Human Resources

Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

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Department: General Athletics
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Athletics/Recreation

Department: Athletics


Job Description Summary

Assist the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track & Field Coach in overseeing the direction of the Cross Country / Track & Field programs at the NCAA Division II level. Duties include areas such as recruitment, student-athlete development, practice/meet preparation, practice/meet implementation of coaching principles, fund raising, public and alumni relations and other areas assigned by the Head Cross Country / Track & Field Coach. Additional duties include teaching activity classes in the KIP department.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Assist the Head Cross Country / Track & Field Coach in the following areas:
• Plan, organize and administer all aspects of the operation of the Cross Country / Track & Field programs
• Recruit Cross Country / Track & Field student-athletes on a regional and national basis
• Develop and implement cross country / track & field practice sessions to meet needs for individual and team improvement
• Coordinate travel arrangements (lodging, meals, etc) for team travel
• Coordinate team gear orders
• Enhance and promote the internal and external visibility and recognition of the University and team to a variety of alumni, campus and off-campus groups
• Actively organize and participate in fund raising and alumni activities
• Monitor and promote the academic success of student-athletes
• Act as social media liaison for the Cross Country / Track & Field program
• Represent and act on behalf of the University as directed by the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track & Field Coach
• Teach activity classes in the Department of Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology
• Other duties as assigned by Head Coach
• Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
• Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● Bachelor’s Degree
● Coaching Certification

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Cross Country and Track & Field experience, competing at the collegiate level.
● Cross Country and Track & Field coaching experience at the collegiate level.
● Recruiting experience.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Familiarity with Michigan Technological University and the Cross Country / Track & Field programs, the GLIAC and the Michigan / Midwest recruiting areas
● 2 years or more collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA level
● Experience with long and mid distance events
● Masters in Exercise Science, Kinesiology or Sports Fitness Management

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
● Excellent organizational and administrative skills
● Demonstrated excellent decision making capabilities
● Demonstrated commitment to comply to all NCAA rules and regulations
● Ability to lead, teach and mentor others
● Ability to work effectively in a team environment, and work independently
● Valid driver’s license
● Ability and willingness to travel
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
● Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. 

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term




Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, based on experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The 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.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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