Reporting to the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Wellness & Athletics serves as the coordinator of the K-12 programs in wellness, health, and Upper School athletics, and oversees the Director of Middle School athletics and physical education department chair, upper school coaches, and possibly a part-time scheduling assistant. The Director of Wellness & Athletics works collaboratively with division heads to create a well-articulated program based upon recent research from neuroscience, education, psychology and youth sports, along with knowledge of the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of students K-12, that fulfills the school’s mission, embodies the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and exemplifies the Buckley Commitment, all in the spirit of actualizing the Portrait of a Graduate. Specifically, the Director is responsible for the planning, developing, organizing and managing of k-12 wellness programs and of upper school athletic programs to ensure students develop an understanding of how to create and sustain mental, emotional and physical health through mindfulness and wellness practices, nutrition, emotional regulation, physical movement, and teamwork. The Director supervises physical education teachers in their capacity as upper school coaches and co-supervises, together with the division heads, those who teach program in health and wellness. This position is exempt from overtime.
Lead the Director of MS Athletics and department chair for physical education, the upper school coaches, and the school counselors to design, map, review, evaluate and revise research-based, developmentally appropriate K-12 wellness and athletic programs to fulfill the school’s mission, commitment to DEIJ, the Buckley Commitment, and the Portrait of a Graduate
Possess expertise in discipline-specific and transdisciplinary content and instructional practice to serve as the department’s master teacher, coach, and counselor and demonstrate commitment to continuous learning and updating practices
Guide upper school coaches and teachers of health and wellness programs to employ instructional practices that create equitable and inclusive teams, classroom communities, and student experiences characterized as uplifting and affirming learning experience for all students
Work with the Assistant Head of School, division heads, Director of Middle School athletics and physical education department chair, to coach, mentor, and evaluate the department’s teachers, coaches and counselors both formally and informally to ensure the use of best practices, to provide support and feedback; coach and mentor the Middle School athletic director and physical education department chair.
Assist the Assistant Head of School, division heads, and Middle School athletic director and physical education department chair with recruiting, interviewing, hiring and retaining candidates who advance the school’s mission, Portrait of a Graduate, commitment to DEIJ, and Commitment
Attend department chairs meetings, curriculum committee meetings, student wellness meetings, and health and safety meetings, among others
Partner with the Director of Marketing and Communication and Enrollment Management to prepare coaches, pe teachers and counselors for Enrollment Management events and their role as admissions ambassadors
Participate in the life of the school by attending assemblies, games, concerts, galas, and other school events.
Various duties, including teaching a class, supporting admission outreach, and taking on other responsibilities and duties as may be assigned by the Head of School.
Collaborate with school counselors, division heads, deans and teachers to design, implement, and promote a k-12 health and wellness program that includes courses, assemblies, co-curricular programs, clubs, and parent education
Oversee the scheduling of coaches, teachers, counselors, athletics practices and contests.
Supervise athletics practices and contests.
Represent the school at all league and CIF meetings.
Design and implement communication between coaches, athletes and families.
Support, in partnership with the division heads, school counselors to regularly communicate with and educate families, students, and colleagues about mental, emotional, and physical health.
Partner with the physical education department chair to plan and lead departmental meetings to review administrative policies, discuss current department issues, etc. Oversee the business of the department, maintaining records and eligibility paperwork for athletes, purchasing and maintaining equipment and uniforms, maintaining facilities, devising and tracking budgets, and the like.
Update The Buckley School Coaches’ Handbook annually in partnership with the Co-Director of Athletics for the middle school.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
The Director of Wellness & Athletics must possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in physical education, kinesiology, psychology, or other related area, a minimum of two years of instruction in physical education, a minimum of two years coaching middle, upper or collegiate teams, and, demonstrated knowledge of wellness practices, child and adolescent development, and nutrition. This individual must also possess and maintain First aid/CPR/Professional Rescue/Pool lifeguard certifications.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, and ABILITIES
Model the highest standards of professionalism and create warm, uplifting and trusting working relationships marked by humor, positivity, humility, empathy, excellent emotional intelligence, extraordinary interpersonal skills, and collaboration.
Relish the joys and challenges of working with studentsk-12, and possess a deep understanding of human development, including a particularly strong understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children, early-adolescents, adolescents, and adults.
Possess deep appreciation and passion for wellness, athletics, and education overall, particularly in an independent school environment conveyed by a solid understanding of educational practice and philosophy grounded in DEI
Model a growth mindset and continuous learning, and believe in the capacity for adult growth.
Possess utilize leadership skills and knowledge of models of adult learning to motivate, educate and excite teachers, coaches and counselors
Demonstrate strong communication skills in person, in writing, by phone and through other electronic means (such as Zoom).
Demonstrate great individual integrity, initiative, self-awareness, commitment to personal and professional growth, ability to receive and apply feedback, and the ability to advance multiple strategic and operational priorities simultaneously.
Think and act strategically.
Organize and lead routine and special events.
Offer evidence of a successful track record in meeting or exceeding stated goals.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Blackbuad/Education Edge, and the ability to learn new and evolving technology.
Demonstrate adaptability, dependability, good judgment, strong social skills, impressive communication skills in writing and speaking, and the abilities to read, assess, imagine, evaluate, calculate, & make wise decisions
Additional Salary Information: This is a year-round position. Benefits include a choice of 3 medical plans, 2 dental plans and a vision plan plus 100% match on contributions to the retirement savings plan up to 5% of earnings; and 4 weeks of paid time off in addition to breaks and holidays.
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.