Riverdale Country School is a preK - 12 day school in New York City that combines both traditional and innovative practices to provide an excellent Liberal Arts learning environment. Through our guiding principles - developing minds, building character and creating community - we aim to shape disciplined and flexible individuals who will change global and local communities for the good.
Riverdale seeks an experienced debate coach to develop and strengthen our fast-growing debate program. The Director of Debate will oversee the Upper School debate program and work in collaboration with a faculty member and school administrators.
Currently, approximately 45 students in grades 9-12 compete in Public Forum debate at local and national tournaments. The debate program is financially stable and has strong support from the administration.
A successful candidate will have experience coaching Public Forum and will be prepared to introduce new formats of competitive debate, including Congress. This position is ideal for someone with the skills and ambition to transform a relatively new debate team into a robust, successful debate program.
Responsibilities of the Director of Debate:
Plan and supervise practice sessions on Wednesday mornings/afternoons (alternating from morning to afternoon each week) and Friday mornings during normal school hours (not after school);
Plan and supervise practice sessions after school and on weekends, as needed;
Develop and implement novice curriculum for students new to debate;
Train experienced debaters in advanced techniques of argumentation and tournament strategy;
Coordinate registration, judges, and travel logistics for tournaments;
Chaperone approximately 5 out-of-state tournaments and 10 local tournaments;
Instruct and mentor assistant coaches, including faculty members with limited debate experience;
Initiate and lead changes to the debate program that improve the team’s success and meet the goals of Riverdale students and administration.
Other important information:
The Director of Debate must be available on campus for meetings during the week of August 27, 2018. The school year begins the week of September 3, 2018.
This position is part-time. Please check Riverdale’s job listings if you are interested in combining this position with another role.
If interested, please send CV and cover letter to Richard Lapidus, Dean of Faculty, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Riverdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Riverdale is excited to see candidates from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences.
About Riverdale Country School
Riverdale Country School is a prekindergarten through grade 12 day school in New York City that combines both traditional and innovative practices to provide an excellent Liberal Arts learning environment. Through our guiding principles--developing minds, building character, and creating community--we aim to shape disciplined and flexible individuals who will change global and local communities for the good.