Laboratory Schools: Co-Athletics Director

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Hyde Park Campus

11420 Lab Academic Divisions & Departments

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

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Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools' enrollment has grown significantly in recent years which has resulted in increased participation in athletics and several new sports being added to the Middle and High School rosters. As a result, the School is adding the position of Co-Director to its Athletics Departments to partner with the AD both to support the size of the program and to build on the foundation already established. The Co-Athletic Directors have overall responsibility for administering all athletic programs in the Middle and High Schools (grades 6th to 12th) and fostering a community spirit consistent with Lab's mission and core values among coaches, athletes, and parents. The Co-Athletic Directors have shared responsibility for overseeing daily operations of the sports program and the coordination of various administrative functions within the department with the specific delegation of responsibilities determined upon appointment of this position. The Co-Athletic Directors are expected to build deep relationships with students, families, other faculty and staff to communicate about student progress and to foster a culture of community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how your actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab's mission.


  • Facilitate and supervise interscholastic athletics for the middle and high schools
  • Evaluate the program and plan strategically for future opportunities
  • Evaluate coaches to provide feedback, ensure excellence in coaching, and support professional growth
  • Hire competent coaches who are properly trained in their sport and safe facilitation of the program
  • Maintain and revise the coaches' manual each year and deliver a comprehensive coach orientation at the start of each season to align standards and protocol
  • Ensure the health and safety of all students in the athletic program through partnership with the school nurses, athletic trainer, coaches, and campus security
  • Establish a student-athlete culture rooted in the Schools' mission and values
  • Support the non-cut policy and work with coaches to develop student-athletes' skills at all levels
  • Be a visible presence at practices and competitions
  • Work with the facilities department to properly maintain and secure all athletic equipment and athletic facilities, fields and courts
  • Represent the school at various state, regional, and national athletic associations
  • Prepare, submit, and administer a budget each year to fund the athletic programs of the school
  • Provide the scheduling of all athletic contests, arrange for athletic transportation, and hire all game officials
  • Maintain records of team and individual athletic accomplishments and submit copies of same to the development office for historical purposes
  • Oversee the distribution, collection, cleaning, repair, and storage of all athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Communicate with parents and the school community through the learning management system and the website
  • Work with the Middle and High School Principals to facilitate the delivery and development of the program and partner with the Middle and High School Deans of Students to support student-athletes
  • Support the school and its leadership

  • Ability to be agile and flexible required
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students
  • Strong knowledge of child development required
  • Analytical skills required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Decision-making skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Computational skills required
  • Creativity required
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Ability to manage stressful situations required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
  • Ability to think strategically required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Master's Degree preferred

  • Memberships/Certifications preferred: NIAA, RAA, RMSAA or CAA

  • 5-7 of years middle school, high school, or collegiate athletics experience required
  • Previous experience working in a K-12 athletic administrative environment preferred
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to use computers extensively for 2 hours to 4 hours
  • Ability to move around building, athletic facilities and fields

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Professional references

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 5/10/2018
Application Due: 7/9/2018
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