The Brearley School, an independent K-XII day school for girls in New York City known for its academic excellence, cross-divisional teaching and diverse community, seeks an experienced athletic administrator, who has demonstrated success in promoting girls’ athletics, leading a program that is competitive, character-building and safe and fostering camaraderie and professionalism among coaches and trainers. The Director of Athletics oversees 36 teams in which 60-70% of Middle and Upper School students participate over the course of the academic year, and myriad community events that support the program. This position reports to the Head of School.
About the Brearley School
A center of intellectual exuberance, the School, founded in 1884, offers an extraordinary program to girls from across and beyond New York City, attracts and develops a dynamic and dedicated faculty who, along with a talented staff, instill in Brearley students a love of learning, an ability to think critically and creatively, a deep curiosity about the world and a pioneering and generous spirit. Our faculty finds an ever-renewing source of inspiration in the liberal arts—always with an eye to encouraging the students to go beyond the familiar and to find a sense of joy and balance in pursuits from the intellectual to the artistic, from athletics to leadership. We invite you to view Opening Doors, A Strategic Vision for Brearley, our roadmap for delivering on the full promise of a Brearley education.
(To view the School’s Mission Statement, please click here. The General Catalogue and Viewbook for 2018-2019, are available here.)
Brearley’s Campus Plan
To promote the goals of the Strategic Vision, Brearley is implementing a campus plan with the construction of a new partner schoolhouse at 590 East 83rd Street, steps from our historic building at 610 East 83rd Street and just a short walk to its field house. Built for flexibility and functionality, with resources invested to optimize teaching and learning, 590 will open in the fall of 2019. The new building will become home base for the Lower School and will include, among other features, new science labs for Classes VIII-XII, a 600-seat flexible auditorium, maker space and a regulation-size gym. In addition to the field house, the School frequently uses the neighboring Asphalt Green (Olympic pool and turf fields), the fields at Randall’s Island and other sports facilities in the area.
Brearley Athletics at a Glance
One of the most extensive athletic programs among independent schools in New York City.
36 teams in Middle and Upper School.
7 team sports offered in Classes V-VI.
9 sports over 3 seasons in VII-VIII interscholastic program.
No-Cut policy in Middle School means that VII-VIII students are guaranteed the ability to play a sport of their choice each season.
14 varsity sports in IX-XII.
One no-cut Upper School team per season.
Many students play several sports a year.
The School is a founding member of the Athletic Association of Independent Schools (AAIS).
Brearley teams have captured more than 20 AAIS championships in soccer, cross country, track and volleyball and 9 New York State Association Championships.
Competition opportunities outside of Manhattan include Penn Relays, Brown Invitational and Squash Nationals; training trips to Florida and Connecticut.
Brearley athletes go on to play Division I- and III-level college sports.
When our new building opens in September 2019, athletic facilities will include two regulation-size gyms for basketball and volleyball (one at 590 and one at the Brearley field house a short distance away), as well as a smaller gym, two dance studios and a fitness area.
The School uses the pool and turf fields at the Asphalt Green on East 90th Street, the fields at Randall’s Island as well as squash, tennis and other sports facilities in the area.
POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Leadership of the Athletics Department
Envision, organize, and lead an interscholastic athletic program that aligns with Brearley’s mission and values and is safe for all of its participants and spectators.
Promote a culture of skill development, team spirit, competition, ethical conduct and leadership.
Advance the importance of sports and physical and emotional fitness in girls’ lives and the community building of athletics among constituencies.
Embrace the development of young athletes as essential to a strong and enduring athletic program.
Support the long-term development of experienced and talented scholar-athletes
Create a robust recruitment program for skilled and diverse coaches and trainers, who foster excellence in academics and athletics.
Supervise, evaluate and support the continued professional development of all members of the Athletics Department.
Set up training sessions to ensure all coaches have current CPR, AED First Aid and Concussion Certifications.
Partner with the Physical Education Department to build strong foundational skills that prepare girls for competitive athletics in Middle and Upper Schools.
Oversee, in conjunction with the Director of Construction and Facilities, the maintenance of athletic facilities and equipment to ensure the security and safety of athletes, coaches and spectators.
Schedule activities with sports facilities and officials, and secure field, rental space, and permits as needed.
Collaborate effectively with the School’s CFO to develop and oversee the Athletics Department budget.
Represent Brearley within the AAIS League and NYSAIS and establish collegial relationships with peer athletic directors.
Create clear expectations for the behavior of athletes, fans and coaches at athletic contests, practices and other events and address any issues of misconduct promptly, effectively, and directly.
Work closely with the coaches, trainers, and the school nurse to ensure that any injuries sustained through participation in the sports program are immediately and fully reported to School officials and that students receive prompt and appropriate medical attention.
Supervise Athletic Trainer and Fieldhouse Manager
Oversee community men’s basketball and women’s volleyball evening programs.
Leadership Within the Greater Community
Serve as the liaison between the athletic program and other school leaders, including the Head of School, Assistant Heads of School, division leaders, department heads, other members of the senior administrative team, and the faculty in other departments.
Serve as a member of the Academic Affairs, Student Life and Administrative Council Committees.
Partner with Communications Office to promote girls’ athletics and inform the community about the schedule, team records and stories of interest.
Work effectively with faculty to support students striving for success in and outside the classroom.
Collaborate with administrators on scheduling, and, when necessary, adjustments and accommodations.
Speak at admission, retention and alumnae events to advance girls’ athletics and the School’s program.
Teach a class in the Physical Education Department is possible. Coaching may be possible after transition.
Demonstrated commitment to girls’ athletics and the development of strong and healthy female athletes.
Excellent leadership, supervisory and oral and written communication skills.
Ability to collaborate effectively with multiple constituencies in a rigorous liberal arts school.
Expertise in risk management
Teaching, coaching and administrative experience in a school, college or university.
A valid First Aid Certificate from the American Red Cross, including CPR training.
All other duties and qualifications as assigned by the Head of School.
Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, résumé and three current references by January 9, 2019 to Jane Foley Fried, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: A competitive compensation package, competitive and commensurate with level of experience.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 690 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.