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Head Coach Men & Women’s Cross Country: Schoolcraft College

4.1 out of 5
18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152
Part-time, Contract


18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

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Job Summary

The Head Coach is responsible for the leadership, management, organization, and evaluation of their own sport as part of the intercollegiate athletics program and will champion the college’s mission and culture in the process. In addition, the Head Coach will serve as an ambassador, principal liaison and representative for their respective sport and must demonstrate collaborative skills with members of the campus community, external constituencies, as well as the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) affiliations. The Head Coach will be expected to adhere and provide support for the NJCAA Coaching Ethics Code, the Schoolcraft College Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and the general Schoolcraft College Student Code of Conduct. He/she will also have the lead role in their respective sport for the recruitment of student-athletes; awarding of athletic scholarships where appropriate; the inventory and procurement of equipment and uniforms; and the designation of a season long practice schedule. It is essential, that the Head Coach places special emphasis on maintaining academic integrity and excellence as an integral part of the higher education progression for student-athletes and articulates that as a primary goal. He/she will be expected to embrace substantial accountability for the building of a successful sport specific program. Clearly, the Head Coach must serve as an advocate for the principles of diversity, equity, and compliance with all rules and regulations as spelled out by the respective governing bodies and display the commitment necessary to support the policies and procedures mandated by the college.

Supervision Received and Given

The Head Coach reports to the Director of Athletics provides supervision to Assistant Coaches as graphically displayed on the intercollegiate athletics organizational chart.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides the leadership that supports the guiding principles, philosophy, policies and procedures that are essential in managing a successful sports program through written and verbal communication opportunities. Represents the college as a spokesperson for their respective sport at all appropriate meetings and conferences.

2. Participates in the student-athlete recruitment process and ensuring a completed roster; recommends hiring of assistant coaches; determines equipment and uniform needs; and determines a practice schedule for the season.

3. Supports a culture of compliance and accountability by the coaching staff and student-athletes that ensures the adherence of resolving compliance issues mandated by the college and athletic affiliated organizations are met in a timely fashion.

4. Responsibly manages the sport approved operational budget by being thorough and detailed in dispensing funds. Recommends equipment and uniform needs within the approved budget for that sport. Provides all required receipts for approved travel to the Athletic Office in a timely fashion.

5. Facilitates and enforces the Student Athlete Support System (SASS) as a vital learning mechanism for the academic success of student-athletes.

6. Schedules all scrimmages and practice competitions within the NJCAA guidelines. Maintains institutional integrity and respects facility utilization policies and procedures when requesting practice/meeting times on campus. Recommends regularly scheduled contracted games/events where appropriate.

7. Preserves an up-to-date system of archiving records for their respective sport.

8. Develops a detailed travel itinerary once schedule has been completed.

9. Coordinates internal and external publicity communications with appropriate staff.

10. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s Degree in closely aligned field of study.

2. Minimum of five years coaching experience at the interscholastic or intercollegiate level.

3. Interscholastic or intercollegiate experience as a high school or college student-athlete, and/or as a sports official.

4. Understanding of sport specific rules and regulations, game procedures and eligibility compliance issues.

5. Experience at organizing and managing a sports specific program at an educational institution.

6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse staff and external constituents.

7. Experienced literacy in using computers and Microsoft Office software programs and other department equipment relevant to conducting a sports specific program.

8. Strong written and verbal communication skills.

9. College-acceptable driving record.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree in closely aligned field of study.

2. Minimum of ten years coaching experience at the interscholastic or intercollegiate level.

3. Familiarity with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) programs.

4. Understanding of metropolitan Detroit area high schools that serve as ongoing recruiting sources for the college.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Pay: $9,000.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Application Question(s):

  • Are you currently located in Michigan?
  • Are you able to pass a criminal background check?
  • Are you able to pass a drug screening?


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Coaching: 5 years (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work Remotely:

  • No