Speech and Debate Assistant Coach

Brooklyn, NY

Poly Prep seeks applicants for the position of Speech and Debate Assistant Coach from December 2023 through May 2024. We are looking for specialists in one or more of the following areas: Public Forum Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Individual Speech Events. We seek a talented and dynamic individual with a knowledge of modern trends in one or more of the events previously listed who is committed to providing a joyful and equitable experience for our students during practices and tournaments and whose enthusiasm, integrity, and leadership will enrich our nationally and locally successful debate program. The ideal candidate will be able to provide the highest quality of coaching, preparation and research to students at the beginner and advanced levels when assisting in competition preparation. In view of our commitment to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, we seek an individual whose creative vision is aligned with those values, who can serve as a role model for our students, and whose personal integrity and equanimity will enrich our community. 

Assistant coaches should also be available to attend tournaments as on-site coaches and judges, and will be compensated additionally per tournament. Assistant Coaches will be hired as part time seasonal faculty, for an average of 4 working hours per week. 


  • Coach students at weekly practices as an expert in an individual speech or debate event
  • Research, produce speech or debate materials, review student work, and provide asynchronous instruction to students
  • Collaborate with the program director, associate director, and head coaches to meet the needs of students
  • Assistant Coaches will be asked to travel and judge at tournaments as they are able to, either local to NYC or on the national circuit


Education:  High School Diploma 

Experience: Three years of speech or debate competition or coaching history 

Specific Skills:  Knowledge of modern trends in Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas, Policy Debate or Speech Events; research skills; excellent communication and organizational skills

Certifications:   n/a

Special Requirements: available for weekend travel

Requirement: All employees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of their full COVID 19 vaccination

Compensation: $2,750.00 from December 2023 through May 2024

Poly Prep strives to be an equitable, just, and diverse community, one proud of and deeply committed to empowering students to discover who they are and what they want to be. In keeping with the country day school philosophy, we seek community members who will share a passion for learning in and out of the classroom.

How to Apply: Click [Apply for this position] to submit your resume, cover letter and specific evidence of qualifications to Eddie Fitzgerald, Director of Speech and Debate.

Poly Prep is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.