Sep 27, 2021

Urbana Park District Tiger Sharks Head Coach

  • Urbana Park District
  • Urbana, IL, USA
Full time Head Coach

Job Description

In order to deliver quality programs and services to the public, the Tiger Sharks Head Coach plans, organizes, coordinates, and administers the overall comprehensive year round swim team for citizens. The Head Coach/Swim Pro receives supervision from the Aquatics Manager and is responsible for having knowledge of coaching, mentoring, and training techniques related to swim teams. Other duties include: organizing competitive matches, recruiting and assigning volunteers for matches and the booster clubs, developing skills of athletes, checking water chemistry, , supervising and evaluating performance, managing the summer Nadiators Swim Team, and taking corrective action for all programs as necessary. The Swim Pro/Head Coach may also perform cash handling procedures, such as collecting fees for programs, services, or commodities and maintaining related records.



  • Supervision of all assistant swim coaches. 
  • Supervision of the UPD Tiger Shark Swim Team.
  • Supervision of the Nadiators Swim Team.
  • Observes programs; identifies problems and initiates solutions.
  • Hiring, supervising, training, evaluating, and discipline of coaching staff.
  • Completes incident/accident reports and follows up with processes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Planning and Equipment Management:

  • Plans seasons, conducts practices for, and attends both regular season and championship meets for the UPD Tiger Shark Swim Team program.
  • Creates educational opportunities for parents and swimmers such as clinics, presentations, and meetings.
  • Coordinate training program for the summer Nadiator Swim Team.
  • Plans and executes UPD Tiger Shark Swim Team program.
  • Seeks to increase UPD Tiger Shark Swim Team program participation through consistent improvements of the program.
  • Assures compliance with rules, standards, and guidelines set forth by USA Swimming and that all aquatic safety procedures are followed.
  • Prepares goals and objectives for programs and personal tasks.
  • Keeps accurate records of current inventory levels and order supplies and equipment as needed. 
  • Keeps informed of program participants’ experiences and takes initiative to meet the needs of program participants by collaborating with Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation. 
  • Develops Program Guide information. 
  • Maintains distinct records for UPD Tiger Shark Swim Team program and Nadiators Swim Team.
  • Prepares and maintains equipment for use in aquatic programs and facilities.
  • Manages equipment for appropriate, safe, and timely use/supply.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of applicable safety practices and procedures, with ability to take proper precautions and assure safety of self, co-workers, volunteers and general public. 
  • Demonstrates ability to plan, schedule, and organize work independently with little direct supervision or/and with diverse group of individuals and organizations.  Demonstrates organizational skills.
  • Maintains ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Public Relations:

  • Promotes and maintains club recognition and excellence opportunities within USA Swimming.
  • Maintains high degree of community involvement.
  • Demonstrates professionalism to all employees and customers.
  • Represents the Urbana Park District in a professional, positive, and appropriate manner.
  • Dresses appropriately for the job, giving the public a good first impression of the department.  Writes all seasonal brochure copies.
  • Answers phone calls in a professional manner or directs the general public to appropriate parties.
  • Demonstrates understanding and importance of customer orientation with participants and community members.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Develop, monitor, and maintain guidelines of program budget to meet fiscal goals and objectives to be evaluated annually with a multi-year vision of the program in mind for the UPD Tiger Shark Swim Team, Nadiators Swim Team, Pre-Team, and all other related programs under the supervision of the Aquatics Manager. 
  • Works within budgetary constraints of a program budget. 
  • Collects and updates timesheets and prepares biweekly payroll for coaching staff.
  • Assists with the preparation of financial updates of program areas.
  • Exercises a good and ethical judgment in the use of Purchase Card to support efficiency and effectiveness of job-related activities and fills out reports of its use as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Conducts and attends team and staff meetings, trainings and workshops as required. 
  • Maintain the TSST swim team website. 
  • Communicates with the Urbana Park District Staff, swim team, coaches, parents, volunteers, and community to inform of practices, meets, and other swimming related events. 
  • Responds to all agency, parent, and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Solves problems in a timely manner; informs supervisor(s) of problems with facilities or equipment.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in written and oral communication.
  • Responds in a timely manner to all correspondence, inquiries, complaints, and suggestions.
  • Represents the department at various meetings as assigned.
  • Prepares written reports.
  • Maintains files and operating records.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 4 year college degree (or equivalent) is required.
  • Competitive Swimming Experience for a minimum of 4 years required.
  • Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 
  • Knowledge of non-English languages is a plus. 
  • Must have all USA Swimming requirements as a head coach or be willing to obtain them upon hire date. 
  • Knowledge of all swimming rules and regulations. 
  • Valid State of Illinois driver’s license required once hired. 
  • Certification in First Aid/CPR/AED or have ability to complete within six (6) months of hiring is required.

Salary: $38,438 + Benefits

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