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RRCA is Accepting Applications from Candidates for the RRCA Coaching Instructor Position

Deadline extended to Oct 31 for resume submissions Position: RRCA Coaching Certification Instructor Hours Per Week: Variable weekends, six to ten weekends a year, with a commitment from Thursday-Monday for travel time and course hours from 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Overview: The RRCA Coaching Certification Instructor works directly with the RRCA Director of Coaching Education to schedule and teach the RRCA Coaching Certification course at various locations throughout the assigned region during the course of the year. The courses are primarily held on either Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday, and you must be able to travel to and present the course within the specified time frames for the course. Travel often extends to weekdays adjacent to the weekend course depending on flight availability. Some weekday time is required to answer email questions, as needed. This position is that of an independent contractor, and this position will be required to sign an independent contractor agreement. There will be a probationary period for this position to be outlined during the contracting phase. Coaching Certification Instructor Responsibilities:
  • Teach the 2-day RRCA Coaching Certification course at various locations within an assigned RRCA region and on dates mutually agreed upon with the Director of Coaching Education and the course host.
  • Work with the Director of Coaching Education to mutually agree upon course schedule and locations (The Director of Coaching Education is responsible for scheduling all classes under the supervision of the executive director).
  • Teach ONLY materials developed by and approved by the Director of Coaching Education. This is the officially approved RRCA Coaching Certification Course curriculum.
  • Arrange all travel to and from coaching certification course locations.
  • Participate in conference calls with the Director of Coaching Education, the RRCA Executive Director as scheduled to discuss enhancements for the coaching program.
  • Submit requests for payment reimbursement for travel and instructor fee in a timely manner and in the format outlined by the RRCA National Office.
Coaching Certification Instructor Qualifications:
  • Education: Master"�s of Science or similar advanced degree preferred. Bachelor"�s degree in exercise physiology, human physiology, kinesiology, or nutrition is required. Additional certifications such as ACSM, USATF Level II, etc may be considered in lieu of education may be considered.
  • Coaching experience: Must be an RRCA certified coach (minimum 2 years, preferably 5 years) with a minimum of 5 years of coaching experience. Coaching experience should include adult athletes from beginning runners to experienced competitors for distances from 5k to Marathon. Ultramarathon experience is helpful.
  • Knowledge about disciplines taught in the RRCA Coaching Certification course, which includes: coaching fundamentals and philosophies, exercise physiology and energy systems, sports nutrition, sports psychology, injury prevention and treatment, legal/ethical concerns for coaches
  • Competition experience: Experience competing in the sport of road running from 5k to Marathon. Competition experience should include more than completing one marathon. Trail and ultramarathon experience helpful.
  • Teaching / Presentation Experience: Minimum of seminar presentation experience in a professional setting or in a classroom setting with high school or college aged participants.
  • Must be an outgoing person with superior verbal and written communication skills and a team player with a positive attitude that can work with the coaching program staff, certified coach candidates, and more.
  • Must be a dues paying member of an RRCA member running club.
Instructions for applying for the position:
  • All qualified applicants must submit a one-page cover letter, a statement of coaching, and a resume.
  • Resume: The resume should clearly outline required education, professional experience, and coaching experience.
  • Cover Letter: The cover letter should outline experience related to this position, and should be addressed to Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director.
  • Statement of Coaching: All applicants must also include a one to two page outline of their coaching experience, coaching style, and coaching philosophy (900 words max).
  • References: Final candidates must submit four references.
  • The application materials must be emailed to The closing date for submitting application materials is October 31, 2012 (the RRCA reserves the right to extend the deadline as needed). Only qualified candidates selected by the RRCA will be contacted for an interview. Final candidates will be selected that represent each of the four regions within the RRCA. All final candidates will be asked to submit additional references, including two from people who have been coached by the applicant, one from professional or academic colleagues, and one from a fellow running club member. The candidates will be invited to attend a train-the trainer session in mid-December in Arlington, VA. After a successful train-the-trainer session, final candidates may be engaged in a contract with the RRCA to teach the approved coaching course curriculum on approved dates in approved locations.

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