About Rochester Institute of Technology
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with nearly 19,000 students and more than 135,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. At RIT, we are always on to something amazing.
The main campus is located outside of Rochester, New York on 1,300+ acres. Almost 1,500 faculty (1,109 full-time, 22 part-time, and 581 adjunct faculty) are supported by 2,846 staff. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For".
About RIT Athletics
RIT Athletics is committed to providing an outstanding student-centered athletic experience through the relentless pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. We do so within the context of integrity and respect. Our exceptional staff strives to create an unrivaled experience that fosters the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth of our student-athletes in order to prepare them for success beyond RIT and to be leaders in the global community.
RIT Athletics strives to be a championship level intercollegiate athletics program that provides the optimal balance between academic and athletic performance while serving as a symbol of pride for the University, our alumni, and the greater community.
Our conduct and decision making are directed by our commitment to student success.
We maintain and demonstrate uncompromising commitment to the highest moral standards and honor the tradition and pride in RIT’s rich athletic heritage.
Our individual and collective actions promote personal responsibility and serve as a proactive and positive influence within our teams and throughout the community.
We foster the relentless pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.
We demonstrate respect for self, team, the University and our community through civility and a commitment to equity and inclusiveness.
Personal Growth and Development
We are committed to lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and maximizing the full potential of mind and body.
The Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to providing an outstanding student-centered athletic experience through the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. We do so within the context of integrity and respect. The Head Coach for RIT’s Division I Women’s Ice Hockey program will join an exceptional staff who strive to create an unrivaled experience that fosters the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth of our student-athletes in order to prepare them for success as leaders in the global community.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Center for Intercollegiate Athletics the Head Coach for Women’s Ice Hockey will provide leadership for RIT’s Intercollegiate Division I Women’s hockey program. The incumbent must have outstanding technical, tactical and strategic knowledge of the sport of ice hockey. Responsibilities include the planning, development and implementation of all activities related to the program. Including, but not limited to, recruitment, supervision, mentoring, and coaching of student athletes and staff, planning, scheduling, and instruction for individual and team development, practices, training sessions and contests. Effectively recruit highly qualified student athletes by working in partnership with the Office of Enrollment Management and the leadership team in Intercollegiate Athletics. Effective management of resources including, budget and supplies in respect to recruitment, team travel, hospitality, equipment, etc. Develop and maintain positive relations with student-athletes, parents and families, colleagues in and outside of the university, alumni and friends of the program and the University.
The incumbent will demonstrate exemplary ethical conduct and conformance to University, department and NCAA rules and regulations; the duties of the position are to be performed in compliance with all NCAA, League and division rules and regulations; and any rules violations on behalf of themselves or any knowledge of violations within the department are to be reported to the appropriate parties. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated track record of success. S/he should also have strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently.
- Commitment to the development and support of the student-athlete, passion for the game, and the ability to coach and motivate players and staff. Establish rules for the team and oversee the supervision, instruction and development of student athletes and the team; make strategic decisions in contest situations; oversee the strength and conditioning of the student athletes; coordinate player evaluation and selection in conjunction with the assistant coach(es).
- Recruit, onboard, supervise, develop, and evaluate coaching staff to ensure their professional growth and development; assist with goal setting, prioritization, personnel matters, professional development, appraisals, operational functions and the delegation of responsibilities.
- Manage and administer program resources including, budget and supplies in respect to recruitment, team travel, hospitality, and equipment acquisition.
- Develop and implement an annual recruiting plan, associated strategy and maintain a database of prospective student-athletes in coordination with the office of enrollment management. Develop and implement communications strategies that will assure the success of the program, i.e., clean and professionally drafted recruiting letters, professional home visit presentations, well-organized campus visit itineraries, etc.
- Monitors the eligibility status of team members in cooperation with Athletics Compliance Officer and the academic officials of the University to ensure compliance with University, department, NCAA, and League policies and regulations.
- Develop, cultivate, and participate in promotions, publicity, alumni, development, and media and events for the program, department and university Collaborate with the development office to strategically engage potential donors.
- Collaborate and communicate with Hockey Operations personnel including athletic trainers, strength coaches, equipment manager, director of hockey operations, etc. on behalf of the team.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
- A minimum of 3-5 years of professional coaching experience at the collegiate level with evidence of increasing levels of responsibilities.
- Established record of accomplishment in effective coaching, player recruitment, promoting student athlete development, budgetary management, and supervision of professional staff.
- Impeccable integrity and demonstrated capacity to teach, coach, and communicate broadly with student athletes, families, colleagues, media and the public; cultivate and sustain collegial relationships; build unity around difficult issues; be an active listener, facilitator, convener, and mediator.
- Recognized as an effective advocate for the student athlete experience and personally exhibit high ethical standards of conduct and confidentiality in managing complex data and confidential information.
- Ability to manage and maintain confidential and private information; uses confidential, sensitive and/or private records and information, protects information appropriately.
- Understand the importance of working in close partnership with students, faculty, staff, parents, administration, alumni, community partners, and prospective students.
- Have a personal style that is professional, personable, approachable, and politically astute.
- Ability to attract, recruit, retain, inspire and motivate highly qualified student-athletes.
- Effective interpersonal, written, and electronic communications skills, including the ability to convey complex information in accessible terms to diverse or multicultural audiences
- Possess a deep understanding of a diverse student body and a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity and cross-cultural experiences of its members.
- Ability to establish, build and maintain effective working relationships based on respect, empathy and honesty with diverse groups and individuals.
- Demonstrated commitment to student-athlete welfare and mental and physical well-being.
- Administratively self-sufficient and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications.
- Basic knowledge of video filming, editing and analytics.
- Must pass NCAA Coaches Certification Test and have (or successfully complete) AED/CPR and First Aid certification.
- Willingness to engage in learning opportunities regarding Deaf Culture and conversational American Sign Language (ASL).
- Valid driver’s license.
- Master’s Degree.
- Coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.
- Prior experience as a student athlete at the collegiate level.
The Rochester Institute of Technology invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the institute. 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 June 16, 2020. For additional information please contact:
Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 116 | 770-804-1996 ext. 118
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at (585)475-2424 or email your request to email@example.com.
RIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.