Reporting to the Associate Head of School, the Director of Athletics will lead the effort to strategically bridge the athletic program with the other educational initiatives at the School emphasizing the School’s mission and values. The School seeks a visionary leader adept at building authentic relationships and fostering a sense of belonging within Hotchkiss’ diverse community. Athletics is integrated into the entire experience at Hotchkiss where nearly 90 percent of students participate in at least one interscholastic team sport. The Director of Athletics provides guidance and strategic direction for the Hotchkiss School’s athletic program.
The Director of Athletics oversees all athletic programs, the athletic trainers, the director of the Forrest E. Mars Jr. Athletic Center, and the Athletics Administrator. Guided by transparency, inclusivity, and accountability, the Director oversees a complex athletic program with the goal to promote and support health, wellness, sport, and movement. Athletics is one of the central features of student life: Just about 95 percent of students board and about 90 percent participate in at least one interscholastic team sport.
This is a full-time salaried position for 10 months. Hotchkiss provides a generous and comprehensive benefits package, which includes a variety of health insurance offerings, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability offerings, HSA/FSA options, and retirement benefits through TIAA. Ample funding exists to support participation in professional conferences, workshops, summer study, and travel, as well as advanced degree work.
Set a vision, direction, tone, and structures for establishing and maintaining exceptional Athletics facilities and programs that foster a learning environment and experience where students can have fun and be valued.
Demonstrate a growth mindset and proficiency for forward-thinking that provides structural support, solution-oriented leadership, and the capacity to nurture buy-in and bring all constituencies to nurture collaboration.
Develop strategic policies, procedures, and systems for the Athletics department that creates shared ownership within the community.
Create and implement to support healthy adolescent development on teams with responsibility, freedom, wellness, teamwork, and positive culture.
Communicate policies and procedures effectively to all constituencies in the community.
Work collaboratively with inter-departmental teams to hear diverse thoughts, examine equity in policies, and ensure the best practices in the school experience.
Employ systematic support and research-based practices to address socio-emotional challenges students face while also creating opportunities to nurture students’ well-being and build community spirit.
Champion the Hotchkiss School’s commitment to academic excellence, integrity, well-being, and the personal growth of student-athletes.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Director of Athletics will:
Be able to cultivate a team environment among the staff in Athletics with a focus on professional development that aligns with the School’s mission and values.
Serve as a mentor and coach for others.
Value diversity, equity, and inclusion as intrinsic to all educational endeavors.
Be able to navigate and lead the Athletics department through a changing youth sports landscape while also staying grounded in the mission of the overall school and department.
Have experience as an Athletics administrator.
Have experience as a coach preferably across age levels and genders.
The ideal candidate will possess and have demonstrated:
Genuine enjoyment of and effectiveness in working with adolescents, their families, and coaches.
Substantial administrative leadership experience is required, including responsibility for strategic planning, program and department development, hiring, evaluation, and budget creation and management.
Experience in leading with diplomacy, empathy, fortitude, and compassion.
Significant experience working across diverse cultures and leading efforts to create and sustain a more inclusive learning community, including the professional development of administrative, coaching, and faculty colleagues.
Strong competencies in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice, as well as evidence of deep personal equity work.
Excellent management skills, including the ability to delegate appropriately and guide colleagues’ professional growth.
Experience and desire to create a holistic professional development program to support the coaching team in Athletics.
Excellent communication skills and a collaborative spirit.
Effectiveness in managing complex tasks and programs, solving problems, prioritizing demands for time and attention, and driving projects to completion.
Enthusiasm for all aspects of the School’s curriculum, including academics, athletics, the arts, and student clubs and organizations.
Capacity to inspire and guide as well as the humility to listen and learn from others.
Understand interscholastic eligibility guidelines. Experience with fundraising and development, particularly in an athletics context.
Understanding of and/or experience with boarding school life is preferred, but not required.
OUR SCHOOL AND CAMPUS
Founded in 1891 by Maria Bissell Hotchkiss. Located in Lakeville, Connecticut, and situated in the Berkshire-Taconic landscape — one of The Nature Conservancy’s “200 Last Great Places” in the world. 827-acre campus surrounded by miles of wooded trails and Lake Wononscopomuc, the deepest lake in Connecticut. 13 dormitories The Main Building connects the Dining Hall, Edsel Ford Memorial Library, classrooms, art studios, music spaces, Student Center, campus store, Chapel, Walker Auditorium, and most academic offices. A commitment to environmental stewardship is incorporated into many aspects of School life, including classroom explorations at our 287-acre Fairfield Farm, the award-winning Biomass Central Heating Facility, and food, land, and energy management practices.
The Hotchkiss School is a community in which faculty and staff members build careers and grow as professionals. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop faculty and staff members who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of nearly 600 students who come from around the country and the world.
In the 2022-2023 school year, 41 percent of Hotchkiss students are U.S. students of color, 13 percent are international, and 96 percent of students are boarders from 29 countries and 37 states in the U.S. The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm learning community for students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.
ATHLETICS AND CO-CURRICULARS
90% of students participate in team athletics 60 teams (varsity, junior varsity, and thirds level) 6 fall, 5 winter, and 8 spring sports 9+ intramural options (including exercise & fitness, dynamic training, running, soccer, swim lessons, and yoga) 12+ alternative team options (including robotics, EFX, math team, theater, dance, fly fishing, and FFEAT) 3 outdoor programming options (rock climbing, woods squad, and HALO)
The Forrest E. Mars Jr. Athletic Center (212,000 square feet) contains a field house, a 10-lane swimming pool and separate diving well, 2 ice hockey rinks (NHL and Olympic-size), 8 international-size squash courts, basketball courts, wrestling room, fitness center, and strength and conditioning facilities. Additional facilities include an award-winning 9-hole golf course; 15 outdoor and 3 indoor tennis courts; paddle tennis courts; climbing walls; multiple fields for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and Ultimate Frisbee, including 2 artificial turf fields; 6-lane track and stadium; and sailing and rowing on Lake Wononscopomuc.
Coaching Peace Consulting is conducting this search on behalf of The Hotchkiss School. To discuss this opportunity in more detail, contact our lead consultant:
Sarah Tillery Vice President for Learning & Operations Coaching Peace Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to be strongly considered, candidates should express interest in the position and submit materials including the following by the priority consideration date (December 15, 2022): A cover letter that addresses interest in working at Hotchkiss with particular focus on the ability and interest in participating fully in an intentionally diverse and inclusive residential community Résumé/CV Optional: other supporting material (letters of recommendation, articles, writing sample, videos, etc.) that demonstrate meeting the position requirements.
Candidates should email materials directly to Sarah Tillery at email@example.com.
This position description is based upon material provided by The Hotchkiss School, an equal opportunity employer.
CANDIDATE SEARCH CALENDAR* December 15, 2022: Priority Consideration Application Due Date January 2, 2023: Candidate Review Begins February 2023: Candidate Interviews (Virtually) March 2023: Finalists Interviews (In-Person) March-April, 2023: Hiring Announcement
*Approximate dates subject to change; please check Hotchkiss website for updates.
The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline and termination). In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
Located in the scenic Berkshire-Taconic landscape in the quiet northwest corner of Connecticut, The Hotchkiss School is a community in which faculty and staff members build careers and grow as professionals. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop faculty and staff members who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of nearly 600 students who come from around the country and the world.
In the 2022-2023 school year, 41 percent of Hotchkiss students are U.S. students of color, 13 percent are international, and 96 percent of students are boarders from 27 countries and 36 states in the U.S. The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm learning community for students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.