Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning

Pennsylvania, United States
27 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Sport Science
Contract Type
Full Time

School Name    Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics
Org    Strength and Fitness
Posted to the Web    01/11/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade    027
Employment Type    Exempt
Hours    N/A
Position Type    Full Time
Position Schedule    8-6
Months    12
Position Length    Ongoing
Position End Date    

University Overview    

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview    

Penn Athletics is a broad-based Division that serves the University community through 33 intercollegiate varsity programs and diverse recreational offerings. Penn is home to two of the most iconic venues in college athletics, The Palestra and Franklin Field. The Quakers are proud members of the Ivy League. The Division aims to make an impact through athletics by empowering individual excellence and fostering community through varsity, club, and recreational activities. Penn Campus Recreation sponsors 36 club sports and hundreds of intramural teams to provide opportunities to students, both undergraduate and graduate, and faculty/staff. A wide-array of classes and programs are offered through the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center and the Fox Fitness Center for recreation and wellness. http://www.pennathletics.com/


The Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning is responsible for managing, leading and overseeing all aspects related to the operations of the Strength & Conditioning Department within Penn Athletics’ Sports Performance Department. The Sports Performance Department, a Center of Excellence is a dynamic, highly interactive and visible component of Penn Athletics. The position requires a high degree of knowledge, experience, passion, energy and enthusiasm to lead a department which develops Penn student-athletes to reach their highest potential mentally and physically, reduce injury, increase consistency and confidence in performance, and contribute to higher winning percentages, Ivy League championships, national contenders and unrivalled student-athlete experiences. The Head of Strength and Conditioning will be responsible for all phases of managing and expanding a staff of full-time, part-time, temporary and intern-level strength & conditioning coaches who develop programming for 33 teams and nearly 1000 Division I athletes. Leadership and management responsibilities include: oversight of assessment and programming as developed by assistant coaches, implementation and management of measures of success as defined by the Strength & Conditioning Department and Sports Performance Department, budget management, hiring and supervising assistant coaches, and interaction with campus and community constituent groups. Additional duties include highly cooperative and collaborative interaction with other Sports Performance team members and sports coaches for an integrated ‘team around the team’ approach, excellence in customer service when working with sports coaches, teams, and student-athletes, participation in fundraising and revenue generation activities, and planning and scheduling on and off field strength & conditioning sessions. All programming in strength & conditioning should be specific and prepare our student-athletes to meet and exceed the demands of the sport and modified to meet the athlete’s position requirements. Additional administrative duties as assigned by the Director of Sports Performance. 

Oversees programming that includes Olympic lifts, functional strength and power exercises, flexibility and pliability for body management, balance and coordination, quality of movement and athleticism, and linear and multi-directional speed development exercises to meet the demands of the athlete’s position, level, event and sport. Instructs the team, group or individual student-athletes in the safe, correct, optimized and efficient execution of exercises in an effort to obtain the desired results as well as ensure the health, and mental and physical safety of the student-athlete. Instructs student-athletes in safe and effective spotting techniques and procedures in an effort to optimize the effects of the exercise. Instructs student-athletes in body management such as correctives, pre-habilitation, and re-generation exercises to reduce unnecessary injuries, and increase in consistency and confidence in competitive performance. The philosophy of the Penn Sports Performance Department is optimizing strength, not maximizing strength, as we focus on ensuring our athletes are available, well-prepared and ready physically, mentally and emotionally to meet the demands of the sporting environment, can outperform their opponents, perform under pressure when it matters most, and achieve longevity in their athletic and fitness lives after their collegiate athletic experience.


A Master’s Degree or more and 5 years to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

At least two years of experience is preferred in progressively responsible positions involving the development and management of sport-specific individual and group strength training programs for men and women. Experience with development and management of strength training programs at the college/university level is preferred. Any experience in management of a health/fitness or weight training facility is preferred. Student-athlete experience, in any sport at the collegiate level, is preferred.

Affirmative Action Statement    

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements    

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