Head Football Coach, Northern Arizona University

Full-Time, Regular Employee
Salary: The position is full-time (12 months) administrative appointment with a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

College Sports Solutions (CSS) is completing an Executive Search for the position of Head Football Coach on behalf of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Northern Arizona University (NAU). CSS and NAU invite applications for the full-time Head Football Coach position.

About Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is a 31,073-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment. For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.  

Job Description
The head football coach will be responsible for supervising, planning and coordinating all aspects of a Division 1 football program. Will work with athletic academic services to promote and monitor academic progress of student-athletes to ensure continuing eligibility, culminating in graduation. Be responsible for developing a championship team cohesive with the excellent tradition and history associated with Northern Arizona University and the Big Sky Conference. Develop team members for competition and oversee their practices, teaching the mechanics and techniques of football. Assess and recruit high quality student-athletes while managing scholarship allocations. Possess knowledge and abide by university policies and NCAA and Big Sky Conference rules and regulations. The head coach is expected to conduct and manage the team consistent with principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in accordance with University policies, and NCAA and Big Sky Conference rules and regulations. Responsible for hiring and supervising the conduct, performance, and activities of assistant coaches and staff members. Responsible for the fiscal and budgetary functions associated with the football program. Participate in fundraising and development activities, as well as be an active and engaged member of the Flagstaff community. Promote the University, the Athletic Department, and the team in coordination with the athletics marketing and communication staff and through other public relations activities. The head coach will be responsible for performing other duties and special projects as assigned by the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of coaching experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree and 7 years of total coaching experience
  • NCAA coaching experience within a Division 1 scholarship program
  • Experience with NCAA compliance including APR

Other Information
This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

View the report or access the report by visiting the NAUPD Website. A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Benefits: This is an Administrator (ADM) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page 

Administrators are hired on a contract basis renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Administrative Service. These terms can be found on the Arizona Board of Regents website.
Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

FLSA Status: This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

To Apply
To apply for the position please submit your cover letter, resume, and references via e-mail to:

Mr. Jeff Schemmel
College Sports Solutions
Subject: Head Coach NAU Football

Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

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