Friday, October 20, 2017

USFCA Coaches Academy Director job description


This position is part professional and part volunteer. We are looking for a self-motivated candidate who is passionate about fencing coaching and has the vision to turn this position into a fully funded position. As the Coaches Academy achieves greater success and Super Clinics are developed and implemented the fee paid to this position will also increase. Please follow this link to the performance evaluation/fee payment for the Academy Director.

The Coaches Academy is the paramount event hosted by the United States Fencing Coaches Association. It is our national conference and annual membership meeting, an opportunity for coaches of all levels to gather and exchange knowledge and pursue excellence in coaching the sport of Fencing. Top flight presenters from within the fencing world, as well as from outside the fencing world provide cutting edge seminars on a variety of topics. Every level of membership will be serviced by the Coaches Academy, and every level of Coach will feel welcome and excited to participate.

The Academy Director will be responsible for developing both the curriculum and the staff for the annual USFCA Coaches Academy. The curriculum will be based on the newly developed (not yet published) National Standards for Fencing Coaches as designated by the Certification and Accreditation Board (CAB) and feedback from the U.S.National Coaching staff. The Director will work with the Professional Development Committee (PDC) and the CAB to create a nationally relevant coaching event and will support the standards set by the CAB for fencing coaching certification.

The Director will also bear some responsibility for the logistics of the Academy and is expected to collaborate with the Academy management team on site selection, schedule of events/classes, and other logistics. The Director and the Manager will also work closely to keep the academy within budget and to grow the academy in reputation, quality, and financial stability. The 2018 Academy should at least be a break even event financially. By 2019 it should become profitable.

The Academy Director will collaborate with the USFCA Clinic Coordinator to develop a cohesive three tired coaching development pipeline: Coaches Academy, Super Clinics, Regional Clinics and to develop a National Curriculum based on the National Standards for Fencing Coaches as determined by the USFCA CAB and with input from the USFA National Coaches.

Qualifications:
  • Must be a current member of the USFCA.
  • Must be certified USFCA Fencing Master or certified Fencing Master by an AAI recognized organization 
  • Four-year degree preferred 
  • Must be proficient with technology: 
    • Microsoft office applications especially Word. 
    • Google Docs 
    • Email 
  • A good communicator able to communicate clearly and effectively in a timely manner 
  • Able to write fencing curriculum and lesson plans 
  • Able to meet hard deadlines and schedules Able to cultivate leadership 
  • Able to work respectfully with the diversity of fencing schools and coaches in the United States 
  • Is able to cultivate good relations with USA Fencing and collaborate with the National Coaches 
  • Respects and upholds USFCA policies and procedures 
  • Respects and upholds the National Standards for Fencing Coaches as set forth by the Certification and Accreditation Board 
  • Respects and upholds the USFCA testing procedures 

Hiring Process:
  • Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to vincent.bradford@gmail.com 
  • A selection committee with one representative from each USFCA region will review the applications and interview the top candidates. 
  • The top candidates will be forwarded to the USFCA President and the Chair of the Professional Development committee for final interviews and selection. 
  • This position closes October 15th.

USFCA Clinic Coordinator job description


This position is part professional and part volunteer. We are looking for a self-motivated candidate who is passionate about fencing coaching development and has the vision to turn this position into a fully funded position. As regional clinics achieve greater success and Super Clinics are developed and implemented the fee paid to this position will also increase. Please follow this link to the performance evaluation/fee payment for the Clinic Coordinator.

The United States Fencing Association Clinic Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that a wide array of USFCA Clinics are hosted across the United States each fencing season. The Clinic Coordinator will develop and execute a strategic plan, in partnership with the Professional Development Committee, to meet the needs of Fencing Coaches through clinic participation.

USFCA Clinics are a critical and valued part of the USFCA Mission. Clinics are the primary vehicle for coaching education and certification, servicing hundreds of participants yearly. The United States is comprised of a vast geographic area, divided into 5 distinct regions. Given the size and scope of the USFCA, a Clinic Coordinator will provide the following:

General Responsibilities
  • Develop a strategic plan in conjunction with the Coaches Academy Director and the PDC to service USFCA Clinics of various levels across the United States
  • Receive, assess, and recommend regional clinic sanctioning to PDC
  • Provide details on clinic schedule, registration links, and press releases to the PDC
  • Provide quarterly  written progress reports to PDC, EC, and CAB
  • Serve as a committee member on the Professional Development Committee
  • Work directly with Regional Vice Presidents to ensure adequate clinic presence in each Region (a minimum of three clinics per regions).
  • Work directly with Coaches Academy Director 
  • Create, distribute, and gather clinic evaluations and other metrics on clinic surveys from attendees
  • Maintain metrics on clinic attendance, certification, and profit and loss. 
  • Present in a written end of year report to the EC at the completion of each fencing season.
  • Market clinics through a variety of methods including online, social media, flyers, in person events at NACS and Nationals, and other methods
  • Respond to email and telephone inquiries from membership and general public regarding clinics.
  • Other duties as required

Preferred Qualifications
  • Must be a current member of the USFCA.
  • Two-year degree or higher
  • Experience organizing coaching clinics and/or fencing tournaments or other special events
  • USFCA coaching certification or other AAI recognized fencing coaching certification prefered, however not necessarily required to perform this job
  • Must be proficient with technology:
    • Microsoft office applications especially Word and Excel.
    • Google Docs
    • Email 
  • A good communicator able to communicate clearly and effectively in a timely manner
  • Able to meet hard deadlines and schedules
  • Able to cultivate leadershipAble to collaborate with the Coaches Academy Director and other staff to create a three tiered coaching pipeline (regional clinics, super clinics, Coaching Academy). 
  • Able to work respectfully with the diversity of fencing schools and coaches in the United States 
  • Is able to cultivate good relations with USA Fencing.
  • Respects and upholds USFCA policies and procedures
  • Respects and upholds the National Standards for Fencing Coaches as set forth by the Certification and Accreditation Board
  • Respects and upholds the USFCA testing procedures 

Hiring Process
  • Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to vincent.bradford@gmail.com
  • A selection committee with one representative from each USFCA region will review the applications and interview the top candidates.
  • The top candidates will be forwarded to the USFCA President and the Chair of the Professional Development committee for final interviews and selection.
  • This position closes October 15th.
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