Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle, is currently recruiting for a dynamic educator who will lead a strong athletics department focused on competitive success, broad-based student participation, coaching excellence, and athlete development. The school fields 23 varsity teams, most with junior varsity and middle school counter parts. Varsity teams compete in the 3A Metro League and a group of Seattle area public and private schools. Several Lakeside teams have recently won league, district, and/or state championships. Approximately 80% of upper school and over 90% of middle school students participate on Lakeside teams. A 2012 athletics strategic plan led to the hiring of 13 athletics program heads who focus on their respective teams across the 5-12 grade spectrum, emphasizing personal and athletic development for all student athletes.
This position will be a full time (1.0 FTE), non-overtime eligible, administrative appointment on a full year schedule (July 1 to June 30).
The Director of Athletics, reporting to the associate head of school, will lead Lakeside School’s Interscholastic Athletics Program. Specific responsibilities include:
Provide strategic leadership for continuous improvement of the program, including the continued development of an athletics program head model following the Athletics Strategic Plan;
Provide vision, in consultation with the upper school director, for synergy between the athletics department, strength and conditioning coaches, and the Physical Education department as the school develops physical education electives and strives for efficiencies and excellence across these three areas;
Serve as an active member of both the Institutional Leadership Group and the Programs Leadership Group, as a voice for athletics and as an educator on all matters of school policy;
Lead efforts to connect and unite the athletics program with the academic life of the school;
Serve as the public face of the athletics program, speak at school events, write blogs and Lakeside magazine articles, and act as supervisor and ambassador at athletic contests;
Oversee the Interscholastic Athletics Program for grades 5 through 12. Apply all policies and procedures, manage student athletes who participate in the program and communicate to families in order to establish positive, effective and consistent relations with students and parents/guardians;
Interpret WIAA and school eligibility guidelines and mediate issues of concern;
Administer program logistics, including the scheduling, coordination and supervision of details for athletic contests; maintain equipment inventory and apparel purchases to promote uniformity, effective marketing and vendor relationships; coordinate use of the athletics fields and facilities with the Physical Education Department and Summer School programs; and plan and administer budgets;
Supervise program personnel including two assistant athletic directors, the athletics administrative assistant, two athletic trainers, two strength coaches, and the athletic program heads and head coaches of the varsity teams. Hire, train, and evaluate coaches for each season’s sports; arrange for professional development for program personnel; ensure adequate support personnel are on site for at-home athletic contests;
Liaison for internal and external groups and agencies. Coordinate with communications on the management of daily and seasonal publicity, oversee Web content, and work with the development and business offices to assess future fiscal needs and identify fundraising opportunities;
Act as primary liaison between the admissions and financial aid office and the Interscholastic Athletics Program. Help to support the schools continuing need for student athletes by facilitating communication between coaches and admissions staff; and
Serve as the primary communicator, liaison and ambassador to the Metro League and WIAA.
Requirements and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree, ideally in the liberal arts or in a field related to athletics and physical education.
Master’s degree in education or in a field related to physical education, athletics, or independent school leadership is desirable.
Three years of experience in successfully managing some aspect of a secondary school athletics program, whether as head coach, associate athletics director at a small school, or physical education department head.
Computer literacy in a PC environment is required.
Demonstrated ability to work with students and families from diverse backgrounds.
Enthusiasm for the role of athletics and physical education in an independent school setting fueled by vision and creativity.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organization skills ranging from project management to follow through on details.
References should speak to the candidate’s maturity, integrity, self-assurance, empathy, tact, and persistence in working harmoniously with colleagues, students and families in a highly visible environment.
Satisfactory completion and results of two criminal background checks.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits
Lakeside School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, economic and gender diversity of our school community. We provide a competitive compensation package which includes, but is not limited to, a monthly salary, excellent health and welfare benefits, access to funds for professional development, housing down payment assistance program, and school-provided lunches. Additionally, Lakeside offers faculty and staff opportunities to participate in non-classroom teaching programs such as Global Service Learning, Summer School, coaching, etc., for extra compensation.
Lakeside School was founded in 1919, and currently enrolls 851 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a glo...bal society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.