Knox College invites applications for the position of Associate Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs. This is a 12-month, benefits-eligible position that begins as soon as possible. Salary for this position is $26,000/year. This position reports to the Head Track & Field Coach under the direction of the Director of Athletics. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and developing a competitive NCAA Division III program. More information about Knox College can be found at www.knox.edu. Information on Knox College Athletics is available at www.prairiefire.knox.edu. Information on the Midwest Conference can be found at http://www.midwestconference.org/.
Cross Country and Track & Field at Knox College dates all the way back to the 1910’s. Knox won the second-ever Midwest Conference (MWC) Track & Field Championship in 1922 and has won six total. Knox student-athletes have established more than 45 cross country and track and field school records since 2000, won five individual MWC conference meet titles, and claimed more than 30 all-conference medals. The track and field team has produced 15 NCAA Division III national meet qualifiers, three NCAA All-Americans, and one individual national champion in school history. The Cross Country squad will return a solid roster, including the 2018 Midwest Conference women’s newcomer of the year. Recruiting nationally, the team consists of student-athletes from all over the country that are poised to move to gain Midwest Conference and national recognition.
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. Competition in the Midwest Conference is intense and spirited, including the local rivalry between Knox and Monmouth College—the sixth-oldest athletic rivalry in the country.
That’s only part of the story, however. Knox College is also one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America. Founded by abolitionists in 1837, the College was among the first in the nation to admit women and students of color and has a historic commitment to keeping a high-quality education accessible to all students, regardless of financial means. The New York Times ranked Knox #16 on its 2017 College Access Index in recognition of its commitment to low- and middle-income students and its role as an engine of upward mobility. Forbes has included Knox in its annual Grateful Grads rankings for the last six years running. And, recently, U.S. News & World Report listed Knox among the top 50 U.S. colleges for “best undergraduate teaching.” Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong, and recent successes include multiple conference championships in men’s and women’s soccer, NCAA championship appearances for women's soccer and men’s soccer and a record-setting year for the women’s basketball program in 2017. The K Club booster organization has been active for eight years with a significant upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised. This past year, the booster club surpassed $500,000 in gifts and more than 1,000 donors. The club made possible a state-of-the-art golf performance center and converted the College’s grass soccer field to a high-grade synthetic turf. More recently, the athletics department has increased its social media presence, facilitated increased branding of the Prairie Fire facilities and is currently going through a website redesign to capitalize on the department’s increased online audience.
Responsibilities The Associate Head Coach is responsible for all aspects of the Knox College Cross Country program and assisting in all aspects of the Track & Field program including but not limited to executing a successful recruiting and retention plan; integrating the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and supervising practices and contests; team travel; managing the program operating budget; fundraising; administering all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional, Midwest Conference (MWC) and NCAA rules and regulations; provide supervision of staff (assistant coach, student worker, manager, etc., when applicable); participate in alumni and booster engagement including promotion of program on social media platforms; additional coaching and administrative duties as assigned. Must develop a competitive program within the MWC with the goal of post-season participation. Must provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes.
Qualifications The following are the qualifications for this position:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
1 or more years collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field coaching experience OR 2 or more years High School Head Cross Country and/or Track and Field Coaching experience
Evidence of the ability to plan, organize, and administer training strategies for practice and game implementation (Design workouts & long-term training plans)
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change.
The following are the preferred qualifications for this position:
1 or more years collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field recruiting an experience
3 or more seasons experience coaching collegiate Cross Country and/or Track & Field
1 or more seasons experience as a head collegiate Cross Country coach
Experience with recruiting database Front Rush (or similar database)
Experience building alumni and fan engagement, fundraising
Experience with social media and overall promotion of athletics program
Application To apply, send a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application by going to the link provided https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/ . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check. Notice of Non-Discrimination In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to Title IX and this policy.
About Knox College
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant
community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought,
and diverse perspectives. Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the
classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for
enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and recent successes include conference
championships in men’s and women’s soccer.