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Sacred Heart Prep Seeks Debate Coach

Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory high school located 35 miles south of San Francisco in Atherton, California. SHP possesses excellent resources and an administrative commitment to debate. The school is seeking a dynamic and innovative debate coach starting in late August of 2014 to sustain and build its growing debate program.

Responsibilities of the Sacred Heart Debate Coach entail oversight of the SHP debate program including but not limited to instruction, supervision, planning, management, and communication associated with maintaining and continually improving the program. The majority of duties occur outside of school hours (after school and on weekends). This individual will coordinate debate instruction, team preparation, and other activities associated with a top ranked program.  This is a seasonal position reporting to the Principal of SHP and compensated by an hourly rate.
The SHP Debate Coach will:

o   Provide basic instruction as needed in the various forms of debate and participation options for students
o   Provide quality feedback and assist in development of arguments/cases and performances/speeches
o   Coordinate and supervise practice debates and training sessions, providing robust feedback to improve skills. Work with students to maintain an effective practice schedule before tournaments
o   Supervise weekly team meetings (twice weekly during after-school hours)
o   Travel with students to and from scheduled weekend (local and bay area) tournaments (two to four each semester), providing on-site judging and coaching. Supervise students and ensure high standards of conduct. Lead reflection and revision process with students after tournaments. (SHP has vehicles, and parents are available to help drive).
o   Participate in team meetings and serve as a liaison with other SHP colleagues.
o   Meet with students interested in the debate program and market the activity to the student body.
o   Work collaboratively with team members to shape the program and provide a high quality experience that supplements overall learning outcomes
o   Other duties as assigned
The successful candidate will have a strong debate resume that reflects rich experience in teaching and coaching Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Parliamentary, Congressional and Policy debate. The candidate should be outgoing, kid friendly, charismatic, well-organized, ready to work in a highly dynamic, youthful academic setting, with a passion for debate. The successful candidate must be willing to work with students of all experience levels, and possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity. In addition, budget, student recruitment, and administrative supervision experience are a plus.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton provides competitive compensation based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities and experience.
To Apply
Please apply online by sending a resume and cover letter to
You MUST indicate Prep Speech & Debate in the subject line of the e‐mail.
Or, you may mail your resume to:
Sacred Heart Schools
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
Attention Human Resources: Prep Speech & Debate
Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Pre‐employment background screening is required for all positions.
For more information on Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, please see our website at:
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to
race, color, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information,
citizenship, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state or local laws.
As a faith-based institution, we reserve the right to use religion as a criterion in hiring decisions, as permitted by law, as it
relates to performing essential job duties.