Head Softball Coach

Position Overview

Department – Athletics
Supervisor – Athletic Director
Benefits – Yes
Status – Full-time, 12-month

About Bushnell University

Bushnell University is a Christian, private, liberal-arts, comprehensive university closely affiliated with churches of the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement. From this unique heritage Bushnell University embraces the ideal that we are “Christians only” – but not the “only Christians” – and offers its resources to students and congregations of many church traditions. These students are affiliated with denominational and non-denominational groups, such as Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Foursquare, Lutheran, Nazarene, Episcopal, Assembly of God, Catholic, and Community Churches. The University was founded in 1895 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The Bushnell Athletic Department is a member of the NAIA and Cascade Collegiate Conference. Bushnell currently sponsors 17 athletic teams including: baseball, basketball (men’s and women’s), cross country (men’s & women’s), esports, track & field and indoor track (men’s and women’s), golf (men’s and women’s), soccer (men’s and women’s), softball, volleyball and beach volleyball.

Position Information

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Athletic Director, coach, plan, organize, recruit for, and coordinate the Bushnell University Softball Program.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

  • Direct all aspects of the softball program: including recruiting, scholarship distribution, spiritual formation, budgeting, scheduling, rules compliance, practice and game preparation, scheduling of contests, and supervision of assistant coaches
  • Maintain a minimum roster of 25 student-athletes
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and coach softball within the academic, spiritual formation and athletic philosophies of Bushnell University, local, and national conferences; verify eligibility of student athletes according to established regulations and procedures
  • Plan and organize team travel including transportation, lodging, and meals for away contests
  • Maintain and implement a training program for on and off season
  • Organize and run practice sessions
  • Hire, evaluate and supervise assistant coaching staff
  • Conduct fund raising activities for the softball team (examples could include camps or raffle ticket sales)
  • Maintain Alumni relations
  • Perform an Athletic Department auxiliary assignment (examples could include athletic event coordination, student-worker oversight, concession and game day operations, team travel coordination, or compliance)
  • Attend all Athletic Director and/or Vice President for Enrollment & Student Development assigned events and functions
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director and/or Vice President for Enrollment & Student Development
Knowledge of/ability to:
  • Understand and work toward the goals of Bushnell University and NAIA Athletics
  • Know college policies, procedures and trends related to Intercollegiate Athletics
  • NAIA and Cascade Collegiate Conference philosophy, rules, regulations, regarding eligibility, recruiting, financial aid, recruiting, sports playing seasons, etc.
  • Proper coaching and motivation techniques
  • Body mechanics principles, flexibility and strength training
  • High pedagogy of softball
  • Understanding of softball field maintenance and landscape
  • Ability to operate and maintain riding mower, push mower, edger, weed eater, sprayers, drag, sweeper, trimmers, rake, blowers, shovel, chalk, and other small hand tools
  • Risk management and safety regulations; applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Budget preparation and control
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Operation of computer and applicable software

Experience and Qualification Requirements

Any combination equivalent to: bachelor’s degree or National License Certification in related field and extensive participation in the sport of softball. Five years of consecutive coaching experience at the collegiate level preferred (head high school and/or club accepted).

Working Conditions/Special Requirements

  • Bushnell University employees must have a maturing Christian Faith and live in compliance with the duties and expectations as detailed in the Employee Handbook.
  • The position requires a strong commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
  • The position requires working in a non-smoking, drug free environment.
  • The employee must adhere to FERPA guidelines and student confidentiality at all times.
  • All employees of Bushnell University are “mandatory reporters” under Oregon law. See http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/pages/mandatory_report.aspx for specific information.
  • The position requires a strong ability to communicate effectively and succinctly, both verbally and in writing, utilizing tact, patience, and courtesy. Listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly are essential to this position.
  • The employee must have high personal motivation, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • This person must project a positive, vibrant and professional attitude in assisting people.
  • The person must have high ethics of honesty and confidentiality, with a genuine and gracious presence pertaining to the students, faculty, staff and business of Enrollment & Student Development and Athletics.
  • The employee must be able drive a vehicle and possess (or have the ability to attain) an Oregon Drivers License.
  • This position may require lifting up to 25 lbs, as well as bending, stooping, kneeling for the purposes of event set up and organization.
  • The position may occasionally require evening and weekend hours.
  • This position description is subject to change at any time.

Application Instructions

Bushnell University employees are expected to abide by the Theological Context for Bushnell Community Life. Please read this document before continuing.

Required Application Materials

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials:

  • Bushnell Employment Application
  • Cover letter addressing skills, experience, and knowledge
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of Faith that addresses:
    • how a maturing Christian faith finds expression in the candidate’s personal life, family life, community life, and current church membership;
    • how the candidate integrates faith into his or her work life;
    • the candidate’s understanding of and ability to support Bushnell University’s Theological Context for Community Life statement.
  • Contact information for three references, preferably including the applicant’s pastor or other appropriate church leader who is able to address the applicant’s faith background.

How to Send Application Materials

Option 1: Email application materials to esjobs@bushnell.edu

Option 2: Mail application materials to:

Corey Anderson
Athletic Director
Bushnell University
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

Please note: Incomplete application packets may result in disqualification. Final candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation.


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