McMaster University

McMaster University

Head Coach & Program Manager, Soccer


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Posting Date

Nov 17, 2022

Role description

The Department of Athletics & Recreation at McMaster University provides students, staff, faculty, alumni and the greater community with the opportunity to pursue athletic excellence and recreational activities. The mission of the department is to cultivate human potential and well-being through recreation and sport. The operating units of the department include interuniversity athletics, recreation, and sport medicine.

McMaster Athletics & Recreation is excited to introduce a new role to the department, Head Coach & Program Manager, Soccer. To support the growth and interest in soccer, both on campus and within the community, this role will help develop and oversee all aspects of McMaster's strategic soccer plan, as well as coach one of the varsity teams. At this time, the Head Coach & Program Manager, Soccer will coach the Men's Varsity Soccer team. Although this role oversees all programmatic operations for soccer at the University, the successful incumbent will only oversee the varsity operations for the respective team they are coaching, and not that of both varsity level teams.

Job Description

Reporting to the Associate Director, High Performance, the Head Coach & Program Manager, Soccer is responsible for the strategic development and operation of the soccer program at McMaster University. In addition to head coaching duties, the Head Coach & Program Manager, Soccer is responsible for:

Student-Athlete development
Management and administration of the soccer program
Technical preparation and implementation of team tactics and strategies
Recruitment of highly motivated scholar athletes
Training and supervision of assistant coach(es)
Health and safety of all participants
Additionally, the Head Coach & Program Manager, Soccer, is responsible for the strategic oversight and development of all ancillary operations for the soccer program including:

Alumni relations and development initiatives
Running high-performance youth camps
Running high school and club tournaments
Coordinating partnerships with external clubs (amateur and professional)
Building relationships with provincial and national sport organizations
Student-Athlete Development & Recruitment

Support the development of the student-athlete throughout their academic and athletic career; in support of the strategic vision of Athletics & Recreation and the University, while ensuring a “student-centered” program
Provide leadership through the operating of a soccer program that educates and enforces the importance of a fair and equitable approach to sport, teamwork, etc.
Serve as a role model for student-athletes, and the community through the demonstration of sporting ethics, principles of fair play and respect for officials, opponents, and the sport
Provide leadership in developing a strategic recruitment strategy that will drive highly motivated, talented student-athletes to McMaster University and to the soccer programs

Set annual program objectives that motivates student-athletes to strive for their greatest potential both athletically and academically
Develop tools to achieve the program objectives:
Annual year-long training plan for the team and individual athletes
Systems and style-of-play that best fit the skills of the student-athletes
Review and study opposing teams through scouting reports and video analysis
Game strategies and tactics for each competition
Regular evaluation of progress through the review of statistics and other feedback
Coordinate the responsibilities of coaching staff
Coach and supervise at competitions
Complete an annual review of team performance and overall technical assessment
Lead, supervise, and monitor a strength and conditioning program for student-athletes in collaboration with McMaster’s Strength and Conditioning team
Management & Administration

Plan, coordinate, and supervise the program’s training and practice schedule
Manage the program’s budgetary costs and achieve financial targets for revenue generation
Work closely with the competitive Sports Manager and the Associate Director, High Performance to create the program’s annual competitive schedule
Liaise with local, provincial, and national sport agencies
Working with the Competitive Sports Manager and Varsity Coordinator to develop the program’s travel schedule in accordance with the Varsity Travel Policy
Confirm that student-athletes meet the OUA and U SPORTS eligibility requirements
Public & Alumni Relations and Fundraising

Provide leadership consistent with McMaster University principles and strategic planning in developing support systems for alumni and community initiatives
Develop a multi-year plan to enhance the profile and public relations of the programs
Develop a long-term plan to engage the Marauder Alumni and the community in a fundraising strategy to ensure the program has a strong financial foundation
Work with the Advancement Team to engage and foster relationships with alumni and the sport community
Responsible for fundraising as a means of bridging the difference between revenues and costs
Program Operations

Plan and oversee McMaster soccer summer camps/clinics
Develop the budget, curriculum, and training schedule
Work with staff to develop registration timelines and process
Recruit, hire, train, and supervise the camp staff
Ensure the camps adhere to the safety and security standards of McMaster University
Develop other team specific revenue generating initiatives such as high school and club tournaments
Develop relationships with external (amateur and professional) clubs. Pursue partnerships to develop the overall brand.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Work with department staff on plans for increasing recruitment of Black, Indigenous, and racialized staff
Provides strong leadership in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programming

Bachelor's Degree
Canada Soccer B License required (or working toward); A License preferred

5+ years relevant coaching experience at the Club, University, Provincial Team and/or National Team level
Experience in sports administration
Knowledge & Skills

Excellent leadership abilities
Proven ability to inspire and develop student-athletes
Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
Excellent interpersonal skills
Effective public relations skills
Ability to manage people and programs
Excellent organizational and planning skills
Ability to maintain tact and composure in highly competitive situations
Excellent analytical and judgement skills

How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey - Statement of Collection for additional information.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or
Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or
School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679
to communicate accommodation needs.

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