Position Title: Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher
Position Start Date: August 2018
Westmark School is currently seeking an experienced Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. The Physical Education Teacher instructs P.E. classes for students with language-based learning differences at the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions—grades 2-12. The Physical Education program provides an all-inclusive curriculum based on the development of lifelong wellness skills that enhance students’ movement and physical abilities, as well as offers active experiences that can improve cognitive and affective aspects of the students’ development. The curriculum is designed to integrate physical skill, self-awareness, and sportsmanship. The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development, and familiarity with the Physical Education Framework in California.
The Athletic Director serves in a leadership role that is critical to supporting the daily functions of the athletic department and is closely linked with school wide operations. Oversight includes all Lower, Middle, and Upper School Athletics Teams including but not limited to Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer, Strength & Conditioning, Varsity Men’s & Women’s Volleyball, Varsity Cross-Country, Varsity Golf, Middle School Flag Football, Middle School Basketball (all teams), Middle School Soccer, Middle School Volleyball, Lower School Basketball, and Lower School Soccer. This requires a visible presence on campus, at practices and at after school athletic contests of assigned teams. To ensure these goals are met, the Athletic Director must establish and implement vertical integration throughout the program, beginning in 2nd grade. Inherent in the position is strict compliance with all league, conference and CIF rules and regulations. The position reports to the Director of Student Life with regard to all After School Athletics, the Director of the Upper School (for Upper School Athletics), and Director of Lower and Middle Schools (for Lower and Middle School Athletics); the position is reviewed annually by all supervisors including the Head of School.
Teach developmentally appropriate classes in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment
Organize games and challenges that promote physical activity and self-confidence
Teach cooperative games and skills for traditional sports
Develop students’ motor skills as well as physical and mental development
Create and follow effective lesson plans
Maintain relevant documentation to assist the tracking of student progress
Provide accurate and consistent communication with families, administrators and colleagues regarding student behavior, concerns, progress and general information
Maintain class PowerSchool page
Regularly update and post to PowerSchool class grade book
Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
Prepare for and clean up after class activities and in shared spaces
Maintain and store all athletic equipment
Continually assess and update curriculum with research-based best practices
Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community at large
Provide hyper vigilant supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our students during class, practices and athletic events
Establish a professional rapport with students, faculty, administration, and staff that earns their respect
Maintain visibility with students, faculty, admin, staff, parents, and the community, attending events and competition regularly. Presence is required on campus during regular school hours and during after school sports hours Serve as the public spokesperson for the athletic department, representing the school at onsite, community, league, CIF, and professional meetings
Attend all assigned meetings: full faculty, departmental trainings, and leadership
Distribute all pertinent information to the appropriate stakeholders in a timely manner in written format
Lead the hiring process for all coaches, and collaborate with the Director of Student Life to interview and select coaches across divisions and programs. Work with the Westmark Business Office and the Director of Student Life to confirm contract, payments, and all legal documents
Ensure that all programs are aligned with the vision, mission and goals of the School. Cultivate coaches by providing timely orientation, guidance, feedback, and evaluation throughout the season. Conduct formal written evaluation at the end of each season for each coach
Serve as the lead Lower and Middle School Athletic Department contact. Oversee all scheduling and all website-related tasks to Lower and Middle School Athletics.
Provide consistent feedback on all programming to the Director of Student Life and perform an end of season Program Evaluation within 30 days of completion of each sport, followed by a meeting with the program coaches
Demonstrates excellent organizational skills and utilizes them in everyday processes. This includes calendaring all daily activities and sharing them with the Athletic Department and Administration, returning voice mail messages in a timely manner, and attending all scheduled student/parent meetings as needed Serve as a role model for students, demonstrating good sportsmanship, the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and pride in the Westmark Community
Meet with the WPA to provide relevant updates on athletic programs and to assign select project support (communication, end of season banquets, and uniform collection)
Schedule practices, competition as well as events held on the field. Meet with seasonal coaches and Director of Student Life to create a balanced schedule and search for alternate external locations when needed to meet the demands of the department
Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines
Continue to grow professionally through collaboration with colleagues and professional growth experiences
Master's degree in related field
Minimum of 5 years’ teaching experience
Athletic Director experience a plus
Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or learning disabilities
Ability to individualize lessons to fit the students’ needs
Collaborative, team player
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Displays strong organization and time-management skills
Ability to identify and improve student results
Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Submit your cover letter and resume to:
5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
The leading independent school in Los Angeles for children with language-based learning differences in grades 2-12, Westmark School has provided an exceptional college-preparatory environment for more than 30 years, allowing students to grow and succeed, not only in the classroom, but also in life.
Westmark students discover how they learn best and become advocates for themselves, leading them to become highly functional, concrete thinkers, and preparing them for a successful college experience.
Westmark’s exceptional multi-modal, research-based pedagogy differentiates instruction based on student need and allows children to discover not only their personal academic style but their strengths and areas of need as well. Using state-of-the-art technology—including our one-to-one iPad program—and facilities designed with our learners in mind, as well as low student-teacher ratios, our distinguished faculty provide individualized instruction.
Westmark is about much more than what happens in the classroom. With a beautiful new athletic field, highly competitive sports teams, a small sound stage and production studio, vibrant music, performing and visual arts programs, an advance...d experiential learning program highlighted by engaging outdoor educational class trips, an integrated service learning program, student leadership opportunities as well as countless enrichment programs, Westmark has much to offer motivated, creative, and multi-faceted children.