University Liggett School seeks a Director of Athletics. Reporting to the head of school, and serving on the administrative council, the Director of Athletics will oversee all aspects of the school’s athletic program, PreK-12.
University Liggett School, the oldest independent school in Michigan, is a forward-thinking institution located in suburban Grosse Pointe, just outside of the city of Detroit. Liggett enrolls 600 students in grades PreK -12, and innovation and opportunity abound within the school and the region. Students identify, develop, and pursue their passions as teachers work to make the process of learning relevant and engaging. Each Liggett graduate leaves well-prepared for the changing demands of college and career, equipped as a learner committed to embodying – and fostering – inquiry and discovery. At Liggett, we shape lives that shape lives.
Liggett has a robust interscholastic athletic program at the upper and middle school levels, with teams fielded in cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis, volleyball, football, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, and golf, with intramural offerings in strength and conditioning. Despite the school’s small size, teams regularly compete for and win district, regional, and state championships across multiple sports, with nine state titles in the last six years. There remains ample place for learners in the program, with junior varsity and developmental opportunities for most sports. A key priority of the position is to evaluate how athletics can extend into the lower school program and to expand intramural and club offerings. Talented athletes and dedicated coaches perform and play in an athletic complex in which over $15 million has been invested in the last three years, with ten acres of all-turf fields, an eight-court tennis complex, a traditional existing gymnasium and the 31,000 square foot John and Marlene Boll Campus Center which is under construction and will be complete in August 2018.
Specific responsibilities include:
Develop and implement long-term strategy and vision for the PreK-12 athletic program
Set and monitor measurable goals for the PreK-12 athletic program
Consider, refine, and develop athletic offerings PreK-12
Develop, manage, and monitor the budget for the PreK-12 athletic program
Ideate and implement ways to drive revenue from athletic programs; manage sponsorship/uniform agreements
Supervise the Athletic Operations Director, Middle School Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer, and other designated Athletic Department staff as appropriate
Hire and supervise coaches for athletic offerings PreK-12
Identify, promote, and provide professional development for coaches including monitoring required classes for MHSAA compliance
Represent and advocate on behalf of the school to MHSAA and all appropriate leagues and ensure compliance with state association and league rules and expectations
Provide regular reports to the Head of School for the board reports
Attend and report at Board of Trustee meetings as requested
Serve on the school’s senior administrative council
Work directly and collaboratively with senior administrative colleagues including the Associate Head of School for External Relations, the Director of Admissions, the Heads of Upper and Middle School, the Chair of the PE Department, the Director of Summer Programs, the Director of Medical Services (School Nurse) and the Dean of Health and Wellness
Communicate proactively, positively, and collaboratively with athletes and parents creating a culture of excitement around the ULS program
Consider how non-athletes can be involved in the program, through sports information offerings such as broadcasting and journalism
Coach at least one varsity sport
Maintain a non-athletic presence in the school community via teaching, serving as an advisor, etc.
The ideal candidate will have:
A bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree preferred
5-7 years experience in independent schools including substantial administrative and supervisory responsibilities
Significant experience in coaching varsity level athletics
Demonstrated teaching experience in independent schools
Demonstrated experience in hiring and professional development
Demonstrated excellent organizational, communication, and follow through skills.
Familiarity, alignment, and commitment to school culture and values
High expectations for personal and team conduct among coaches, student athletes, staff, other students, and parents
Flexible and adaptive, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a positive attitude
Enduring and unwavering commitment to the health and wellness of the whole child, including academic, personal, social, and physical development
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume/CV, and statement of educational philosophy to the attention of the office of the Head of School or email@example.com.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefit package
About University Liggett School
A thriving independent school welcoming more than 600 students in grades PK through 12, Liggett is located in the idyllic small town of Grosse Pointe Woods, situated along the banks of scenic Lake St. Clair and 15 minutes from the dynamic city of Detroit. The school is in its 138th year, making it the oldest, coeducational independent school in Michigan. This long tradition of excellence lives alongside substantial academic, athletic, and artistic successes in recent years as the school has shifted toward an innovative curricular and pedagogical approach under the Curriculum for Understanding. This progressive approach ably supports Liggett's mission to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.