Debate Coach

The Commonwealth School seeks a part-time debate coach.

Responsibilities will include running weekly (two-hour) practices during the school year with
members of the team, coaching all levels from novice to advanced, and registration,
coordination, and oversight of the team’s participation in local debate tournament. The number
of tournaments depends on the interest and enthusiasm of the team, but will likely range from
four to six. The time commitment will thus entail two hours per week on a Tuesday or Thursday,
and four to six weekend days over the course of the year for tournaments.

If there is sufficient interest, participation in a larger regional tournament may be arranged.

The debate Director functions with a significant degree of autonomy, while working closely with
the administration to handle logistics.

  • Experience participating in debate at a high level.
  • Some experience coaching or teaching debate.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with talented high-school students.
  • Excellent debate skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Ability to function effectively as a team member.
The position will begin in early September 2018 and run through May.

Commonwealth is a small independent day school that occupies two brownstones in Boston's
Back Bay. It is known for its academic rigor, its strong program in the arts, and its extensive use
of the city of Boston. It attracts bright, motivated students from all over the Boston metropolitan
area, and, with the help of an unusually strong financial aid program, draws young people from a
variety of backgrounds. Detailed information about the school is available on its website at

Candidates interested in being considered for this position should submit a CV and references to
the Headmaster, Bill Wharton (bwharton@commschool.org) as soon as possible.