Athletic Director and Associate Head of School
Reports to: Head of School
Supervises: All coaching staff and athletic administrative staff
Overview: The Lipscomb Academy Athletic Director (AD) provides leadership for the development and supervision of all athletic programs in accordance with Lipscomb Academy’s mission and rules of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division II regulations. The AD will be a person of high Christian character, who is positive and has the ability to communicate effectively with and relate to students, parents, alumni and all LA constituents. The AD will have a tremendous work ethic and an unwavering desire to grow and strengthen the LA athletic programs. The AD is responsible for overseeing all athletic personnel and facilities and setting the vision for athletic facility needs and improvements. Working closely with the Associate Head of School for Advancement, the AD is responsible for creating a sustainable financial support model for Lipscomb Academy athletic programs.
Duties and Responsibilities: The AD supervises all aspects of the Lipscomb Academy athletic program including but not limited to the following;
- Continues to improve, build and carry out the vision for the Lipscomb Academy athletic program.
- Creates an athletic program environment and culture that supports the mission of Lipscomb Academy.
- Initiates the recruitment and selection of coaches and makes employment recommendations to the Head of School.
- Supervises and evaluates all coaches.
- Prepares and manages all aspects of the athletic budget.
- Advises and ensures all coaches and athletes conform with Lipscomb Academy policies, TSSAA regulations, and state and federal laws.
- Collaboratively works with Lipscomb Academy staff to positively brand Lipscomb athletics.
- Sets a process in place for game management at all levels of Lipscomb Academy.
- Works closely with the advancement office to create new avenues of financial support and build on the ones currently in process for Lipscomb Academy athletics.
- Responsible for managing and improving all Lipscomb Academy athletic facilities.
- Supervises all medical/training staff connected to the athletic department.
- Works closely with the strength and conditioning department to provide year-round fitness opportunities for all LA athletes.
- Leads the Mustang Athletic Club.
- Creates and manages an intentional player development program that spans elementary to high school grades.
- Works closely with the State Athletic Association (TSSAA) to improve Lipscomb Academy’s position in both the region and the state alignment.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree required and at least five years of related experience. Master’s degree or equivalent strongly preferred. Prior successful experience working in school administration and coaching positions strongly preferred.
- Interpersonal Skills: Works well with others from diverse backgrounds. Focuses on solving conflict; maintaining confidentiality; listening to others without interrupting; keeping emotions under control; remaining open to others’ ideas and contributing to building a positive team spirit. Demonstrated ability to successfully work with and lead or motivate students, parents and staff.
- Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to effectively present information and respond effectively to questions in one-on-one and small group situations to students, parents and other school staff. Ability to verbally respond to common inquiries from students, parents, coaches and staff. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and governmental regulations. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions in varying forms and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to problem solve and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
- Other Skills and Abilities: General knowledge of computer usage and ability to use e-mail, word processing software, and internal software. Demonstrated knowledge of child growth and development at each level of instruction and of the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of adolescent students. Strong background in the rules and regulations of high school athletic sports. Possesses knowledge of effective behavior management methods. Ability to delegate responsibilities and meet time lines. This work requires working non-standard hours to attend games and set up and take down.
- Certificates, Licenses and Registrations: Ability to obtain a valid CPR/First Aid card, Tennessee Driver License