The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools' enrollment has grown significantly in recent years which has resulted in increased participation in athletics and several new sports being added to the Middle and High School rosters. As a result, the School is adding the position of Assistant Athletic Director to its Athletics Departments to partner with the AD both to support the size of the program and to build on the foundation already established. The Assistant Athletic Director has shared responsibility for administering all athletic programs in the Middle and High Schools (grades 6th to 12th) and fostering a community spirit consistent with Lab’s mission and core values among coaches, athletes, and parents. Oversee daily operations of the sports program and the coordination of various administrative functions within the department. Build deep relationships with students, families, other faculty and staff to communicate about student progress and to foster a culture of community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how your actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab’s mission.
Assist with the facilitation and supervision of interscholastic athletics for the middle and high schools
With the Director of Athletics, evaluate coaches to provide feedback, ensure excellence in coaching, and support professional growth
Participate in the hiring of competent coaches who are properly trained in their sport and safe facilitation of the program
Maintain and revise the coaches’ manual each year and deliver a comprehensive coach orientation at the start of each season to align standards and protocol
Ensure the health and safety of all students in the athletic program through a partnership with the school nurses, athletic trainer, coaches, campus security, and school administrators
Establish a student-athlete culture rooted in the Schools’ mission and values
Support the non-cut policy and work with coaches to develop student-athletes’ skills at all levels
Responsible for scheduling of athletic events with coaches, including practices and contests both home and away. Be a visible presence at practices and competitions. Provide the scheduling of all athletic contests, arrange for athletic transportation, and work with our conference assignors securing game officials.
Work with the facilities department to properly maintain and secure all athletic equipment and athletic facilities, fields, and courts
Maintain records of the team and individual athletic accomplishments and submit copies of same to the development office for historical purposes
Oversee the distribution, collection, cleaning, repair, and storage of all athletic uniforms and equipment
Communicate with parents and the school community through the learning management system and the website. Responsible making updates to the website to relay updates on teams and pre- and post-season overviews
Support the school and its leadership
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree required
Master's Degree preferred
At least 2 years of middle school, high school, or collegiate athletics experience required.
Previous experience working in a K-12 athletic administrative environment preferred.
Customer service experience preferred.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language, and nationality.
Memberships/Certifications preferred: NIAA, RAA , RMSAA or CAA
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to use computers extensively for 2 hours to 4 hours
Ability to move around the building, athletic facilities and fields
?NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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