Head Coach


Volunteer As a Head Coach

Coaching a Girls on the Run program is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls.


Job Summary/Responsibilities:

The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run® curriculum to program participants.  This position works closely with the Council Director and entails approximately 4 hours per week with additional time required on two to three weekend days for: a one day six hour training; a community race event; and for First Aid/CPR training, if necessary.


Major responsibilities include:  preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; leading the program participants through each lesson; serving as a role model and mentor; coaching program participants on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition; attending a community running race with program participants and other volunteers; attending 3-4 coaches meetings with the Director during the season; interacting with parents of program participants; planning and coordinating the end of season banquet, Run for a Reason, and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.


This volunteer position may be used as a service learning project, internship, or other college credit project upon agreement of the college/university and Director.



  • A strong desire to work in the field of girl development
  • Experience working with youth
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
  • To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
  • High organizational skills
  • The ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it
  • The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches
  • Successfully pass a Background Check
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Believe and support the mission of Girls on the Run



The ideal candidate will have the following experiences:

  • Has worked directly with girls ages 8-11 in a girl-positive environment
  • Has experience as a runner/walker either recreationally or competitively
  • Has volunteered in direct service organizations
  • Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls