Cross Country/Track Graduate Assistant and Field – Hood College

Institution: Hood College

Location: Frederick, Md.


Job Description


General Information

Compensation may consist of a tuition waiver, a stipend for a full-time Graduate Assistant (GA) and meal plan.
This position is scheduled to begin August 2020. Typically, a full-time GA is required to work 20 hours per week from mid-August to mid-May.
Accepted into a Master’s Degree Program at Hood College is required.

The Graduate Assistant, working in athletics, under the general direction of the Director of Athletics, will assist the head cross country/track and field coach in the daily and long-term operations of the programs as well as assist the Department of Athletics in the functions of home game management. The cross country/track & field assistance will be, under the general direction of the cross country/track & field head coach and will assist in recruiting qualified student-athletes to the program, instruct and develop the student-athletes, assist with game preparation, and community involvement. Instruction will include, but not limited to the rules, strategies, and techniques relating to practice and competition in this sport. The Graduate Assistant will also support the mission and goals of the Athletic Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Game Management (40%)

Represent Department of Athletics at selected home athletic events.
Coaching, Instruction, and Team Administration (30%)

Assist the head coach to organize and conduct practices during the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field seasons.
Assist the head coach to serve as the representative of the department and the College during team travel.
Assist the head coach in management of operational budget issues: Participate in uniform and equipment purchase process; help plan and coordinate team travel under the supervision of Director of Athletics’ Office; help develop and implement fund-raising strategies.
Assist the head coach to complete scheduling for the program. Work within NCAA guidelines regarding start of season, dates of competition and end of season.
Represent the Department of Athletics at all on-campus Admissions Open Houses and/or other predetermined events.
Other duties as assigned by the head coach.
Recruiting (30%)

Assist the head coach in developing a recruiting strategy to achieve recruiting goals as pre-approved with the Director of Athletics. Work with head coach and Office of Admission to recruit qualified prospective student-athletes, both incoming freshmen and transfers to Hood College. Included are off-campus contacts, e-mails, phone communication, and evaluations as well as serving as a Hood College representative during on-campus prospect visits.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Proven integrity, leadership, and a thorough knowledge of cross country/track & field are required.
Coaching and/or collegiate athletic experience in track and field is preferred.
Candidate should possess a strong commitment and ability to motivate, teach, counsel, and recruit academically qualified student-athletes.Must have valid driver’s license.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Full acceptance into one of the Hood College’s graduate programs required. Knowledge of NCAA Division III rules and regulations preferred.

Technology Skills

Strong computer proficiency in internet applications, SportsWare, Google System and Microsoft Office Suite Productivity products, such as, Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint. Proficient with internet and email; and ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific software applications.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret medical documents and NCAA guidelines. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customer, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with and apply mathematical concepts timely and accurately, either manually by using a calculator which apply to team management. Ability to apply concepts to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references.

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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