Employer:  Delta Gymnastics Society
Location of Employment: 4680 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC V4K 3X3
Position Title: Certified Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach
Position Vacancy: 1
Reports to: Jennifer Dober, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator
Department: Developmental, Advanced
Terms of Employment: Permanent Full-Time (35 hours per week).  Benefits package.
Language of Work: English
Wage: $30 – $35 per hour


Vision Statement: To be recognized in Delta as a leader promoting lifelong participation in physical activity.

Mission Statement: To enable people to have the confidence and competence to live active, healthy lifestyles by participating in gymnastics activities and sport.


This position is responsible for coaching and developing athletes in our Women’s Competitive gymnastics program with the opportunity to coach a variety of L2-10 and can be catered to specific levels. The candidate will need to to plan and prepare for classes, offer a great class environment, deliver coaching with enthusiasm, and behave in a professional manner as a DGS ambassador.

  1. Planning and Preparation
    1. Knowledge of Skills Progressions for advanced gymnastics
      1. Prepare to coach only techniques and skills that are appropriate to your class NCCP certification level
      1. Use proper progressions to teach skills
    1. Knowledge of Participants and Learning Process
      1. Research about your participants – age, program, skills/abilities, injuries
      1. Discuss with Program Coordinator if there are any behavioural issues with participants that need to be addressed or that you need assistance with
      1. Review any special needs of participants in the class
    1. Setting Instructional Outcomes
      1. Prepare for goal setting
      1. Ensure suitability of diverse learning styles
      1. Balance needs of participants in the group
    1. Knowledge of Use of Equipment
      1. Understand rotations
      1. To extend teaching of skills progressions
      1. To best suit participants learning styles
    1. Design Lesson Plans
      1. Incorporate a variety of learning activities and learning styles
      1. Plan for choice and sequence of activities and transition between activities
      1. Plan for a challenging, yet fun experience founded on sound gymnastics theory to help participants achieve their respective goals.
    1. Understand Assessments
      1. Use knowledge of report card/assessment goals for lesson planning and development of individual participants
      1. To recommend other programs for best fit of class/program to the participant to the coordinator
    1. Understand Operational Duties
      1. Enter hours in payroll system in the appropriate program
      1. Find an appropriate substitute if unable to attend a scheduled shift; follow the procedure outlined in the Planned Absences or Unplanned Absences section of the Staff Manual
      1. Arrive early for scheduled shifts to allow enough time to prepare (review lesson plan, check warm-up and rotation schedule, set up equipment if possible) for class
      1. Prepare participants for activities, events, demonstrations, competitions, etc. and assist in organizing the logistics of attending in collaboration with the Program Coordinator, including travel arrangements if/when required.
      1. Attend off-site competitions as scheduled and required, fully supporting the athletes and participating in technical meetings.

  2. Class Environment
    1. Create an Environment of Safety
      1. Consider health and safety aspect when making decisions
      1. Teach only skills that are appropriate to the program that the athletes are in and appropriate to the current level of the athletes
      1. Consider positioning, especially with respect to other programs in the gym
      1. Assess equipment and gym area daily to ensure it is safe for participant use
      1. Report all injuries to Program Coordinator and Safety Manager; fill out appropriate forms and follow up as required
      1. Customize program for injured athletes so they can safely heal and continue to develop
      1. Become familiar with all Emergency Procedures for facility and/or off-site programs

    1. Create an Environment of Respect and Engagement
      1. Teach rules and expectations of behaviour
    1. Establish a Culture for Learning
      1. Pride in accomplishment
      1. Importance of skills and their progressions
      1. Expectations for learning and achievement
    1. Manage Class Procedures
      1. Ensure participants are behaving in a safe manner at all times, especially when travelling through the gym
    1. Manage Participant Behaviour
      1. Coach the participants in groups by balancing their individual needs.
      1. Follow through with expectations and response to misbehaviour

