The Head Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive Coach and Aquatics Director is responsible for all aspects of coaching the team including recruiting, fitness training, practice, competition, and travel. The head coach will advocate for the importance of the program within the campus community, as well as the larger Alma community, and will serve as a role model of the high standards expected of our students. This position will also serve as the Aquatics Director and oversee all pool operations. A successful candidate will have experience recruiting students, as well as cultivating friends of the various programs to meet enrollment and fundraising goals. The successful candidate will demonstrate and support a commitment and sensitivity to diversity, gender equity, and equal opportunity.
• Using the college’s mission and strategic plan as a guideline to develop and direct the swim and dive program. • Ensure an environment that promotes student safety. • Work with Associate Athletics Director and Center for Student Success to monitor progress and eligibility of all student-athletes. • Work with Athletics Director and Admissions staff to establish annual recruitment goals. • Cultivate positive relationships with students and their families. • Develop a positive relationship with and play an active role in college and community events and programs. • Work collaboratively with Student Services and Residence Life staff with respect to student needs and any issues related to student behavior. • Ensure institutional compliance with the various governing bodies for the swim and dive program. • Collaborate with Athletics Director in establishing a fundraising plan for the swim and dive program that meets the department’s annual fundraising goals and aligns with the college’s overall fundraising strategy. • Prepare and collaborate with the Director of Athletics on the annual budget. • Ensure the highest ethical, moral standards for all aspects of the college’s programs. • In coordination with auxiliary services and athletics, promote and manage a summer camp program that helps to achieve the fundraising goals of the department. • Dependent on experience, administrative duties may be assigned and compensated. • Oversee all aspects of pool operations including but not limited to facility safety, maintenance, and weekly hours. • Manage the hiring, training, and scheduling of lifeguards. • Any and all other duties as assigned by the athletics director.
• Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years coaching experience at the collegiate level or demonstrated successful head coaching experience on the high school level as well as the educational background and expertise to teach college level courses. • Knowledge of NCAA and MIAA conference rules. • Ability to manage multiple tasks. • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. • Knowledge of computer applications, organizational abilities, event planning and camps, fund raising, financial management and recruiting ability and demonstrated commitment or experience working with diverse populations. • Must be willing to actively participate in practices. • Ability to work weekends/evenings and travel. • A valid driver’s license and good driving record. • Ability to fulfil essential functions of the position.
Alma College, a four-year residential liberal arts college located in the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, offers a personalized education with multiple paths and experiences leading to success. A deep regard for students as individuals is fundamental to an Alma education, with small classes and many opportunities for one-on-one collaboration with dedicated faculty.
Alma College actively connects students with a world of ideas and opportunities. The Alma Commitment offers a four-year graduation promise and a pledge that each interested student can participate in an experiential learning opportunity, such as an internship, research fellowship, or study abroad, backed by $2,500 in Alma Venture funding from the college.
Alma’s attractive 128-acre campus is located in the city of Alma, approximately one hour north of Lansing. With an enrollment of about 1,400 students, Alma College employs a full-time teaching faculty of 96, of which 85 percent hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Alma College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Alma College is an Equal Oppor...tunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
Our Academic Mission
Alma College’s mission is to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.
Focused exclusively on undergraduate education, Alma College boasts a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, 41 academic majors, self-designed programs of emphasis, pre-professional programs in law and medicine, and an intensive Spring Term that provides opportunities for innovative courses, travel classes, research and internships.
More than 90 percent of Alma’s graduates go on to graduate school or are employed within six months following their graduation.
Located in a community of 10,000, Alma College features a walkable campus with historic and contemporary buildings. The campus is a block from downtown Alma and within two hours of Michigan beaches and ski areas. Gratiot and adjacent counties feature plentiful parks, outdoor recreation opportunities, golf courses and shops.
College facilities, including the Stone Recreation Center and Hogan Center pool, offer wellness education, swimming instruction and recreational opportunities to community members and local businesses. The campus is bordered by the 41-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Bike Trail. The Alma College library, housing more than 278,000 volumes, also is a resource.
Cultural and sports events are offered throughout the year, with free admission to Alma College students, faculty and staff for most college-sponsored events. In addition to the college’s excellent fine arts programs, an active community of local artists has formed music, theatre and art guilds with a loyal regional following. Alma’s Division III Athletics program offers intercollegiate competition in 27 varsity sports.
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