In accordance with The Derryfield School’s mission, the School believes that regular exercise and team experience is an essential component of each student’s development and education, and therefore has an annual athletic requirement for all students. The School’s athletic facilities include a turf field, grass playing fields, six tennis courts, and a new Athletic & Wellness Center, scheduled to open November 2019.
Under the general, technical, and administrative supervision of the Associate Head of School, the Director of Athletics oversees and implements all athletic-related functions for the School, working with the leadership team, faculty/staff, internal and external coaches, and students. The Athletic Director represents athletics and health and wellness as strategic and operational decisions are made for the School. The Director also represents Derryfield externally, with other independent schools and associations such as the NHIAA. The Athletic Director supervises the Athletic Trainer, School Nurse, Physical Education Teacher, and all coaches.
Duties and responsibilities:
Provide leadership,strategic direction, policy development, and oversight for athletics and health & wellness throughout the school, and with all constituencies.
Uphold rules and regulations of the NHIAA, Granite State Conference, Tri-county League and the policies of The Derryfield School, including ensuring rules and regulations of eligibility for school, athletes, and coaches; and represent the School with all appropriate leagues and organizations.
Provide ongoing training and education for all external and internal coaches; ensuring all coaches abide by the School’s code of conduct and coaching philosophy, and represent Derryfield appropriately on and off the field.
Monitor the observance of health, safety, and legal requirements for the athletic program with an emphasis on health and safety for our students
Monitor disruptions to the academic day caused by athletics, and work with Academic Administration to develop solutions for these disruptions
Oversee and provide strategic direction for the school-wide health & wellness program, and the Middle School physical education curriculum.
Work with Dean of Faculty to assign faculty coaches, hire external coaches as necessary, and supervise all coaches, ensuring that ongoing coach evaluations are completed.
Develop and monitor the Athletic and health & wellness budget for the year
Develop and maintain seasonal and annual statistics related to team numbers, costs, and performance
Develop long term plans for upgrading / replacing equipment and facilities
Organize and lead seasonal Athletic Recognition Assemblies and athletic awards
Work with other School leaders to build school spirit, with an emphasis on the “One Derryfield” concept
Promote DS Athletics through local media, social media, websites and Derryfield publications
Develop and oversee a system for collecting student feedback related to coaches and the overall athletic program.
Develop and implement an effective team manager role
Work with parents and students when there is a problem or conflict with a coach or team members
Work with program directors to ensure students can pursue interests not only in athletics, but in other areas of the school
Work with the College Counseling office to develop programming and resources for students who want to play in college
Work with the Offices of Advancement and Enrollment, when appropriate, to develop relationships with alumni, parents, and prospective families
Coordinate with Buildings and Grounds, Associate Head,and the CFO to build summer programs and support facility rentals
Coach at least one team per year; and possibly teach one middle or upper school course
Develop and oversee the schedule for all middle and upper school athletic contests
Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills and Knowledge:
Strong decision-making skills
Strong communication skills
Keeps accurate logs and /or written records of all events
Superior customer service skills with daily interactions with students, parents and coworkers.
Knowledge and skill with computer packages specifically Email, Internet, and Google Docs.
Comprehensive knowledge of athletic program regulations.
Available to work some weekend and evening hours
5+ years progressive experience in Athletics and school setting with children
Experience coaching children in a variety of sports activities
Strong written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school
Highly ethical and strategic team player
High energy, self-starter with ability to successfully prioritize and multi-task in an atmosphere in which time sensitive deadlines are the norm, as are interruption
Excellent driving record.
Physical and psychological demands:
Must be able to lift 25 lbs independently and up to 50 lbs with assistance from another team member using appropriate lifting practices. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk at least 70% of time.
Must be physically and mentally capable of performing multiple tasks and be capable of consistently functioning well in a fast-paced environment.
Must have a strong commitment to, and ability to execute, superior customer service.
Must be able to accept critical feedback and direction in a professional manner.
Must exhibit the following qualities to be a successful team player:
trustworthiness through behavior and consistent work results
trust and support of other team members, superiors, and Derryfield employees.
ability to communicate timely and in a professional manner to address conflicts.
strong evidence of commitment and loyalty to the team, the tasks, and the School.
strong evidence of ownership and accountability for work and mistakes.
consistent and superior attention to detail and results.