  3. Coach
    1. Communicate and Engage Participants
      1. Engage with your participants; learn their names, celebrate achievements and positive behaviours, and address ongoing behavioural problems if needed
      1. Set expectations for learning – what you will be watching
      1. Provide clear directions and rules – how and when you will make interventions
      1. Explain skills progression, goal setting
    1. Use Questioning and Feedback Techniques
      1. Use of open-ended questions and relate to goal setting
      1. Identify causes of failure, reassure, adapt, explain and recognize success
    1. Engage Participants in Learning
      1. Use a variety of activities and drills
      1. Use a variety of equipment and resources
      1. Consider class structure and pacing
    1. Use Assessment in Coaching
      1. Apply assessment criteria – learning and mastering skills
      1. Monitor the development of each participant
      1. Encourage participant self-assessment
    1. Flexibility and Responsiveness
      1. Make lesson adjustments depending on abilities and individual needs

  4. Professional Responsibilities
    1. Reflect on Coaching
      1. Consider improvements and changes to enhance your coaching
    1. Maintain Accurate Record – Report Cards
      1. Ensure participant information is entered as the session progresses and not only at the end of the session
    1. Communication
      1. Be mindful of interactions with participants to manage perceptions
      1. Inform Program Coordinator of major issues with equipment, participants, or parents/guardians
      1. Inform Program Coordinator of any participants that may be invited to participate in an advanced or team program
      1. Direct parent inquiries to appropriate coordinator
      1. Greet and introduce yourself to parents/guardians, sharing upcoming information if appropriate
      1. Read all email communications from Coordinators, Executive Director or any other DGS staff and respond in a timely manner when a response is requested or required
    1. Peer Development and Team Building
      1. Be mindful of other programs and classes in the gym; work collaboratively with other coaches to ensure the quality and success of all programs present
      1. Assist Program Coordinator in orienting, and/or training new coaches as needed/requested
      1. Mentor junior coaches: assist them in developing plan for areas of weakness and strategy to improve
      1. Allow new coaches to shadow while coaching and gradually allow them to put into practice new knowledge
      1. Recognize any peer achievements by writing a WOW for someone
    1. Personal Growth and Development
      1. Attend and actively participate in all Staff Training Sessions
      1. Participate in planned mentorship program or, if needed, engage with a senior coach that might guide your development or inquiries
      1. Identify areas of growth; create reasonable and measurable goals and pursue them
      1. Evaluate performance annually and create next steps
      1. Source courses and other development opportunities; seek authorization from Program Coordinator
    1. Professional Behaviour – DGS Ambassador
      1. Understand and follow all policies and procedures
      1. Know, understand, and consistently apply the principles of the Delta Gymnastics coaching philosophy
      1. Know and understand the basic history of the Delta Gymnastics Society
      1. Know, understand and live out our values in a committed and consistent fashion Know and understand our mission and vision statements and consciously apply them in daily decisions
      1. Wear your Delta Gymnastics uniform with pride and understanding that you are representing Delta Gymnastics
      1. Participate at events, activities and programs with the spirit of supporting Delta Gymnastics’ mission
      1. Interact with all internal and external stakeholders with a professional and authentic demeanour
      1. Adhere to the principles outlined in Delta Gymnastics’ Respectful Workplace policy

Essential Job Requirements

  • First Aid certification
  • Making Ethical Decisions certificate
  • Respect in Sport certificate
  • Criminal Record Check (for over 18 years of age)
  • Passion for an active lifestyle, physical literacy, and development of children
  • Must be able to bear weight as required to spot or support athletes of all ages and abilities
  • Must be able to be physically active including (but not limited to) movements such as: rotation, squatting, lifting, holding, and others as required
  • Must be able to navigate the gymnastics facility with ease
  • Good understanding of class management and behaviour management
  • Must be able to teach a class in English
  • Previous participation in a developed Women’s Artistic Gymnastics program either as a coach or an athlete
  • Proven understanding of long-term athlete development in sport

Preferred Requirements

  • National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Gymnastics Comp 1
  • Additional NCCP certification including Active Start, Trampoline, or Competition
  • Fundamental Movement Skills Completed Course
  • Judging certification
  • Previous participation in the sport or activity of gymnastics
  • Experience competing or coaching at a national or higher level
  • Personal experience developing athlete from a pre-competitive level to an elite level

Technical Requirements

  • Ability to use computer systems for attendance, payroll, and report cards

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Degree in Kinesiology or similar
  • Fitness certification or similar
  • Early Childhood Education or experience working with children

Jennifer Dober, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator at jdober@deltagymnastics.com