Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coach of Youth Rugby & Belonging
The Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF) is a rugby-centred community development organization that uses rugby as a tool for social good. TIRF a registered non-profit organization, builds community through rugby in Toronto’s underserved, low-income, and priority neighbourhoods. TIRF ultimately works to support youth so that they develop the leadership skills needed to become champions in rugby and in life.
For 10-years, TIRF has been providing youth in Toronto with equitable access to resources and a networked community of belonging. This has been accomplished through reducing the geographic, cultural, and financial barriers that prevent youth from accessing the sport. We know that BIPOC athletes have disproportionate access to resources, love & belonging; community; and opportunity. We also know that coaches play a vital role in developing athletes and building real character. TIRF is looking for a transformational leader who can effectively build coach-athlete relationships and deliver an athlete-centred coaching program, while employing a trauma-informed lens.
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion(DEI) Head Coach of Youth Rugby & Belonging is responsible for the intentional recruitment, engagement, and stewardship of TIRF eligible athletes, with an emphasis on BIPOC athletes, and delivery of TIRF youth high performance rugby programming including: year-round training; skills clinics; workshops events; managing the TIRF Select program, Rising Stars program and Prep-for-Rep clinics.
The incumbent will work closely with teachers, partners, summer staff, volunteers, TIRF Coach Mentorship Candidates, and athletes to ensure that programs are consistent with youth and community needs. The incumbent is also responsible for recommending youth for scholarships, additional programming/leadership opportunities, and TIRF’s high school leadership programming. They are responsible for coordinating volunteer coaches for TIRF programs. The incumbent is responsible for programming at multiple locations across the city, and works closely with the Program Manager.
This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The DEI Head Coach of Youth Rugby & Belonging reports directly to the Executive Director.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
In order to be successful in this role, the incumbent must be team-oriented, and also apt to thrive in a self-directed capacity with minimal supervision.
• Develop and execute a strategy to secure full participation in TIRF’s performance rugby programs
• Coordinate outreach events, skills clinics, and demos
• Model TIRF’s values and standards throughout all activities and games
20%Talent Identification & Recruiting
• Conduct measurable outreach to schools and community partners
• Steward relationships with coaches, school/club administrators, athletes, parents
• Support athletes throughout the registration process
Liaise with rugby and local community partners
10%Developing, evaluating, analyzing athlete/team training program
• Co-create a trauma-informed and athlete-centred rugby coaching program that is inclusive of historical BIPOC traumatic indicators
• Collect and manage registration, attendance, and evaluation data
• Develop and document training and session plans
• Deliver well-structured practice sessions that develop both personal leadership and skills
• Continue to develop TIRF’s rugby curriculum
10%Planning & Program Admin
• Build relationships with key stakeholders in Toronto’s community & sport organizations
• Manage equipment inventory Develop and manage program schedules, in collaboration with facilitators and community organizations
• Plan, organize, schedule, and direct all games, facilities, officials, and scorekeepers
• Develop, organize, deliver and administer tournaments, rugby programs, activities, tours, and awards
• Ensure athlete registrations are completed by deadline and entered into TIRF database
• Disseminate program promotional material
10%Supervising, Training & Mentoring Other Coaches & Staff
• Coordinate guest coaches and volunteers
• Train partners-in-play, volunteers, and facilitators
• Assist in the recruitment, screening, and training of facilitators
• NCCP/World Rugby Level 1
• CPR/PR, First Aid, AED certifications (within 30 days of hire)
• Successful Police Background Check (within 30 days of hire)
• Valid Drivers License
• Minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience
• Demonstrated experience in the development and management of training programs or projects
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite; particularly Word and Excel
Qualifications: Nice to Have
• Certificate or demonstrated knowledge in: Trauma Informed Sport Coaching; Anti-Oppression; Anti-Black Racism frameworks; NCCP Aboriginal Coaching Modules
• Graphic design, photography and desktop publishing skills are assets
• Degree in Recreation Management, Physical Education, Education, related field or experience
• Three (3) years of experience developing, implementing, scheduling and evaluating sports programs
Skills Necessary for Success:
• Ability to manage and deliver programs to a diverse population
• Creative thinker with a history of applying innovation in programming
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build community relationships
• Highly skilled in developing relationships with key stakeholders and selling the merits of participation
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage sports recreation program activities at multiple sites
• Ability to travel locally to attend meetings and training
• Perform all physical aspects of the position, including being mobile, bending, reaching, and lifting up to 20 pounds at a time
• Ability to recognize and react calmly and effectively in hazardous/dangerous situations
• Work environments range from quiet work areas to busy, noisy indoor and outdoor spaces with several groups talking amongst themselves concurrently
• Must be able to actively participate in youth games/activities
How to Apply:
Please complete the online job application at www.TIRFrugby.ca/jobs. You will be required to upload a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document. Please save your resume and cover letter with the title “[Your Name]: DEI Head Coach of Youth Rugby & Belonging. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 14, 2021 or until the position has been filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Please note that all staff members submit to an annual Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC).
The Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF) is an inclusive workplace and is committed to championing accessibility, diversity, and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the requirements for the position.