La Jolla Country Day School is seeking an enthusiastic, high-energy, and proven program and consensus builder to join the physical education and athletics team as an educator and coach. This individual joins a team of coaches dedicated to the well-being of all Country Day students, from Tiny Torreys (age 3) through Grade 12. They will also assume the head coach role of either our boy's lacrosse or girl's soccer program.
Daily physical education is an important component of the Lower and Middle School curriculum. In Lower School, organized games and activities emphasizing gross motor skills and sportsmanship help prepare students to compete in Middle and Upper School athletics. Grades 5–6 students focus on building skills that will help them compete in the interscholastic teams available to Grades 7–8 students. In Upper School, freshmen are required to participate in at least 1 athletic season. Participation in Grades 10-12 is voluntary.
Country Day has a rich tradition of athletic excellence on the field, court, and in the pool. State-of-the-art facilities combined with a passionate and dedicated coaching staff have led the Torreys to unparalleled success over the last decade. LJCDS students participate in athletics at a rate that is among California’s highest; 80 percent of the Upper School and 98 percent of the Middle School students participated on at least one athletic team in 2019–20 with 140 Upper School students playing two sports and 26 earning three-sport recognition.
Essential duties will include:
Daily group instruction that promotes physical activity and mastery of locomotor skills;
Ongoing communication and conference with families (parents and students);
Advising and mentoring groups of students; and
Serving as head coach of the boy’s lacrosse team.
Provides instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter;
Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere;
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate pupils;
Evaluates pupil academic and social growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports and communicates with parents on individual pupil progress;
Creates, with assistance from pupils, a functional and attractive environment for learning through a variety of games, challenges, and activities, and assumes responsibility for proper care and use of equipment;
Maintains professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the school and/or self-selected professional growth activities;
Completes all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation and lesson plans;
Interprets the educational program to parents and other community members through personal conferences, meetings and various media;
Attends faculty meetings, in-service meetings, team meetings, grade level meetings or department meetings as required;
Administers and scores such tests as may be required by the school;
Performs basic attendance accounting as required;
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required;
Shares in sponsorship of student activities and participates in faculty committees;
Performs other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed;
Maintains active participation in the work of the department on curriculum development, vision and pedagogy.
Successfully leads a competitive sports program within an education based athletic program;
Directs the specific sports program in grades 7-12 including, but not limited to the effective management of uniforms, equipment, practice and game schedules and player and coach development;
Prepares the varsity team to successfully compete in the competitive Coastal League;
Develops a youth program for elementary and middle school grade students;
Develops and effectively communicates a positive team culture;
Manages team parent boosters and those boosters’ participation in the Torrey Athletic Booster Club;
Leads and organizes team efforts in enthusiastically supporting LJCDS’s other athletic programs;
Works with other head coaches, the assistant to the AD for Middle School, and the athletic department office manager in implementing and communicating the field schedule;
Hires, develops and manages a coaching staff;
Works with the athletic transportation coordinator to manage transportation for approximately 6 teams grades 7-12;
Works with student-athletes, their families and the School’s college counseling office in the college recruitment of players with the ability and desire to play at the college level;
Positions themselves as a leader within the Coastal League and the Coastal Conference.
The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is preferred. Prior teaching and specific sport coaching experience is expected; preference will be given to candidates with experience at independent schools.
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is neccesary. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), Google Apps for Education Suite (Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, etc.), online and virtual teaching platforms, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered for this role, submit your current resume/CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and your interest in joining the Country Day community.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.
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