NCA Staff

About our Staff

Our Summer Camp Instructors are hand-selected from leading colleges and universities across the country. They’re not only good cheerleaders, they’re great role models. At camp, NCA Instructors are alongside cheer teams every step of the way to provide individual and team growth opportunities. Our Staff inspire cheerleaders to “Go Be Great!”

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About Being an NCA Staff Member

Your Role as an NCA Staff Member

NCA Staff is an exciting opportunity for cheerleaders to develop professionally in a field they love! Our instructors are some of the most talented and personable cheerleaders in the nation.  The NCA Staff takes great pride in being part of an amazing family of instructors that spans the country and positively affects the lives of thousands of cheerleaders every year. The honor of being an NCA Staff Member is one that has the ability to open many future professional doors for you if you commit to the job and give 100% throughout your career.

As a member of NCA Staff, you will have the opportunity to wear many different “hats” both during and after camp. As the industry progresses and changes, so does your job. Each year that you are invited to return to NCA Staff will bring more responsibilities and opportunities that can be beneficial in your future as you attend college and interview for jobs. Below are some expectations, responsibilities, and benefits should you be chosen for this amazing opportunity.

If you’re looking for a job that’s fun, develops marketable skills, allows you to make friends nationwide and positively impact the lives of others.

As a NCA Staff Member, you will be a:

  • Teacher: 95% of this job is teaching – ensuring that cheerleaders who attend your camps understand, comprehend, and retain the valuable information you provide them. Camp is about the campers and how well they learned and grew from their experience with you as a teacher.
  • Mentor: You are teaching values, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and determination.
  • Customer Service Representative: The key to success in customer service is to communicate, be proactive, attend to the attitudes and needs of your customer, and ALWAYS be positive.
  • Evaluator: You will have the opportunity to give immediate feedback, verbal and written, on several performances throughout camp.
  • Performer: It is imperative to maintain your technical ability and performance quality. You will be performing and demoing cheers, chants, stunts, and various skills in front of the camp.
  • Competitions Crew: Throughout the competition season, you will be contacted to help work and/or judge regional competitions for NCA and other local/state organizations.
  • Recruiter: You have the ability to spread the word about our camps and recruit new teams to NCA summer camps and competitions each year.

Benefits for NCA Staff

  • Instructor salary.
  • Per diem to cover meals and travel expenses.
  • End of summer bonus opportunities.
  • Exposure to choreography opportunities.
  • Marketable professional skills such as public speaking, staff and team management, to name a few.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Learn and teach innovative NCA curriculum to athletes and facilitate team bonding.
  • Staff discount in the Varsity Store.
  • Special Event invite opportunities.
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified if I am hired?

You will be notified by mail on or before March 1st of your employment status. Staff is hired in each region based on the number of returning veteran staff and the number of camps projected for the summer. If you are selected as a New NCA Instructor, you will be sent a comprehensive packet of information that will contain paperwork and detailed information on all areas of instructing summer camps for NCA.

If hired, how will I be trained?

All NCA instructors attend a mandatory Staff Training Meeting that will take place in the month of May. There are multiple Staff Meetings set up across the country and you will be asked to attend the meeting located in your region. This extensive meeting will cover all aspects of your job as an instructor (policies, procedures, teaching methods, safety, etc.) NCA will help to coordinate transportation to and from the Staff Meeting, and all expenses are taken care of for the meeting, however, salary is not paid during this training session.

If hired, how will I be staffed for camps?

Your availability during the summer will be the biggest factor in determining how many camps you will have on your initial schedule. We request that you be available for at least 5 full weeks during the summer (June through August.) The more flexible you are, the more camps you will receive throughout the summer. Camps that grow in enrollment and the addition of Home Camps will allow you to add camps continuously throughout the summer as your schedule permits.

If hired, how much will my uniforms cost?

NCA is able to offer significant discounts to our new staff for their uniforms. The average cost for a new instructor is about $85 and includes all attire that will be worn at camp, including shoes, as well as other needed materials.

How much will I get paid?

The NCA pay scale is based on experience in performing and teaching and will be set once you are hired. Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NCA. On top of your base pay you will receive nontaxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report. If you are scheduled for a Day Camp or a Home Camp, you will be housed in a hotel and given more expense money since you will be on your own for more meals. You will be trained on all of these procedures at Staff Meeting.

How much travel is required?

You will be scheduled for camps within a 6 to 8 hour radius from your home address, and we will attempt to give you as much information as possible to set up travel with other instructors. Of course, we try to schedule you close to home, but that’s not always possible due to camp locations and enrollment. Travel is a required part of the NCA Instructor position, and you are ultimately responsible for getting yourself to and from camp.

Are travel and meals covered?

Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NCA. On top of your base pay you will receive nontaxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report.

Are there live NCA tryouts I can attend?

Yes, in many parts of the country we offer live tryouts. You can check our website for live tryout dates and locations, or you can contact an NCA Staffing Director in the NCA corporate office.

