St. Luke’s School, a secular, college-preparatory day school serving grades 5 through 12 in New Canaan, Connecticut, seeks a talented Head Debate Coach to work directly with our Upper School program and support the Middle School program. The ideal candidate will also teach 2 academic classes. The St. Luke’s Debate program includes about 25 Upper School students and 20 Middle School students. The School competes in two leagues. The Debating Association of New England Independent Schools (DANEIS) offers Parliamentary (including Osterweis), Lincoln-Douglas, Cross-X, and Forensic Speech. The Connecticut Debate Association (CDA) offers Extemporaneous debate.
In recent years, the St. Luke’s Debate team has qualified three students for the WIDPSC World Championships and has won the CDA High School State Championship. The program features older debaters mentoring and coaching the younger ones, a model that promotes the leadership skills we believe are fundamental to debate.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Run all Upper School debate practice sessions, Monday-Thursday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Develop curriculum for both novice and experienced debaters
Coach and judge debaters at all Upper School and Middle School tournaments, typically 1-2 weekends/month from September through April
Coordinate and communicate about registration at tournaments, travel logistics, and parent and faculty judges
Manage the Debate Team budget for tournament entry and travel
Hold a Class A endorsement on driver’s license and be the primary driver in SLS vehicles going to and from tournaments
Work closely with the Middle School debate coach as well as assistant coaches with limited background in debate
Provide photos and write-ups about the debate tournaments for the SLS Communications Department
Continue to grow the Debate program and develop a vision for the future
Teach 2 academic classes in an area of the candidate’s expertise (e.g. history, literature, math, science)
St. Luke’s School is an equal opportunity employer. St. Luke’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law with regard to hiring, terms and conditions of employment or educational programs. We strive to provide a welcoming educational environment where the value and dignity of every member is respected.
About St. Luke's School
St. Luke’s is a secular, co-ed, independent day school that attracts families from 25 towns throughout Connecticut and New York. A combination of challenging academics and truly exceptional community support distinguishes St. Luke’s and encourages our students to go above and beyond their own expectations. St. Luke’s offers an inclusive environment where differences in race, culture, and personal beliefs are embraced as assets that enhance education. St. Luke’s prides itself on being a forward-thinking school and home to the Center For Leadership - where students hone their own distinct leadership skills by developing a design mindset, an inclusive ethos, a global perspective, and a service orientation.