Performance Coach - Swim Alberta

Posted on June 01, 2017

Performance Coach – Swimming

In partnership with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club (EKSC), Swim Alberta and the University of Alberta, we are seeking a Performance Coach in Edmonton.   This is a unique opportunity for an individual with a demonstrated history of coaching success to join this partnership.  Through this partnership, we are creating an environment where you will be able to focus only on coaching, mentoring and athlete development in the Edmonton area without the distractions of the daily running and operations of a swim club.  You will build a strong athlete pathwa y alignment with the partner club, varsity program, and other clubs in the area while still respecting the coach-athlete relationship of athletes outside of the partner club.   A primary focus of this position will be the identification and development of targeted performance athletes and progressions of their performances beyond the national level.  The skills and attributes you would bring to the position include:

  • Proven experience working in a high-performance sport environment
  • Demonstrated history to mentor and provide leadership to both coaches and athletes
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, a proven self-starter and an effective communicator
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills
  • Highly effective planning and organization skills
  • Currently hold a minimum NCCP Level 3 certification (or equivalent) and have experience developing  athletes  and  coaching  at  the senior  international  level. NCCP  level  4  or Advanced Coaching Diploma would be considered an asset.

As the Performance Coach, you will be directly responsible for: Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide  overall  direction  and  world-class  leadership  for  the  High-Performance  Program Initiative – North (HPPI-N) with an overall objective of producing performances beyond the national level.
  • Development of a strong athlete pathway alignment with the partner club (Edmonton Keyano Swim Club), varsity program and other clubs in the area while respecting the coach-athlete relationship of athletes outside of the partner club.
  • Identification  and  development  of  targeted  performance  athletes  and  progressions  of  their performances beyond the national level.
  • Deliver pool deck coaching in a world-class daily training environment.
  • Deliver a performance focused, IST supported training program.
  • In consultation with the High-Performance Program Initiative – South (HPPI-S), develop and implement an annual training and competition plan that optimizes the programs operational funding while providing the necessary components for the development of the athletes.
  • Act as a lead and mentor to other coaches in Alberta by actively sharing information – technical, training and development; and working directly with coaches of identified athletes to support the development of both the coach and athlete.
  • Facilitating athlete visitations into the training group when it is in the best interest for the athlete development.
  • Participate in planning and evaluation meetings as required. 

Provincial Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the High-Performance Program Initiative – South(HPPI-S) provide guidance to Swim Alberta Technical & Funding Programs, including the leading of tour teams as required (Aspire & Excel).
  • Liaising with the Swim Alberta Sport Development Director(s) on alignment of programs and related roles
  • Liaising  and  working  with  athletes  who  have  been  selected  to  Swimming  Canada  Junior

National or National Teams.

  • Attending all Provincial Championships, National Trial Events and National Championships
  • Involvement and attendance at Provincial Technical Meetings (Swimming Canada) and other required Swimming Canada Meetings (Note:  this might be a shared responsibility with HPPI – South).
  • Provide  guidance  to  strategic  initiatives  of  Swim  Alberta  including  strategic  planning  and membership meetings.

Club Responsibilities:

  • Working in conjunction with the EKSC coaching staff to ensure direct alignment of the athlete pathway and technical programs of the club for both athletes and coaches.
  • Provide  guidance  and  leadership  to  strategic  initiatives  of  the  EKSC  including  strategic planning, strategic membership meetings such as Town Hall meetings etc.

University of Alberta –  Varsity Responsibilities:

  • Working in conjunction with the UA Varsity Swim Coach to ensure direct alignment of the athlete pathway and technical programs of the university for both athletes and coaches.

Competitive salary and benefits package will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Performance Coach will report on a daily basis to the Swim Alberta, Executive Director; and be accountable  to  the  High-Performance  Program  Initiative  Oversight committee;  with  regular interactions with the Head Coach/General Manager of the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. 

Deadline for applications is Friday, June 16th, 2017.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, proof of certification and three work related references to:

Oversight Committee – High Performance Program Initiative - North c/o Cheryl Humphrey, Executive Director, Swim Alberta


The Selection Committee reserves the right to exercise due diligence and call upon additional references to supplement those provided by the applicant. While we thank all applicants for their interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted, beyond receiving acknowledgement of receipt of your application.


Oversight Committee is comprised of identified individuals from the partnership and include: University of Alberta  – Athletic Director or their designate; Swim Alberta  – Executive Director and President or their designates; EKSC President or their designate.


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