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Head Track & Cross Country Coach

Job Details

Surprise, AZ - Ottawa University Residential Campus - Surprise, AZ
Full Time
Yes - Driving MVR Required



Ottawa University (established in 1865), one of the oldest private liberal arts universities in the United States, is a multi-campus system serving approximately 4000 students through its campuses in Kansas (Ottawa, Kansas- Residential Campus and Overland Park, Kansas- Adult Programs); Arizona (Surprise Residential Campus and OUAZ Adult Programs); Wisconsin (Brookfield Adult Programs); and our OU ONLINE PROGRAM based out of Overland Park, Kansas.

Ottawa University is a regionally accredited, church-related, private university that strives to integrate faith, learning, and life in the academic experiences of students.



Responsible for the effective administration of this athletic program and team including the recruitment of student athletes, team scheduling and programming, public relations, academic support, and the retention of student athletes. Supervises assistant and student coaches.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB (provide list of items which are essential to effective outcomes in this role):

  • Provide leadership and direction for the Track & Cross-Country Program. Lead all required meetings, events, workshops, competitions, practices, schedules, and assure proper supervision is always provided.
  • Organize and administer the recruitment of prospective student-athletes in accordance with University and NAIA policies and procedures. Assure the retention of students is a goal and a priority.
  • Recruit, retain, and graduate student-athletes who contribute to the success of the program and vibrancy of campus life.
  • Provide oversight of student-athletes academic progress toward degree completion.
  • Ensure program is led by encouraging a high level of competitive success.
  • Make annual budget proposals for the betterment of the program and University and manage assigned budgets to assure that they remain within approved funding levels. Review and process all contracts, fund requests, program requests, and paperwork applying appropriate University policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Provide leadership and programming which promote campus involvement and community service.
  • Annually propose an effective and competitive schedule for approval.
  • Fund and friend raising for the advancement of the programs. Actively promote the programs through public relations and fundraising.
  • Ensure adherence to the NAIA rules and regulations including the NAIA Champions of Character 5 core values.
  • Collaboration with and support of other coaches and personnel within the athletic department. Provide consistent programs and goals across all OU athletic teams.
  • Fulfill commitments to all additional duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics which may include game day management, administrative and/or teaching responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Manage your staff consistent with university personnel policies. Encourage collaboration among the staff, provide regular evaluation and feedback, and facilitate developmental opportunities.
  • Model and encourage collaboration among University departments assuring effective communication and operations.
  • Understand the University’s policies and, procedures, and exercise good judgment accordingly. Assure that University and student information is managed in a confidential and ethical manner in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct and Ethics.
  • Provide leadership through conduct, attitude, and professionalism. Represent the University to students, external groups, faculty, and staff in a way that reflects positively on the University.
  • Be mindful and supportive of the overall Mission of Ottawa University.
  • Exercise Inclusivity in your daily actions accruing alignment within expectations of the University’s Diversity Statement.



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Ottawa University is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not unlawfully discriminate in recruitment or employment on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


REQUIRED EDUCATION: (education based on essential job duties and requirements consistent with business necessity): Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: (experience based on requirements in role and are consistent with business necessity) Significant and successful coaching experience, preferably at the collegiate level with head coaching experience.


ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: List required and/or preferred certification, industry specific requirements, required or preferred use of equipment, and all necessary job skills, abilities, and knowledge competencies) Provide a list of items below:

  • Current/valid Driver’s License
  • Effective interpersonal, communication and motivation skills
  • Ability to think critically and provide options for sound solutions
  • Ability to manage individuals and complex tasks
  • Positive role model for student-athletes, university personnel, alumni, and members of the off- campus community.


WORKING CONDITIONS (Physical attributes required to perform job duties with or without reasonable accommodation - examples: sitting, lifting #, bending, driving, environmental factors or elements, noise level, stairs in a building, or other factors that will affect working conditions). Provide a list of items below:

  • Maintain emotional control under stress. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling, and pushing, frequent prolonged and irregular hours, and exposure to varying temperatures.


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Yes - Travel Required

  • If YES, list type and approximate percentage: Regular part of the position
  • Responsible for driving students and University vehicles as part of job duties (YES/NO): Yes