About the University

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) is a national independent research university dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. Founded in 1853, and named after George Washington, the University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, learning, research, service to society, and patient care, drawing students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. 23 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Washington University, nine having done the major part of their pioneering research at the university. Detailed information about WashU is available at: http://wustl.edu/

The University is a member of NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association (UAA) (www.uaasports.info), as well as the CCIW for football. The UAA is the premier conference in Division III when it comes to both academic and athletic excellence. The Conference is comprised of Top 40 National Research Universities, thus seeking excellence in athletics while maintaining a perspective which holds the student-athlete and the academic mission of the institutions as the center of focus. With an impressive history of achievement, the intercollegiate athletics program is the epitome of excellence in Division III. Athletic excellence has been proven over time with the University consistently ranking in the Top 5 of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The athletics program at WashU has a strong tradition of success and serves an exceptionally broad segment of the campus community.

The Position

The Head Football Coach is a 12-month position working in the Department of Athletics. Joining a dedicated team of coaches, this position will strive to promote student success both on and off the field. The Head Coach of Football directs all aspects of the intercollegiate football team including coaching, recruiting, scheduling, program administration and budgeting. Additional responsibilities may include performing administrative duties as assigned at the discretion of the Director of Athletics.

This position is also responsible for the administration of all phases of the program in accordance with guidelines from the University, the NCAA, UAA and CCIW.

Requirements for the Position

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of football coaching experience at the collegiate and/or professional level.
  • Ability to articulate a clear vision for the program that promotes WashU, rallies support and motivates others.
  • A self-motivated, energetic and tireless worker with a contagious passion for the sport.
  • Ability to put a team together, motivate that team and manage it effectively to achieve overall success for the program.
  • Proven technical training, knowledge and experience to successfully compete at a championship level. 
  • Ability to effectively recruit, coach, teach and communicate with highly talented student-athletes.
  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to recruit qualified candidates to the University.
  • Proactive appreciation for diversity in the community and the ability to recruit, facilitate and interact effectively with a widely diverse campus.
  • Ability to operate the program with a high level of integrity, have a working knowledge of NCAA, UAA and CCIW rules, and an understanding of, and a commitment to, the NCAA philosophy of Division III athletics.
  • Willingness to serve students, neighbors, colleagues, administrators, faculty and fans in diverse and creative ways to be measured by attendance at athletic events and campus activities, visibility in the community, treating colleagues with dignity and respect, and holding one-another accountable.
  • The ability to create a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • Perform activities that support the team, such as participating in campus and community outreach activities, meeting with media representatives and fundraising.
  • Administrative skills such as prioritization, organization, and budgeting.

Application Process

Washington University in St. Louis invites applications, letters of nomination, or expressions of interest for the position of Head Football Coach to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by December 5, 2019. For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996, x.118

Washington University in St. Louis encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. 

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