of two cost free community outreach programs.
  • Conduct fundraising events as needed to support program operations while ensuring appropriate guidelines and procedures are followed.
  • Play an active role in positively promoting the program and department on social media.
  • Assist in coordination, generation and compilation of statistical databases for all sports and handle weekly and end-of-year score and statistical reporting for the conference and NCAA.
  • Assist with compiling and maintaining record books and academic and athletic awards lists for all sports.
  • Assist with writing, editing and disseminating press releases, season previews, hometown news articles and feature stories to various media in compliance with the college's and the NCAA's policies and procedures.
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Support mission and vision of athletic department.
  • Serve as Game Day Supervisor.
  • Complete all department, College and conference trainings.
  • Attend mandatory department staff meetings and department events.
  • Attend/participate in mandatory conference calls/meetings/voting, etc.
  • Complete reports, special projects, and other duties at the request of the Director of Athletics.
  • Conform to the highest standards of professional conduct regarding compliance with department, institutional and conference policies and procedures and adhere to the rules and regulations of athletic governance organizations of which the institution is a member.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of good working relationships with all staff, student-athletes, and external constituents through (a) a positive and constructive approach to all tasks, (b) respect for the competencies of others, and (c) appropriate conflict resolution behavior.
Any staff member who is found in violation of NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedure and in accordance with the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement, and a staff member may be suspended without pay or terminated if the coach is found to be involved in deliberate and serious violations of NCAA regulations.

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred.
  • College level coaching or relative coaching/playing experience preferred.
  • Proven ability to recruit.
  • An awareness of higher education principles, practices and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with professional, non-professional, and student personnel.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Ability to demonstrate appropriate level of initiative.

Additional Information:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control recommendation is that everyone aged 6 and up should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they've received any original COVID-19 vaccines.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. Should you need to request a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please email Barbara Chaput, Chief Human Resources Officer.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is deeply committed to fostering a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We provide equal access to educational, co-curricular and employment opportunities for all applicants, students, and employees regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital or parental status, veteran status, or membership in any other legally protected class. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment.

Inquiries about Title IX, Equal Opportunity, or ADA/504 and other non-discrimination policies may be directed to MCLA's Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Justin MacDowell
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer
375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247
Phone: (413) 662-5571

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172

Application Instructions:

This is a full-time, 10-month, benefited position in the APA bargaining unit. Annual salary range is $45,000 - $50,000.

Applicants should electronically submit an application by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

We’re the public liberal arts college in Massachusetts. In every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Located in the Berkshires, our area is known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result.

Our classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching and about seeing their students thrive on every level; personally, academically, and professionally. We engage in the most relevant conversations of our time by bringing the most celebrated thinkers and speakers to campus through nationally known public lectures hosted by MCLA.

The Office of Human Resources and Payroll at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recognizes our most important resources are our faculty, administrators, and staff.

In furthering this mission of the College as well as embracing the diversity and excellence of the Campus, we strive to provide our employees dedicated professional support encompassing job searches, benefits, professional development, and personal growth.

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