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Kankakee Community College

Esports Head Coach

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Kankakee Community College
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kankakee, IL
$10k (USD) per year

HEAD COACH – Esports (Part-Time)

Kankakee Community College (KCC) is located on a scenic 177-acre campus 60 miles south of Chicago and provides high quality transfer and career programs, adult education and literacy programs at multiple sites throughout its 1,600-square-mile district. The college enrolls more than 6,000 students annually through credit, and corporate & continuing education programs.

PART-TIME POSITION:

This is a part-time position and is compensated through an annualized stipend of $10,000.

DESCRIPTION:

Under the supervision of the coordinator of Student Life and Development, the eSports Head Coach will be responsible for:

  • Providing leadership, coaching, tutoring and management in the creation, growth and maintenance of an eSports team and program;
  • Demonstrating a vision for a collegiate varsity eSports program which enhances the academic progress and achievement of students;
  • Recruiting qualified students for competitive varsity level teams;
  • Leading the KCC eSports teams to compete competitively on behalf of the College;
  • Scheduling and coaching intercollegiate matches and tournaments, practice preparation, and in- training labs for team members and walk-ins interested in gaming.
  • Securing appropriate sponsorships for eSports at the college.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Teaching/Coaching/Supervision

  • Hire, supervise and evaluate eSports student employees and part-time staff.
  • Prepare eSports student-athletes for competition, and ensure compliance with National Association of College Esports (NACE), Tespa, Collegiate StarLeague (CSL), Riot Games, Blizzard
  • Games as well as other competitions and tournaments at the local, regional and national level.
  • Be knowledgeable of collegiate and industry trends, standards and methods in various eSports titles, and be able to advise students on match preparation, post-match analysis, and personal improvement.
  • Develop, prepare, administer and evaluate executing fall and spring practice schedules and competition.
  • Recruit, instruct, facilitate, teach and coach eSports student-athletes based on industry and varsity e-sports gaming strategies, standards and performance principles.
  • Communicate progress and issues related to eSports membership, compliance and sponsorships to the coordinator and other appropriate college officials.
  • Conduct industry standard electronic and video analysis and instruction as a teaching and preparation tool.

Sponsorship Acquisition

  • Cultivate and secure appropriate sponsorships from local, regional and/or national businesses, organizations and corporations in support of the eSports program.

Technology/Media Management

  • Maintain a strong knowledge base of current professional eSports manufacturing standards, including but not limited to: display technology; interactive AV technology; casting & control systems; video conferencing; eSports furniture and equipment; and overall eSports technology.
  • Provide oversight for the eSports arena, including the acquisition, evaluation and maintenance of eSports mechanics and equipment.
  • Create and maintain a website and all social media components for eSports.
  • Create and maintain an inventory for uniforms, supplies and equipment.
  • Monitor arena usage for safety concerns and work with IT, facilities and academics in the maintenance of the eSports space.

Recruiting/Retention

  • Collaborate with the Enrollment Services department and other appropriate academic and college programs to recruit and enroll qualified eSports students for club sports and varsity level competition teams.
  • In cooperation with the Student Success department, monitor academic progress of eSports student-athletes and ensure support for advising and retention of students recruited specifically for the eSports varsity level teams.
  • Manage and coordinate recruitment activities that are compliant with college policy and Esports professional association rules, policies and procedures.
  • Establish and evaluate industry and collegiate level eligibility standards for eSports, and maintain player records that demonstrate eligibility and overall student success.

Administration

  • Create schedules for competitions that are fiscally efficient.
  • Manage fiscal operations and ensure departmental finances are aligned with college outcomes.
  • Coordinate team travel.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the eSports program in the community.
  • Represent the College at conferences, regional, state and national meetings relating specifically to eSports.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of an assessment plan to measure program outcomes.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • At least 2 years of experience related to eSports coaching, and/or one year of competitive eSports experience at the collegiate level involving multiplayer online video games with team-based elements, or at least 4 years of experience coaching and/or competing at the high school or club level.
  • Working knowledge of or willingness to learn all applicable National Associate of ESports (NACE) rules, as well as rules related to Tespa and Collegiate StarLeague (CSL).
  • Knowledge and experience of ESports games such as League of Legends, DOTA, Overwatch,
    Hearthstone and/or games within the genre of LoL, MOBA, FPS, and RTS.
  • Ability to operate computer equipment in eSports Lab/Arena including knowledge of gaming platforms and supporting websites.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment for optimal gaming experience.
  • Must have a valid Illinois Driver's license and an "Acceptable" driving record per the Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) guidelines.
  • Must meet travel expectations as required for the position.
  • Able to lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds and/or operate office equipment for pulling, pushing, moving and storage.
  • Self-motivation skills and ability to work with little supervision required.
  • Experience recruiting high school or college students preferred.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills highly desirable.
  • Good communication and motivational skills required.
  • Qualified candidate must be literate in reading, writing, and computation skills as well as possess the dedication and leadership skills required for the position.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

This is a part-time position and is compensated through an annualized stipend of $10,000.