Each season Girls on the Run of Portland Metro identifies and selects a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 8-15 girls. Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our girls.

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Coach Position Description

The Head Coach and Assistant Coach are volunteers who work together to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. These positions entail approximately four hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Head coach must be female
  • At least 18 years old
  • One coach at each site must be CPR/First Aid certified before the start of the season (If needed, GOTR will provide training). If a coach is certified, they must provide proof of current certification
  • Complete required background check and coach phone interview
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants
  • Coordinate team logistics at the Girls on the Run 5K
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party
  • Practice positive behavior management
  • Read the weekly Coach Communication email throughout the season and respond when needed
  • Understand and believe in the mission of GOTR

Assistant Coach Overview

The Assistant Coach supports the Head Coach at a Girls on the Run program site while serving as a role model and mentor for program participants. The position entails approximately 4 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Head coach must be female
  • At least 18 years old
  • CPR and First Aid certified (at least one coach per site)
  • Complete required background check and coach phone interview
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and assist with weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Assist with your team’s end of season party
  • Practice positive behavior management
  • Read the weekly Coach Communication email throughout the season and respond when needed
  • Understand and believe in the mission of GOTR

Junior Coach Overview

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Provide one-on-one attention to program participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Lead an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach if desired
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN AND WHERE IS COACH TRAINING?

There will be two coach training sessions (listed below). The session you attend is based on the county in which your site is located.

Multnomah and Clark Counties:

January 28th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Friendly House NW

1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Washington and Clackamas Counties:

February 4th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Friendly House NW

1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

CAN I CHOOSE THE SITE WHERE I COACH?

Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need of volunteers.

WILL I BE REIMBURSED FOR COACHING EXPENSES?

Each team receives a site allowance on a pre-paid debit card. Coaches should purchase snacks and celebratory materials using the card to avoid the need for reimbursement.

HOW MANY GIRLS AND COACHES ARE ON EACH TEAM?

Teams are made up of 8-15 girls, with 15 being most common. There is one Head Coach and two Assistant Coaches per team. 

HOW LONG IS EACH PRACTICE?

Practices are scheduled for 90 minutes, twice per week for 10 weeks. Coaches should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the practice start time and will need to stay until all girls are picked up at the end of practice. 

CAN I BRING MY YOUNGER/OLDER CHILD TO PRACTICE WHILE I COACH?

Coaches need to be able to give their full attention to the lessons and girls during the practice. For this reason, coaches may not have children at practices who are not GOTR participants.

I KNOW THAT I AM GOING TO MISS SOME OF THE SCHEDULED PRACTICES. CAN I STILL COACH?

Coaches are expected to be at every practice (twice per week for the 10-week season). We understand that circumstances are not always controllable, so we ask that coaches plan to miss no more than two practices during the season.

DO I HAVE TO BE A RUNNER IN ORDER TO COACH?

Coaches do not have to be runners! We welcome women of all athletic abilities, including those who do not run. We ask that coaches have the desire to serve as a role model for the girls by showing positive behavior and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

DO I NEED TO HAVE PRIOR COACHING EXPERIENCE?

Coaches do not need any prior coaching experience. We provide training, lesson plans and materials so you can feel equipped to lead a team of girls who call you "Coach."

DO I NEED TO HAVE A DAUGHTER IN THE PROGRAM IN ORDER TO COACH?

Coaches do not need to be related to or affiliated with any of the girls in the program in order to coach with us. We have many volunteers who coach because they want to inspire girls to become strong young women!

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Girls on the Run Portland Metro
2337 NW York St
Suite 202-E
Portland, OR 97210

(503) 318-5212

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