Position: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, ASAD
Location: 55 Gordon St., Whitby, ON
Assignment: Full-time, Salaried
Pay Rate: $50,000 – $55,000 per annum, commensurate with experience and education. We also offer
comprehensive benefits and access to our superb sport, fitness and recreational facilities.
Start Date: September 2021
You Belong Here!
Working as a team, our common goal is to improve quality of life, social and economic inclusion, and health and
wellbeing for Canadians of ALL abilities. Together we are shaping the future, constantly looking for ways to
improve how we operate, communicate and innovate. Abilities Centre is a workplace where you can learn,
develop, be your true self, and have fun, all while realizing your fullest potential.
The Academy for Student Athlete Development (ASAD) is an innovative program designed to provide targeted
athletic, academic, and psychosocial support in a dedicated daily training environment to student athletes in
grades 9-12, as they strive to achieve success at provincial, national, and international levels of competition.
ASAD provides one of the most unique and inclusive models to support student athletes on able- bodied, parasport
and Special Olympic performance pathways. Launched in September 2016, in Durham region, and expanding to
London, Ontario in September 2018, the ASAD model is intended to make the high-performance sport pathway
more equitable to students from a variety of backgrounds with a focus on serving those who face
the greatest social and economic barriers to pursuing athletic and academic achievement
The Head Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach, ASAD will provide support to targeted high school aged
athletes, as directed by the Director, Sport & Recreation and supported by the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
(CSIO) Lead Practitioner, in the area of S&C to facilitate overall performance enhancement. The Head S&C Coach
will work closely with the CSIO Lead Practitioner, ASAD staff, Regional Therapy and S&C partners, ASAD Regional
teachers, and ASAD regional coaching staff to focus on all areas of S&C including flexibility, strength, endurance,
hypertrophy, power, and speed in alignment with both academic curriculum as well as sport specific training
and goals. The Head S&C Coach will support athletes and coaches by implementing tools and metrics to monitor
and assess progress and will collaborate with the ASAD Staff in order to achieve a holistic approach to athlete
• In collaboration with the CSIO Lead Practitioner, develop and deliver evidence-based S&C support in
the daily training environment to select ASAD athletes.
• In collaboration with the CSIO Lead Practitioner, develop individualized training plans, focusing on
targeted objectives for each athlete.
• Coach athletes in one on one or small group scenarios to teach proper lifting technique, to ensure
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maximum adaptations and a safe environment.
• Take part in an individualized professional development plan established in collaboration with
the Director, Sport and Recreation and the CSIO Lead Practitioner Collaborate with Regional
teaching staff to develop relevant student assessment for associated academic Physical
• Collaborate and assist in the development, advancement, and implementation of ASAD S&C
curriculum with all ASAD S&C partners (both Durham and London) to ensure program delivery aligns
with ASAD core values and Provincial Sport Organization identified goals and development pathways.
• Foster effective working relationship with all stakeholders in order to establish unified support
philosophy towards the achievement of individual athlete and sport program goals.
• Provide comprehensive feedback (presentations, publications, reports) of results and interpretation to
athletes and coaches.
• Oversee the ASAD Junior S&C Practitioner providing guidance and leadership in the delivery of
programming at the Durham campus.
Holistic Athlete Support Team
• Communicate effectively on a regular basis with other ASAD staff and partners to provide a holistic
approach to athlete performance.
• Work using a collaborative approach to individual athlete and/or sport specific challenges and questions.
• Attend and contribute to sport specific ASAD staff and partner meetings.
• Consult and refer specific athlete issues to relevant practitioners within each ASAD program pillar.
Research and Program Evaluation
In collaboration with Abilities Centre’s research department and ASAD staff:
• Implement a thorough monitoring, tracking and testing process that is in alignment with the overall
ASAD Program Evaluation Framework, and that evaluates athlete progress
• Evaluate current research to broaden knowledge of the applicable sport as well as general knowledge of
trends and findings in the discipline.
• Conduct, commission and collaborate in research and innovation projects in an effort to further the
• Support all ASAD S&C partners in the delivery of S&C testing in order to ensure consistent and valid data
collection and impact assessment.
• Conduct relevant and appropriate analysis of testing and monitoring data in order to ensure evidence based programming implementation, and to aid in the development of the ASAD testing framework
• Collaborate with ASAD staff, partners, and coaches on the overall ASAD Program Evaluation framework,
aligning impact assessment with the vision, mission and core values of the ASAD program.
Abilities Centre Responsibilities
• Maintain an accurate record of work conducted
• Be an engaged member of company by actively participating in staff meetings, other meetings and
seminars as required
• Adhere to any professional codes of conduct appropriate to the profession or other codes of conduct
that might be deemed applicable to sports science and sports medicine practitioners in general
• Maintain a proactive approach to personal professional development
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• Present workshops, lectures and seminars as required by the Director, Sport & Recreation and Manager,
• Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Director, Sport & Recreation
• Degree in physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics or related field; Advanced degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.)
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a high-performance sport environment at the University
level or higher (including National and International Competitions).
• National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
(CSCS) certification is a requirement.
• Previous experience of working with high school aged athletes is desirable.
• Previous experience of working with Paralympic athletes is desirable.
• Previous experience of working with Special Olympics athletes is desirable.
• Strong coaching and presentation skills.
• Experience in developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice, including
working in an applied and integrated manner.
• Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of independence and initiative.
• Good team building skills and the ability to be flexible and adjust to changing priorities.
• Knowledge of the Canadian Sport System an asset
• Knowledge of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model an asset
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, August 11 at 5:00 PM
Do you have the all the right background plus the drive to improve lives by bringing people together to explore
opportunities, discover passions, and fulfill aspirations? If so, apply now; You Belong Here!
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taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We thank all who apply, however only those selected for an
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