The school seeks an inspiring, strategic leader who is deeply committed to the transformative role athletics and coaches can play in the education and growth of children. Reporting to the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Athletics is responsible for the strategic oversight and direction, day-to-day management, and operational logistics of a competitive middle and upper school athletic program that includes 61 teams with more than 80% of students participating. The Director is responsible for sustaining and extending the school’s long tradition of competitive excellence and broad participation within a values-centered, growth-minded athletic philosophy.
The Director is expected to provide leadership in maximizing the role athletics can play in attracting and enrolling outstanding students. Additionally, the Director seeks to maximize physical fitness opportunities for the entire MB community and oversees physical education programming and staff in consultation, and collaboration with, the school’s Wellness Department and academic division heads. The Director represents the school in all matters pertaining to league affiliations and ensures compliance with all rules and regulations. A sophisticated understanding of the shifting landscape of youth and secondary school sports, strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills are essential. Recruiting, training, and developing coaches who are outstanding teachers and mentors is vital. Additional necessary skills or related experience include strategic planning, athletic program operations, financial management/budgeting, athletic facility management/planning, and athletic fundraising.
Promote and maintain an athletic program that plays an essential role in the overall education and personal growth of students.
Provide strategic leadership and direction. Motivate and inspire internal and external constituencies toward establishing and implementing an inclusive strategic vision for athletics and physical education, one that is fully aligned with the school’s mission and values.
Hire, mentor, evaluate and develop coaches and the athletic administration and staff. Ensure individual program leadership and philosophy is consistent with school values.
Consistently communicate with key constituencies and partner with the Communications office to promote MB athletic vision, values, and success; anticipate and pro-actively address any issues of concern within various constituencies.
Oversee the operational management of a multi-faceted athletic program (practice schedules and facility assignments; equipment purchasing, maintenance, and distribution; game scheduling; game supervision and operations; scheduling of officials; uniforms; etc.).
Pro-actively partner with coaches and the Admissions office to maximize the role athletics plays in attracting and enrolling outstanding students.
Be a visible and active leadership presence. Develop and maintain strong personal relationships with the school’s administrative leadership, faculty, staff, parents, and student-athletes.
Provide strategic financial management, ensuring resources are effectively allocated to maximize the quality of the student-athlete experience. Prepare and manage athletic department budgets and allocate spending on all items such as coaches' salaries, team travel, and equipment.
Actively partner with the Development office to meet identified athletic fundraising objectives.
Oversee active management and tracking to ensure equity in resource allocation from a gender perspective, and to safeguard the equality of experience and opportunity across all sports.
Partner with the College Counseling office and coaches to pro-actively support student-athletes and families in the athletic college recruiting process (one-in-five MB graduates has gone on to compete at the collegiate level in recent years).
Promote the highest standards of safety for student-athletes in terms of athletic medical training staff and policies, game day management, concussion protocols, and training for coaches and administrative staff.
Manage all league affiliation and compliance matters. Advocate for coaches and student-athletes in all local, regional and national award recognition processes.
Partner with the school’s facility operations team on maintenance, scheduling and game day operations issues related to all athletic facilities. Provide strategic leadership in identifying and planning for deferred maintenance and athletics facility upgrade priorities.
Moses Brown School is a co-educational independent day school for nursery through twelfth grade located in Providence, Rhode Island. A Friends school founded in 1784, MB exists to inspire the inner promise of each student and instill the utmost care for learning, people, and place. The school engages its 750 students in a robust college preparatory curriculum, including a broad array of arts and athletics, where the Inner Light of each child finds expression and inspiration. The daily life of the school is strongly rooted in the Quaker values of peace, integrity, community, equality, and service.
The MB athletic program is an important facet of the lived mission of the school for students. The school believes in a program and spirit of competition that promotes the highest standards of ethical leadership, dignity, equity and inclusion. The school seeks to provide physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth in each of our student-athletes at all levels of competition. We believe in striving for competitive success, while maintaining a positive culture that fosters the sense of joy and satisfaction that should come from being part of a team. While our core values provide the framework for supporting the intrinsic worth of each student-athlete, it is the authentic relationships between and among student-athletes and coaches that is the flagship of our athletic program.
In its hiring practices, Moses Brown deliberately seeks to maximize the diversity of the school (in terms of class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, and language). The school offers a competitive package of benefits to its faculty and staff, including vacation, sick and personal days, health insurance, retirement plan, and substantial tuition remission toward enrollment at MB.
Candidates should send a statement of interest and resume to Ron Dalgliesh, Asst. Head of School, at MBADSearch@mosesbrown.org.
A bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of management/leadership experience required.
Experience in education, coaching, and/or fitness/physical education strongly preferred. Professionals with proven ability and related transferable skills will be given every consideration.