Cornell College
  • 04-Dec-2018 to 02-Feb-2019 (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Cornell College is seeking its first-ever esports head coach. Cornell intends to begin competing in Overwatch beginning in Fall 2019. This full-time position, available in January 2019, will help launch the new esports program including assisting with the arena design and equipment selection and procurement. 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. Recruiting students is an essential objective of the position.

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, which allows students to learn at the speed of life with more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly renovated Thomas Commons. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa'an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of Iowa's Creative Corridor.

Qualifications and Requirements

Bachelor's degree. Competitive gaming experience required; esport coaching experience preferred. Current player ranking in selected gaming title(s) and knowledge of relevant strategies, play patterns, and dynamics of competitive play. 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.

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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