Assistant Director of Coaching Science – Kentucky

Assistant Director of Coaching Science – Kentucky


This position will be staffed by a highly qualified, academically-minded, research professional who is dedicated to collecting, collating and interpreting leading research and scientific developments in the world of professional business/life coaching.  Their work will be used to inform the ICF membership, advance global coaching standards, and help legitimize the ICF leadership position within the coaching profession.


  • Master’s degree (required) or PhD degree (preferred) in a human services/adult development field
  • Strong background in research methodologies used to gather empirical evidence and market-oriented data
  • Proven track record of successfully assigning and supervising the work of others


  • Demonstrated interest in social sciences and managing research projects
  • Working knowledge of the professional coaching industry
  • Previous non-profit and/or association management experience
  • Multi-lingual capacity 


  • Develop and prioritize ideas for the organization’s research agenda which may include studies gathering evidence on coaching techniques, coaching core competencies, coaching methodologies, coaching outcomes, and coaching theories.
  • Design and engage in various coaching research activities that may include needs assessments, process assessments, impact analyses, cost-benefit analyses, and meta-analyses.
  • Liaise with graduate students, and other researchers, who are seeking a specified level of coaching research assistance from the ICF
  • Disseminate coaching research by maintaining oversight of the ICF Research Portal; ensure that research content and categories remain relevant to coach practitioners.
  • Create relationships with ICF volunteers, and representatives from other allied organizations, to establish increased credibility for coaching as a discipline through the encouragement and support of best research practices and resulting theory development.
  • Identify the strategic role that ICF can play by validate key theoretical elements contained within the coaching body of knowledge that will help close the gap between coaching research and practice.


  • Communication skills effective to reach a globally diverse audience
  • Ability to demonstrate effective time-management
  • Ability to successfully plan and prioritize tasks to meet organizational goals
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a changing work environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and development 


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee in order to successfully perform the essential functions and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job the employee will be required to walk; sit; use hands; use fingers; handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust/focus. Specific hearing abilities required by the job include the ability to hear and interpret words communicated over the telephone.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is normally low moderate.


  • Annual performance review including goals and objectives

APPROVAL DATE April 11, 2014

ICF Asst Dir Coaching Science – Job Posting_in Lexington KY