Thaden School, a new independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas, seeks its first Director of Athletics and Wellness to teach wellness and physical education, coach interscholastic teams, and work closely with the Head of School and his senior staff in designing and running the school’s athletics program.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
Athletics and Wellness at Thaden School
We seek an educator who can build inclusive programs that foster school spirit, attract impressive scholar athletes, help the school excel among the region’s athletics programs, and aid all students in developing their skills and confidence in several arenas, athletic and otherwise. We believe that physical education and athletic competition are integral to a well-balanced education and the promotion of lifelong wellness. To that end, we aspire to offer a variety of team and individual sports as well as other recreational and outdoor programs. Each of these programs should give students the opportunity to experience meaningful successes and failures that lead to personal growth.
Responsibilities of the Director of Athletics and Wellness
Reporting to the Director of Campus Life, the Director of Athletics and Wellness will be responsible for the following:
maintaining the operating budget for the Department of Athletics and Wellness
scheduling on- and off-campus practices and competitions
coordinating transportation for participants to sporting events
hiring officials for events
purchasing equipment and uniforms
ensuring compliance with league and school rules and procedures
maintaining accurate records of athletic results
communicating scores and highlights to local media
providing reports on the Athletics and Wellness program
identifying and hiring candidates to staff the program as the school grows
Athletics and Wellness Policies
modeling and promoting standards of balance, sportsmanship, and fair play
developing and supporting coaching expectations
developing and supporting student athlete expectations
Supervision of Personnel and Policies
hiring, supervising, and developing seasonal coaches
managing adherence to CPR and First Aid requirements
attending home events and other on-campus after-school events
Buildings and Grounds
ensuring the preparation of facilities for school athletic events
maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for home and away teams
ensuring standards that are commensurate with league standards
promoting the school and its Athletics and Wellness program to families
teaching wellness and physical education, and leading intramural activities
serving on grade level teams to discuss matters of student life
representing the school at league meetings
participating in curricular conversations to coordinate educational touchpoints
partnering with the Meals program and food staff in ensuring mindful nutrition
holding meetings with parents of student athletes
serving as ambassador for the school
participating in conversations with and about students regarding their progress
supporting all school programs when possible
Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (master’s preferred) as well as experience teaching wellness, coaching, and/or coordinating athletic logistics at the middle school, high school, or college level. Candidates must be able to problem solve, multitask, and communicate clearly in person and in writing, while serving as an advocate for scholar athletes and coaches in collaboration with teachers and parents. They must be versatile, resourceful, and able to think well outside of the box in shaping a wellness and athletics program that reflects the school’s mission and interdisciplinary approach to education. Candidates must be committed to diversity of all kinds. Experience building new programs and advising on campus infrastructure is also preferred. Independent school experience is not required, but candidates should be prepared to speak about their commitment to and excitement for the mission of the school.
Applications should include a resume and cover letter that addresses salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to email@example.com by January 31 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable but must be no later than July 1.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
Opening in the fall of 2017, Thaden will launch with grades 7 and 9 and grow incrementally over the next few years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. Our campus will be located in downtown Bentonville’s Market District, walking distance from a remarkable variety of cultural and educational resources, and we will offer small classes where students can discover joy in learning and cultivate t...heir potential under the guidance of inspiring, masterful educators.
Our mission is to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.