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The following positions are open at Minneapolis Rowing Club.

Lead Coach

Lead Coach

The Minneapolis Rowing Club (MRC) is now accepting applications for a new Lead Coach. This position requires strong leadership skills to manage and develop a group of talented and dedicated coaches from Juniors to Master's rowing. MRC is a leading rowing club in the Twin Cities and a community organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing. Please see the Job Description below.

Interested candidates should send resume and introduction (cover letter) to MRC President Sona Mehring,

Minneapolis Rowing Club

Position Description – Lead Coach

February 2021 Opening


The Minneapolis Rowing Club (MRC) Lead Coach is a year-round, club-sponsored position paid for by member dues and program fees.   The Lead Coach follows and promotes MRC’s mission and guiding principles. The Lead Coach works closely with the Club Administrator, Program committee, President and reports directly to the MRC Governance Board. 

This position is a part time, 12-month annually renewable position. Renewal is based on performance, funding, and a mutual desire for renewal. Overall compensation is based on experience and if additional coaching is provided. Position can range from a .25 to .5 part time position.

The Minneapolis Rowing Club is driven by its mission:

The Minneapolis Rowing Club is a community organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing.

and operates under the guiding principles of:


MRC is welcoming both on and off the water. We aspire to create a community that values inclusion and respects individuals. We actively reach out to the greater community to share the joy of rowing for all.


MRC has a respectful rowing culture that supports each rower’s goals and abilities. Our inclusive learning environment is built upon a foundation of fairness and integrity.  


MRC is an integral part of the local community. Through our efforts we support diversity in our neighborhoods. We build trusting relationships with community organizations.


MRC collaborates with our Twin Cities rowing partners to foster opportunities for all to row, especially those who are marginalized or excluded from the sport.  

Duties & Responsibilities

Coaching and Programs

  • Works with Program Committee to set appropriate programs and program goals including, but not limited to, competitive, recreational, learn-to-row/experiential rowing programs, and youth programs

  • Ensures coaching staff has ability to execute assigned programs

  • Works with coaching staff, Club Administrator,  and Program Committee to create program schedule

  • Works with entire coaching staff to ensure overall alignment between programs and unified rowing technique/approach

  • Actively supports coach development through ongoing education, professional development, mentorship and cross-coach collaboration

  • Can be an active coach within one or more club programs

  • Recruits new coaches to MRC as needed, and commitment to diversity and equity in  recruiting and hiring practices

Regatta Planning and Support

  • Takes lead, working closely with program coaches, on overall racing strategy, competitor and equipment assignments for regattas

  • Coordinates regatta scheduling, internal club deadlines and registration with Club Administrator

  • Ensures fair and equitable opportunities to compete

  • Assigns or provides coach support at regattas

  • Works with Commodore to ensure proper equipment allocation and transportation

Safety and Equipment Management

  • Works with Commodore and Safety Committee to establish and enforce safety protocols as needed

  • Works with Commodore to ensure equipment is well maintained and ready for use

  • As needed, provides equipment prioritization for programs/regattas

  • Monitors river conditions, publishes current river safety levels and alerts coaches if sessions should be cancelled


  • Supervises coaching staff including  hiring, setting goals, monthly check-ins, end-of-year evaluations; Coordinates execution of HR policies and procedures with Club Administrator

  • Acts as board liaison: provides vital liaison between coaching staff and board by attending board meetings/communicating with board  

  • Attends weekly (Mar-Oct, bi-weekly Nov-Feb) meeting with President and Club Administrator

Experience and Qualifications

Preferred candidate has:

  • Minimum US Rowing Level 2 certification

  • Current certification or willing to acquire certification in Adult CPR/AED, MN DNR Boating Education Course,  SafeSport, and Concussion in Sports

  • Combined coaching and rowing experience of 7 years at collegiate and/or club level

  • Has created training plans

  • Working knowledge of boat repair and boat rigging

  • Have in possession a current US passport and be able to travel nationally and internationally

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background screening.



The Minneapolis Rowing Club (MRC), an active and diverse club of ~330 members with a strong national presence, is seeking coaches for both the men's and women's masters programs. Winners of the 2011 Masters Nationals and 2012/2014 Women’s Masters Nationals Team titles,  Top 2 finish in 2018/2019 Master Nationals and Master Worlds.

MRC is home club to a number of college, club and international medalists, MRC is situated on the Mississippi River with 4.5 miles of continuous rowing.

MRC operates on a “Canadian” model, with programming beginning mid-April and running through Head of the Charles. While not the sole criteria, the preferred candidate(s) would work within this timeframe.

The ideal candidate(s) will:
-Fulfill coaching needs, to potentially include: men’s and women’s competitive (regional/national) masters programs, adult novice and development programs, and/or sculling-specific programming
-Attend regional and national regattas as requested
-Attend meetings, file reports, and assist with minor repairs and regatta setup and operation as needed
-Adhere to club tenants of camaraderie, health, safety, sportsmanship and achievement

    Preferred requirements:
    -USRowing Level II or equivalent
    -CPR/First Aid/Boating Safety/USRowing SafeSport certifications (reimbursable)
    -Minimum 1-year dedicated sculling coaching or high-quality sculling experience
    -Willingness to work under supervision, adhere to club rules and standards, and contribute to the welfare of members and efficient operation of the club
    -Must hold valid US driving license
    -Ability to rig private/club boats
    -Understanding/compliance with USRowing and MRC safety standards.

    -Coaches are paid a flat rate for each 2.5hr session coached, with a goal of 6-10 sessions/week; rate determined by experience and other qualifications. 
    -Eligible for club membership/use of club equipment.
    -Other work or coaching outside of MRC is allowed.


    Please submit resumes to


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Minneapolis, MN 55406 Minneapolis, MN 55458 612-469-7999
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