Are you passionate about introducing young people to running and walking? Atlanta Track Club is seeking coaches to lead its Kilometer Kids community sites. This is a stipend-based, part-time, seasonal position that is approximately 5-7 hours per week for 12-13 weeks. Kilometer Kids is Atlanta Track Club's oldest and largest youth running program. The free, game-based curriculum is designed to teach kids in K-5th grade about goal setting, healthy habits, respect, and community building, all through exposing them to the sport of running. Over the course of the season, the goal for every Kilometer Kid is to run 26.2 miles, or the equivalent of a marathon, by attending two practices a week for 10 weeks. There is no fee to participate, and the program is for all elementary and middle school students regardless of running ability or experience. As a non-competitive program, being a Kilometer Kid is not about running the fastest or winning the race. Instead, it's all about working hard, being kind, and having fun while becoming more physically active, being a part of a team, and finding joy in the process.
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires, and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States hosting more than 40 events annually including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race – the largest 10K running event in the world. Atlanta Track Club also maintains several community initiatives including Kilometer Kids.
- Preparing for and facilitating two, hour-long weekly practices with ~40 kids ranging from age 5-12.
- Managing all communication with participant parents and guardians including program registration and policies, weekly updates, and end-of-season correspondence.
- Managing data collection efforts using Fitness Finder’s EZ Scan technology.
- Attending a weekly meeting with the Kilometer Kids program manager.
- Experience working with children preferably elementary school-aged.
- Strong written and oral communications including the ability to speak to diverse audiences.
- Must be an organized self-starter who possesses the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
- An interest in working afternoons (approximately 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday).
- Ability and willingness to manage load-in and load-out processes at practice sessions.
- Demonstrated commitment to running and physical fitness preferred.
Note: The Spring 2024 season will begin the week of February 26, 2024, and go through the week of May 10, 2024. The Fall 2024 season will begin the week of September 3, 2024, and go through the week of November 15, 2024. A few additional hours will be required before the beginning of the season for orientation and other pre-season preparations.