Assistant Coach - Women's Lightweight Crew

Updated: 9 days ago


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Head Coach, the purpose of this position is to use athletics as a tool to educate college students.  By using inter-collegiate competition and all activities related to such competition, this position serves as a teacher and mentor to help build student character, prepare students for a constructive and effective life, and teach valuable life lessons including work ethic; discipline; resilience; persistence; teamwork and selflessness; goal-setting and goal achievement; overcoming adversity; and leadership.  This position typically influences student-athletes for their entire four years at Harvard and plays a key role in shaping their personal development. 

This position assists in planning, directing, and coaching the women’s inter-collegiate lightweight rowing program. Typically works with all student-athletes in the program.  May supervise other Assistant Coaches.

This position plays a key leadership role for the women’s lightweight rowing program.  Will fill in when the Head Coach is absent.  Typically has a significant role as liaison with Athletics administrative departments.  Requires experience coaching at the collegiate level or comparable experience, which may include coaching/teaching at the professional level.  Particularly for sports that are more prominent on an international level than in the United States, comparable experience may include playing in a professional or other high-performance environment, such as for a national team or at the Olympic level.  

This is a one-year term position renewable at the discretion of the Head Coach and Athletic Director.

Position Description

1.    Athlete Team Management

  • Assists Head Coach in developing, coordinating, and planning practices and competition to develop student-athlete skills and helps team perform at competitive levels.
  • Develops, coordinates, and plans assigned portions of practices and game management consistent with Head Coach’s strategic vision.
  • Analyzes video to scout opponents and develop strategies for team development.
  • Executes a student-athlete talent recruitment plan and retention strategy consistent with values of excellence and inclusion.
  • Effectively leads and communicates with students by generating enthusiasm for the team through credible coaching.
  • Supports culture of education through athletics. Assists in academic integration with team.

2.     Operational Complexity

  • Assists in the development and execution of team strategy, logistics, and operational direction.
  • Operates within budget.
  • Maintains compliance with University, Ivy League, NCAA, and other rules and regulations.
  • Coordinates with less-experienced coaches in implementing objectives.
  • Participates in professional development activities; follows trends and embraces innovation opportunities.
  • Assists head coach in problem resolution.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with the Head Coach and athletics administrators.

3.    Communication & Influence

  • Assists Head Coach in maintaining and building viewership, and maintaining and creating positive media interest, consistent with the applicable sport.
  • Supports the Head Coach in influencing public interest where applicable.

4.    People Management

  • Mentors seasonal assistant coach

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrating ability to instruct the desired rowing technique.
  • Clearly communicating goals and expectations with student-athletes.
  • Coaching and managing multiple boat classes and disciplines (sweep and sculling).
  • Providing appropriate team, boat, and individual feedback to student-athletes.
  • Expanding knowledge of sport and skills of coaching.
  • Driving a launch (powered boat) and truck plus boat trailer.
  • Assisting with competition set-up and visiting team logistics including installing racecourse, driving film crew, or serving as a safety launch.
  • Traveling with team or equipment to, from, and during competition.
  • Developing social media strategy and coordinating social media communications with student-athletes.
  • Assisting with operation of training facility (Weld Boathouse).
  • Assisting with team travel logistics.
  • Assisting with alumnae meetings and functions as needed.
  • Adhering to health and safety policies of the university.
  • Evaluating prospective student-athlete’s athletic and academic ability.
  • Clearly communicating with prospective student-athletes throughout the recruiting process.
  • Planning and executing official visits.
  • Adhering to recruiting budget.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Requires a combination of 5 years of crew coaching, collegiate rowing, and/or Olympic experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Requires substantial mastery of sport-specific knowledge and relevant issues.
  • Understands the philosophy, principles, and policies of Harvard and Ivy League athletics (including the University Conflict of Interest and Commitment policy).
  • Requires moderate management and leadership knowledge.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Valid driver's license needed.
  • CPR and First Aid required.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift equipment associated with the sport.

Working Conditions

  • Evening and weekend work required.
  • Job requires work in extreme environmental conditions, including extreme heat and cold, rain, and high levels of noise.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

Harvard is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission is to educate citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. The College is a residential institution of nearly 7,000 undergraduates and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is deeply committed to the intellectual, social and personal transformation of its undergraduates during their four years at Harvard.

The Department of Athletics offers 42 varsity programs for men and women, more than any other Division I school in the United States. We also offer extensive recreational and intramural programs.

Harvard employees have access to a competitive benefits package that includes multiple options for the health and well-being of our employees as well as ongoing professional development.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. We regret that, due to the number of responses we typically receive, we may be unable to respond to phone calls or contact personally those applicants not selected for an interview.

We regret that we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

We actively seek and welcome applications from diverse candidates and from those with a demonstrable commitment to a more inclusive society.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

AT2000 Assistant Coach


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, DMV, Education, Identity


Evening and weekend work required. 

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EEO Statement

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