The Athletic Director of Mount Pisgah Christian School reports to the Head of the Upper School and oversees the athletic program at all age levels and maintain the mission of MPCS. Mount Pisgah Christian School is known for a strong and thriving athletic program that promotes development of the whole child – mind, body and spirit. The Athletic Director supports the School’s mission and recognizes the unique value of the mentor relationship between students and coaches who are inspiring Christian role models.
The Athletic Director position integrates the school's mission into the athletics department's goals, and uses it’s guiding principles of Faith, Relationships, Curiosity, Engagement, & Achievement as the lens through which all decisions are made. The director ensures compliance with conference rules and regulations, represents the school's athletic programs, exposes student-athletes to different opportunities, manages department facilities and personnel, develop and manage finances and budgets, and assists with hiring coaches.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned to meet school needs.
Managing a multi-faceted and growing athletic program that spans a wide-range of ages from elementary through high school.
Establishing and ensuring adherence to athletic program policies and procedures which promote fairness and protect the health and safety of all students.
Recruiting and retaining highly-qualified and mission-aligned coaches and staff.
Providing professional development opportunities for coaches and staff in order to support the school’s strategic planning goals.
Developing and managing budgets, while being an excellent steward of the school’s resources.
Cultivating and overseeing a thriving parent volunteer organization focused on supporting the school’s athletic programs.
Supervising management of all athletic facilities including the Patriot Athletic Campus, Drummond Gymnasium, as well as weight training and practice facilities.
Developing and executing an athletic communication plan within the school’s communication plan that effectively informs and updates students, parents, coaches, administrators and alumni.
Serve as a role model for athletes and coaches, demonstrating high integrity, excellence and a passion for the School’s mission.
Sets a strategic vision and plan for the Athletics Program, in the context of the School larger mission, vision, and strategic objectives. Promotes excellence and the highest levels of sportsmanship and teamwork within MPCS teams.
Ensures the health and wellness of all athletes. In collaboration with the school’s Medical Director and Head Trainer, develops, implements and monitors health, safety, and wellness programs, policies, and procedures for the school’s athletes.
Leads, supports, and evaluates coaching staff and provides consistent professional feedback and assistance in support of their efforts. Mentors coaches at every level to ensure high quality instruction and student care across school’s broad athletic offerings. Participates in the faculty recruitment process with the Head of School and Division Heads to attract qualified and promising coaches.
Supports coaches in recruitment and assessment of mission appropriate and high-impact student-athletes as applicants to the School. Consults with School’s Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School regarding Financial Aid in the candidate-evaluation process.
Administers all athletic operations, including scheduling of sporting events, travel arrangements, referees, facility allocation, and equipment distribution. Manages the Athletics Department staff, providing direct reports with timely and effective performance review while supporting their professional development.
Collaborates with other departments to ensure that Athletics Department goals closely coordinate with other school strategic priorities. Coordinates proper and timely maintenance of all athletic facilities. Works with the Assistant Head of School to manage and allocate the athletics budget. Works with the Advancement Office in the school’s fundraising initiatives related to athletics.
Embrace the spirit of community through participating in other school activities.
Mount Pisgah’s long-standing traditions of multi-sport athletes and teacher-coaches face mounting challenges. The pressures of high-stakes college admission, ever-earlier specialization at the youth and club level, and a broader co-curricular menu are modern realities.
Navigate the challenges and complexities of college admission, scholarships and specialization of students and cultivate a program that ensures development as well as broad competitive balance and opportunities for college recruitment for student-athletes at the varsity level.
Participate and provide crucial input for any upgraded and expanded facilities that will provide the Athletic Director opportunities to shape programming and allocate resources of space and time toward executing the school vision.
Competencies/specific experience or training preferred:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A heart for the Lord and a strong desire to offer spiritual leadership in the school community and to pray with coaches, players and families.
A desire to select, celebrate and support a coaching staff that is committed to supporting a student’s academic success and spiritual development on a par with the student’s athletic accomplishments.
Ideal candidate will have experience in athletic administration in independent schools.
An advanced degree is preferred, specifically in athletic administration.
Integrity, collaborative approach, organizational skills and a passion for mission-based education.
Previous work experience as a varsity head coach is preferred.
Ideally, the candidate has also served as a classroom teacher at either the secondary school or collegiate level.
An ability to communicate and work effectively and enthusiastically with all school stakeholders, including parents, students and coaches.
An ability to create and sustain a culture of servant leadership in the athletic administration office that is open, highly approachable, welcoming and eager to listen and work effectively with parents, students and coaches. Superior organizational, administrative and communication skills (in both writing and speaking).
Master's Degree in Athletic Administration (preferred), Bachelor's Degree in Health, Fitness, or Education or comparable field.
Education specializing in interscholastic athletic leadership
A love and enthusiasm for athletics and the positive effects they can have on students
Experience working with or teaching students, particularly in an independent school or like-kind school setting
Background in athletic training or extensive coaching experience
Involvement in professional organizations affiliated with high school athletics
Strong references that convey your administrative abilities, connection with students, and athletic skills
Experience with creating a budget and maintaining finances for an independent school's athletic department
Experience scheduling and organizing multiple teams and coaches
Genuine interest in children, families, and the process of educating young people in an evangelical Christian school.
Equipment and Applications
Computers and peripheral equipment
Designated software applications
Telephones, copiers and other office equipment
Job conditions: (see examples below)
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the associate is:
Frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear
Frequently required to stand, walk distances and climb stairs
Occasionally required climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
The noise level in the work environment is usually low
The Athletic Director is a full time, year round position. The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. This job description should not be construed as a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job duties and responsibilities may evolve or change over time.