Knox College invites applications for the position of Head Volleyball Coach. This is a 12 month, benefits eligible position. The salary range for this position is competitive. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Athletics, Head Athletic Trainer under the direction of the Director of Athletics. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and developing a competitive NCAA Division III volleyball program. More information about Knox College can be found at www.knox.edu. Information on Knox College Athletics is available at www.prairiefire.knox.edu. Information on the Midwest Conference can be found at http://www.midwestconference.org/.
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. Competition in the Midwest Conference is intense and spirited, including the local rivalry between Knox and Monmouth College—the sixth-oldest athletic rivalry in the country.
That’s only part of the story, however. Knox College is also one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America. Founded by abolitionists in 1837, the College was among the first in the nation to admit women and students of color and has a historic commitment to keeping a high-quality education accessible to all students, regardless of financial means. The New York Times ranked Knox #16 on its 2017 College Access Index in recognition of its commitment to low- and middle-income students and its role as an engine of upward mobility. Forbes has included Knox in its annual Grateful Grads rankings for the last six years running. And, recently, U.S. News & World Report listed Knox among the top 50 U.S. colleges for “best undergraduate teaching.”
Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong, and recent successes include multiple conference championships in men’s and women’s soccer, NCAA championship appearances for women's soccer and men’s soccer and a record-setting year for the women’s basketball program in 2017. The K Club booster organization has been active for eight years with a significant upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised. This past year, the booster club surpassed $500,000 in gifts and more than 1,000 donors. The club made possible a state-of-the-art golf performance center and converted the College’s grass soccer field to a high-grade synthetic turf. More recently, the athletics department has increased its social media presence, facilitated increased branding of the Prairie Fire facilities and is currently going through a website redesign to capitalize on the department’s increased online audience.
The Head Coach is responsible for all aspects of the Knox College Volleyball program including but not limited to executing a successful recruiting and retention plan; integrating the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and supervising practices and contests; team travel; managing the program operating budget; fundraising; administering all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional, Midwest Conference (MWC) and NCAA rules and regulations; provide supervision of staff (assistant coach, student worker, manager, etc., when applicable); participate in alumni and booster engagement including promotion of program on social media platforms; additional coaching and administrative duties as assigned. Must develop a competitive program within the MWC with the goal of post-season participation. Must provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes. In addition, this position will have the responsibility to teach one sports studies course and to assist with the intramural program as needed.
The following are the qualifications for this position:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
2 or more years collegiate volleyball coaching experience
2 or more years collegiate volleyball recruiting experience
Evidence of the ability to plan, organize, and administer training strategies for practice and game implementation (design workouts & long-term training plans)
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change.
The following are the preferred qualifications for this position:
3 or more seasons experience coaching collegiate volleyball
3 or more seasons collegiate volleyball recruiting experience
1 or more seasons experience as a head collegiate volleyball coach
Experience utilizing Front Rush recruiting data base or similar databases
Experience building alumni and fan engagement, fundraising
Experience with social media and overall promotion of athletics program
To apply, send a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application by going to the link provided https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.
Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to Title IX and this policy.
Administrative Services Center 109 |Campus Box K-200
Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for additional information.
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office
500 W Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
About Knox College
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant
community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought,
and diverse perspectives. Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the
classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for
enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and recent successes include conference
championships in men’s and women’s soccer.