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Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Athletics Department supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The Head Strength and Conditioning Coach is an essential part of an athletics department's sports performance team.  As our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach you will improve the competitiveness of the varsity athletic teams by allowing for scientifically driven training and injury prevention programs to be implemented with the varsity sports teams, in turn allowing the sport coaches to focus on sport specific technique and strategy. 

You will bridge the gap between the athletic trainers, whose job is to treat and help prevent injuries, and sport coaches, whose job is to increase sport performance.  This position allows for the integration of these two goals, ensuring that physical performance is maximized through safe and effective training methods that prepare the student-athletes for the demands of their practices and competitions.

This position is vital to the continued growth and success of the athletics programs in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the NCAA, and supports the student-athletes in their quest to maximize their abilities in the classroom and in competition. 

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in exercise science or related field
  • A minimum of 2 years professional experience as a strength and conditioning coach
  • Competence with exercise technique, bio-mechanics of movement, training periodization models, statistical data analysis methods, sports psychology, exercise physiology, and transfer of training to sports performance
  • Familiarity with the bio-mechanical and physiological requirements of each varsity sport, and injury prevention
  • Strength and Conditioning certification (CSCS or SCCC)
  • Ability to coordinate schedules with varsity teams, taking into account facility demands
  • Ability to schedule, train and supervise student employees
  • Ability to work with athletes and coaches who come from diverse backgrounds and effectively communicate programs goals
  • Ability to adjust coaching style to match the learning style of the individual athletes and motivate them to achieve their highest potential
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in exercise science or related field
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins August 21, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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