Coach

Become a Coach – and see what all the fuss is about!

Ask our coaches and they will tell you that coaching Girls on the Run is the most rewarding way to volunteer.  Girls on the Run relies on the contributions of our incredible volunteer coaches to activate our 12-week program.  While the coaches get to experience the positive transformations of the girls first-hand, it is often the coaches who say they were transformed the most!

We are currently looking for Head & Assistant Coaches for 2014!

To become a coach, you must first complete an application.  Once reviewed, we will ask you to complete a background check.  Finally, once selected, all coaches are required to attend an interactive, fun, informative half-day training session.

 

To begin the process:

COMPLETE OUR ONLINE COACH/MENTOR APPLICATION 

 

We do have several types of coaches to accommodate different schedules and availability.  You can become a Head, Assistant, Junior or Substitute Coach…

Head Coaches Rock!

The Head Coach is a volunteer who works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to girls at an assigned site or location.  Head coaches must be able to commit to two days per week for the 12-week season. This position typically requires approximately 5-7 hours per week. Days and times of practices depend on the site, but generally begin shortly after school gets out. As a Girls on the Run coach, you get to experience the program first-hand, feel a sense of accomplishment about making a difference in the lives of the girls, and have a ton of fun! Head coaches must be women over the age of 18.

Core Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Understand and believe in the mission of the organization, and exhibit characteristics that keep with the mission.
  • Attend program session twice a week on a consistent basis
  • Adhere to program curriculum
  • Prepare ahead of time, organize, supervise, and implement the weekly lessons, twice weekly
  • Coach the girls on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition.
  • Assist with participant recruitment
  • Manage the distribution and collection of all forms
  • Interact with site administrators from time to time
  • Maintain ongoing communication with Program Director and relay information to assistant coaches and girls
  • Meet with Program Director as needed
  • Encourage and cheer for all participants equally
  • Be responsible for coaches bin including the return of bin with all lessons and leftover materials at the end of the season
  • Maintain girl and coach information (health history and emergency contact) at site at all times in a confidential manner
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to the girls by being on time, organized, listening attentively, having a positive demeanor and outlook, and leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Mediate disputes among participants in a prompt and respectful manner
  • Attend mandatory GOTR coaches training and head coach meeting

This volunteer position may be used as a service learning project, internship, or other college credit project upon agreement of the college/university and Director.

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to work in the field of girl development
  • Experience working with youth is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
  • Highly organized
  • The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches
  • First Aid/CPR certification (GOTRLA will provide training)

Assistant Coaches Rule!

The next best thing to working directly with the girls twice a week is working with them once a week.  The Assistant Coach position is perfect for those who can only make one practice a week, but still want to have this amazing experience and be a part of a girls’ positive development.  The Assistant Coach is a volunteer that assists the Head Coach at a Girls on the Run program site.  The position requires approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 12 weeks. Days and times depend on site but are generally shortly after school. Assistant Coaches can choose to attend both program sessions per week OR commit to only one day a week.  We ask each Assistant Coach to determine which schedule works best for them and to maintain that schedule throughout the program for consistency on behalf of the girls.  Assistant Coaches co-facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum in conjunction with the other team coaches.

Core Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Understand and believe in the mission of the organization, and exhibit characteristics that keep with the mission.
  • Attend program session once or twice a week on a consistent basis
  • Coach the girls on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition.
  • Attend a community 5k race with girls and other volunteers
  • Attend coaches meeting during the season
  • Interact with parents of program participants
  • Encourage and cheer for all participants
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to the girls by being on time, being organized, listening attentively, having a positive demeanor and outlook, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • Mediate disputes among participants in a prompt and respectful manner.
  • Assist coaches with setting up/breaking down games and lessons
  • Help prepare post-workout snack
  • Maintain ongoing communication with head coach to receive pertinent information and updates on a weekly basis
  • Attend mandatory GOTR coaches training

Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to girls’ positive development
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with youth a plus
  • Flexible / ability to accommodate to a changing environment
  • The capacity to work in partnership with a head and assistant coaches
  • First Aid/ CPR certification (strongly recommended, provided by GOTRLA at a discounted rate)

Junior Coaches are Awesome!

Junior Coaches are girls ages 16-17 who want to coach, but because they are minors, must coach along with an adult.  Junior Coaches must be female, otherwise the requirements for the Junior Coach are the same as those for the Assistant Coach.  We ask for the same level of commitment from our Junior Coaches and know that these young women make excellent role models for the participants.

Substitute Coaches save the day!

And for those who want to coach, but need even more flexibility we offer substitute coaching.  We typically try to fill all of our Head and Assistant Coaching needs before we create a substitute list, but for our seasoned coaches who cannot commit to a regular schedule, we do offer an “as-needed” coaching opportunity.  This requires the coach to attend our regular, mandatory coaches training.  It also requires flexibility on the part of the substitute regarding site location.  We do ask that our substitute coaches travel to locations as needed, when available.

For more information, contact us Katie@gotrla.org or 626.590.4770.