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Head Spirit Coach

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: President
Department: Athletic Department
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Other, Recreation / Event

Job Description

Head Spirit Coach for Virginia Tech Athletics. Virginia Tech is an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This position reports to the Associate Athletics Director for Marketing.
The Head Spirit Coach will coordinate all aspects of the Virginia Tech Spirit Program (cheerleaders, dance team, and mascot), including student athlete development and academic progress, home (and away for football) game coordination, organizing and leading practices and workouts, and budget management. Will serve as primary liaison to the National Cheerleaders Association.
Directs and manages the HokieBird mascot for athletic events, mascot program operations, as well as scheduling appearance events both on and off campus.
Oversees 60+ spirit squad members and 2-3 part-time spirit assistant coaches.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree and/or bachelor's degree with experience as a collegiate cheerleader and/or cheerleader coach, or dance team member and/or dance team coach.
Exemplary communication and public relations skills.
Demonstrated participation in a successful cheerleading/dance program.
Ability to prepare and conduct training for student athletes.
Skill in the assessment and recruitment of prospective student athletes.
Budgeting and fundraising experience.
Proven integrity and leadership.
Candidate should possess a strong commitment and ability to motivate, teach, counsel, and recruit academically and athletically qualified student athletes.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of general university policies and procedures.
Experience working with the Universal Cheerleaders/Dance Association, National Cheerleaders/Dance Association, Varsity, or similar program.
Certification with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators.
Strong background of teaching different areas of dance including pom, modern dance, jazz and hip hop.
Ability to spot stunts and tumbling.

Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

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Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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