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Colgate University Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning in Hamilton, New York

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Department Statement

Colgate Athletics Mission: To be an inclusive community of competitive excellence

Athletics Department Values: Thoughtful – Careful, reasoned, inclusive thinking Driven – Relentless, energetic, focused pursuit of the courageous goal Enthusiastic – Passionate, positive, fun presence Cohesive – Close-knit, collaborative, consistent teamwork Bold – Creative, resourceful, fearless winners


Responsible for execution of specific strategic activities and outcomes within assigned sport or area. These will include sustained performance and execution in the following areas:

  • Adherence to Director of Strength and Conditioning’s philosophy as it relates to program design, training philosophy, and motivation techniques.

  • Independent discretion and judgement in creating strength and conditioning programs for assigned sports programs within the framework of the philosophy of the Director of Strength & Conditioning.

  • Instructing student-athletes in the proper and safe techniques of weight training, plyometrics, speed development drills, conditioning exercises and agility movements that are current and scientifically valid.

  • Effective communication with a diverse population of student-athletes

  • Student-athlete welfare

  • Counseling and education of student-athletes in the area of performance enhancement

  • Responsible for personal growth and educational development to maintain an advanced knowledge and expertise in sport performance instruction and coaching.

Assists with the overall development of the strength and conditioning program, execution and instruction as it pertains to student-athlete sport performance and physical well-being. To include:

  • Program development based on sport specificity, seasonality, and competitive strategy

  • Progressive instruction and acclimation

  • Provide guidelines for sports nutrition education and counseling

  • Injury rehabilitation programming and instruction within the guidelines of the sports medicine staff recommendations.

  • Independent decision-making regarding all student-athlete participation in strength and conditioning activities. Accountable for student-athlete welfare while coaching.

  • Ensures all student-athlete injuries are properly reported to appropriate medical staff. All student-athlete injures reported to the strength and conditioning staff should be addressed appropriately in that student’s strength and conditioning program.

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of policies and protocols ensuring a safe and effective working environment in the varsity weight room through inspection of all equipment, appropriately setting up the facility and monitoring each team’s training sessions, by self or and appointed designee.

Accountable for maintaining personal compliance with all relevant governing bodies to include:

  • NCAA

  • specific conference

  • athletic department

  • university policies

  • Assist with the effective management, hiring, training and evaluating all student staff and interns.

  • Responsible for role modeling behaviors and leadership for student-athletes.

Technical Competencies




Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of strength and conditioning through certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and/or Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. Certification is maintained through continuing education and continued emergency cardiac care certification (CPR/AED)

Technical Competencies


Strength and Conditioning Knowledge


Demonstrated expertise of sport specific strength and conditioning methodologies sufficient to properly prepare and execute a team training program, to include effective program planning, periodization, competitive strategy and student-athlete management. Advance knowledge in sports nutrition as it relates to sport specific performance.

Technical Competencies




Proven track record of an ability to comply with NCAA, conference and institutional regulations.

Technical Competencies


Student-Athlete Development and Management


Demonstrated ability of consistently improving individual student-athlete performance. A demonstrated ability of developing student-athletes within the team/program.

Behavioral Competencies


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Behavioral Competencies


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Behavioral Competencies


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Behavioral Competencies


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Behavioral Competencies


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Behavioral Competencies


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Behavioral Competencies


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Behavioral Competencies




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.


Professional Experience/ Qualifications

1-2 years of full-time experience as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach outside of any graduate assistant/ intern positions.

Requires an excellent work ethic and ability to be highly organized.

Requires computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word, and Google Suites.

Ability to work with a highly diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications

3-5 years experience as a collegiate strength & conditioning coach.

Previous work with a variety of sports will be given special consideration.


Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science or a related field.

Master’s degree preferred.

Other Information

Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which he or she is aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate full in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. The failure to do so can be grounds for your termination with cause.

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EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Category: Athletic Staff Coach/Trainer

Position Title: Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Division: Athletics

Department: Strength & Fitness

Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or Strength and Conditional Coach Certified (SCCC) certification through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) is required. A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy is required.

Requisition Number: 2019S100P

Temporary: No

Job Open Date: 08/07/2019

Open Until Filled: No

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