This position is available beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to email@example.com.
SUMMARY OF POSITION Reporting to the Associate Head of School, the Director of Athletics exercises leadership for school-wide athletics (Preschool to Grade 12), including alignment with the School and Athletics Missions, program development, scheduling, and communications. Washington International School competes in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) with boys, girls, and co-ed Middle and Upper School teams in as many as 11 sports. The Director collaborates with the Director of Co-Curricular programs to ensure athletics and other after school programs are complementary. The Director of Athletics is a senior leader within the school and serves on the Vision Team.
MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Director of Athletics is a full-time, 12-month position, with key responsibilities outlined below. The Associate Head and Head of School may assign additional duties in support of school objectives.
Hire, supervise, and manage performance for all coaches and athletic trainers and coordinate necessary training for coaches.
Work with PVAC officials, PVAC coaches, and coaches from local non-PVAC schools to schedule games, meets, and matches.
Schedule use of WIS athletic facilities for practices and games (including gyms on both campuses, fields on both campuses, and the Tregaron outdoor basketball court).
Plan team travel to away games, as well as fan buses to major events.
Arrange for officials to be present at games.
Communicate with coaches, athletes, parents, and the community regarding games and special events, including management of the athletics pages/calendar on the WIS website.
Create a developmentally-appropriate team athletics program at the Primary School, with the potential of a competitive program for Grades 4 and 5 students.
Work with School and student leadership to encourage community involvement in and support for athletics and athletes.
Collaborate with the Director of Facilities and Operations regarding use and maintenance of athletics facilities.
Coordinate with the School’s nurse manager regarding student wellness within athletics.
Collaborate with Admissions Office regarding recruitment of student athletes.
Develop and oversee the School athletics budget, in coordination with the CFO.
Manage ordering and inventory of athletics uniforms, operating within School guidelines regarding branding and identity.
A valid First Aid and CPR certification issued by an authorized agency
Three to five years of experience as a high school administrator (administration in the area of athletics is preferred)
High school or comparable coaching experience
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational strategies with the ability to manage complicated logistics efficiently and effectively
Understanding of the adolescent athlete
Ability to confer with parents and student athletes in support of the athletics program and student development and participation
A collaborative, inclusive approach to all aspects of school life
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the responsibilities the employee is required to talk and hear.
The employee is often required to sit for long periods of time.
Continual and/or intermittent walking for up to 15 minutes at a time may be required.
The employee is required to stand, walk, and reach with arms and hands.
The employee may be required to lift 10–50 pounds.
The noise level in the work environment is often moderate to loud.
Hours of work will include some evenings and weekends.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.