Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track

Pennsylvania, United States
13 Oct 2020
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13 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

Job Description Summary

This position is responsible for assisting the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country with all aspects of program management. In addition to coaching, extensive recruiting responsibilities, administrative duties, and planning are involved with the position. Will work primarily with and recruit the sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jump groups. Must possess the ability to motivate prospective and current student-athletes. Required to advise and act as role-model for current student-athletes. The work is performed under general supervision and reports to the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country.

Job Description


  • Coach and teach sport specific skills and strategies to current student athletes at practice and competition, including preparation for said practice and competition. Educate team members on proper training techniques, exercises and any sport specific needs. Prepare and execute practice and competition plans. Provide instruction and advice before, during and after competition in both group and individual settings. Will work primarily with sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jump groups.
  • Consistently recruit national caliber athletes for enrollment at the University through mail, phone, and in-person contact.  Identify and properly vet prospects of strong character, academic ability, and athletic skill.  Evaluate recruits at competition.  Organize and coordinate official and unofficial visits. Communicate with athletic liaison to financial aid regarding top prospect academic viability
  • Effectively work with staff members in the areas of compliance, student development, external operations, facilitates/operations, equipment operations, and athletic development. Comply with NCAA, Ivy League, University and divisional rules and policies. Assis in organizing team and coach travel, compliance paperwork, and other administrative responsibilities.
  • Serve as role-model and adviser for student-athletes in a general capacity. Connect students athletes to necessary resources within and outside of Penn Athletics as needed. Provide support system to all student-athletes on the team.
  • Assist the Director in building strong relationships with alumni, fans, campus partners, and the broader community.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A Bachelor's Degree and 2-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • Previous collegiate coaching experience in Track & Field required. 
  • The ability to motivate recruits, student-athletes, and alumni to support the program enthusiastically. 
  • Working knowledge and compliance of NCAA/Ivy League policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and travel with the team or when recruiting as required. 
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Working Conditions:

  • Office, library, computer room
  • Requires extensive safety training
  • Alternative work schedules
  • Outdoor exposure to weather

Physical Effort:

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table
  • Occasional lift 25-50 lbs.
  • Typically standing or walking
  • Typically bending, crouching, stooping
  • Occasional lift 25 lbs or less
  • Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping
  • Frequent lifting 25 lbs. or more

Resource exposure:

  • Handle credit cards (customer cards, Purchasing Cards, or PennCards)
  • Purchase supplies or material for the department/organization
  • Have access to private information such as SSN, credit card, personal data, or financial data for students, alumni, staff, or faculty
  • Work with children under the age of 18 or elders
  • Operate a University vehicle or drive a vehicle on University business

University Benefits:

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect your and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

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Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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