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February 16th, 2012, 11:04 AM
I. About Team New York Aquatics (TNYA)

TNYA is a New York City-based aquatics club that welcomes athletes of every ability, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, creed, status and age. With a membership of over 400 swimmers, divers and water-polo players, TNYA is the largest aquatics team in the New York City metropolitan area and is considered the largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Allies aquatics team in the world. Many swimmers swim for fitness alone, challenging themselves in workouts by swimming against their own best times, while others challenge their goals through rigorous competition by regularly attending swim meets with the team. With our excellent coaching staff (all of whom are team members themselves), all swimmers receive individual attention and encouragement. TNYA is a membership driven, not-for-profit organization with an active Board of Directors.

II. Description

TNYA is now accepting applications for the position of Head Swim Coach. This is a part-time, year-round position. The Head Swim Coach will be expected to coach a minimum of four practices weekly and dedicate approximately 8-10 hours toward administrative duties. The Head Swim Coach will report directly to the Board of Directors.

The Head Swim Coach is a key leader of our team and should be a motivational figure that inspires high morale, encourages recruitment of new members, builds team cohesiveness, communicates effectively and provides positive reinforcement.

Specific responsibilities and expectations include but are not limited to the following:

A. Managing and Coaching Workouts

Serve as deck coach at a minimum of 4 workouts a week
Supervise deck coaching staff, including organizing and overseeing the workouts and coaching schedule and ensuring that the 17 weekly workouts at 4 venues are staffed on an ongoing basis by qualified coaches
Prepare all workouts in advance taking into account the varying skill levels of the swimmers, feedback from the swimmers, deck coaches and Board to make adjustments as needed, and ensuring workouts are clearly communicated to the swimmers by the coaching staff
Develop a yearly training cycle taking into consideration the various levels of commitment and goals of both competitive and non-competitive swimmers
Ensure all pool closures, practice changes, upcoming competitions and social activities are communicated to swimmers by email and at the beginning of each workout
Foster a welcoming environment for new swimmers with the goal of retaining swimmers who come to TNYA for a free trial week of practice
Plan, schedule and staff periodic technique and stroke clinics for beginner and intermediate swimmers
Recruit and hire additional coaches as necessary, including substitute coaches

B. Competition Coaching

Manage team competitions, including notifying swimmers of upcoming meets and signup procedures and instructing participants on competition rules
Work with the Board to schedule swim meet participation and select focus meets
Ensure all focus meets have an on-deck coach who encourages and motives TNYA participants, organizes relays, and records swimmer splits
Represent TNYA and actively participate in the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) association and Metropolitan Swimming, the Local Masters Swimming Counsel for U.S. Masters Swimming

C. Administrative

Serve as the primary liaison with the dive and water polo squads and coaches to foster a cohesive aquatics team

Maintain regular communication with the Coaches Committee
Provide a Head Swim Coach report to the Board at the beginning of each monthly Board Meeting
Schedule and lead semi-annual coaches’ meetings to ensure that all coaching staff understand and implement the yearly training cycle and planned workouts
Manage relationships with the various aquatic facilities on behalf of TNYA and in consultation with the Board, ensuring limited disruption in the workout schedule, minimizing closures, and addressing any facility issues
Maintain positive relationships with outside community organizations of particular relevance to TNYA, such as LGBT and sporting groups
Motivate swimmers to attend TNYA social events and fundraisers

III. Requirements

The ideal candidate will have prior experience coaching a Masters-level swim team, preferably a team affiliated with U.S. Masters Swimming. Collegiate or other relevant club experience may also be considered. The Head Swim Coach should be experienced with HyTek Team Manager and Meet Manager and have certifications in Lifeguarding and CPR/AED.

IV. Additional Information

This is a part-time position, so the applicant may have other employment. However, the applicant must have sufficient time availability to complete the responsibilities of this position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

TNYA is committed to ensuring a diverse and welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, or disability. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our community and have a demonstrated commitment to and familiarity with LGBT issues.

Application Instructions

Please send a résumé and a brief cover letter to: searchcommittee@tnya.org