Cornell College
  • 09-Nov-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • $36,000-$42,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

full benefits package


Cornell College is accepting applications for a full-time esports Head Coach. This position develops and manages all aspects of the esports program, including but not limited to: recruiting and retaining student participants; coordinating and conducting practices and competitions; developing game and life skills among students, and creating a highly visible program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organize and implement a successful recruiting plan to yield an appropriate number and quality of student participants; conduct recruiting efforts including managing communication flow (printed, online and telephone), participating in Cornell Admissions events, and coordinating appointments on-campus and online with prospective student participants, parents, and high school esport administrators.
  • Work with individual team members to provide guidance and support toward optimal curricular and co-curricular success. Monitor academic progress.
  • Coordinate, communicate, and conduct practice, scrimmage, and competition schedules. Manage event registrations, facility reservations, equipment needs, travel logistics, pre- and post-trip paperwork, judges/officials, and marketing/promotion. Assign and oversee the accomplishment of team, staff, and volunteer responsibilities.
  • Develop game skills among esport program participants by providing fundamental and advanced instruction in selected gaming titles. Develop life skills by providing general counsel, guidance, and inspiration to students regarding their overall success, particularly including utilizing new student orientation activities, career programs, academic success programs, well-being programs, and living successfully in residence halls and behaving within the College's student conduct expectations. Promote good sportsmanship.
  • Create a highly visible program by: engaging team members in campus activities and community service; encouraging general student use of the esports arena (when not in use by eSports program); sponsoring esports clinics, events, competitions; and hosting esports summer camps for middle and high school students.
  • Oversee and utilize the esports budget. Manage the esports arena. Maintain equipment and uniforms. Plan for operational and equipment replacement needs.
  • Engage in developing relationships with potential sponsors and alumni to support a competitive esports program.
  • Participate on college committees as requested.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by our Ingenuity curriculum that builds on the strengths of our One Course At A Time schedule. This combination encourages the qualities of being thoughtful, original, and inventive, using the strengths of a liberal arts education to apply ideas to solve problems and meet challenges through hands-on experience in learning. Academic immersion, Division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from across the U.S. and worldwide. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Bachelor's degree. Broader knowledge of online multiplayer games and technologies. Conduct activities in accordance with institutional and selected external esport organizing bodies. Internet and database skills. A commitment to the values, standards, and expectations of a residential, liberal arts college. Must have valid driver's license and insurance coverage (if driving own vehicle) or be insurable.

Preferred Skills

Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively. Leadership and team-building skills. Ability to establish and maintain expectations for conduct and behavior of student participants and teams. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to helping others work beyond stereotypes. Ability to work independently and cooperatively. Ability to work effectively with students, staff, and faculty. Ability to positively influence public relations between the esports program, the campus, and the community.

Application Process

The position will remain open until filled. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references through Cornell's online application system.

Cornell is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smokefree Air Act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires satisfactory completion of a background check.

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