Now hiring: Youth Programs Assistant Coach (Henderson)

We hire awesome people. Are you one of them?

We’re a rock climbing gym looking for a Youth Program Assistant Coach (Competitive 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 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

Here’s a typical workload:

  • Facilitate and lead drills, workouts and training for a serious and older group of children
  • Collaborate with head coach to create a structure for training and facilitating the youth teams with respect to each team’s training standards
  • Follow through with plans that should include climbing technique instruction, strength development, group climbing sessions, and activities that develop the team for future competitions
  • Communicate effectively with other coaches on the team to discuss day-to-day activities and places for improvements
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment for climbers to grow and learn
  • Keep team practice sessions at the gym organized and productive
  • Communicate with the Program Manager about desired schedule or time off
  • Clean and break down of any equipment or activities
  • Teach proper technique with equipment and rules around the gym

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Execute curriculum as set by Head Coach
  • Communicate potential changes to program as needed with management
  • Work with their supervisor and outside resources to achieve the intended results as outlined in program descriptions
  • Help encourage climbers to set personal goals
  • Acting as a guide to children and parents on proper etiquette in the gym
  • Be available for your 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
  • Act as a representative of the community and make a genuine effort to get to know and support members and fellow employees


  • 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
  • Work as a member of a team, you will interact with other crew members as well as other department teams
  • Lover of learning and a deep interest in improving things for those around them
  • Friendly, enthusiastic attitude, can exhibit warmth and empathy
  • Uphold company values and use the mission statement to guide decisions
  • Code Word: tennessee

What we have to offer:

  • Growth opportunities
  • Paid bi-monthly on the 15th and last day of the month
  • $15/hour, assuming 15-20 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.

The Pad Climbing