Hawken School, one of the premier private college preparatory schools in the Midwest, is seeking an Aquatics Director and Head Coach to lead their nationally recognized swim program. The individual will serve as Head Coach, Swimming & Diving, for Hawken School and CEO/Head Coach for the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, a multi-site 450+ member USA-Swimming club team. He/she will also serve as Hawken’s Aquatics Director with responsibility for the overall operation of two competition facilities, and pool programming including administration of camps, pool rentals, a learn-to-swim program, scheduling of lifeguards, etc.
GENERAL SUMMARY This position fills three roles: Aquatics Director, High School Head Coach, and CEO/Head Club Coach. The individual will lead the program, under the direction of the Hawken School Athletic Director, with responsibility for organizing and executing training plans for the varsity swim team and senior level club training groups, wet and dry side administration for the club team, oversight of the day-to-day operation of Hawken’s two swimming pools, and budget development and implementation. This is a full-time, year-round salaried position; includes benefits.
REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS Successful candidates should possess:
A four-year degree from a college or university in recreation or a closely related field, or possess an equivalent combination of education and experience in both USA coaching and aquatic management.
The following certifications:
ASCA Level 4 or higher
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a head-coaching role at a recognized USA-S club (i.e. Silver or Gold Medal Club Team). High school coaching experience also highly desirable.
Strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and leadership skills with parents, swimmers and colleagues.
Knowledge in the development and growth of a highly competitive club, both at the developmental and elite levels.
Knowledge in the running of large USA-S competitions, including familiarity with meet management tools such as Hy-tek and CTS.
Ability to effectively fundraise in conjunction with the booster club parent board, and function within the high school and club established budgets.
Ability to develop, coordinate and direct various aquatic activities.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the school administration, booster club, aquatic staff, interscholastic coaches, teachers and deans, program participants, parents, volunteers and the general public.
Knowledge that is specific to all phases of pool management and aquatic program development, including state and local health and safety standards, and all USA-Swimming and high school rules and regulations.
Ability to utilize club software (i.e. TeamUnify, CTS, Hy-tek, etc.), technology, and equipment within the pool area.
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES Applicants must be able to effectively balance his or her roles as head high school coach, head club coach, and Hawken Aquatics Director.
Head High School Coach Ensure the success of the varsity program at the highest level of the Northeast Ohio District and Ohio High School State Championships, while cultivating the junior varsity squad.
Schedule and develop training plans for all abilities.
Designs and sets team workout schedules and workout groups.
Determines high school meet schedule in collaboration with the Athletic Director, and sets coach schedule for meet attendance.
Communicate effectively with the athletic department, Hawken School Deans, CFO, administrative assistants, transportation and custodians, as well as the general public regarding student practice and competition schedules.
Develops lineups for regular season and championship competitions.
Responsibility for supervision of athletes at competitions.
Coordinates closely with the diving coach on season plans, and practice/competition schedules.
Effectively communicate with assistants, athletes, parents, and alumni.
Recruit and retain swimmers within the OHSAA guidelines.
Attend workshops and courses set forth by the OHSAA and Hawken School.
Work closely with the Hawken School College Counseling office on college placement.
CEO/Head Club Coach
Ensure the overall success of the club program at the LSC and National levels.
Maintain and increase club participation at the highest levels of the sport (i.e. Age Group Zone Championships, Futures, Junior Nationals, Nationals, Olympic Team Trials, World Championships, and the Olympics).
Work to continually grow LESD’s recognition based on USA Swimming’s recognition and club excellence programs.
Work to continually grow LESD’s featured competitions in the region.
Lead a dynamic group of coaches at multiple sites in two states. Hire coaches as needed to fulfill the mission of the club.
Schedule and develop training planes for the senior level group based out of Hawken School.
Educate, supervise and evaluate assistant coaches and staff.
Represent the team at meetings and swim meets, including national level competitions.
Attend Local Swim Committee (LSC) meetings.
Participate in club board meetings.
