About Franklin & Marshall College 
 
Founded in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College (Franklin & Marshall) is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher learning. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the 220-acre residential college is located just a train ride away from such popular metropolitan cities as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City, New York. The highly selective national liberal arts college is one that offers the ‘complete experience’ to its 2400 students of high promise, representing all backgrounds and walks of life. Through its offering of over 60 programs of study, Franklin & Marshall aims to inspire in its students a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social, and cultural worlds in which they live. Standing upon the foundation that a college should be a working lab to advance individual ambitions and the common good, Franklin & Marshall students have the opportunity engage in research, one-on-one educational experiences, intercollegiate athletics, and over 100 student-run clubs and organizations all designed to foster in its students qualities of intellect, creativity, and character so that they may live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world. 
 
As a member of the Centennial Conference and affiliated with the College Squash Association, Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference and Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Franklin & Marshall sponsors 27 intercollegiate athletic teams at the NCAA Division III level, in addition to sponsoring Men’s Wrestling at the NCAA Division I level. Franklin & Marshall Athletics has fielded 147-conference champions and four national champions. One program in specific, the Franklin & Marshall football team, has been among the most successful programs in the history of college football. As the first non-Division I school to play 1,000 games, Franklin & Marshall football, a program of grand success, has begun every season since 1889 with the green grass of the gridiron alive with the excitement of football. More recently, in the 2021 season, the Diplomats won five of their final six games to extend their program records for most consecutive bowl appearances (5) and victories (4). 
 
Position Overview 
 
Reporting directly to the Director of Athletics & Recreation, the Head Football Coach is responsible for providing effective leadership for, and day-to-day management of, the football program. The Head Coach is also to support the academic mission of the College through athletics and recreation programs by teaching and demonstrating examples of leadership and value-based decision-making to student-athletes. The Coach is also tasked with facilitating the integration of athletics into student's educational experience and initiating activities in support of the department.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
  • Implement and maintain a standard of performance consistent with the College’s goals of academic and athletic excellence. 
  • Promote academic achievement among student-athletes.
  • Consult with and work collaboratively with the Director of Athletics & Recreation and the Associate Director of Student-Athlete Health and Welfare regarding the academic performance of student-athletes as appropriate.
  • Provide instruction, mentoring, coaching, evaluation of, and guidance to student-athletes to allow them to develop their athletic skills and abilities to maximum potential. 
  • Determine appropriate coaching methods and strategies in consultation with the Director of Athletics & Recreation. 
  • Provide effective leadership, mentoring and supervision to Assistant Coaches. 
  • Provide assistance in scheduling and organizing games.
  • Develop and communicate practice schedules.
  • Manage the program within budgetary guidelines and submit all budget-related reports and requests as required. 
  • Advise the Director of Athletics & Recreation of resource needs, including funding needs and staffing needs. 
  • Collaboratively work with College Advancement personnel to promote and administer Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC) activities and events.
  • Raise DAC funds to meet goals established by the Department in cooperation with the Development Office.
  • Collaborate with Admissions personnel to develop and implement recruiting strategies and programs to identify and attract promising student-athletes. 
  • Provide recommendations to Admissions staff regarding admittance to Franklin & Marshall. 
  • Maintain an understanding of Admissions objectives, strategies, practices and procedures.
  • Work with Athletic Communications staff to promote the team and provide relevant information to the media.
  • Ensure the compliance and conduct of all individuals within the football program is consistent with all NCAA, conference, and institutional and departmental expectations, policies, and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics & Recreation.
 
Qualifications
 
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree preferred. 
  • A minimum of four to seven years of coaching experience at the post-secondary level and/or professional competitive experience is preferred; one to three years of experience is required.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills. 
  • A thorough knowledge of athletic administration at the collegiate level and a demonstrated record of successful athletic administrative experience or equivalent management experience. 
  • Commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.
  • Ability to recruit, connect and develop staff and student-athletes from diverse backgrounds with an emphasis on providing a ‘complete experience’.
  • Demonstrated understanding of fund and friend raising and promoting the football program within the College and the broader campus community.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills with both internal and external constituencies.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA and Centennial Conference rules operations and an understanding of the philosophy of Division III athletics, with the ability to work with Admissions and coaches in the appropriate recruitment of student-athletes.
  • Current CPR, AED, and first aid certification
 
Application Process
 
Franklin & Marshall College invites nominations and applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the College. Applications must include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and list of references. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted to Parker Executive Search’s website by January 24, 2022. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
 
Grant Higgison, Principal 
 
DeLaina Jordan, Senior Associate
 
 
Parker Executive Search
 
770-804-1996 ext. 118 | 770-804-1996 ext. 119 
 
Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender/gender-identity, sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.  Furthermore, the College does not discriminate on the basis of the protected classes listed above in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other College-administered programs.

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