Head Coach

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Summary of Role:

  • The head coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants.
  • This position works closely with the Girls on the Run staff and entails approximately 3-4 hours per week for 10 weeks with additional time required on one weekend day for a four-hour training session for new coaches or a 2-hour session for returning coaches; a weekend mid-season coaches meeting; one coaches boxes building night; the GOTR 5K race; and, if necessary, CPR/First Aid training.
  • Each team should have no more than two head coaches.

Core Duties/Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Understanding and believing in the mission of the organization
  • Acting as a positive spokesperson for the program
  • Serving as a role model and mentor for program participants
  • Managing and communicating with assistant coaches and practice partners
  • Preparing, organizing and supervising the weekly lessons
  • Leading the program participants through each lesson (must be able to commit consistently to at least one practice per week)
  • Initiating regular communication with parents of program participants
  • Reading/reviewing weekly communication from GOTR staff and taking necessary action
  • Attending the pre-race coaches meeting with the GOTR staff during the season
  • Coordinating a community service project
  • Participating in the Girls on the Run 5K race
  • Planning and coordinating the end-of-season celebration


  • Strong desire to volunteer in the field of youth character development
  • Experience working with youth, especially girls in grade 3-8 and/or previous volunteer experience with a service organization
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
  • Willing and able to inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
  • High organizational skills
  • Ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it
  • Capacity to work in partnership with assistant coaches, junior coaches and running buddies
  • Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls


  • Female
  • At least 21-years-old
  • Consent to background check
  • Attend a four-hour coaches training with Girls on the Run Northwoods staff
  • CPR certification and First Aid knowledge or ensure another coach at practice will be CPR certified


  • T-shirt
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you will be preparing young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living; empowering young girls to become strong, self-confident women; and making a difference!

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