Debate Coach

The Spence School
Debate Team Coach
To begin immediately 

The Spence School is looking for a part time coach for the Upper School Debate team. They should have experience working with high school debaters and familiarity with tournaments on the National Circuit. Knowledge of the web platform Tabroom is a plus. The schedule for this role is flexible. Coaches will help students with topic briefs, attend 4 weekend tournaments, provide support and feedback to student cases, and stay in contact with the debate team advisor. 

  • Serves as a role model for the Team and creates an age-appropriate environment for student success
  • Prepares a topic brief for the bimonthly release of Public Forum debate topics and issues it to student leaders
  • Provides direct support to students in writing up and revising their cases (arguments for pro and con, good strategies and sources, framework)
  • Available to meet once a month with student leaders, be on-call via FaceTime during away tournaments, attend select onsite Team meetings, and answer emails from members of the Team in a timely manner
  • Accompanies the Team on four weekend tournaments throughout the academic year, may judge rounds
  • Checks in every two weeks with Debate Team Advisor (or Upper School Dean of Students)

  • Finds joy in working with children and in school life 
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Supports Spence’s commitment to equity
  • Approaches work with energy, kindness, maturity, curiosity, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Regards collaboration as an essential component of professional growth and values working on a team

Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds. 

Applicants should email cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format—please include the applicant’s name in the file name—to debate_coach@spenceschool.org (no faxes or phone calls, please).