Knox College invites applications for the position of Assistant Track & Field Coach. This is a 10-month, non-benefits eligible position reporting to the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible. The salary range for this position is $12,000/year. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and developing a competitive NCAA Division III program.
Knox College, a member of theMidwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. The Prairie Fire Track & Field Program has experienced tremendous growth and success in recent history. In just two competitions in winter of 2021, Prairie Fire Indoor Track and Field notched 11 top ten performances, four school records, and a total of four NCAA Division III top 12 performances. During the outdoor season this spring, 16 performances moved up or into the Knox Top 10 list, including nine school records in five events, and Midwest Conference Outdoor Track conference champions in four events. Knox Track & Field was awarded both of the Elite 20 awards, given to the student-athletes with highest cumulative GPA participating in the men’s and women’s championships, and First-year Tyrell Pierce was awarded the MWC Newcomer of the Year for Men’s Outdoor Track. Sophomore sprinter Derrick Jackson was awarded the MWC Outdoor Championship Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet and All-Region honors in addition to finishing 5th and 6th in the 100m and 200m respectively at the outdoor NCAA track & Field Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Information on Knox College Athletics is available on thePrairie Fire website.
That’s only part of the story, however. Knox College is also one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America. Founded by abolitionists in 1837, the College was among the first in the nation to admit women and students of color and has a historic commitment to keeping a high-quality education accessible to all students, regardless of financial means. The New York Times ranked Knox #16 on its 2017 College Access Index in recognition of its commitment to low- and middle-income students and its role as an engine of upward mobility. Forbes has included Knox in its annual Grateful Grads rankings for the last five years running. And, recently, U.S. News & World Report listed Knox among the top 50 U.S. colleges for “best undergraduate teaching.”
Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing field, and as community leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and the K Club booster organization has been active for eight years with a significant upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised. This past year, the booster club surpassed $350,000 in gifts and more than 1,000 donors. The club made possible a state-of-the-art golf performance center and converted the College’s grass soccer field to a high-grade synthetic turf. More recently, the athletics department has increased its social media presence, facilitated increased branding of the Prairie Fire facilities, completed a website redesign to capitalize on the department’s increased online audience, and installed a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard at Prats Field as well as new scoreboards at Blodgett Baseball Field and the Knox Softball Field.
The Assistant Track & Field Coach is responsible for assisting and supporting the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach in all aspects of the Knox College Track & Field Program including but not limited to: assisting with the execution of a successful recruiting and retention plan; assisting with the integration of the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and supervising practices and contests as assigned; assisting with the management of the programs’ operating budget; developing cultural competence within the track & field program; fully supporting Knox College and Prairie Fire athletics department diversity and inclusion initiatives; assisting with the administration of all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional, Midwest Conference (MWC) and NCAA rules and regulations; assisting with alumni and booster engagement including promotion of program on social media platforms; additional coaching and administrative duties as assigned. Must provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well being of the student-athletes.
Associate’s degree from an accredited 2 or 4 year institution
Prior experience coaching track & field OR significant experience at the collegiate level in the sport of track & field
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
Prior recruiting experience as a collegiate track & field coach
Experience with Front Rush database
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.
The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.
Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant
community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought,
and diverse perspectives. Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the
classroom, on the court or playing field and as community leaders. Institutional support for
enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and recent successes include conference
championships in men’s and women’s soccer.