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Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students, and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our girls. Coaches can be male or female and need not be experienced runners.

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Coach Overview

Coaches work with a team of other coaches to implement the program curriculum to girls in grades 3rd-8th over the course of 10 weeks. This position works closely with program participants and families in addition to the Site Coordinator and other volunteer coaches at their assigned site. The expected time commitment is 4 hours per week for lesson preparation and facilitation, with additional time to complete the requirements to become a coach and attend the end of the season celebratory 5k.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to facilitate practice twice a week (full-time) or once a week (part-time) Note: Coach to girl ratios (2 coaches per 8-15 girls, 3 coaches per 16-20 girls) must be maintained at every practice.
  • Submit online volunteer registration form each season, includes Non-Compete and Liability Wavier
  • Complete background check every two years, provided by GOTRC
  • Complete online training module
  • Attend in-person training, held various weekends throughout the Chicagoland area and GOTRC regions
  • At least one coach per team at each practice is required to be CPR (AED) and First Aid certified. GOTRC provides a list of resources, but does not provide training.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

  • Communicate and collaborate with site coordinator and coaches to arrange site logistics: practice times, program materials, 5k details, etc.
  • Arrive on time and prepared for each and every practice; familiar with lesson and materials needed for activities
  • Assure safety for program participants: adhere to GOTR and site regulations, take accurate attendance at each practice, ensure that all girls are picked up after each practice
  • Communicate concisely and reliably with program participants’ and their families regarding program and season progress
  • Attend and provide positive 5k experience for your team

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Believe and support the mission of Girls on the Run: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
  • Experience working with youth, is recommended, but not required; specifically in a school or other direct work with girls ages 8-14 in a girl-positive environment where the common and different needs of all girls is recognized
  • The ability to work in a partnership with co-coaches and be flexible
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and conflict resolution skills
  • A strong desire to work towards positive girl development, inspiring and motivating others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission

BENEFITS:

  • $20 discount off the end-of-season 5k entry fee
  • Bus transportation to and from the 5k via All Events Transportation (Site Coordinator at assigned site must opt-in to receive)
  • Access to the GOTRC Site Coordinator and Coach Facebook Group
  • Program T-Shirt
  • Thank you gift

General Volunteer Overview

The General Volunteer supports coaches by assisting with logistics and safety. Their role is to serve as additional adult supervision for the girls during each practice. General Volunteers are not considered coaches and therefore are not authorized to facilitate the Girls on the Run and/or Heart & Sole curriculum.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit online volunteer registration form each season, includes Non-Compete and Liability Wavier
  • Complete background check every two years, provided by GOTRC
  • Uphold all responsibilities and commitment to site, team, and organization

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Determine and maintain a consistent schedule (Must be approved by Site Coordinator)
  • Serve as a positive role model and mentor for program participants
  • Assist coaches with lesson activities and workout, distribute healthy snacks at each practice, special projects or additional tasks as assigned
  • Optional: Attend the end-of-season 5k 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Believe and support the mission of Girls on the Run: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running
  • Experience working with youth, is recommended, but not required; specifically in a school or direct service environment where the common and different needs of each individual are recognized
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Flexible/ability to accommodate to a changing environment
  • Ability to participate in activities and workouts with the girls as needed by the coaches
  • A strong desire to work towards positive girl development, inspiring and motivating others to believe in Girls on the Run mission

BENEFITS

  • Program T-shirt
  • Thank you gift
    NOT eligible for 5k DISCOUNT CODE OR BUS TRANSPORTATION

Site Coordinator Overview

Site Coordinators organize and manage a team of coaches who facilitate the Girls on the Run® curriculum to program participants. This position works closely with GOTRC staff in addition to administration, coaches, parents, and girls in the program at their assigned site. Site coordinators make sure that all aspects of the program are running smoothly by
checking-in, attending practices frequently throughout the season and the end of the season 5k! Note: Site Coordinators can also dual-volunteer as coaches.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend New Site Informational Conference Call
  • Submit online volunteer registration form each season, includes Non-Compete and Liability Wavier
  • Complete background check every two years, provided by GOTRC
  • Complete online training module
  • Attend in-person training, held various weekends throughout the Chicagoland area and GOTRC regions 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Complete New Site Interest or Renewal Form for your site each season
  • Arrange and manage site specific program logistics: gain approval of administration, decide which curriculum will be facilitated, secure adequate and reliable practice space, coordinate distribution and collection of program materials
  • Recruit and manage coaches for each team (2 coaches per 8-15 girls, 3 coaches per 16-20 girls)
  • Recruit girls and families, informing them of the registration process, financial assistance, and program details
  • Maintain regular communication with coaches and participant families regarding program and season progress
  • Read and respond to all GOTRC communication and emails; adhere to important deadlines
  • Attend and provide positive 5k experience for your team, coordinate transportation to and from the event

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Believe and support the mission of Girls on the Run: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running
  • Experience working with youth, is recommended, but not required; specifically in a school or other direct work with girls ages 8-14 in a girl-positive environment where the common and different needs of all girls is recognized
  • The ability to be flexible and work with a team of coaches
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and conflict resolution skills
  • A strong desire to work towards positive girl development, inspiring and motivating others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission

BENEFITS

  • $20 discount off the end of the season 5k entry fee
  • Bus transportation to and from the 5k via All Events Transportation
  • Access to the GOTRC Site Coordinator and Coach Facebook Group
  • Program T-Shirt
  • Thank you gift 

Coach Application

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Girls on the Run-Chicago
1415 N. Dayton St.
Suite 112
Chicago, IL 60642

(773) 342-1250

info@gotrchicago.org