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St. John's University


Head Cheer Coach

Administrative/Professional --> Athletics

Queens, NY
ID: 219570-951

St. John’s, established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship, and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations. 


A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. Our graduates will excel in the competencies and values needed for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world. 





Specific Job Title:   

Head Cheer Coach 


Reports to 

Kristin Quinn, Senior Assoc. AD/SWA 





Job Summary:

The Head Cheer Coach will manage all personnel and aspects of the St. John’s University Cheerleading program and provide leadership, innovative vision and strategic planning for an NCAA Division I member institution, part of the BIG EAST Conference.  

In addition, the individual in this position will be responsible for the recruitment, supervision, evaluation, and performance of student-athletes and represent the University and the Vincentian Mission of St. John’s  while continuing to elevate the St. John’s cheerleading program on the national level and emulating the Athletic Department’s “Expect to Win” culture. 


Essential Functions  

  • Practices  

    • Ensure that practices are structured and organized with a safe practice environment for every routine 

    • Ensure all practice routines are certified and in compliance with USA Cheer regulations 

    • Required to teach proper, progressional technique for all movements, including collegiate pyramids, collegiate stunts, and all other routines 

    • Be able to moderate practice routines based on skill level and the strength and coordination required for each technique 

    • Should have experience in teaching and educating each team member on proper safety guidelines, specific to each technique as it pertains to 2.5 high pyramids, single and multi-base partner stunt techniques and inversions, and flipping basket tosses.  

  • Recruiting  

    • Lead the recruitment of prospective students.  

    • Manage and ensure that all auditions and clinics are organized, well-advertised, and well-attended.  

    • Ensure all insurance guidelines and safety procedures are met.  

  • Team Management & Representation 

    • Be responsible for educating team members about their high-profile nature and the importance of representation of the university.  

    • Encourage a positive attitude whenever interacting with staff, faculty, and opposing teams.  

    • Must ensure appropriate attire for team travel, practice, games, and events 

    • Help ensure student-athletes are always respectful.    

    • Manage all personnel and aspects of the program to include the preparation of student-athletes through practice sessions and preparation for performances. 

  • Administration 

    • Establish and maintain a working knowledge of the NCAA and BIG EAST Conference rules and regulations and St. John’s University policies and procedures.  

    • Maintain these operating guidelines, policies, and procedures to ensure 100% compliance throughout the calendar year for all personnel associated with the program.  

    • Ensure team members always follow all ticket policies 

    • With safety as a priority, ensure that all safety procedures outlined by the USA Cheer are strictly adhered to

  • Games & Appearances 

    • Manage and oversee team at all required athletic contests and events.  

    • With the premier focus in basketball home contests, ensure that the team is always on time and prepared for all pre-game activities, follow dress code policy, and be uniformed, especially when traveling to and from games.  

    • Ensure team remains positive and professional during games in lieu of many demands and distractions.  

    • Maintain high standards of conduct and discipline.  



  • Energetic and motivated individual. 

  • Ability to manage expectations and lead in a positive fashion. 

  • Ability to recruit students. 

  • On court skill development (stunting, tumbling, and spotting required). 

  • Strong organizational skills. 

  • Academic monitoring. 


Supervisory Responsibility 

  • This position monitors the student athletes well as assistant coach and volunteer staff.  

  • May not be listed on the “Restricted, Suspended and Ineligible persons” list from USA Cheer. 


Physical Demands 

While performing this job's duties, the employee must stand and perform duties on the tumbling mat, basketball court and soccer field. The employee should be able to spot stunts and tumbling to create a safe environment.  


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work 

  • Part time. 

  • Various weekday nights and weekends. 



Travel is to basketball games at Madison Square Garden, UBS Arena, and Barclays Center with the potential of postseason tournament travel. Additional travel will be to the UCA Nationals and UCA Camp. 


Required Education and Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree.  

  • Minimum two (2) years coaching experience at the collegiate level 

  • USA Safety & Education College Rules. 

  • USA Cheer member certified 

  • CrashCourse Concussion Education. 

  • Athlete Protection Courses for Coaches. 

  • Valid Driver’s license. 

  • Background checks required. 

  • CPR/AED Certified. 


Other Duties 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly salary range for this position is $21.00-$23.00. St. John’s University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.  


This position may be relocated to any of St. John’s University’s physical locations at any time. 


St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events 


Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education. 


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.