If I attend a live tryout, what materials do I need to bring? Will I still need to submit a skills video later?

If you attend a live tryout, you’ll need to turn in your Agreement of Compliance form, photo, letters of recommendation, and application there. The AOC form is mandatory, but if you’re unable to submit any of the other items at the tryout, you may mail any missing items to the office separately. You do not need to submit a video of your skills to the office if you attend a live tryout. However, some applicants choose to send in videos in addition to their live tryout if they feel the tryout did not best represent what they’re capable of. It is acceptable to do both live and video tryouts.

How can I confirm my application and video were received?

A Staffing Director will contact you to let you know that we’ve received your application. However, if you haven’t heard from anyone, you can contact the NCA Staffing Director for your region or call the NCA office at 1-800-NCA-2WIN.

I was unable to send in my application/video by the January 2nd deadline, can I still apply for a position?

Applications that miss the deadline are taken on a case by case basis. In areas where more instructors are needed, it may be possible to apply late. Contact the NCA office and speak to the appropriate Staffing Director about your situation.

Is the NCA Instructor position year-round?

Although the summer has the heaviest volume of camps, NCA has much to offer throughout the entire year. Regional and National competitions are held all over the country, and staff members play a vital role in the success of these events. NCA also recommends staff members for judging and choreography throughout the year, which helps you to earn extra money for school.

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Live Tryouts

Tryouts are listed in alphabetical order by state

ARKANSAS
March 16, 2018

Cheer City United
7 Clearwater Dr, Suite B
Little Rock, AR

Tryout: 10:15 AM – 3:00 PM

For more information, contact:
Jervis Williams at jwilliams@varsity.com

 

FLORIDA
March 9, 2019

Uknight Training Center
7307 Sandscove Court
Winter Park, FL 32792

Tryout: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

For more information, contact:
Jervis Williams at jwilliams@varsity.com

 

GEORGIA
March 10, 2019

Carrollton Middle School
151 Tom Reeve Drive
Carrollton, GA 30117

Tryout: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

For more information, contact:
Jervis Williams at jwilliams@varsity.com

 

PENNSYLVANIA
February 2, 2019

Stroudsburg High School
100 W. Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA

Registration: 9:30 AM
Tryout: 10:00 AM

For more information, contact:
Natalie Ayres at nayres@varsity.com

Video Tryouts

Do you have what it takes to be an NCA Instructor?
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Do you have what it takes to be an NCA Mascot Instructor?
Download an Application

Please note that you must turn 18 years of age by May in order to apply for Staff this summer. If you do not meet this requirement, please be sure to apply next year!

Video Tryout Tips:

  • Start early, it can be stressful to put together a quality video at the last minute.
  • Think of your video as a job interview, let us get to know YOU!
  • Review your video before sending it in to be sure you have all requirements.
  • Please do not wear warm-ups, t-shirts, wraps or any other over-sized clothing.
  • Only include the best of your abilities in each segment of the video.
  • Submit your video via jump drive or private link.
  • Be sure to look your best in every way, including: hair, make-up, etc.
  • Technique is the key, there is no substitute for solid, well-rounded technique.
  • Showmanship, personality and speaking skills throughout the video can really set your video application apart from the rest!
  • Accepting applications beginning November 1st and all applications must be postmarked by January 2nd.

NCA Leadership Staff

NCA also offers Staff positions on our NCA Leadership Staff for applicants from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.  All applicants will go through a personal interview.  No video tryouts are allowed.

Download an Application for NCA Leadership Staff

Download an Application for NCA Leadership Mascot Staff

Regional Staffing Directors

If you have questions regarding the tryout process or just want more info about joining staff, contact your Regional Staffing Director. There contact information is below.

Meet the NCA Staffing Directors

Melissa Smith

Southwest Staffing Director

Melissa Smith

Southwest Staffing Director

OK, TX

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Jervis Williams

Midsouth and Southeast Staffing Director

Jervis Williams

Midsouth and Southeast Staffing Director

AL, AR, GA, FL, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN

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Natalie Ayres

Northeast and West Staffing Director

Natalie Ayres

Northeast and West Staffing Director

AK, CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WV

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Obi Obunuwa

Central, Great Plains, Midwest and Mountain West Staffing Director

Obi Obunuwa

Central, Great Plains, Midwest and Mountain West Staffing Director

AZ, CO, IA, IL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, OH, SD, UT, WI, WY

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Tucker Hunter

Speed Camps and College Staffing Director

Tucker Hunter

Speed Camps and College Staffing Director

AK, CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WV

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Cenie Royal

NCA Leadership Director

Cenie Royal

NCA Leadership Director

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Kip Winterowd

Director of NCA Curriculum

Kip Winterowd

Director of NCA Curriculum

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Andrea Hern

Vice President of Training, Education and Choreography

Andrea Hern

Vice President of Training, Education and Choreography

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