Mission We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
Vision To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.
Who We Are Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.
James Madison University, a Division I member of the NCAA and Colonial Athletic Association, is seeking a Director of Strength and Conditioning/Head Football Strength Coach. This is a full time position with a comprehensive benefits package. The selected candidate will be expected to maintain a high level of communication and energy, outstanding interpersonal skills and professionalism. The ability to work and function as a member of the Integrated Health and Sports Performance Team is also essential.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Serving as the Head Strength/Conditioning Coach for the Football program, providing and coordinating a high level of strength and conditioning services to JMU student-athletes to include oversight of the development of conditioning programs for assigned teams that are scientifically-based, involve periodized/cycled regimen of exercises and drills to optimize strength, power, flexibility, mobility, agility, speed and/or work capacity-designed to enhance sport performance and decrease injury potential.
The successful candidate will also be responsible for teaching proper and safe weight lifting techniques and encouraging and motivating student-athletes to train and perform to their utmost potential. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in effective written and oral communication with members of the strength and conditioning staff, coaching staff, athletic administration, sports medicine staff and Integrated Health and Sports Performance Team and contribute to a team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements and exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the Strength and Conditioning Department. Candidate will be responsible for supervision, education, and development of staff including: Associate and Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, student assistants, volunteer coaches, and interns working within the APC strength facility. Immediate head supervisor for the organization and administration of proper safety instruction, supervision, maintenance and daily continuance of the APC strength facility.
Other duties and responsibilities include participation in Performance Team Meetings as part of an overall performance philosophy and mindset within the Integrated Health and Sports Performance Unit, collect and utilize subjective and objective measures in making data driven decisions of athlete preparedness and training response, assist in scheduling athletic teams and supervising workouts of student-athletes, player development, maintain compliance with NCAA, CAA and JMU regulations and assisting in the implementation of rehabilitation programs prescribed by the doctors and sports medicine staff. Some weekend and holiday work will be required based on specific sport seasons and team travel schedules. This position requires occasional heavy lifting and the performance of strength and conditioning exercises.
The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Physiology, Sport Science or a related field; NCSA/CSCS certification and/or CSCCa/SCCC certification; CPR and AED certified; applicants must have a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience training student-athletes at the collegiate level; thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations; must be proficient in the performance, instruction, assessment, evaluation and supervision of multiple weight lifting techniques and have the ability to effectively communicate with multiple parties within the athletics department and campus community. A positive attitude, growth mindset, demonstrated enthusiasm, positive energy and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively with members of the Integrated Health and Sports Performance Unit is required.
James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.