Note: TASIS will be represented at the NAIS annual conference. If you are interested in this posting and are also attending the conference, please indicate that in your materials.
Position: Athletic Director & Head of Physical Education Department: Athletic & Physical Education Department Supervisor: Head of School
General overview of position:
Reporting to the Head of School, the Athletic Director (AD) is responsible for the overall supervision, management, and direction of the athletic program school-wide and co-curricular program in the High School. The program includes school-sponsored and school-authorized activities in which TASIS students participate or which involve the use of the school’s facilities and/or equipment. The AD will work in close collaboration with the school’s leadership team and faculty to ensure that co-curricular activities operate in a safe manner and provide students worthwhile learning experiences that align with the philosophy and core values of TASIS.
The goals of TASIS’s athletic program are to optimize the opportunity of participation for our students and to promote a high level of skill development and performance participation. In conjunction with individual coaches/sponsors, and with the support of the TASIS administration and staff, the AD will establish and will communicate to students and parents clear and timely information for each activity consistent with the objectives, requirements, and expectations of the program. The AD will likewise be responsible for developing and maintaining the best possible relations with the TASIS community and general public, in line with our mission to offer a balanced and engaging learning environment enriched by being in Switzerland and strengthened by collaboration with parents and external partnerships.
1. Leadership and Supervision
Recruiting, supervising and evaluating department and office personnel to the highest standards and in alignment with TASIS’s mission and core values
Delegating the day-to-day operation of the program while maintaining effective overall supervision
Hiring coaches, and evaluating the performance of individual coaches/sponsors as far as possible in collaboration with the Head of School and HR
Ensuring that coaches/sponsors uphold the rules, policies and protocols of the TASIS Co-curricular program
Providing auxiliary services that help faculty to fulfill their co-curricular responsibilities
Helping to locate in-service opportunities to upgrade skills and expertise in their activity
Providing guidelines and criteria to coaches and sponsors for written communications/descriptions of co-curricular activities to students and their parents
Working with the Head of School to staff the program with competent, qualified personnel
Working with the leadership team to ensure policies, programs, objectives and goals are consistent with best practices locally and worldwide, and that they align with the school’s mission, core values and policies
Supervising the School Nurses and working with Facilities and Security to ensure that support services and emergency response systems are maintained at the highest standards to maintain the health and safety of the children.
Preparing, managing and overseeing the annual budget
Developing an annual report on: Numbers of students in the co-curricular program, Budget responsibility, Qualitative Analysis, Staffing/Supervision
Soliciting and maintaining program sponsorship where appropriate
2. Development, coordination, and implementation of programs and activities
Responsible for development, coordination and implementation of collaborative programs, activities and competitions with local and international institutions as appropriate, not limited to the following organizations and teams/groups: SGIS, ESC and NISSA.
Coordinating and organizing student travel and hosting
Scheduling and booking of venues and facilities, resolving conflicts as they occur
Arranging officials/referees/judges; mediating disagreements between coaches/sponsors and referees
Leading in the scheduling and directing of tournaments and events
Liaising with Food and Maintenance contractors for program set-up needs and facility maintenance
Collecting from coaches/sponsors the records kept of each high school and middle school team for each season
Sending rosters/programs to the following as needed: faculty and counselors to identify students with academic problems, parents, etc.
Assisting coaches/sponsors with the inventory of all uniforms and supplies, and arranging for team photos
Planning and executing special events, e.g. MS and HS athletic banquets, ordering plaques, trophies and awards when needed, preparing event certificates and thank-you letters
Ordering materials and approving/supervising expenditures for each activity
Helping to identify team parent sponsors/chaperones
3. Communications and Community Relations
Representation of the school at conferences, AD networking events and any other activities involving participation of TASIS teams/groups
Liaison between the PTA and coaches/sponsors/teams
Approving and monitoring use of the campus by outside groups, in coordination with Facilities, Security and the Administrative team
Overseeing communications with all constituencies ensuring that messages are timely, easy to understand, easily accessible, and supported by the appropriate levels of detail
Responsible for developing and maintaining the Activities and Athletics calendars, daily bulletin announcements, etc.
Liaising with the Communications department to coordinate photography, videography, and write-ups for articles highlighting and promoting the activities program to both internal and external audiences
Attending divisional faculty meetings and parent coffees as needed
Summary of education background and professional experience:
The person appointed to this position is expected to have
A Masters’s degree and preferably current teaching qualifications
At least five years of successful experience as a teacher and/or coach
Qualifications in and/or past experience in athletic administration or administrative leadership
Proven successful experience in a leadership role, preferably in a school setting
The person appointed to this position is expected to have
Commitment and integrity
A sound understanding of the philosophy of the co-curricular program and the needs of students with regard to co-curricular activities
Knowledge of the overall operation of a co-curricular program
Outstanding interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, able to clearly communicate both orally and in writing to a diverse group of cultures and in diverse settings
A strong background with keeping a balance budget and attention to detail
Proven organizational skills
Excellent problem-solving, conflict resolution and team-building skills
Strong listening skills
Demonstrated proficiency in required technology
About TASIS The American School in Switzerland
TASIS The American School in Switzerland is an independent boarding and day school providing excellence in education based on the traditional values and ideals of Western Civilization. TASIS serves 730 students of 64 nationalities in grades Pre-K to 13 on a magnificent campus near Lugano, in the southern part of Switzerland. The School offers the Core Knowledge curriculum in the early years, and AP, IB, and traditional US High School Diploma in later years. Located near Lugano, TASIS Switzerland offers a beautiful setting for a rich educational experience.