Head Track & Field Coach - Sprints, East Palo Alto

Athletics East Palo Alto, California


Position Summary

Our coaches are actively engaged in the East Palo Alto community, and embrace the mission and values of KIPP Esperanza. The Head Track & Field Coach - Sprints is to be responsible for coaching, character development and providing direction to student athletes so that they might achieve a high level of skill as well as an appreciation for discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork in that sport. This is a seasonal, temporary role reporting to the Athletic Director.

Preferred Qualifications


  • At least 2 to 3 years of High School or Club Track & Field  coaching experience required
  • High school diploma or equivalent (Bachelor's degree preferred)
  • Valid CA license (Class C) and current insurance coverage
  • Safe driving record (will be ask to provide a DMV report)

Knowledge/skills required/abilities:

  • Ability to follow and uphold the policies and mission statement of KIPP Esperanza.
  • All school coaches should be familiar with the rules and regulations of the sports they are assigned  to coach
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students, parents, and community members
  • Ability to manage a class in a professional manner
  • Flexible, reliable, punctual, professional and has an enthusiastic approach
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; able to communicate effectively via email and phone.
  • Access to reliable transportation throughout San Francisco and the peninsula.
  • Ability to work independently and within a small team
  • Ability to coach athletes of different skill levels

Essential Functions and Responsibilities 


  • Plan, organize, and direct the particular and assigned team.  
  • Instruct and demonstrate skill sets and techniques necessary for individual and team development. 
  • Ensure that team rules and regulations regarding conduct and eligibility of the athletes are clearly communicated and followed. 
  • Plan, organize, advertise, and conduct tryouts for the particular sports program; inform the Athletic Department and participants of final selections. Maintain the integrity of the selection process. 
  • Consult with the Athletic Director regarding any off-season training programs including scheduling dates for summer camps/practices, uniform fitting, pre-post tryout informational parent meetings. 
  • Create a safe environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students. 
  • Supervise athletes at all times during practices, transport to games, games and until athletes have been picked up by guardians, or make arrangements to ride public transportation. 
  • Model good sportsmanship behavior and maintain appropriate conduct towards the opposing team, fans, parents, officials, spectators and community.


    • Complete required safety training for basic first aid and injury prevention available through SafeSchools and NFHS Learn, including, but not limited to: 
      • Annually - mandated reporter, bloodborne pathogens, concussion in sports, sudden cardiac arrest, heat illness prevention  https://www.nfhslearn.com/
    • At time of hire - Fundamentals of Coaching or certificate of completion in a previous sports season

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands


Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 20 -40 lbs.


Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.


Gym or field environment will usually contain both participants and spectators. Frequent travel (50%-70%) to gyms and fields throughout East Palo Alto. Location of gyms and fields in East Palo Alto will vary.  In an emergency context (e.g., pandemic), the season may be postponed or canceled. Adhere to KIPP’s health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies’ recommendations.


Seasonal, Part-time, non-exempt hourly position that is based on a school calendar and time-off schedule.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 18 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 


Our student community consists of over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.


$30 per hour for an expected 100  hours during the season

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page.

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