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Assistant Coach - Softball

Harvard University
Job Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Athletics and Coaching
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Head Coach, the purpose of this position is to use athletics as a tool to educate college students. By using inter-collegiate competition and all activities related to such competition, this position serves as a teacher and mentor to help build student character, prepare students for a constructive and effective life, and teach valuable life lessons including work ethic; discipline; resilience; persistence; teamwork and selflessness; goal-setting and goal achievement; overcoming adversity; and leadership. This position typically influences student-athletes for their entire four years at Harvard and plays a key role in shaping their personal development. 

This position assists in planning, directing and coaching the women's inter-collegiate softball program. Typically works with all student-athletes in the program.

This position typically requires experience coaching at the collegiate level or comparable experience. Comparable experience may include coaching/teaching at the professional level. Particularly for sports that are more prominent on an international level than in the United States, comparable experience may include playing in a professional or other high-performance environment, such as for a national team or at the Olympic level.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

1. Athlete Team Management

  • Focuses on developing student-athlete skills, helping to plan and execute practices, supporting in-game management, and coordinating a portion of team programming of particular importance. Helps team perform at competitive levels.
  • Typically has some impact on developing the skills for a portion of student-athletes.
  • Requires the ability to effectively communicate with students by generating enthusiasm through credible coaching.
  • Assists in analyzing video for scouting opponents and team development.
  • Assists in recruiting and retaining talent consistent with values of excellence and inclusion; assists in developing team enthusiasm for recruitment and retention.
  • Supports culture of education through athletics. Assists in academic integration with team, as appropriate.

2.  Operational Complexity

  • Typically assists in the execution of strategy, logistics and operational direction of the team, with greater supervision. Where expenditures are permitted, operates within budget.
  • Participates in professional activities, as appropriate. With instruction, follows trends and embraces innovation opportunities.
  • Problems faced may be moderately complex.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with the coaching staff and athletics administrators.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Requires substantial sport-specific knowledge and knowledge of relevant issues.
  • Requires at least 1 year of coaching, professional or Olympic experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Offensive or defensive expertise is preferred. Outstanding sport specific technical, tactical and strategic knowledge. Ability to break down, analyze and synthesize film to use in practices with student athletes. Ability to identify qualified prospective-student athletes and willingness to travel to recruit is expected.
  • Understanding of the role that athletics plays within the University and the ability to teach and support high achieving students is helpful.
  • Basic proficiency in Excel, Google documents and Microsoft Word, internet and email
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to relate with constituencies outside of the Dept of Athletics (Deans, Admissions, alumnae, parents) as well as Department administration and other coaches. Ability to work in accordance with the rules set forth by Harvard, the Ivy League and NCAA.
Certificates and Licenses
  • A DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) check is required because you will be driving recruits as well as student-athletes during out-of-town travel. 
  • CPR and First Aid required.
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to throw front toss, hit ground balls and flyballs is necessary; ability to pitch batting practice is helpful.
  • Must be able to lift equipment associated with the sport (up to 25 lbs)
Working Conditions

Ability and willingness to work in extreme weather conditions (heat, rain, cold).

Additional Information
Harvard is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission is to educate citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. The College is a residential institution of nearly 7,000 undergraduates and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is deeply committed to the intellectual, social and personal transformation of its undergraduates during their four years at Harvard. 

The Department of Athletics offers 42 varsity programs for men and women, more than any other Division I school in the United States. We also offer extensive recreational and intramural programs. 

Harvard employees have access to a competitive benefits package that includes multiple options for the health and well-being of our employees as well as ongoing professional development. 

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. We regret that, due to the number of responses we typically receive, we may be unable to respond to phone calls or contact personally those applicants not selected for an interview.

We actively seek and welcome applications from diverse candidates and from those with a demonstrable commitment to a more inclusive society.

Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
AT2000 Assistant Coach



Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, DMV, Education, Identity

This is a one-year term position with a scheduled end date of June 30, 2022. The position may be renewed based on performance and/or the changing needs of the Athletics Department.

Evening and weekend work, as well as travel, is required.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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