Head Coach


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 Executive Director and the Program Coordinator; and entails approximately 4 hours per week with additional time required on two to three weekend days for: a  four hour coach training; a community race event; and for First Aid/CPR training, if necessary.

Warm-up your spirit fingers, lace up your sneakers and inspire a group of girls to be strong and healthy.  Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with groups of 8-15 girls over the course of 10 weeks. Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! The program may end in 10 weeks, but for our coaches and girls, the finish line is just the beginning. Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? The first step is signing up. Ready, Set, Coach!

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


Core Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.
  • Serving as a role model and mentor
  • Preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons
  • Leading the program participants through each lesson
  • Interacting with parents of program participants; planning and coordinating the end of season celebration
  • Attending 1-2 coaches meetings with the GOTR Staff during the season
  • Coordinating the small community project
  • Attending the end of season community 5K event with program participants and other volunteers


  • Female 21 years of age or older
  • A strong desire to work in the field of girl development
  • 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
  • Attend a full day coach’s training with the Executive Director and/or Program Coordinator
  • First Aid/CPR certification (costs covered by council)
  • Background check required (costs covered by council)



The ideal candidate would have the following experiences:

  • Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls

How to Apply:


**Please note that coach volunteers should not plan to bring children that are not registered in the GOTR program to meetings**