Chatham Hall is excited to begin a search for a Director of Athletics for the 2021-2022 school year. Chatham Hall—a girls’ grades 9-12 boarding and day school in southern Virginia—has been a leader in educating girls and preparing them for college since 1894. Chatham Hall’s athletic program encourages students to push themselves physically and mentally while stressing the importance of and joy that can be found in physical activity. The successful candidate is one who loves facilitating learning and who is invigorated by time spent with young people. This position will include some coaching and possibly teaching.
Strategic Initiatives & Foci
Chatham Hall is in the very exciting position of carrying out the final pieces of its most recent strategic plan. At the core of that plan is the health and wellness initiative which strives to create balance in the lives of both students and adults. Aspects of “Living Well at Chatham Hall” include:
Moving away from AP classes in favor of our own advanced classes
Implementing a January Term beginning in the next school
Creating a new daily schedule that should allow students and teachers time to take the deep dives as well as time for reflection to process
Beyond these dynamic initiatives, we have also looked closely at diversity, equity, and inclusion, wanting to ensure that we are providing role models for all of our students in this diverse and warm community as well as a curriculum that reflects the world in which we live. To that end, we have engaged consultant Trina Gary, principal consultant at Brown-Gary Associates, LLC, who carried out our climate assessment in 2019-2020 and led several professional development workshops on the topic of implicit bias and other pertinent subjects. Additionally, we have engaged Ayo Magwood, principal of Uprooting Inequity to educate adults on the history of race and racism. Chatham Hall is committed to ensuring that students and adults feel included in this diverse community.
Chatham Hall seeks candidates who are committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices and who demonstrate a dedication to working in a diverse community. The school seeks candidates who communicate effectively with diverse populations, create an inclusive work environment, and will engage in professional development opportunities to further develop inclusive management practices.
The Director of Athletics at Chatham Hall oversees the entire athletic program. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about current trends, forward thinking, engaging, a skilled communicator, and strong proponent of girls’ participation in athletics.
Additionally, this person will have a strong understanding of health and wellness and be able to communicate that and demonstrate through role modeling. This position serves as a member of the Administrative Leadership Team and reports to the Rector (Head of School).
Key responsibilities include:
Developing and implementing relevant athletic programming for adolescent girls
Leading and mentoring the Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer, and team of strong coaches and assuring the professionalism of the program
Collaborative oversight of the Living Well at Chatham program
Overseeing Game Operations coverage
Developing and managing the budget
Overseeing equipment and facilities, including uniforms
Determining appropriate professional development for coaches
Scheduling of athletic contests
Communicating with Health Care Center regarding student health and concussion testing
Communicating with Academic Dean
Communicating with Performing Arts Chair regarding afternoon activities
Communicating with Grounds and Maintenance
Assuring maintenance of appropriate social media outlets
Overseeing athletic recognition ceremonies
Attendance at conference leadership meetings
Ideal candidates will have a significant background in sports management and coaching, a commitment to collaboration while being able to work independently, an understanding of the expectations of the boarding school experience, experience working with high school age girls, a desire to support the Episcopal tradition and a personal commitment to supporting an equitable and inclusive community.
In this dynamic community, teachers and administrators serve as advisors to a small group of students, keeping track of their academic progress, social involvement, and creating a family away from home. Teachers contribute to the residential life program by either living on-dorm or covering the dorm during study hall and nighttime check in. Teachers also participate in some way in the athletic program as well as weekend activities. Teachers are also involved in the committee work that helps us continue to grow and move forward as a community.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and list of references to Dean of Academics Martha Griswold at [email protected].
The qualified candidate will hold a minimum of an B.A. degree. Salary and benefits are competitive; housing and meals are provided.
About Chatham Hall
Chatham Hall, an all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, seeks a dynamic, collaborative advancement professional to grow its fundraising programs and manage relationships with key constituents and groups, all in support of the school’s strategic priorities.
ABOUT CHATHAM HALL:
A leader in all girls education, Chatham Hall inspires integrity, academic excellence, and global perspectives in tomorrow's leaders. Its signature academic, community, and athletic programs provide comprehensive preparation for college and for productive lives. Now in its 125th year, Chatham Hall is grounded in Episcopal heritage and includes a vibrant extended community of more than 3,000 alumnae plus dedicated families and friends. The school is located on a 360-acre campus in Chatham, Virginia, within driving distance of Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Charlottesville.