Director of Esports/Head Coach
Alvernia University, located in Reading, Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for the full-time position of Director of Esports/Head Coach. The anticipated start date for this position is January 4, 2021. Esports will begin competition in the 2021-22 Academic Year. Game offerings are expected to include League of Legends, Rocket League, and Overwatch.
The Director of Esports/Head Coach, reporting to the Associate Director of Athletics, is responsible for providing ethical leadership in starting and managing all aspects of a competitive esports program including, but not limited to, meeting or exceeding goals related to the recruitment and retention of academically and athletically qualified student-athletes and training student-athletes for success through practice planning, strategy development, and skill instruction in preparation for competition under the auspices of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).
The Director/Head Coach will also be responsible for tracking their student-athlete’s academic progress, maintaining appropriate records and paperwork, and ensuring compliance with all university, and NACE policies, rules, and regulations. Director/Head Coach will also be responsible for serving as a head coach for at least one of the games and superivising a pool of head/assistant coaches for other games.
A Bachelor’s degree, knowledge of, and experience working with multiplayer online video games is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have competitive and/or coaching experience in Rocket League, League of Legends, and/or Overwatch and who have proven social media experience with Twitter and Twitch.
The successful candidate will display a record of accomplishment in serving as a role model, mentor and teacher/coach to successful student-athletes. The ideal candidate will demonstrate and be able to communicate a commitment to the mission and core values and goals of Alvernia University and foster a positive environment for student-athletes to learn and grow. Strong communication, organizational, supervisory, and team-building capabilities are required.
Esports is a key element of Alvernia’s Reading CollegeTowne initiative, a strategy and model for championing economic redevelopment in downtown Reading. As such, this position will also be responsible for the management of the Esports Suite, including development and coordination of community outreach programming and use, identifying and fostering partnerships with local schools and community organizations, and developing relationships with potential sponsors.
Alvernia University has a bold approach to becoming a 21st
century, modern regional university. We seek professionals who are thoughtful leaders, creative and nimble in the complex environment of private higher education. U.S. News & World Report ranks Alvernia as one the Best of U.S. Colleges & Universities, most recently in the Top 100 in the best regional universities category.
Recently, the University has grown in both educational opportunities and enrollment. Alvernia’s student population of nearly 3,000 comes from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and religious backgrounds. Alvernia offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees; seven master’s degrees; and doctoral programs in leadership (PhD), physical therapy (DPT), and nursing practice (DNP).
Alvernia’s 30 intercollegiate athletics programs, and nearly 600 student-athletes, are members of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) with Albright, Lebanon Valley, Messiah, Lycoming, Arcadia, Stevens, York, King’s, Wilkes, and Stevenson among others.
Reading, Pennsylvania is situated between the scenic Blue and South Mountains in southeastern Pennsylvania. It features a reasonable cost-of-living with high rates of homeownership, substantial healthcare options, and a number of high quality education choices. Reading offers a mix of cultural entertainment destinations, such as the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the Reading Public Museum, outlet shopping, minor-league sports, and concerts at the Santander Arena. The University is conveniently located an hour from Philadelphia and within an easy two-to-three-hour drive of some of the world’s greatest centers of commerce, government, culture, sports, and entertainment: New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Alvernia University is an equal opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values and where all employees share the responsibility for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. This shows in the performances of their roles while demonstrating service orientation, respect for all, intellectual curiosity, solution and focus innovation, and mutual accountability.