The University of Maine Farmington’s Department of Athletics, in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management is seeking a colleague who shares our vision of student success, and one who wants to assure a positive experience for student athletes at a public regional campus, where athletics has been a key component of campus life for many decades. The Department of Athletics is home to 15 men's/women's NCAA Division III and 6 USCSA Ski and Snowboard sports and a coaching, sports medicine, sports information, compliance, and instructional staff required to support the current roster of varsity programs. UMF is seeking applicants for the position of head women's basketball coach. This position reports to the director of athletics.
The Head Women’s Basketball Coach at UMF provides leadership for and management of all aspects of the competitive intercollegiate sport which centers the student athlete experience / supports the various identities that student athletes hold, and serves the Department of Athletics staff, the UMF campus, and the greater community consistent with the University's mission and compliant with all applicable laws, University policies, and member organization policies and requirements. The employee must be committed to fostering and supporting the academic and athletic achievement of student athletes, as part of their holistic development. They must foster a culture of trust and respect that values diversity and fosters inclusion and well-being. They must build positive student relationships and meaningful student experiences while demonstrating the utmost professionalism and integrity. Coaches at UMF are teachers
in the most dynamic sense. Skill, strategy and character/leadership development are all part of the curriculum. The successful candidate will need to be an adept and competitive recruiter and fundraiser. Additional duties may include but are not limited to: strength and conditioning support, admissions work, athletic alumni relations/development, out-of-season event management, special events/projects/initiatives, possibly instructing a course in the coaching minor. Be a great team player within the department who is eager to work collaboratively with all programs/staff/administration who share facilities, resources and common goals, values and mission. Sincere interest and flexibility to assist and adjust responsibilities that support evolving department/university needs is required. The University of Maine at Farmington is an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the North Atlantic Conference. Additional program information can be found at our official website: GoUMFbeavers.com.
- Assure a positive and purposeful experience for the athletes; assure robust involvement, community engagement, and leadership development opportunities; assure these opportunities address diversity, equity, and engagement priorities.
- Practice efficient, appropriate and effective recruitment activities as well as appropriate use ofresources and engagement for performance and culture development, resulting in a culture ofinclusion, belonging, health, well-being and academic success through graduation.
- Conduct high-quality teaching in a humane learning environment.
- Monitor and promote the academic and personal growth of student-athletes.
- Develop and manage the program’s budget and scheduling within parameters.
- Recruit and supervise assistant coaches.
- Recruit and supervise student workers (manager/other support)
This job description reflects the general duties of the job but is not a detailed description of all duties which may be inherent to the position. Head coaches have other assigned duties that contribute to the department’s success. Examples include assisting with strength and conditioning, admissions work, event management as well as special events and/or special projects as assigned.
- Excellent organization skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to prioritize and to handle multiple projects
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills required
- Ability to interact with all levels of staff including management
- Strong customer service skills
- Ability to work in a student-oriented training environment
- Ability to inspire and motivate
- The ability to establish strong and effective personal and professional relationships
- Flexibility, initiative, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team
- Ability to work with and support adolescents and young adults
- Ability to work irregular/extended hours, including night and weekend duties as required
- Adept at learning and using software programs
- Contacts include Alumni, Parents, Students and various external and internal constituencies.
- This job requires the capacity to travel, work long hours, evenings and several weekends as necessary.
- Occasionally lift, push and move up to 50 pounds.
- Requires occasional lifting, stooping, kneeling, crouching.
- The duties require moderate to active physical activity.
- Required to manipulate keyboard.
- Requires sustained use of computer monitor.
- Bachelor's degree and three to five years of applicable experience (those with any combination of equivalent experience and/or education are encouraged to apply)
- Ability to drive a van for team transportation on occasion (ability to meet University requirements to become a certified driver)
- Demonstrated commitment to holistic development of student-athletes
- Demonstrated commitment to effectively modeling and operating an inclusive program that values 1. diversity, and 2. demonstrates respect for the health, safety and well-being of others.
- Demonstrated coaching success; demonstrated ability to teach through sport and about sport, coaching and transferable work/life skills.
- Demonstrated ability to focus on the student athlete experience in general, and to support and advocate for staff and student athletes who hold marginalized identities and life experiences.
- Demonstrated ability to succeed in recruitment, retention and graduation of qualified & talented prospective student-athletes.
- Demonstrated ability to inspire student-athletes to develop to their fullest potential.
- Demonstrated collaborative and collegial style of leadership, with the ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, and to foster a team environment within the program.
- Demonstrated ability to work with community members (students, faculty, staff, guests, collaborators) from marginalized and oppressed groups and life experiences
- Computer proficiency/knowledge
- Energetic, flexible
- Master's degree
- Intercollegiate coaching experience
- Familiarity with Maine (or similar) seasonal conditions
- Demonstrated effective recruiting experience (experience effectively using Front Rush or comparable program)
- Experience playing competitive intercollegiate basketball
- Ability to forecast expenses and manage a budget (revenue, expenses, reports/reconciliation)
- Demonstrated ability to run effective fundraisers
- Demonstrated ability to learn and use new technology
- Interest and experience (education/certification) with strength and conditioning for performance is a plus