Position Title: Golf & Life Skills Coach
Reports to: Executive Director and Programming Director
HOURLY COMPENSATION: $20 – $35 (Varies by certification level)


The Mission of the First Tee of Northwest Florida is to give young people opportunities for a better future.  We do this through active involvement in life skills that are learned on the course, in the classroom, and in service to each other and the community.


Position Summary

The Golf and Life Skills Coach is responsible for guiding and coaching young people to become responsible future citizens and committed, active golfers. Positively impacting their lives through The First Tee Golf and Life Skills Experience using lesson plans and The First Tee Coach philosophy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Must be active in The First Tee Coach program aspiring to become a recognized The First Tee Coach
  • Maintain a professional and cordial attitude towards co-workers, volunteers, participants and their parents
  • Become proficient in the delivery of TARGET, PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle lessons
  • Develop a relationship with The First Tee Home Office, Regional Manager, and other chapter representatives/employees within the network
  • Model The First Tee Nine Core Values
  • Maintain consistent and regular attendance
  • Commence and end scheduled lessons on time
  • Conduct pre-lesson coaching sessions for coaches and volunteers at least 15 minutes prior to the start of every lesson
  • Convey the Chapter’s brand image to the public
  • Follow Lesson Plans for TARGET, PLAYer, Par, Advanced Par, Birdie, Eagle and League Play classes
  • Conduct The First Tee Certification
  • Monitor the quality of equipment and inform the Director of Programming of equipment needs
  • Maintain and organize all equipment storage areas
  • Assist Director of Programming with the development of new procedures and programs to improve student retention including recognition and longevity awards
  • Encourage and assist youth to participate in golf tournaments, Home Office opportunities, and local chapter events
  • Provide Student Specialist with accurate participant class attendance records
  • Provide Volunteer Coordinator with accurate attendance records
  • Conduct “On-Course” orientations for participants, parents and volunteers
  • Participate in regular parent meetings and clinics
  • Make the game fun for youth participants
  • Provide a safe environment in all areas
  • Involve volunteers and golf professionals in The First Tee Coach Program
  • Demonstrate exceptional communication, fiscal management, and managerial skills
  • Adhere to the standards of The First Tee Code of Conduct
  • Be charismatic, personable, and motivational in working with youth
  • Be available to attend academies, regional and annual meetings and training sessions

Development and Community Outreach:

  • Assist Director of Programming in representing the Chapter to the community and aid in fundraising, marketing, public relations and communication efforts
  • Assist as a chapter contact for applicants, volunteers, students and parents
  • Network with other chapter colleagues and exchange best practice ideas
  • Assist Program and Executive Directors with public education and outreach activities (Kiwanis, Rotary Chambers of Commerce etc), including public presentations, advocacy, training and testimony
  • Assist with Parent Orientations and maintain communication with parents

General Responsibilities:

  • Respond to requests for data in accordance with the policies of The First Tee
  • Perform duties out of class, as assigned

Administration duties:

  • Handle walk-in participants, volunteers, potential donors and parents in a polite and courteous manner
  • Operate standard and specialized office equipment
  • Providing Student Specialist with participants’ information and progress through the skills review process
  • Relay students’ certification information to parents
  • Receive and screen The First Tee visitors and telephone calls and take messages and reports. Make judgments on call priorities
  • Provide factual information regarding inquiries about The First Tee programs and activities, as well as The First Tee home office programs and opportunities
  • Create flyers and notices to participants and parents regarding schedule changes, special events, and related routine communication
  • Proofread and check typed and other materials for accuracy, completeness, compliance with The First Tee policies, and correct English usage, including grammar, punctuation, spelling


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty at satisfaction. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, experience and or ability required. Any combination of experience and education that would be likely to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities could be qualifying, as determined by The First Tee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Experience

  •   At least two years experience in youth development
  •   At least two years experience as a credentialed school educator
  •   At least two years experience as a PGA or LPGA golf professional or apprentice


Knowledge of  the game of Golf, rules, and etiquette, The First Tee Life Skills Experience, The First Tee Nine Core Values, The First Tee Mission and Education Objective. The use of personal computers and various Windows-based applications programs. Basic telephone etiquette, the proper use, and operation of telephone and related communications systems. Basic record keeping principles and practices, basic business mathematics, and the operation of standard office equipment.

Ability to  give excellent customer service, communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written English. Read, understand, and apply established policies of The First Tee participant services department. Follow oral and written instructions. Work under the pressure of time deadline and perform multiple tasks concurrently. Assess the critical importance of information received from various sources.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Learn to operate specialized department/office equipment and read and interpret specialized department documents. Operate a personal computer, including spreadsheet and word processing programs, and learn specialized The First Tee programs.

Licenses and Certificates: Possess an appropriate Driver License with a driving record acceptable to The First Tee.

Physical Abilities and Work Environment: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee must be able to sit or stand for periods of time and may spend time indoors, in a controlled environment, and outdoors in an uncontrolled environment. The employee may experience a low noise level in the work environment, have adequate uncorrected hearing and a clear unaccented easily understood voice when communicating with the public in person and by telephone. Stoop, bend, kneel, and lift up to 50 lbs. Use keyboard equipment for lengthy periods of time.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. The job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. An employee holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties requested. The employee will be under a 90 day period of review. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. The job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Criminal Background and History Check

In order to perform our due diligence in protecting the well-being and safety of the children we serve, The First Tee of Northwest Florida will perform a criminal background check on all employees and volunteers. The First Tee of Northwest Florida deems it necessary and advisable as a matter of policy to reserve the right to disqualify any person who has been charged and convicted of any crime.

Download Coach Application

To apply please send your resume and completed coach application (available for download below) to:
LAUREN WELCH, LWELCH@thefirstteenwfl.org
3924 wEST nAVY BLVD.
Pensacola, FL 32507
Fax: (850) 456-7779