Cornell College
  • 12-Apr-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • $42,000 - $58,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

full benefits package

The Stoll Program for Law & Society invites applications for a Mock Trial Head Coach. This is a full-time, 10-month position with some summer hours. It will report to the Associate Director for the Stoll Program for Law & Society. The Stoll Program for Law & Society is responsible for fostering opportunities and experiences that prepare students for legal careers and to actively engage with legal issues.

The Cornell College Mock Trial program has had tremendous success since its founding in 2006, having made it to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Championship Tournament five of the last ten years. The mock trial season typically runs from mid-August through the last tournament of the season, up to and including the National Mock Trial Tournament in April. The Mock Trial Head Coach plays an essential role in providing a professional, team-building experience for both students who intend to pursue legal careers and many others who will pursue other career paths.

The head coach will manage the mock trial program operations, including:

  • Maintain expert-level knowledge of the applicable collegiate mock trial case materials, rules, and performance expectations;
  • Provide instruction for students on mock trial by planning practices and working one-on-one with students to ensure their continued growth and development;
  • Create a positive team environment through instruction and modeling;
  • Assemble and manage coaching staff of paid and volunteer assistant coaches;
  • Coordinate mock trial competitions and travel with team for up to 13 out-of-town competitions during the mock trial season;
  • Assist with recruiting efforts, including teaching a summer high school camp and 1-2 workshops for high school students and coaches during the academic year;
  • Monitor annual budgets and comply with financial reporting requirements;
  • Be an advocate for the mock trial program to college staff and faculty, alumni, and other interested community members.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages 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 a student body that is broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement.)

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in teaching and the creation of a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. Our innovative curriculum includes a focus on the essential abilities of writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy as well as experiential learning. Cornell's one-at-a-time philosophy for courses and students fosters strong student engagement.

Founded in 1853, Cornell's distinctive campus community reflects our ongoing pursuit of our core values. Always a coeducational institution, we were the first college west of the Mississippi to graduate both men and women and the first college in the country to afford a female faculty member the same title and pay as her male colleagues. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from around the world. Three quarters of our students are from outside Iowa, representing 44 states and 13 foreign countries. Students of color comprise one-fifth of the student body.

Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a flourishing community with a vibrant arts scene, recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids technology corridor.

Qualification and Education Requirements:

  • Previous experience with mock trial programs, either participating or coaching.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to self-start and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to motivate and teach students.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess driver's license and have ability to drive 15-passenger vehicles under Cornell's licensing requirements.

Qualification and Education Preferences:

Three years coaching experience with a collegiate mock trial program. Equivalent experience as a litigator, coaching high school mock trial, competing in collegiate or law school mock trial, and/or coaching other competitive speaking events may be substituted.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A letter of application/cover letter.
  • A resume.
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about Cornell College's Mock Trial Team, please visit the team website.

Any questions can be directed to Emma Clark, Associate Director for the Stoll Program for Law & Society, at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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