The Director of Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving is responsible for managing both the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving programs. This position oversees all Swimming and Diving Coaches working with both programs, and is responsible for overseeing coaching, recruiting, scheduling, student-athlete development, travel coordination, fundraising, budget formulation, analysis and management, equipment purchases, public and community relations, parental relations, and health and safety of student athletes.
Full-time appointment, renewable on a contract basis. Willingness and ability to work non-traditional schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Full responsibility for coaching and training the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams; for developing and conducting all in-season and out-of-season practice plans throughout the year as deemed necessary and appropriate.
Has responsibility for psychological preparation of teams in both pre and post-competition and for developing motivational approach to practices and competitions.
Organize teaching procedures for appropriate staff. Conduct team meetings and assignments as necessary. Engage and utilize support staff when necessary and applicable.
Continue to develop comprehensive knowledge in decision-making, delegating authority, and in setting objectives.
Responsible for the national recruitment of top student-athletes for the Northwestern’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, commensurate with the admissions qualifications of Northwestern University who are capable of successfully competing at the NCAA level.
Work closely with the designated Sport Administrator to develop recruiting strategies and a pool of admissible prospects.
Maintain good relations with parents of current and prospective student-athletes.
Manage and direct extensive on-campus recruiting program.
Develop a nationally recognized competition schedule in conjunction with the designated Sport Administrator.
Responsible for search and selection of qualified assistant coaching staff with approval of designated Sport Administrator and actively support and comply with the University’s Affirmative Action program.
Direct and manage staff of assistant coaches. Delegate and prioritize administrative responsibilities to assistants.
Conduct annual staff evaluations.
Responsible for presenting to the Deputy Director of Athletics and Associate Athletic Director for Business a projected annual budget in the areas of responsibility for approval. Accountable for expense control compliance and administration of annual budget. Implement Department operational procedures and policies.
Responsible for supervising team and individual travel arrangements for recruiting visits, competitions and off-campus practice, and for the conduct and appearance of the team when traveling as representatives of Northwestern University.
Demonstrate interest in academic progress of student-athletes. Work closely with Academic Services in solving and preventing academic problems.
Cooperate with team physicians and the Sports Medicine staff regarding health care and decisions of practice and participation of student-athletes.
Alumni Relations, Public Relations, and Development:
Responsible for the maintenance of sound alumni relations. In cooperation with the appropriate Associate Director, also responsible for promoting and participating in various alumni events.
Assist Athletic Development staff in fundraising efforts on behalf of the swimming program and department as requested.
Responsible for maintaining good public relations with the public news media, and working with Athletic Communications department in promoting Northwestern University. Maintain amicable public relations with faculty, staff, students and media of the University, friends, alumni support groups and secondary school/club coaches.
Report to the designated Sport Administrator and faithfully and diligently carry out other Department-related duties as assigned.
Demonstrate a cooperative attitude towards all sports in the Intercollegiate and Recreational programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Master’s degree preferred
Four years’ experience coaching at the intercollegiate or club team level
Valid driver’s license
Maintain First Aid, CPR, AED and Water Safety Instructor certifications
Communicates effectively in one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and demonstrates flexibility. Excellent organizational skills and pays attention to detail.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 38803
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.