Debate and Speech Team Lead Coach

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7068557 (Ref.No. 1972991)
Posted: August 5, 2020
Application Deadline: September 4, 2020

Job Description

Debate and Speech Team Lead Coach

Job Type: 9 months, Full Time

Job Number: 2015-1602617

Location: CA 94556, CA


9/4/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

This is a Full-time (40 hrs per week) position for 9 months, a .75 FTE

The Macken Debate and Speech Team Lead Coach is responsible for facilitating practice sessions, traveling to tournaments, overseeing the travel and scholarship budget, facilitating student research, participating in debate outreach projects, assisting in organizing various on-campus events hosted by the team, and supervising a part-time adjunct faculty member who serves as Assistant Coach and facilitates the forensics lab. The Macken Debate and Speech Team Lead Coach is a 75% FTE (30 hours/week) staff position and does not have any classroom teaching requirements.

1. Coordinate Tournament Participation

• Select and register team for competition at 10-12 tournaments per year
• Travel to/from weekend tournaments; supervise students; serve as chaperone; judge and coach during competitions
• Coordinate student travel, lodging, and meals as needed based on tournament location
• Be knowledgeable about and adhere to College policies for student travel

2. Facilitate Practice Sessions

• Coordinate tournament preparation including research and practicum assignments
• Coordinate and supervise practice schedules, including practice debates, speeches, study halls, and training sessions

3. Oversee the Travel and Scholarship Budget

• Manage spending within annual budget
• Review and recommend scholarship applicants (Dean will make final decisions)

4. Participate in Debate Outreach Projects

• Collaborate with admissions office to conduct outreach to debate programs in local community colleges, high schools, and middle schools
• Promote team participation on campus; recruit and retain team members
• Organize on-campus events hosted by the team, including two public debates each year, and coordinate student facilitation of these events

5. Supervise the Assistant Debate Coach

• Supervise a part-time adjunct faculty member who serves as Assistant Coach and facilitates the forensics lab in the fall and spring terms

6. Provide Administrative Support

• Conduct administrative duties associated with debate travel
• Write and circulate summaries of accomplishments from each competition
• Maintain program website and recruitment materials

Experience and Qualifications

REQUIRED: Master's degree in communication, strategic communication or a related field. Two years of successful coaching experience in forensics at the intercollegiate or interscholastic level is required. Experience with American parliamentary formats (NPDA), platform, and limited preparation speaking events (Informative, Persuasive, Communication Analysis, Speech to Entertain, Extemporaneous, and Impromptu). Demonstrated commitment to inclusive, co-curricular debate coaching that serves a diverse population of students.

PREFERRED: Two years of experience as a director or assistant director of forensics, coaching NPDA debate, NFA-LD debate and/or individual events. Documented success at national tournaments including the NPDA, NFA, and/or Pi Kappa Delta. Experience managing a large budget and coordinating travel and research logistics.

Requires excellent communication skills and outstanding written, organizational, and public speaking skills. Requires a high level ability to pay attention to detail, with development and follow-through of tasks and projects. Well developed capacity to work independently while effectively fostering collaboration. Must have proficiency with computer programs such as the Google and/or Microsoft Office suites. Experience using social media platforms, drupal or other web editing sites for program advertising and communications is also preferred.

Other Requirements: (e.g. travel, weekend/evening work)
Must be available for tournament travel, including during weekend and evening hours.

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply online at
Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College

• A resume
• The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
• In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

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