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Head Cheerleading Coach

Department: Athletics
Reports to: Head Dance Coach & Director of Spirit Teams and Director of Athletics
Status: Stipend
Class: Administrative Exeption 
Date Last Revised: May 2019

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 85 miles north of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois state capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population. The College develops in its students, qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

The cheerleading coach will collaborate with the Head Dance Coach & Director of Spirit Teams to elevate the College’s game-day, overall school spirit, and competition. This includes overseeing the cheerleading program and supporting the recruitment, retention and overall experience of student athletes on the cheer team. 

Essential Functions 
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

  • Organize and oversee specific aspects of the cheer program including but not limited to: recruiting, practice scheduling, coaching, determination of appropriate competitions, and equipment maintenance.
  • Work in partnership with the Head Dance Coach & Director of Spirit Teams to recruit new students and meet recruitment and roster goals for spirit teams.  
  • Responsible for general supervision and oversight of student-athletes participating in the competitive cheer program including practice sessions and competition strategies which ensures the health and physical well-being of the student participants.
  • Understand and utilize best practices for safe and effective coaching 
  • Learn and abide by all applicable policies of governing bodies in which the team participates.
  • Develop appropriate relationships with student-athletes on cheer teams and be available to guide their academic, athletic and personal development. 
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism towards student-athletes, other coaches, parents, administrators, and members of the community.
  • Keep abreast of new developments, innovative ideas and techniques by attendance at clinics, workshops and reviewing current publications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent, required
  • Intercultural competency; ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience as a cheer coach at the high school or college level, required; competitive level, preferred
  • Cheer coaching certification, preferred
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of cheer techniques as allowed by the competing organization with the ability to provide a comprehensive portfolio of previous work
  • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills with a passion and motivation to recruit and support student-athletes.
  • Have established networks of costume/uniform companies, music editors, and choreographers
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships, engage in creative problem-solving, and extend enlightened hospitality when working with others
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license with evidence of insurability
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends and some overnight travel.
  • Possess an outcomes-oriented approach to coaching
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. To apply submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to the Office of Human Resources by e-mail to or by mail to:

Office of Human Resources
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.