In 1907, Polytechnic School (Poly) was founded as the first nonprofit, independent, coeducational day school in Southern California. From its Greek word origin, Polytechnic means "many arts" and Poly is a community devoted not only to scholarship but also to the creative arts, the camaraderie of team sports, and the joy of service to others. Poly’s diverse and inclusive community fosters academic excellence and personal growth to ensure that all 870 students in grades K-12, nearly 60% of which identify as students of color, are seen and heard, empowering every student to be their authentic selves.
Poly’s 43 athletic teams and nearly 390 scholar-athletes, many of whom are multi-sport athletes, compete in the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). As a proud member of the Prep League, Poly was awarded the CIF-SS Jim Staunton Champions for Character Award and the Prep League Sportsmanship Award for the past two years.
Poly seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and inclusive leader to serve as the next director of athletics. With deep appreciation for academic excellence, personal responsibility, and service to others, the next director will be an experienced educator with a passion for interscholastic athletics with unwavering integrity, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to leading a holistic athletics program that fosters the success of scholar-athletes on the playing field, as well as in the classroom.
Reporting to the head of school, the director of athletics is responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Poly’s interscholastic athletic programs that reflect the school's values around student success and growth, inclusion, leadership, and sportsmanship. The director assumes responsibility for the overall management, risk assessment, and evaluation of activities in athletic facilities. The director is passionate about working with adolescents and providing leadership and mentorship to all students, fostering principles that encourage integrity, student well-being, diversity, and inclusiveness while promoting an environment of excellence and success. The director will develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures that promote best practices and address personnel development, including the recruitment, hiring, and evaluation of coaches and faculty-coaches; scheduling games and practices at on-campus and offsite facilities; financial management; facility renovation and enhancement; alumni and community relations; and compliance and regulatory expectations while advancing a high level of integration of athletics into the overall student experience. The director collaborates with the athletic training and sports performance staff to ensure the safety and well-being of all scholar-athletes.
The successful candidate collaborates broadly with Poly’s leadership team, operations, advancement, and The Panther Club (parent sports booster organization). The next director will also be able to work closely with the school leadership to support emerging student wellness and student health and wellness initiatives. Lastly, the director works closely with the admission team to attract, recruit, and retain scholar-athletes.
A bachelor's degree and progressive professional experience leading a complex, dynamic, and diverse athletics department are required; a master's degree and independent school and/or collegiate/post-secondary experience are preferred. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of athletics administration, student-athlete development, compliance, and the role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives. The next director should have the ability to mentor and inspire the professional development of coaches and athletics administrators, a commitment to support wellness and recreation in the holistic development of students and have demonstrated strategic planning acumen. A collaborative management approach, coupled with superior communication and relationship-building skills; a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social responsibility; strong planning and fiscal competencies; a familiarity with program development and assessment; and excellent problem-solving abilities are also desired.
The anticipated hiring range is $154,000 to $167,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. Poly offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package.
Review of applications will begin February 14, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne-Marie Kenney at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual's race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
Diversity of ideas, experiences, and identities within the school enriches the experience of everyone and inspires transformative teaching and learning. At Poly, we celebrate and value the uniqueness of each individual in the community to fulfill the school’s mission and vision.
An inclusive community fosters academic excellence and personal growth to ensure that all students are seen and heard, empowering every student to be authentic. Faculty and staff practice inclusivity and appreciation for creating a safe learning environment where differing viewpoints and multiple perspectives are expressed and honored. Conformity of thought is not required. At Poly, we value all cultures and ethnicities and the richness they bring to our shared community. Poly strives to ensure all families experience a sense of belonging and can participate fully in the life of the school.