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PASADENA, Calif. — The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) seeks a part-time assistant men’s and women’s water polo coach.

Job Summary:

The part time regular Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Water Polo is responsible for assisting in the coaching and teaching of students, game and practice preparation and execution, compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and conference rules/regulations, assisting with appropriate recruitment of scholar athletes, assisting with general team administrative work. Depending on the unique skills of the successful candidate, there may be other duties assigned within the Department. This is a regular benefit eligible position with expected work schedule of 20 hours per week outside the athletic season and flexing up to 40 hours in the specific 20-week athletic season.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Demonstrating a high level of teaching and coaching competency in sport skill instruction, sport strategy, tactics and rules, physical training and fitness and student motivation in practice execution. Will work with the head coach but will be able to run practice sessions independently as needed and scheduled.
  • Demonstrating a sincere interest in the social, emotional, academic development, as well as the athletic welfare of student-athletes; collaborating with the head coach and certified athletic trainers to support students in all ways. Student health and safety are our highest priorities.
  • Demonstrating appropriate understanding and skills of recruitment activities of scholar athletes at the most highly selective and academically rigorous institution. Above reproach in messaging with families and confidential student data.
  • General team focused and student support duties as assigned including but not limited to: team transportation and meals, organizing camps and clinics, taking care of equipment and facilities, interfacing with alumni.
  • Exhibiting the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to the rules and expectations of Caltech, the NCAA, and the SCIAC, at all times. This includes excellent sportsmanship, a commitment to be a positive leader and role model at all times and the desire and ability to be a first class representative of the Institute at all times.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills including writing, speaking, and listening and teaching pedagogy.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in work effort, reliability, collegiality and all interactions. Ability to attend and contribute to department staff meetings and division of student affairs programs.
  • Other duties in the department of athletics, physical education and recreation as needed and appropriate utilizing other skill sets such as: strength and conditioning, game management, sports information tasks, physical education instruction, group fitness instruction, lifeguard, recreation center operation and facility supervision.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate of Arts (AA) degree.
  • Must secure and maintain valid driver license during employment.
  • Must be knowledgeable and skilled in all areas of the sport.
  • Knowledge of SCIAC & NCAA rules and regulations.
  • CPR, AED, First Aid certifications.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Each coaching staff member may be required to perform physical tasks such as:

  • Lifting, carrying, loading sport specific equipment up to 50 pounds regularly.
  • Set up and tear down of sports contest support equipment.
  • Actively demonstrate sport skill to students, including playing the sport as needed.
  • Some care and maintenance of sport specific or general athletic facilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Collegiate playing experience.
  • Organized coaching experience.
  • Teaching through digital images; creating and using emerging technologies.

Required Documents

  • Professional Resume.
  • Cover Letter.
  • 1 page Coaching Philosophy.

Hiring Range:

  • $18.00 per hour
  • The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
  • As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, bereavement, etc.), tuition reimbursement, and more. Non-benefit eligible employees will have access to some benefits such as onsite counseling and sick time. Learn more about our benefits and staff perks.

EEO Statement:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Disability Accommodations:

If you would like to request an accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Caltech Recruiting at

To apply, CLICK HERE.

Collegiate Water Polo Association