Calvin’s inaugural football coach will be the architect of the university’s football program. The coach will be responsible for designing leading, and directing the Football program, including management of assistant coaches and recruitment, training, and mentoring of student-athletes. The Head Football coach must possess a vibrant Christian faith, understand and embrace of the mission of Calvin University, and commit to building a healthy and God-honoring team culture, and pursue athletic excellence alongside the development of staff and students for a life of Christian service. The coach must be a highly collaborative colleague, an outstanding manager, and a results-driven, competitor with a record of success. This position requires the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends, and excellent relational skills for work with students, parents, coaches, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and outside contacts.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Embrace Calvin University’s identity and mission, serving as a vocal advocate for the educational opportunities it provides.
Contribute to the spiritual and moral formation of student-athletes in keeping with the mission of Calvin University.
Serve as a consistent Christian role-model and resource for student athletes and others.
Establish a vibrant team culture that reflects Calvin University’s ethos and Christian mission.
Adopt a growth-mindset, welcoming constructive criticism and showing evidence of ongoing development.
Manage a staff of assistant coaches.
Recruit a full roster of 110-120 talented student-athletes who will embrace their athletic and academic callings at Calvin University.
Plan and lead practice sessions, workouts, classroom sessions that enhance individual and team performance.
Work collaboratively with the Sports Medicine team, Strength and Conditioning program and Sports Information office.
Contribute to the maintenance of good working relationships with assistant coaches and student-athletes through a positive and constructive approach to all tasks, show respect for the competencies of others, and demonstrate appropriate conflict resolution behavior.
Work with athletic administration to develop competition and practice schedules.
Maintain a positive working relationships within the Athletic Department, demonstrating interest in and commitment to the success of their colleagues, and across the university, collaborating especially with the Academic Division, Enrollment, and Advancement.
Adhere to the Code of Ethics for coaches (Calvin, MIAA, NCAA).
Perform other duties in accordance with this position as deemed necessary by the immediate supervisor.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty. The Head Football Coach must be a confessing Christian who is comfortable in articulating his or her beliefs to the team and encouraging their spiritual formation. Other requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
This position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) from an accredited college or university and at least three years of successful high-level football experience, preferably at the college level.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
The position requires knowledge and skills in the following areas:
Provide clear direction and model responsibility and accountability.
Work collaboratively with the admissions office to recruit new student-athletes that have the ability to achieve success academically and athletically at Calvin. Understands and abides by all recruiting rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA.
Lead, motivate, and inspire student-athletes on and off the field.
Advocate for Christ-centered education, transformational co-curriular activities, and the Division III model of the student-athlete experience.
Collaborate with the Center for Student Success and other relevant offices to monitor academic progress and remain in compliance, promote academic success in terms of eligibility, retention, and graduation throughout the year.
Communicate effectively with colleagues, subordinates, and student-athletes.
Maintain self-control and set an example for sportsmanlike conduct in relationships with the team, officials, administration, and opponents in victory or defeat.
Attend and contribute to athletic department meetings and functions.
BUDGET AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT - Monitor budget and expenses routinely and ensure timely turnaround of team credit card reconciliation, invoice payment and expense reimbursements. Keep the program within allocated budget parameters.
CAA RULES/COMPLIANCE - Adhere to MIAA Conference and NCAA Division III rules. Attend all internal compliance meetings, follow departmental policies, and complete paperwork, trainings and reports on time.
FUNDRAISING/ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT -Work with Athletic Department/Development Office to actively engage alumni and support all fundraising efforts.
ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS - Assess team competitive performance versus expectations. Analyze how well the team competed when compared with expectations and be able to adjust as necessary.
ROSTER GOALS/RETENTION MANAGEMENT - Maintain sport specific roster and retention goals as determined by the Director of Athletics.
FAITH and EDUCATIONAL COMMITMENT
1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin as a Christian liberal arts University affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.
2. A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.
Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.
Calvin is a school with a big mission: equipping students to be agents of renewal, ready to step into the public square and renew all things for the glory of Christ. We believe that every student has something to offer the world; every student has something that God is calling him or her to do. Calvin’s job is to partner with each student to discover what that is and then help them develop the skills they'll need to gain that success. In order to achieve this, we’ve charted out a strategic plan that’s defined by three words: strengthen, support, and secure.