CSIO Strength & Conditioning Coach Employment Opportunity

Published On: September 6, 2023Categories: Job Postings

POSITION TITLE: PS1 Strength & Conditioning Coach (1.0 FTE)

Posting Date: Thursday, August 31, 2023

DEPARTMENT: Performance Services

Application Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2023 (09:00am EST)

LOCATION: Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
(Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre)
875 Morningside Avenue, Suite 100, Toronto

Interview Date: Week of September 25, 2023 (Date TBC)

The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is committed to providing best-in-class, multi-sport daily training environments for athletes and coaches through expert leadership, services, and programs.

Our Purpose is Elevating people and performances

Our Values are Commitment, Synergy, Integrity, Openness

The Performance Services business unit contributes to CSIO’s goals in the following ways:
• Recruitment, development, and retention of Performance Sciences (Sport Science and Sport Medicine disciplines), Research & Innovation Leaders & Practitioners
• Delivering best-in-class Health, Performance, and Research Solutions for Performance Partners
• Delivering Partnership Management, Service Agreements, and Quality Assurance measures for our Performance Partners
• Supporting a practitioner development pathway in alignment with Sport Scientist Canada (SSC)

Position Summary
The PS1 Strength & Conditioning Coach is a development role at CSIO, with the following core functions:
1. Provide Strength Training services to Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs), and contribute as part of PSO interdisciplinary support teams (ISTs)
2. Support physical testing sessions in the CSIO Sport Lab and/or in the field
3. Assist PS2 and PS3 level practitioners in service delivery for National Sport Organizations (NSOs)
4. Actively receive ongoing mentorship in all sport science disciplines (physiology, strength training, data
science, biomechanics) to foster transdisciplinary knowledge and achieve a high standard of practice

The successful candidate will demonstrate coaching ability, an understanding of the scientific method, the
ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and a passion for high performance sport every day in order to
support performance enhancement and help athletes and coaches to thrive.

Service Delivery
• Foster effective working relationships with sport coaches to understand coaching philosophy and sport program goals
• Plan, deliver, and evaluate the provision of strength training services to identified athletes
• Support decentralized athletes with programming and consultations
• Support coaches in the periodization and planning of their daily training environment
• Work collaboratively to leverage an understanding of all sport science disciplines to determine how to best improve athlete performance
• Coach athletes in one-on-one or small group scenarios to teach proper lifting technique, to ensure maximum adaptations and a safe environment
• Implement thorough monitoring, tracking, and testing processes to ensure that athletes are making the desired progress
• Evaluate current research to broaden knowledge of the sport as well as general knowledge of trends and findings in strength training
• Conduct and collaborate in research and innovation projects when required
• Supervise open training hours at CSIO headquarters located within the Toronto Pan Am Sports Center (TPASC)
• Attend and contribute to sport-specific Integrated Support Team (IST) meetings
• Consult and refer specific athlete issues to relevant practitioners within the IST
• Maintain an accurate record of work conducted
• Adhere to any professional codes of conduct appropriate to your profession or other codes of conduct that might be deemed applicable to sports science and sports medicine practitioners in general

Physical Testing
• Assist the Lab Coordinator with equipment calibration procedures and quality assurance of equipment and ensure electronic records are kept up to date
• Assist Performance Services staff with preparing and conducting performance testing within the Sport Lab and in the field
• Support mass testing events through planning and data collection
• Support in the management of performance data and ensure such is secure and accessible
• Provide comprehensive feedback (verbal, dashboards, presentations, publications, reports) of results and interpretation for practitioners, athletes and coaches
• Work using a collaborative approach to tackle sport-specific challenges and questions

• Maintain an accurate record of work conducted.
• Ensure that time is appropriately managed, including vacation and any accrued overtime.
• Be an active member of the organization by participating in staff meetings, other meetings, and seminars as required
• Be a Professional or HP Certified member in good standing with Sport Scientist Canada
• Adhere to any professional codes of conduct appropriate to your profession or other codes of conduct that might be deemed applicable to sports science and sports medicine practitioners in general
• Work with the role manager to identify technical gaps and actively engage in skill development in relevant sport science disciplines (physiology, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, data science, etc.) to address identified gaps. With manager and mentor(s), work towards obtaining the necessary competencies for Sport Scientist Canada HP Certification.
• Support Sport Science Practitioners in the daily training environment and remotely.
• Actively participate in formal feedback processes with a growth mindset (e.g., performance management).  Periodically review and assess the progress of the tasks identified in the annual employee work plan and learning and development goals.
• Where appropriate, present at workshops, lectures, and seminars as required and agreed upon by the CSIO Manager or Director, Performance Services.
• Actively participate in development opportunities offered through Sport Scientist Canada, and regularly attend discipline meetings.
• Other duties as assigned by the Manager or Director, Performance Services.

• This role is required to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, and be available on-call for emergencies for time-sensitive and priority issues.
• This role must provide their own transportation to/from the service delivery location. An Ontario G Class
Driver’s license is beneficial.
• Must be eligible to work in Canada.
• This role must meet and maintain all Safe Sport, Anti-Doping, and other relevant HR requirements. Where appropriate, this role must maintain the necessary certifications (including First Aid CPR and AED) and liability insurance deemed necessary for employment by HR.

• CSIO Performance Services Managers and Director
• CSIO Performance Services Team
• CSIO Performance Pathways Team
• CSIO Corporate Services Team
• Relevant NSO and PSO teams engaged with testing, data solutions, or sport science service delivery.

• Advanced degree (MSc, MPK, or Ph.D.) in Kinesiology, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, or a related field
• CPR and AED-certified
• NSCA CSCS certification or ability to obtain within the first three months of employment.
• Ability to work towards Sport Science Canada Certification
• Olympic Weightlifting certification is an asset
• ISAK certification is an asset

• 1-3 years in a performance sport setting.
• Demonstrated coaching experience, preferably with previous experience coaching youth athletes (12-18years).
• Previous laboratory experience (preferred).
• Research experience in a related field (desired).
• Previous experience working with S&C technologies (VBT, Force Plates, etc.) and S&C software (Teambuildr, Bridge, etc.) is an asset.

Skills & Knowledge:
• Strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the core principles of strength and conditioning as it relates to athlete performance.
• Strong technical knowledge and ability to teach and demonstrate various exercise techniques, sprint running mechanics, plyometrics, and agility drills.
• Previous experience performing sport needs analyses.
• Problem-solving under pressure
• Clear communication of complex processes
• Organizational skills, managing multiple deadlines.
• Strong Excel skills for program creation, data analysis, and reporting.
• Experience with data visualization tools like Tableau or Power BI (asset).
• Programming skills in R, Python, or MATLAB (asset).
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Familiarity with the Canadian Sport System (asset)
• Excellent problem-solving skills under pressure.
• Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate complex processes clearly and concisely.
• Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines effectively (e.g., equipment servicing, service
delivery, data management, data reporting, scheduling).
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with various teams, staff members, and external partners.
Collaborative teamwork and strong communication skills are essential.
Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter (in one PDF document) to:
Search Committee, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario  E-mail: careers@csiontario.ca

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, or disability.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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