Position Purpose: The AD is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a high level co-curricular athletics program -- an integral part of the Landon School’s overall educational program -- and for communicating and advancing the goals and objectives of the program to students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, administration, trustees, and others. Responsibilities
•Oversee and promote overall success of co-curricular athletics program
Support School and its leadership by embracing and supporting the Landon mission/philosophy and all School policies and procedures
Ensure full alignment of co-curricular athletics program with the above
Exhibit and communicate to others a strong personal commitment to the importance of honor, respect, sportsmanship, and civility.
Stay abreast of innovations in sports science and nutrition to ensure program stays current in advancing student health and wellness, safety, and achievement
Demonstrate commitment to the School’s teacher-coach-mentor philosophy; maintain overall athletics department/coaching philosophy; and develop associated athletics policies and procedures
Work to promote high standards of program competitiveness and accountability
Manage athletics staff
Build, maintain, and supervise an effective and collaborative team of athletic administrators, trainers, and coaches
Participate in hiring of all athletics-oriented staff, including all teacher-coach mentors
Ensure appropriate staffing of all coaching roles throughout the school
Provide for appropriate orientation to all new coaches and athletics professional development for all staff.
•Oversee budgeting and athletics facilities
Oversee and plan athletic department budget, including the purchasing of equipment and uniforms and all appropriate maintenance and inventorying
Ensure safe usage, care, and condition of all equipment, facilities, and fields.
Ensure appropriate budgeting for athletics-related capital expenditures in conjunction with Director of Building and Grounds and CFO.
Partner with other admin to connect the school to strategic external constituencies through creative use of the school’s athletic facilities.
Manage athletics related logistics
Oversee the scheduling of all athletic events and work with staff to plan logistics for all athletic contests, including transportation, hiring officials, parking, fielding logistical questions, crowd control, etc.
Attend as many athletics events as possible at all levels
Maintain accurate records of athletic results and coordinate the selection of any awards winners and planning of any awards ceremonies
Steward relationships and communicate effectively
Maintain positive and supportive relationships with the school’s students, parents, coaching staff, and alumni as well as various internal and external constituencies
Ensure information regarding Landon athletics program is actively, appropriately, and accurately conveyed to the press and other external groups, effectively using all available new technologies
Proactively market quality of Landon athletics program to internal and external audiences, including appropriate, proactive retention efforts for all current students
Actively support the work of the Admissions Office and participate in admissions decision making meetings
Actively partner with coaches and the Co-Directors of College Counseling to support student-athletes who intend to participate in athletics at the college level.
Maintain interscholastic and conference (IAC and others) relationships; ensure alignment between School practice and league standards; represent school in all league discussions
Maintain contact with officials’ associations and opponents re: schedules and confirmations
Serve on School’s senior administrative team
Report at least annually to the Board of Trustees.
Coach as able and appropriate, but no head coaching responsibilities
Perform other duties as assigned by the Headmaster
At least a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline (masters preferred) plus 5-7 years of experience as an Athletics Director at either the high school or collegiate level
Coaching experience in an educational setting with athletes grades 3-12 and experience with mentoring and evaluating coaches
High degree of integrity, discretion, and trustworthiness
Philosophical alignment with school’s teacher-coach-mentor approach; commitment to the educational value of sports and to the proper balance between academic excellence and athletic achievement
Proficient, organized, detail-oriented and capable manager of people, program, and budgets
High expectations for student and adult conduct inside and outside of competition
Competitive, solutions-oriented, industrious, passionate about achieving results
Skillful communicator – in both writing and speech – and facility in the use of current technologies
Demonstrated ability to work with others, including students and families from a variety of backgrounds
Professional demeanor and presentation
Personal traits to include:
Proactive, optimistic, and positive attitude
Energetic, creative, and upbeat presence
Strong interpersonal skills
Sense of humor, ability to smile, and balanced perspective
High emotional intelligence and cultural competency
Ability to work effectively under pressure
Confident but humble
Able and willing to work a flexible full-time schedule, including evenings and weekends
All interested candidates should send a letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, current resume, and list of references to The Finney Group, care of Sherm Bristow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send materials directly to Landon School. This position begins July 1, 2018. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Landon is an EOE. All materials must be submitted by November 15, 2017
Landon is an all-boys school grades 3-12 in Bethesda, Maryland
Our approach is one that is unique in today’s independent school world as our educators recognize that our boys are not just one-dimensional academic beings, but instead multidimensional young men whose intellectual, emotional, ethical, physical, and social identities all merit time and attention. We call our approach the teacher-coac...h-mentor model, as our teachers seek to educate the boys for life ahead both inside and outside the classroom. Our teachers work with the students to help them develop as whole persons. This teacher-coach-mentor model is one of the central ways in which we live out our mission of developing boys who will lead productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men. Indeed, educators at Landon are uniquely committed to the boys, the place, and the mission; they are, to coin a phrase, all in.
At Landon, we also care about one another and about our school. There is an authentic and longstanding sense of community here that is at once hard to define but absolutely real. And a defining attribute of Landon is the brotherhood that exists among the students, a brotherhood that develops over years spent on campus together and then continues into the decades ahead as our graduates live into their lives as Landon alumni — where they remain, to quote Shakespeare, “a band of brothers.” It is a genuine and lasting kinship that is borne of the shared life-shaping experience that is the Landon education.