Apply to be a Golf & Life Skills Coach






  1. Review the Job Description
  2. Complete the Job Application
  3. Attach an updated Professional Resume
  4. Review the Coaching Handbook.
  5. New to coaching at First Tee? Submit a Volunteer Form.


Mission Statement

To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Chapter Overview

First Tee – Greater Seattle is a one chapter of a national/international non-profit youth initiative called First Tee. We are a separately incorporated 501(c)(3) organization. First Tee was created by the World Golf Foundation in 1997 to provide young people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as sportsmanship, perseverance, and courtesy. By engaging young people in a combination of life skills, leadership and golf activities, they are exposed to positive traits to help them achieve goals in life. In the process, participants can become valuable assets to their community. First Tee Life Skills Curriculum is the unique component that sets First Tee apart from other successful junior golf and youth development programs.

Currently, First Tee – Greater Seattle serves nearly 3,000 youth each year in its certifying Life Skills program at 19 program locations. We also reach nearly 100,000 students in elementary schools through the First Tee Schools Program and in partnership with over a dozen allied organizations, including: Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Crista Ministries, Jubilee Reach, Therapeutic Health Services, and others.

First Tee seeks to make the game of golf affordable and accessible to every child. We are open to all youth, but are especially suited to serve families whose household income would ordinarily serve as a barrier to their participation in golf or enrichment programs. Our seasonal membership fee is approximately $199, but nearly half of members are on a full or partial scholarship.

Job Objective

The Golf and Life Skills Coach is responsible for guiding and coaching young people to build character, overcome challenges, and become responsible future citizens and committed, active golfers through the lessons and coaching philosophies of First Tee Life Skills Curriculum.

About the Position

The Golf and Life Skills Coach is a part-time employee of First Tee – Greater Seattle, a nonprofit organization, and compensated by hourly wage on a biweekly basis. Employees are held to a high standard of conduct and desire for personal development, to coincide with First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Life Skills Experience. Responsibilities and leadership are shared by all coaches in a team environment, with the expectation of each individual to be commensurate with their level of experience and to develop each season.

Key Attributes and Qualities

Coaches are the greatest asset of our organization, as they are responsible for the direct service and relationship with each young person and family, and the community as a whole. The following are desired qualities, both as demonstrated, and in trajectory of personal development and mastery.

  • Motivational: sets an inspiring example for the youth and families served by First Tee.
  • Leadership: contributes to and accountable for the performance of the team as a whole.
  • Composure: exhibits calm and maintains a controlled environment in all circumstances.
  • Initiative: actively seeks ways to improve the environment and stays proactive and productive.
  • Accountability: takes responsibility, embraces personal development and is open to feedback.
  • Professional: exemplifies a high standard in performance, dress, and conduct at all times.
  • Cooperation: willing to be a team player and able to work effectively with others.
  • Reliability: strong work ethic, punctuality, and trust ensures program integrity and success.
  • Communicative: prompt mobile communication with Program Director and colleagues.
  • Ethical: performs honestly, fairly, and with purpose in a variety of situations.
  • Be a Role Model: Consistently model First Tee’s Nine Core Values—Respect, Courtesy, Responsibility, Honesty, Sportsmanship, Confidence, Judgment, Perseverance and Integrity– and set a reliable example of the character we seek to instill in players on and off the course.

 Job Duties and Requirements

The role of a coach is to provide a high-quality learning experience for each individual participant, the group as a whole, and our community of supporters. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Stay informed: read chapter emails and communicate with colleagues and leadership.
  • Prepare for class by arriving early and informed through program updates and coach materials.
  • Lesson planning: design activities that seamlessly integrate the relevant learner objectives.
  • Set up the learning environment, including check-in, activities, and all other relevant spaces.
  • Organize equipment and clubhouse areas to a high standard of order and cleanliness.
  • Deliver a high-quality experience that ensures a positive and productive learning environment.
  • Adapt to changing and unpredictable circumstances through collaborative problem-solving.
  • Record management: maintain accurate rosters, certification data and incident reports.
  • Empower support staff: delegate and assign tasks to volunteers, interns & junior coaches.
  • Communicate and build rapport with participants, families, guests, and community members.
  • Stewardship: prioritize the needs of golf course staff and facilities where we conduct classes.
  • Report important updates, incidents, and follow-ups to the Program Director and supervisors.
  • Provide feedback on player progress and performance, daily and completely at season’s end.


  • Learn the curriculum build a comprehensive understanding of the Life Skills Experience (LSE).
  • Stay informed about local and national events, initiatives and programs related to First Tee.
  • Participate regularly in coach meetings, trainings, and special events provided by the chapter.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of new ideas to meet chapter goals.
  • Conduct observations of fellow coaching teams to foster a culture of continuous learning.
  • Give Back by offering volunteer support during special chapter events and outreach initiatives in the community,

 Benefits of Employment

Members of the coaching staff are among a community of individuals and golf organizations committed to making a significant, lasting difference in the lives of young people. The fulfillment of that purpose is the greatest reward of all, but we also offer some additional benefits for our chapter coaches.

  • Seasonal chapter training opportunities to ensure continuous learning.
  • National training opportunities with First Tee (online and in-person).
  • CPR & First Aid Training (good for two years).
  • Hat & polo shirt with chapter logo, and coach name tag.
  • Discounts on merchandise and equipment through partner companies.
  • Golf playing privileges:
    • One round per season at our program locations (non-peak times).
    • Seasonal “Coach Play Days” at local golf courses (free & reduced rates).
  • Hands-on experience working in the fields of youth sports, education, and golf instruction.

 Job Qualifications


  • Graduation or certificate from an accredited high school.
  • Avid recreational player and student of the game of golf.
  • Basic skills with and access to a mobile smart-phone device and Microsoft Office.
  • Clean and demonstrated track record of character and performance:
    • References include past employers and supervisors.
    • Must fully clear a national background check (provided by chapter).


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Tournament and competitive playing experience.
  • Professional golf instruction experience and credential (e.g., PGA of America, USGTF).
  • Youth education, athletics and development experience (minimum two years).

Please direct any questions about the role of Golf and Life Skills Coach to the Program Director.

Coach Application

  • Applicant Information

  • Questionnaire

    Please answer each question thoughtfully and in less than 100 characters.
  • Please type your initals
  • 1) Golf 2) Youth 3) Customer Service
  • Scheduling

  • Resume

  • Max. file size: 50 MB.