Head Coach/Program Director – Des Moines, IA

Applications due 07/29/19

Job Description:

Location: Des Moines, IA, USA

Head Swimming Coach – Des Moines Swimming Federation
Des Moines Swimming Federation – the oldest swimming club in the Des
Moines metro – is looking to hire a full-time head coach to continue our
long history of swimming and cultural excellence, helping us foster an
environment where young athletes can thrive.

We are seeking a leader who is passionate about the sport of swimming
and helping kids learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Candidates should be a role model our athletes can look up to and seek
guidance from as they set out to achieve their goals, but most importantly,
someone who believes in our team’s mission of providing the opportunity
for every swimmer to progress to the competitive level he or she is
capable of and desires to achieve.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 Establishes an environment that fosters positive team attitudes, and
encourages individual self-discipline, sportsmanship and
responsibility. Builds a fun and safe environment for athletes, families
and fellow coaches.
 Serves as primary coach for the team, responsible for all levels of
swimming in the program. This includes:
o Setting team performance goals, and developing season
training plans and daily workouts to progress swimmers and
show success and improvement
o Setting training groups and criteria for advancement
o Being the on-deck coach for one or more training groups, and
overseeing consistent implementation stroke and training
principles throughout all levels

o Providing direct evaluation and guidance to athletes to help
them meet their training goals, and disciplining swimmers per
DMSF policies and procedures
o Determining the team’s meet schedule and attending meets
and DMSF-hosted meets and events

 Acts as DMSF’s director of staff, working with the board to recruit,
hire, supervise and develop assistant coaching staff. This includes:
o Scheduling staff to cover practices and meets
o Planning and directing coaching meetings
o Developing staff training to help coaches and overall team
o Leading by example
 Performs team administration functions, with support from team
financial coordinator and Board. This includes:
o Developing and promoting all DMSF-hosted swim meets
o Sharing meet information from other swim clubs
o Managing DMSF website and social media channels
o Managing and publishing team’s master calendar, with
practices, meets, events, etc.
o Maintaining systems, equipment and technology to operate
meets and practices. Training coaching staff and volunteers as

 Communicates professionally and regularly with coaches, athletes
and parents. Maintains positive relationships with the local and state
swimming community and school districts/facilities directors.
Represents the team with Iowa Swimming.
 Attends all DMSF Board meetings and executive sessions, and all
regional/state USA Swimming meetings.

 5+ years as a head coach or assistant head coach of a USA
Swimming Club
 Current USA certification and coaching requirements; ASCA Level 3
or higher preferred
 Solid knowledge of stroke theory and training physiology

 Experience developing athletes of all ages and swim experience
 Experience leading and mentoring assistant coaching staff
 Bachelor’s degree preferred
Ideal candidate possesses:
 Clear, cooperative communication style
 Strong team-building and organizational skills
 Decisive and confident decision-making
 Positive, can-do attitude, and accountability to ensure things get done
 Solid personal ethics, including honesty, respect and integrity

Competitive compensation to be negotiated


How to Apply

To apply: send Resume and
cover letter of interest to [email protected]

All applications will be held in confidence.

Contact Information

Meredith Otis

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