Now hiring: Assistant Coach – Rec Teams (SLO)

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We’re a rock climbing gym looking for an Assistant Coach for our Recreational Teams, but what we really want are people who recognize that stepping into our communities has the power to change lives. Coaches do not need to be peppy and upbeat 100% of the day, but they should exude a sense of warmth and be comfortable engaging diverse populations while coaching. You will be working in a team-centered, dynamic environment. 

Experience in climbing isn’t a requirement but it is highly recommended. We are a gym founded by outdoor climbers and we believe in getting outside to climb just as much as we believe in the indoor gym community. How hard you climb is not a factor in your job, but you should have enough experience to speak the lingo, make safety calls, be familiar with gear and equipment, and be confident in your ability to learn and adapt. Above all else you need to have a strong desire to be part of The Pad community. 

Our Mission:

To build immersive experiences, spaces, and opportunities through climbing, community, fitness, and love.

You will be responsible for:

  • Helping facilitate and lead group activities for a variety of ages and abilities, ranging between 6-14 year olds 
  • Collaborating with Head Coach to create a structure for teaching kids important skills and facilitating fun 
  • Following through with plans that should include games, climbing technique instruction, group ice breakers, and schedules for each day
  • Providing a safe and welcoming environment for climbers to grow and learn
  • Setting up games, and day-to-day operations
  • Keeping team practice sessions at the gym organized and productive
  • Cleaning and breaking down of any equipment or activities
  • Teaching proper technique with equipment and rules around the gym

You will be accountable for:

  • Executing curriculum as set by Head Coach
  • Communicating potential changes to the program as needed with management
  • Working with your supervisor and outside resources to achieve the intended results as outlined in program descriptions
  • Acting as a guide to children and parents on proper etiquette in the gym
  • Your availability for scheduled practices, and should you need a last minute sub, you will contact your peers first, then your supervisor to ensure your responsibility is covered
  • Acting as a representative of the community and making a genuine effort to get to know and support members and fellow employees
  • Communicating effectively with other coaches on the team to discuss day-to-day activities and places for improvements
  • Communicating with the Head Coach about desired schedule or time off
  • Properly clocking in and out using When I Work
  • Checking and replying to all communications via email and Asana each time you work
  • Completing initial training board via Asana within 30 days of hire

You will be consulted for:

  • Policy development and leadership strategy
  • Staffing and team needs
  • Drills and exercises to benefit the team 
  • Moving kids up in our programs

You will be informed about:

  • Policy and procedure updates
  • Changes specific to the facility and your programs
  • Competition schedules
  • Curriculum and scheduling changes


  • A genuine interest in other people’s experiences
  • Ability to hear and speak clearly
  • Experience with speaking to diverse individuals
  • Confidence in standing up to strangers and those you care about when it comes to following rules
  • Ability to tie knots and move across uneven surfaces and stairways
  • Lift 50 pounds without assistance
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, you will interact with other crew members as well as other department teams
  • Lover of learning with a deep interest in improving things for those around you
  • Friendly, enthusiastic attitude, can exhibit warmth and empathy
  • Uphold company values and use the mission statement to guide decisions
  • Code Word: Beta

What we have to offer:

  • Growth opportunities
  • Paid bi-monthly on the 15th and last day of the month
  • California: $16 – 20/hour, assuming 10-20 hours per week to start
  • Accrued paid time off
  • Flexible hours that you control
  • Transfer and promotional opportunities
  • Gym membership for self plus immediate family
  • Retail and merchandise discounts

We are an equal-opportunity employer that welcomes diverse voices and experiences aligned with the vision of our organization: Climbing. Community. Fitness. Love.

Don’t send that resume just yet!

We don’t want your resume, we don’t want your cover letter, and we don’t want phone calls and emails!

Why? We at the Pad feel that the employment process is broken and we want to address these issues and hopefully inspire others to, as well.

Why is it broken?

  • Applicants are judged on their ability to make a fancy-looking document
  • Applicants are judged on their writing ability when that may not be a requirement of their position
  • Applicants are unfairly judged based on their employment history, success in describing it, and even by their own name and location.
  • Applicants are encouraged to go above and beyond, reaching out to HR and supervisors, and writing long essays, all of which is an emotional drain on everyone
  • Salary, benefits, time expectations, and even physical ability requirements are either omitted or over-inflated.

Our process eliminates this and is designed to test applicants in as little time as possible to see if they will be a good fit. Through our process, we are able to:

  • Educate you about the organization you are applying for so you know if it is a good fit or not for you.
  • Check for the level of attention to detail we want to see prior to hiring.
  • Check for level of readiness for the position
  • Show us your personality
  • Take a minimum of time and energy for our HR team AND you

Please note – if you send resumes, cover letters, etc without being asked, we will NOT review them.

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