Alfred University – Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach


The Alfred University Head Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach is responsible for the organization and management of the varsity intercollegiate NCAA Division III men’s and women’s programs. This includes teaching and coaching student-athletes for successful competition; monitoring and supporting student-athletes’ academic success; recruiting; civic engagement; planning and managing budgets and schedules; fundraising; and developing positive alumnae and parent relations.

The Saxon Success Program Coordinator will plan, implement, and assess the LEAD Athletic and Saxons Success programs. In addition, the SSP Coordinator will assist with staff development programs. 

The Intramural Coordinator will lead all aspects of the intramural program, including but not limited to, hiring, supervision, assignment, and evaluation of student officials, planning and implementing intramural leagues and championships, and developing and assessing intramural offerings.   

Salary: $58,500, 35 hours per week

Essential Functions:

  • Teaching and Coaching:
    • Maintain an exemplary standard of conduct, which reflects the highest level of professionalism and good judgment
    • Provide a teaching and learning environment that is nurturing, intellectual and supportive of individual differences
    • Develop strategies and techniques for all phases of the sport to best prepare the team for competitive situations
    • Prepare, implement and evaluate practice and competition plans that are effective for the sport and congruent with team/individual ability
    • Develop and employ a team philosophy that is supportive of the educational mission of the university and the athletic department
    • Direct student-athletes, assistant coaches, and support staff to conduct themselves in such ways that bring credit to the team and Alfred University
  • Advising:
    • Develop and maintain effective communication with student-athletes
    • Set high standard of ethical and moral conduct
    • Reinforce academic success as a priority
    • Monitor academic progress through communication with the Associate Director of Athletics & Recreation and Compliance Coordinator
    • Encourage student-athletes to foster a positive relationship with their advisor, faculty, dean, and other areas of academic support
    • Monitor eligibility of student-athletes
  • Recruiting:
    • Articulate and implement a recruiting plan consistent with Alfred University’s mission
    • Cultivate a recruiting network
    • Maintain the department’s recruiting contact management system
    • Recruit student-athletes that coincide with the academic profile of Alfred University students
    • Maintain open communication with other Alfred University coaches regarding shared prospects
    • Be knowledgeable about admissions and financial aid processes
    • Meet recruiting goals
  • Professional Development:
    • Maintain active membership in professional sport organizations
    • Pursue formal and informal educational opportunities
    • Participate in department professional development seminars
  • Civic Engagement:
    • Promote the sport in area communities
    • Establish and maintain a positive relationship with interested segments of the community (e.g. youth groups, civic organizations, media)
  • Program Management:
    • Comply with institutional and departmental policies
    • Be knowledgeable of and comply with all NCAA and Empire 8 rules and regulations
    • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate assistant coaching staff
    • Work collaboratively with department staff
    • Develop a competitive schedule
    • Establish a sport budget in collaboration with the AVP for Student Experience, Athletics, & Recreation
    • Effectively manage the sport program within the budget allocation
    • Responsibly manage equipment, uniforms and facilities
    • Work collaboratively with Advancement staff to plan and implement sport fundraising activities
    • Maintain appropriate coach-athlete relationships
    • Develop a positive relationship with alumnae and parents of current, former and prospective student-athletes
    • Maintain a safe work environment within and around facilities and associated equipment including, but not limited to, obtaining Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information pertaining to any hazards associated with the work environment
  • Other Duties as assigned which may include but are not limited to:
    • Intramural sports coordinator
    • Serve on a department operational team
    • Represent the department on campus committees

Other Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supports and assists in creating intersections for faculty, staff and students that will assist in transforming people’s lives
  • Supports and assists in creating an evolving culture of mentoring and rich engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
  • Maintains a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a high degree of cultural competence and respect for a wide range of identities and experiences, therefore welcoming and supporting all faculty, staff and students and expanding access to the AU experience
  • Maintains a safe working environment within and around their facilities and associated equipment and supplies including, but not limited to, obtaining Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information pertaining to any hazards associated with their work environment
  • Participates in all required assigned training, including safety training and will comply with safety rules, regulations, and protocols
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications-Education & Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Formal Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree is preferred.  
  • Experience:
    • A minimum of four years as a collegiate tennis student-athlete and/or head or assistant coach is required.  Demonstrated successful collegiate coaching, recruiting and retention of student-athletes, preferably at NCAA Division III, is required.   
  • Additional Knowledge/Skills:
    • Proven organizational and management skills as well as a recognizable commitment to student growth and academic achievement.
    • An overall knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required.
    • The successful applicant must be a person of integrity, high ethical standards, have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and have a commitment to teamwork.
    • Competence with technology resources and a current U.S. driver’s license are vital to fulfilling the responsibilities of this position.
    • The candidate must be willing to work nights and weekends.  Must be CPR/AED/First Aid certified. 

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Personal Protective Equipment must be worn when required.  A respiratory function test and the ability to use respirators may be required.  Stairs and uneven surfaces may be present; artificial lifts, etc., may or may not be available.  The position may require the incumbent to walk outdoors in all types of weather to other buildings or offices located on the campus.  The Campus is in an area that contains numerous hills and slopes and may not always be fully accessible for mobility-impaired individuals.

About Alfred University:
Lighting the way for students since 1836. “We’ve always been a place for makers, especially those who make the future. Our commitment to independent thinking, creativity, academic rigor, and community have made us a unique kind of leader since 1836.”

Alfred University (AU) was founded on principles of social justice in 1836 by liberal, independent thinkers who placed high value on education for all citizens. The University has retained and built upon the strong values of its founders, developing as an institution of national and international renown that is responsive to the needs of contemporary society while remaining consistent with the spirit of its origins. Alfred University is the second oldest coeducational college in the United States as well as one of the earliest nineteenth-century colleges to have enrolled African American and Native American students. It has a long-standing history of educating socially conscious students who make a difference in their professions and their communities.

Over the course of the twentieth century, Alfred University evolved into a complex institution offering a full range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, art and design, engineering, business, education, counseling, and school psychology to its nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students that live, learn, and play on a 232-acre campus located in an idyllic, creative valley in Western New York.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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