DEPARTMENT: Athletic Department

REPORTS TO: Head of School

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

EXPECTED START DATE: July 1, 2024

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SUMMARY

The HB Athletic Director is a highly visible and energetic school leader/ambassador who establishes a clear vision for athletics and promotes high standards of integrity, teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, and accountability. The HB Athletic Director will be a role model for girls with strong leadership, management, communication, and team building skills and possess the ability to engage effectively with students, parents and faculty/staff. The candidate must have exceptional initiative, judgment and problem-solving skills.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Athletics at Hathaway Brown School is a pivotal figure, serving as a school-wide leader entrusted with the oversight and advancement of athletic programming and the physical education curriculum. This multifaceted role entails:

  • Championing the School's Mission and Blazer Covenant: Embodying and promoting the core values and principles of Hathaway Brown School and the Blazer Covenant in all aspects of athletic administration.

  • Leadership in Personnel Management: Taking charge of recruiting, onboarding, training, supervising, mentoring, evaluating, and providing continuous professional development opportunities for coaches and other members of the athletic team to foster a culture of excellence and growth. Helping align team’s responsibilities to achieve our vision and mission.

  • Stellar Communication and Stakeholder Engagement: Maintaining open, transparent, and responsive communication channels with parents, ensuring exceptional customer service, and collaborating closely with the admissions and advancement offices to cultivate meaningful connections within the school community. 

  • Create systems, expectations, and data plans: Create communication systems (newsletters), routines for regular meetings (coaches, Assistant ADs, and parents) and evaluation of data on a regular basis

  • Strategic Financial Management: Overseeing the Athletics budget with prudence and foresight, ensuring resources are allocated effectively to support the diverse needs of athletic programs and initiatives.

  • Regulatory Compliance and Governance: Staying abreast of OHSAA and Ohio State Department of Education regulations, ensuring compliance with tournament requirements, and implementing protocols to uphold the highest standards of safety and fairness in athletic competitions.

  • Resource and Facility Management: Managing facilities, equipment, uniforms, and transportation logistics to optimize resources and provide athletes with the tools and environment necessary for success.

  • Organizational Excellence: Establishing and refining systems for communication, internal meetings, goal setting, and performance reviews, while aligning Athletic Department procedures, protocols, and policies to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Specialized Program Development: Leading initiatives to strengthen the interscholastic program by fostering vertical integration across all grade levels and seasons, implementing developmental athletic programming for younger students, and integrating athletics with key aspects of the school experience such as the college process, service learning, and wellness initiatives.

  • Leadership and Character Development: Elevating student-athlete leadership through tailored programming, with a particular focus on empowering team captains to fulfill their roles and responsibilities as ambassadors of sportsmanship, integrity, and excellence.

  • Adaptability and Additional Responsibilities: Undertaking any other duties and areas of focus as needed to support the holistic development and success of Hathaway Brown School's athletic program.

The Director of Athletics at Hathaway Brown School is not just a manager but a visionary leader, an ambassador for the institution, and a dynamic force for positive change in the lives of student-athletes and the broader school community.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred.

  • 5-10 years experience in administration/leadership preferred

SUPERVISES:

  • Assistant Athletic Directors

  • Coaches

  • Director of Middle School Athletics

  • Director of Developmental Sports Program

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Sports and Conditioning Coach

COORDINATES WITH:

  • Director of Competitive Swimming and Diving

  • Director of Physical Education

WHY HATHAWAY BROWN:

  • Competitive salaries for Independent Schools

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision package, 403(b) plan with matching

  • Employer covered life insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Voluntary insurance offerings: additional life, accident, critical illness, 

  • Professional development program

  • Wellness credit

  • Collaborative teaching environment with seasoned professionals

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Hathaway Brown School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community through our admission policies, hiring practices, professional development, curricular and extracurricular programming, and school culture. We believe that these communities must be centered on the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of other marginalized communities. Click here to be directed to our full DEI Statement.

ABOUT HATHAWAY BROWN

Hathaway Brown School has a rich 148-year history of educating and empowering girls. As Ohio’s oldest continually operating college-preparatory for girls, Hathaway Brown has earned a reputation for academic excellence and innovation in the region and around the country. Home of the Learn for Life signature approach, Hathaway Brown has long been devoted to a fusion of cutting-edge curriculum and experiential learning. Our approximately 850 students and 225 faculty and staff come to Hathaway Brown from 89 different communities in Northeast Ohio, and enjoy our stunning 16-acre campus in Shaker Heights, Ohio – just minutes from the cultural attractions of downtown Cleveland.

 

TO APPLY:

The Gowan Group is assisting Hathaway Brown School in this search. Interested candidates should direct their inquiries and email a resume and cover letter to Mike Vachow, at mvachow@thegowangroup.com


Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44122 

EOE

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Learn More about Hathaway Brown

Signature Learn For Life Approach

HB is a top-ranked girls school because our signature approach, facilitated by extraordinary educators, empowers girls (and boys in Early Childhood) to take ownership of their education and achieve their utmost potential.

Professional Development

“We learn not for school," is more than the school’s motto. Every faculty and staff member is empowered to pursue professional development. Because of an investment in lifelong-learners, HB is a leader in girls’ education. Learn more about our robust PD opportunities, including international experiences to enhance the classroom.

Strategic Plan

HB is nationally regarded as a defining voice in girls’ education, setting the highest standards for distinguished academics and empowering girls. The strategic plan lists our goals for continued innovation and excellence in education. 

Campus

We hope to meet you in-person for an interview. Until then, take a virtual tour of our 16-acre Shaker Heights campus. Amenities include an aquatics center, on-site infant and toddler center where many faculty and staff children learn and grow together, and a dining hall where you can enjoy healthy and free lunch daily. 

Belonging

HB is a celebrated community of faculty, staff, students, families, and more than 4,000 alumnae across the globe. We have varied life experiences, contribute diverse points of view, and enrich our learning environment. Learn more about our commitment to DEI.

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