Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, is seeking qualified, experienced candidates for a full-time position of Athletic Director, beginning July 2020. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. A founding member of the prestigious Inter-Academic Athletic League, Germantown Academy prides itself on a rich history of athletics, generations of talented student-athletes, and opportunities to explore an incredible array of athletic experiences for all interested students. Typically, almost one-third of each graduating class goes on to pursue athletics at the collegiate level.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and a respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world in which we live. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking, and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.
The Athletic Director oversees 26 varsity sports, 3 club sports, and upwards of 78 teams with more than 800 student-athletes participating and competing at multiple levels in Middle and Upper School. In addition, the Athletic Director supervises an Associate Athletic Director, two Assistant Athletic Directors, an Athletic Department Assistant, an athletic training staff, and a strength and conditioning coach. The Athletic Director will not serve as a head varsity coach during his/her tenure in order to fulfill the many responsibilities of the position.
The Athletic Director reports to the Head of School. This is a 12-month position which offers an excellent array of benefits and a highly competitive salary. In addition, 100% tuition remission is available for a total of two children who qualify for admission and for whom space is available.
Administer and supervise the entire 6-12 athletic program.
Coordinate the general needs of each sport individually and all sports collectively.
Lead and manage the development of new programs and/or significant changes to existing programs.
Take the lead in the fulfillment of GA’s strategic goals for the athletic department.
Exemplify the GA Mission Statement and the GA Civility Pledge.
Be a leader in good sportsmanship and positive coaching practices.
Liaise with Summer Programs and the Director of Operations regarding student recruitment and auxiliary income opportunities for GA athletics.
Budget & Fundraising Oversight
Manage the annual athletic budget carefully and accurately.
Work with the COO as needed to review or plan for annual program budget needs and capital expense requests and manage the Associate Athletic Director, who is in charge of the day-to-day budget.
Strategically advocate for budget changes as needed to ensure the development of successful programs, coaches, and student-athletes.
Work with the Office of Institutional Advancement to uphold fundraising policies and to identify capital needs for potential donor funding.
Ensure that the community in general and coaches, parents, and students in particular are familiar with athletic policies and athletics-related admission procedures.
Oversee the annual review, evaluation, and coordination of athletic policies.
Annually review the policies of each sport with the Upper School Varsity Head Coach.
Review and update the GA Coaches’ Handbook annually.
Review and update the GA Athletics Handbook annually.
Recruit, hire, assign, and mentor coaches; oversee the general evaluation process for all coaches; directly evaluate all Upper School varsity head coaches.
Oversee the process of issuing coaching ECA contracts and/or work with HR regarding the inclusion of ECAs in the contracts for new faculty, staff, and administration where appropriate.
Regularly meet with Upper School Varsity Coaches regarding professional goals, program progress, areas of strength, areas for growth, and new opportunities.
Provide support to and facilitate professional development for coaches.
Directly supervise, mentor, and evaluate the Associate Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director for Middle School, and Athletic Department Assistant.
Oversee the development of Vertically Aligned Programs and mentor and evaluate VAP Upper School Varsity Head Coaches.
Regularly communicate with division heads to share anticipated coaching vacancies.
Serve as the voice for GA athletics in community and individual settings.
Communicate proactively, both internally and externally, to share information about and advocate for GA athletics.
Establish and maintain high standards of communication for the Athletics Department and all teams 6-12, including practice schedules, games, and competition results.
Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Advancement to manage accurate reporting processes to ensure timely communication of team competitions, results, and sports news, and to promote upcoming events.
Share and review all major concerns with the Head of School.
Oversee the use and maintenance of athletic facilities and equipment.
Liaise regularly with the Director of Facilities regarding the needs of GA athletics and any potential overlaps with rentals to outside entities.
Ensure GA transportation policies are being followed and that teams have what they need in terms of travel to practices and games.
Lead the Upper School Captains’ Council. Regularly meet with team captains to provide mentorship, gather ideas, and plan events.
Work with each coach to ensure that the election or appointment of team captains is fair and transparent.
Implement and supervise the student evaluation of coaches at the end of each Upper School season.
Participate in the recruitment of student-athletes in all sports.
Serve as a problem-solver and mentor for student-athletes and their families
Attend all Inter-Academic League and PAISAA meetings and serve as a thoughtful, proactive voice for the GA athletic community.
Serve as a moderator of League coaches’ meetings for specifically assigned seasonal meetings as requested.
Attend any other necessary or helpful state, regional, or national athletics meetings to promote GA athletics and to uphold or enhance our school’s policies.
Regularly engage in professional development to ensure that GA remains a leader in the field of athletics.
Remain apprised of athletics trends in high school and colleges in order to offer recommendations for program improvements or additions as needed.
College Recruiting Advisor
Serve as a resource for student-athletes (and their families) who are exploring the pursuit of college athletics.
GA Athletic Hall of Fame Director
Serve as Chair of the GA Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee and as Master of Ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame biannual event.
Serve as the event supervisor for the various athletic activities on campus.
Report all violations of the GA’s Civility Pledge to the Head of School.
Be present at as many athletics events as possible.
Coordinate and communicate with the Athletic Trainer regarding all new legal and health-related information, communicate these to the GA Community, and arrange for athletic training coverage at all GA home athletic events.
Oversee the process for the determination of all athletic awards and their distribution at post-season ceremonies.
Serve on the One School Committee and the GA Safety Committee.
Oversee athletics-related off-campus trips and mentor coaching in upholding school trip policies.
Fulfill additional responsibilities upon consultation with the Head of School.
A minimum of a master’s degree is required;
Demonstrated administrative experience as a leader and supervisor;
Significant experience with and knowledge of Middle and Upper School students and their developmental needs;
Experience in a wide range of relevant athletic programs;
Superior coaching skills and a history of excellence as a varsity head coach in one or more sports;
Outstanding teaching credentials and the ability to teach one course in the Middle or Upper School;
Vision, flexibility, and imagination;
Exceptional communication skills.
To apply for the position, please assemble a portfolio including the following information:
detailed letter of interest
undergraduate and graduate transcripts
a contact list of at least 3 references, including at least one current supervisor
Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.