Oversee: meet information, meet coach attendance, meet results, meet publicity, best times & team records, team files & rosters, team newsletter, and media contacts.
Submit monthly payroll reports to the Hawken business office.
Participate in budget planning with the Hawken CFO. Attend quarterly budget meetings with the Hawken business office.
Coordinate with the Hawken Athletic Director on facility usage schedules.
Hawken School Aquatics Director
Maximize the use of all pools by developing and coordinating new and existing aquatic programming, which may include but not limited to camps, stroke clinics, private lessons, learn-to-swim programs, and developing a USA Masters program.
Coordinate with the Hawken Maintenance Department on general maintenance of the pool area and all equipment, and recommend new equipment and supplies when needed.
Ensure lifeguard schedules are up to date to accommodate facility usage.
ABOUT HAWKEN SCHOOL AND THE LAKE ERIE SILVER DOLPHINS
Founded in 1915, Hawken School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving 1,021 students in preschool through grade 12 from nine counties in Northeast Ohio.
Central to Hawken’s mission is our promise to “prepare students to navigate a complex and dynamic world with self-confidence and determination; embrace challenges with disciplined analysis and creativity; and engage others with empathy and integrity.” The fulfillment of this promise has earned Hawken a national reputation for educational excellence and innovative programming.
The Hawken high school girls swim program currently holds the third longest state championship streak in the country, winning 18 Ohio State Championships in a row. The boys program was state runner-up in 2016, and both teams are well positioned for the future. In total Hawken has produced over 400 All-Americans, and has several state record holders currently on the team.
Lake Erie Silver Dolphins was founded in 1965, and is the premier swim club in the Lake Erie LSC. LESD has produced two Olympians, placed swimmers on numerous national teams, and has had swimmers at every Olympic Team Trials since 1968. In addition, the team has won every LSC age group championship over the past 30+ years.
How to Apply
Salary is commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, along with three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will be filled by July 30, 2016.
Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and strongly urges all qualified individuals to apply.
Well-recognized as a community that promotes passionate teaching, engaged learning, and confident self-expression, Hawken School seeks employees who are philosophically aligned with our mission and who are committed to eliciting the full academic, artistic, and athletic potential in every student. Because the school’s guiding principles include an appreciation for differences and individuality, we are keenly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to engaging in and promoting a diverse, multicultural community that reflects varying backgrounds and perspectives.
Founded in 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, Hawken School is a coeducational independent day school with over 1,000 students enrolled in preschool through grade 12. With two academic campuses within 25 minutes of downtown Cleveland and an urban extension center in the cultural heart of the city at University Circle, Hawken provides a demanding and integrated course of study that features innovative schedules to support individualized student attention and educational partnerships with world renowned institutions to support real-world learning opportunities.
Hawken’s Lyndhurst campus features a stunning Early Childhood Center with nationally recognized programming and a newly designed Lower School that includes an eco-garden, musical arts center, and new science labs. The Gates Mills campus looks forward to the August 2016 opening of Stirn Hall, the school’s most significant capital expansion in over 50 years. In addition to replacing and renovating outmoded classroom facilities, the new academic facility is designed to support our unique Upper School schedule, unparalleled programming, and varied teaching and learning styles. Substantial professional development opportunities support and maintain exceptional creativity and collaboration in a classroom that expands into the greater community, locally and worldwide.
A major campaign was launched during our 2015 centennial year to complete campus renovations and to address future programming, faculty/staff development and the endowment. Funding for these initiatives will ensure that the school continues to fulfill its mission of “forward focused preparation for the real world through the development of character and intellect” during the school’s second century.
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The Greater Cleveland region is known for its world-class medical facilities; arts and cultural centers, including Severance Hall and Playhouse Square; museums; professional sports teams; and a plethora of scenic parks and nature preserves. Lake Erie, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, offers additional recreational possibilities for those who enjoy water sports and activities. In addition to these advantages, Cleveland’s cost-of-living falls significantly below that of other of our nation’s metropolitan areas.