Assistant Coach - Speech and Debate Team

Employment Type

: Part-Time


: Miscellaneous

Job Summary The Assistant Speech and Debate Coach in the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) has primary responsibilities in instructing and coaching the debate team students, under the leadership of the Head Speech and Debate Coach. The Assistant Speech and Debate Coach will also be tasked with assisting the Head Debate Coach with preparing the Speech and Debate Team for various tournaments. The CCU Speech & Debate team is a member of the National Christian College Forensic Association, the International Parliamentary Debate Association, and Pi Kappa Delta. The squad is comprehensive and participates in Parliamentary Debate, individual forms of debate, and all forms of individual events. The team travels primarily a regional schedule (front-range of the Rockies) with some national tournament attendance. The team also participates in judging at area high school tournaments for recruiting purposes as well as squad development. As a part-time affiliate faculty position, weekly duties during the academic year include 10-12 hours per week participating and leading debate team practices held up to twice a week, and traveling with the team to approximately 6-8 out-of-state tournaments during the academic year. About CCU Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU's motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.' (ESV) CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings. CCU's embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars-competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time. A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master's granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education. CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online. What is most appealing about working at CCU? * Faith friendly: CCU's culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values? * Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God's Word. * Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. * Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities. We're looking for candidates who: * Possess a B.A. degree in communication or a related field from an accredited college/university. * Possess significant experience as a speech and debate competitor. Prior coaching experience preferred but not required. * Possess strong academic research skills. * Possess strong oral and written communication skills. Key Job Duties * Take an active role in the instruction of the debate course. Specifically, the assistant coach will teach new students the mechanics of specific speech and debate events, and teach returning students more advanced techniques in speaking and debating. * Conduct academic research into potential topics for debate and individual events. Specifically, the assistant coach must stay up to date with important developments in current events and expert research into these current events. The assistant coach will use this research to write topics for debates and individual events. Furthermore, the assistant coach will conduct research to aid students in finding topics of academic interest for prepared speeches. * Schedule transportation and housing for tournaments in coordination with the head coach. * Conduct weekly individual coaching meetings with students in order to teach them on an individual level. * Travel to regional and national tournaments with the team, and help coach the team as they prepare for and debrief rounds. Nature of Work Environment While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Must be able to drive a vehicle, fly by plane, and/or use other modes of transportation as needed for travel to and from events. The employee may be required to work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends, and travel to participate in various events. CUS affiliate faculty pay is normally paid at $1,000 per credit hour. However, the University will decide if and how the course will be delivered based on the number of students or type of program. In cases where there is not full enrollment CCU reserves the right to pay courses or on a per student basis that could be at a pro-rated basis or a flat rate based on the nature of the program and enrollment. For example, pay rates for individual music lessons, educational programs, and lab courses programs may vary.

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