Spirit Coordinator


Job Purpose: The successful candidate will organize major spirit events for students and alumni and serve as the head coach for the Reddie Cheer and Pom/Dance squads. As head coach for the spirit squads, the Spirit Coordinator will work with graduate assistants to create and maintain a program that balances student participants’ academic careers, leadership development, physical well-being, and desire to represent Henderson State University in a positive manner. The Spirit Coordinator will also work with other university representatives (alumni & development, athletics, bands, and student engagement) to organize major spirit-related events and create an environment of positive school spirit.

Major Responsibilities

Spirit Squads Head Coach

  • Recruitment, scheduling tryouts, securing choreography, training and supervision of the spirit squads, which includes the Cheerleading Team and Pom/Dance Team.
  • Assisting with the establishment of a strict and compliant code of conduct for all Spirit Program participants, ensuring policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee squad development, including participant well-being and personal growth and ensure that squad members exhibit core values of character, excellence, teamwork
  • Manage graduate assistants who are responsible for the personal and athletic skill development of team members.
  • Responsible for operations, implementation and execution of game day duties and responsibilities for the squads during football and basketball seasons
  • Coordinate team travel efforts.

Spirit Events Coordination

  • Organize major spirit-related events each academic year, including Homecoming, Family Day, Battle of the Ravine, pep rallies and other events.
  • Work with staff in alumni and development, athletics, student engagement, Greek life, bands, and other areas to create and manage a coordinated program and seasonal calendar for spirit-related activities
  • Work with Athletics, Student Affairs and University Advancement to promote spirit events to the campus community and university alumni.
  • Manage and perform administrative tasks as they relate to spirit activities.
  • Coordinate spirit fundraising events.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Requires Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Incumbent must demonstrate previous success in the following: developing and/or involvement in a collegiate school spirit program; coordination of choreography for cheer or dance teams; collaborative efforts with various campus organizations; ability to prioritize and handle competing deadlines; strong leadership, judgment, interpersonal and motivational skills; and demonstrated sensitivity and commitment to serving a diverse and multicultural community.

Applicants must also demonstrate successful and significant involvement in programming and/or student activities or leadership programs during their collegiate career. Candidates must be able to relate well to people in a college environment, show initiative, have a conscientious attitude, be organized and have excellent communication skills.


Application: Email a letter of application, resume, three references from current and former employers/colleagues to: Stacy Howard, Administrative Assistant for University Advancement at howards@hsu.edu. A review of applications will begin after April 16, 2018. The final applicant will be required to submit to a background screening including criminal background check, drug screening, and driver’s record check pursuant to university policy.