SPEECH & DEBATE COACH 2021-2022-275

Belgrade Public Schools (learn more)

Belgrade, MT (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3692732
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted: October 6, 2021

Job Description

Title:                         Speech & Debate  Coach 2021-2022-275


Reports to:               Middle School Activities Director and Principal

Status:                    Schedule to be determined upon hire. Practice is held 3-4

                               times per week with weekend meets. 


Dates of season:      Position will run from October 1, 2021 – January 30, 2022. 

                               Schedule to be determined


Essential Job Duties

  • Coach and judge at competitions during the academic year.
  • Direct, review, and edit student research.
  • Listen to and provide feedback to students by listening to video recordings of debates, practice speeches, and rebuttal reworks.
  • Engage students in discussions about arguments and strategy.
  • Collaborate with the Head Coach - Speech and Debate on decision-making and planning as needed.
  • Support appropriate student behavior as outlined in the student handbook.
  • Minor administrative tasks.


Knowledge Skills Abilities


  • Knowledge to analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events, gather, collate, and/or classify data and use job-related equipment.
  • Ability to be flexible to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances. 
  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently
  • Ability to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups and utilize specific, job-related equipment.
  • Ability to problem solve to analyze issue.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, the public, and staff members.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to manage time and responsibilities, adapt to changing work priorities, communicate with diverse groups, maintaining confidentiality, meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Ability to set priorities, work as part of a team and work with and manage frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of student matters.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with students, parents, and staff.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all District requirements and Board policies.
  • Skill in adhering to safety practices.


Required Qualifications

  1. Successful experience in high school or college policy/cross-examination style debate.
  2. Experience researching/cutting positions used in policy debate.
  3. Familiarity with a variety of contemporary policy debate arguments and styles.


Preferred Qualifications

  1. A record of competitive success as a debater and/or coach
  2. Experience coaching other high school speech and debate formats

Necessary special requirements:


  • Montana Driver’s license or the ability to obtain license within three months of hire date.
  • Ability to travel to local and national high school debate tournaments with the team, including those falling on evenings and weekends.

Physical and Mental Demands and Work Hazards

  • Performs routine work.
  • Regularly works inside with minimal temperature variations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with severe time constraints.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
  • Frequently required to sit; occasionally walk and stand.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Required to be able to hear conversations in loud and quiet environments.
  • May be required to lift or carry up to 20 pounds on an infrequent basis with or without an accommodation.
  • Guidance and reinforcement are usually unavailable.
  • The employee frequently works within time constraints and must maintain attentiveness intensity.
  • Frequently involved in interactions which require oral and written communications.
  • Exercises flexibility and the ability to shift from one task to another.
  • Occasional travel/mobility between schools, or between schools and the Administration office, may be required.
  • Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts.
  • Effective hearing and speech abilities.
  • Work area is generally a hazard free environment.
  • Demonstrates regular attendance performing duties as described.
  • Reports to work fit for duty with characteristics inherent to the position.


The duties, physical demands, work-environment characteristics, and mental/motor demands described within this vacancy announcement are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with compliance with the American with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category: Athletics & Activities > Coaching
  • Contact Information

    • Diane Letendre
    • PO BOX 166
    • Belgrade, Montana 59714

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