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Head Cheer and Mascot Coach

Apply now Department: 3670001110 K-State Athletics Inc (Agcy)
Job no: 517737
Employment type: Athletics
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Athletics
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Head Cheer and Mascot Coach maintains control and oversight of the overall program which includes but is not limited to creating and implementing the program’s operational practices, creating and teaching routines while maintaining a high level of safety of the cheer squad through proper teaching of techniques and safety procedures in compliance with USA Cheer National Safety Standards, recruiting and selecting students to the squad, maintaining knowledge of gameday cheer trends to positively impact the fan experience, marketing, public relations, fundraising, and managing the program’s budget, including purchases and procurements.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coach, manager and advisor of the KSA Cheer and Mascot Program (50%): this includes formulating and implementing program management and participation policies; maintaining the welfare, direction, instruction, and academic progress of squad members; coordinating and leading all activities such as practices, workouts, tryouts, home and select away games; handling complaints and providing grievance resolutions; creating and implementing a Code of Conduct Policy; teaching and supervising high-intensity cheer and mascot routines that include elite tumbling, stunting, and skills to ensure the safety of both the squad members and public by following USA Cheer National Safety Standards; collaborate with multiple support staff including athletic training, strength and conditioning, equipment, and fan experience staff plus K-State Bands and dance team staff.
  • Oversee and manage the cheer and mascot budget and fundraising efforts (15%): this includes monitoring and maintaining expenses and incoming funds to remain within budget limitations; responsible for all travel, hotel, and meal arrangements, game day expenses, appearance costs, travel reports, and scholarship distribution based on performance, grades and fund availability; formulate and implement policies regarding fundraising tactics to raise funds for cheer program budget.
  • Oversee appearances, marketing and public relations for program (30%): this includes organizing scheduling, attending and supervising numerous appearances with K-State fans, alumni, outside businesses and area schools to increase public awareness of K-State and to promote the K-State Wildcats.
  • Other duties as required (5%)

Why Join Us:

K-State Athletics, a proud member of the Big 12 Conference, invites applications for the position of Head Cheer and Mascot Coach. This position plays an integral role in the external department of ticketing, fan experience, marketing, and sales, which strives to create ‘The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12 Conference.’ The mission of K-State Cheer is to provide an extracurricular activity for Kansas State University students interested in the opportunity to actively engage in K-State Athletics’ events. Participating students serve as ambassadors for K-State, engaging with and entertaining fans at community outreach appearances and athletic events to elevate the fan experience and create the best home field/court advantage possible.

Our mission is to foster a culture in which our student-athletes have every opportunity to reach their maximum potential academically, athletically, mentally and socially while operating an organization that is anchored by a genuine commitment to K-State, our supporters and each other.

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What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two or more years of collegiate cheer and mascot coaching experience
  • Knowledge of USA Cheer safety standards and must be USA Cheer safety certified or must obtain within first month of hire
  • Must be able to work independently without supervision
  • Must be self-motivated, be able to successfully multi-task and possess excellent organizational and supervisory skills
  • Must be able to travel and work evenings, weekends and holidays as required.
  • Ability to adhere to NCAA and Big 12 Conference rules

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of NCAA Division I cheer and mascot coaching experience
  • Experience overseeing and managing a budget with proven experience in fundraising

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment 

This position holds expectations of compliance with all NCAA, Big 12 Conference, Kansas State University and K-State Athletics, Inc. rules and regulations.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the position, please complete the online application and submit/upload the following documents:

  1. Cover letter indicating your qualifications for the position
  2. Resume with three professional references that includes contact information (name, title, phone number, email address)

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled



  • Excellent medical, dental and vision health plans
  • Very competitive retirement plan
  • Earned vacation and sick leave plans
  • Parental leave plan
  • Term life insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Paid KSU designated holidays

K-State Athletics Local Agency Employee Benefits Information:

Salary Rate / Pay Rate:

 $43,888 to $45,000

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  If position is in development, business office or ticket office, the background screen will include a credit check.

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