Harvard University is looking for an Assistant Field Hockey Coach in Boston, MA



Under the direction of the Head Coach, the purpose of this position is to use athletics as a tool to educate college students. By using inter-collegiate competition and all activities related to such competition, this position serves as a teacher and mentor to help build student character, prepare students for a constructive and effective life, and teach valuable life lessons including work ethic; discipline; resilience; persistence; teamwork and selflessness; goal-setting and goal achievement; overcoming adversity; and leadership. This position typically influences student-athletes for their entire four years at Harvard and plays a key role in shaping their personal development.

This position assists in planning, directing, and coaching the women’s inter-collegiate Field Hockey program. Typically works with all student-athletes in the program.

This position typically requires experience coaching at the collegiate level or comparable experience. Comparable experience may include coaching/teaching at the professional level. Particularly for sports that are more prominent on an international level than in the United States, comparable experience may include playing in a professional or other high-performance environments, such as for a national team or at the Olympic level.

This is a one-year term position renewable at the discretion of the Head Coach and the Athletics Director. Full-time, partial year (11 months).

Job-Specific Responsibilities

1. Athlete Team Management

  • Focuses on developing student-athlete skills, helping to plan and execute practices, supporting in-game management, and coordinating a portion of team programming of particular importance. Helps team perform at competitive levels.
  • Typically has some impact on developing the skills for a portion of student-athletes.
  • Requires the ability to effectively communicate with students by generating enthusiasm through credible coaching.
  • Assists in analyzing video for scouting opponents and team development.
  • Assists in recruiting and retaining talent consistent with values of excellence and inclusion; assists in developing team enthusiasm for recruitment and retention.
  • Supports a culture of education through athletics. Assists in academic integration with the team, as appropriate.

2. Operational Complexity

  • Typically assists in the execution of strategy, logistics, and operational direction of the team, with greater supervision. Where expenditures are permitted, operates within budget.
  • Participates in professional activities, as appropriate. With instruction, follows trends and embraces innovation opportunities.
  • Problems faced may be moderately complex.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with the coaching staff and athletics administrators.

In addition to the duties listed above, this Assistant Coach will help run the inter-collegiate Field Hockey program at Harvard. The Assistant Coach will handle administrative responsibilities associated with the program operations, including, but not limited to, recruiting logistics and planning, team travel details, game-day operations, and event management. This position will also assist in fundraising initiates for the team.

Basic Qualifications

  • Requires at least 1 year of coaching, professional or Olympic experience, or 4 years playing experience at the collegiate and/or international level.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Requires substantial sport-specific knowledge and knowledge of relevant issues
  • Understands the philosophy, principles and policies of college athletics (including the University Conflict of Interest and Commitment policy)
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills
  • Preferred goalkeeping coaching knowledge
  • Organizational skills

Certificates and Licenses

  • Valid drivers’ license needed.
  • CPR and First Aid required.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift equipment associated with the sport.

Working Conditions

  • Evening and weekend work required.
  • Job requires work in extreme environmental conditions, including extreme heat and cold, rain, and high levels of noise.
  • Consistent with the new federal guidance, all Harvard employees must be fully vaccinated. Individuals may submit a request for exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exemptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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