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Palo Alto Speech & Debate

Head Coach of Speech
Palo Alto High School Speech & Debate Program
August 2022 – April 2023

Reporting to the Program Director, The Head Coach, Speech plans, prepares, and leads weekly practices, focused on improving students’ skills and competitive readiness for tournaments in various speech events. Our team of ~20 Speechies is primarily involved in Impromptu and Original Oratory, so we’d prefer to hire someone with expertise/experience in at least one of those events. The Head Coach is responsible for building and maintaining a positive, achievement-oriented culture with their students, and giving frequent individualized feedback, encouragement, and mentorship to students with varying levels of commitment and competitive skill.

Prior coaching experience in Speech strongly preferred. Requires availability on most Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm during the school year to attend in-person practices during school weeks, and is also expected to chaperone 2-3 tournaments per semester, which are usually held locally Friday afternoons/Saturdays. Part-time contract from $3,000-$4,500/year commensurate with experience.

About the Program

The Palo Alto Speech & Debate Program is one of the most successful teams in California, boasting membership of 80+ students and a long line of elite coaches from top schools such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, UPenn, Harvard, and Yale. The program is highly respected for its inclusive, supportive, and tightly-knit culture, and has been consistently recognized for excellent league citizenship, winning three District Awards in 2022. Additionally, the program created the student-led Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp, an intensive introduction to speech & debate for middle school students, which sells out every season and has become a model program for many other camps.

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