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 softball 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 environment, such as for a national team or at the Olympic level.
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 culture of education through athletics. Assists in academic integration with 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.
Harvard is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission is to educate citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. The College is a residential institution of nearly 7,000 undergraduates and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is deeply committed to the intellectual, social and personal transformation of its undergraduates during their four years at Harvard.
The Department of Athletics offers 42 varsity programs for men and women, more than any other Division I school in the United States. We also offer extensive recreational and intramural programs.
Harvard employees have access to a competitive benefits package that includes multiple options for the health and well-being of our employees as well as ongoing professional development.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. We regret that, due to the number of responses we typically receive, we may be unable to respond to phone calls or contact personally those applicants not selected for an interview.
We actively seek and welcome applications from diverse candidates and from those with a demonstrable commitment to a more inclusive society.
Salary Grade: 000
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required.
Requires substantial sport-specific knowledge and knowledge of relevant issues.
Requires at least 1 year of coaching, professional or Olympic experience.
Offensive or defensive expertise is preferred. Outstanding sport specific technical, tactical and strategic knowledge. Ability to break down, analyze and synthesize film to use in practices with student athletes. Ability to identify qualified prospective-student athletes and willingness to travel to recruit is expected.
Understanding of the role that athletics plays within the University and the ability to teach and support high achieving students is helpful.
Basic proficiency in Excel, Google documents and Microsoft Word, internet and email
Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to relate with constituencies outside of the Dept of Athletics (Deans, Admissions, alumnae, parents) as well as Department administration and other coaches. Ability to work in accordance with the rules set forth by Harvard, the Ivy League and NCAA.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54894BR
About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.