Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Job Profile Title
Assistant Coach, Strength/Fitness

Job Description Summary
The Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach is responsible for creating and delivering all aspects of physical programming for assigned sports teams, while also contributing as a team member of the Sports Performance Department. Our goal is to positively impact Penn student-athletes and help them reach their highest potential mentally and physically, reduce risk of injury, and create an unrivaled experience. All staff members will contribute to this goal by educating, inspiring, empowering, and growing their respective teams and student-athletes.

The position requires both a basic degree of related knowledge and experience, plus the range to think creativity and act collaboratively. A successful individual will have strong interpersonal skills, be highly organized, and operate as a great teammate. Integral personal traits are humility, awareness, positivity, and a growth mindset.

Job Description

  • Develop and implement holistic training program that meets the needs of the coach, team, and individual.
  • Instruct the team, group, or individual student-athletes in the optimal execution of exercises aiming to obtain the desired results, as well as ensure the health and safety of every student-athlete.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with all campus partners. Communicate and collaborate regularly with sport coaches, student-athletes, sports medicine, nutritionists, mental health and performance staff, applied sports science partners, and the Director of Strength and Conditioning to assure that the most beneficial results of the strength and conditioning program are being realized.
  • Select Key Performance Indicators that help assess, monitor, guide, and motivate training. Organize and administer assessment procedures and protocols, as part of our Applied Sports Science program, in an effort to collect valid and reliable data that drive better conversations with the student-athletes and staff.
  • Work with other Sports Performance professionals to educate student-athletes and coaches on best practices for healthy and sustainable performance enhancement, including influential lifestyle habits.
  • Work within a team context to assist and learn from other Sports Performance team members.
  • Create and maintain a positive environment. Implement and enforce policies and procedures governing the use of the weight room by all users. Share in the responsibilities of coverage and care of weight room facilities. Help with additional team coverage when needed.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the Sports Performance program to all potential student-athletes, the campus community, alumni, friends, and family.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, and Director of Strength and Conditioning.
  • Occasionally work odd hours (early mornings, evenings, weekends).


Bachelor's Degree in related field is required, Master's Degree in a related field is preferred. Two or more years of experience in a collegiate setting is preferred. Experience in data collection, analysis, and data supported decision making is preferred.

Required Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and/or Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa)

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $56,087.33
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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