Junior Rowing Coach

Full-time term position, January 29, 2018 – June 30, 2018 with a possible extension.

The SMUS Community Rowing Centre and the Gorge Narrows Rowing Club are looking for a full-time, experienced rowing coach and administrator to lead the GNRC Community Junior Rowing Program.

This group of athletes represents a wide range of experience, skill levels and goals for which the club wishes to be able to tailor to all. Hours of work will vary depending upon operational need, and may include weekends and regattas.

The successful candidate will have a mixture of formal coaching qualifications as well as practical coaching experience. This person will have experience writing Yearly Training Plans (YTPs) that include non-rowing training modalities to support the overall health and fitness of our young student-athletes. Enrolment in our programs is rolling over the calendar year via consecutive program offerings, and the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the registration and re-registration of program participants.

Day-to-day coaching is a critical component to this role. The successful candidate will be able to create a positive and professional relationship with the group as well as with individuals within the group, while providing logical, technical development. The successful candidate will coach a common style of rowing, consistent with other programs (when possible), throughout the club. A common style will ensure juniors can easily switch from one crew to another.

Beyond day-to-day coaching, the successful candidate will be responsible for creating a positive culture of sport that is both healthy and balanced. The successful candidate will be responsible for the basic behaviours of the group, i.e. the proper care of equipment, safe behaviours on the water, proper warm-ups, race plans, and ensuring that participants are adhering to the Rowing Centre’s code of conduct, as well as ensuring the program has long term goals, including race/performance based goals and increased membership.

Regatta management and coaching, and in some cases travel, for several regattas throughout the year is expected. Regattas for the spring season include Monster Erg, Head of the Shawnigan, Elk Lake Spring Regatta, Maple Bay Regatta, Shawnigan Lake Regatta, and Brentwood Regatta. It is expected that the successful candidate will be the on-site coach for regattas, and in cases when they are not available, it is expected that the coach will ensure an appropriate alternate is there.

The successful candidate will have supervisory experience, as they will be responsible for assistant coaches. 

This position is a contract to the end of June. Depending on the successful performance of the coach and the circumstances of the club, the position will ideally be extended into a permanent position at the end of the contract.

Expectations, Qualifications, Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Customer service;
  • Membership registration management;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • RCA Coach Certified (RCA LTR, RCA 1 and RCA 2), actively pursuing these qualifications or equivalent experience will be considered;
  • Coaching and administrative experience;
  • YTP/training program development;
  • Fair and transparent team selection;
  • Rowing trailer driving experience required;
  • Regatta entry and management;
  • Based on interest and schedule, enter crews into regattas well ahead of entry deadline;
  • Manage the boat list needed for each regatta;
  • Arrange transit for equipment to and from regatta sites, including trailer driving;
  • Lead rigging/de-rigging, trailer loading;
  • Pre- and post-race meetings, help carry equipment, launch and retrieve crews from the dock;
  • Working within a broader rowing centre team;
  • First aid (minimum basic first aid with CPR C/AED);
  • PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card);
  • Successful criminal record check for the purposes of working with children.

Application Details

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a résumé on or before Monday, January 22, 2018 to:

Lisa Tschannen
SMUS Rowing Centre Manager and Coach
3400 Richmond Road.
Victoria, BC V8P 4P5

Email: [email protected]

SMUS receives many résumés and we regret that we are unable to respond on an individual basis. Only short-listed candidates are contacted; no phone calls, please. Once a successful candidate is hired, the posting will be removed from our Current Opportunities page. Thank you for your interest in our school.

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