Oaks Christian School (OCS), a nationally-known independent, private faith-based school serving Grades 5 through 12, is seeking an seasoned Christian Athletics Director who is committed to building our athletic program of national distinction which seeks to honor God, while developing student-athletes of outstanding character and integrity.
The mission of Oaks Christian School is “To dedicate ourselves to Christ in the pursuit of academic excellence, artistic expression, and athletic distinction, while growing in knowledge and wisdom through God’s abundant grace.” Athletic Distinction is one of our three key pillars and, as such, the leader of this area is critical to the success of our mission, the students and of our school.
The school’s current Athletic Director has faithfully served OCS in this capacity for over 20 years and now strongly desires to assist the school in transitioning to the next dynamic servant-leader. The current AD plans to continue, on a part-time basis, as part of a smooth succession plan whereby he will perform advisory services for the school and support the next leader of this extremely important area.
At OCS we believe that our athletic coaches’ primary focus should always be on developing character, integrity and God-honoring attributes in our student athletes. With Christ as the foundation, we seek to attract and retain coaches that love God, have committed their life to following (and modelling) Jesus, are experts in their sport, can teach, develop and enhance the abilities/skills of our student-athletes and, as a result, produce winning teams that win the right way – the OC Way. The Athletics Director is a key administrator at Oaks Christian School and will exemplify traditional Christian values and the school’s Biblical Worldview, while overseeing the strategic development and day-to-day operations of the interscholastic middle school and high school athletic programs offered at OCS. Day-to-day operations includes oversight responsibilities for our athletic training, strength and conditioning, as well as home/away game supervision. As the leader of the Athletics Department and staff, the Athletics Director provides information, resources, and training, which support the effective implementation of strategies and technologies for the quality education of student athletes. Highly collaborative, positive and energetic, the OCS Athletic Director will work closely with senior leadership, the admissions team, the marketing/communications team, and the development team to nurture relationships with athletic boosters, donors, members of the media, and prospective students.
Oaks Christian School has received national sports recognition for both individual and team accomplishments. Approximately 66 percent of high school students participate on JV and varsity teams. Most high school teams compete in post-season regional and CIF championships. During its relatively young 20 years of existence, Oaks Christian School has earned 169 league titles, 49 CIF titles, five California state titles and has produced six individual/relay state champions, two Gatorade State Players of the Year, and one Gatorade National Player of the Year. The high school hosts 26 different sports and 50 school teams. Between the HS and MS, our athletes participate in more than 1,000 competitions each year. On average, 40-50 graduating student-athlete seniors receive offers to play at the NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA levels. Several graduates are currently playing professionally in the NFL, MLB, MLS, women’s softball, women’s soccer, as well as preparing for the Olympics. The Middle School has also won several league titles and boasts student participation rates as high as 92 percent.
Key Job Duties/Functions
Demonstrate exemplary leadership skills and a well-recognized leadership track record
Interview and recommend for hiring all coaches and the athletic trainers of the school.
Supervises coaching staff, holding them accountable for all coaches’ duties and responsibilities; evaluates coaches each season, prepares written performance evaluations.
Makes recommendations for termination of coaches in accordance with school policies and procedures.
Works with the COO to develop an evaluation program for evaluating coaches.
Promotes professional growth and enrichment by encouraging coaches to be members of professional athletic organizations and to participate in approved clinics, conferences, and required compliance seminars.
Assists coaches in keeping abreast of current practices, programs, legal issues, and care and prevention of athletic injuries.
Develops athletic policies with input from COO, principals, middle school athletic director, and coaches.
Responsible for maintaining and publishing the athletic handbook.
Responsible to establish all sports practices and game schedules. Oversees the scheduling of practice and game facilities.
Works closely with the transportation director to insure away games are effectively coordinated.
Assists in the evaluation and selection of athletic equipment.
Works directly with our school principals, parents, other school administrators, CIF, etc. to confirm athletic eligibility requirements (grades, transfers, etc.)
Works directly with the athletic director of operations in game management (i.e. invocation, national anthem singer, scoreboard operators, shot clock operators, announcer, venue clean-up etc.)
Interprets and enforces all athletic regulations as specified by CIF, league and Oaks Christian School.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of athletic administration as it relates to secondary schools.
Experienced in navigating the DI and DIII college recruitment process.
Coordinates with the athletic trainers the provisions for physical examinations for all athletes with local community agencies and organizations.
Coordinates the maintenance of athletic facilities with the Director of Facilities.
Conducts weekly athletic staff meetings for the purpose of program planning and coordination.
Assists the marketing/communications department to promote publicity for all interscholastic sports, such as sports brochures and other publications, press releases and radio releases, etc.
Attends all local, regional, state, and national meetings that are necessary to the functioning of the athletic program.
Assists in developing and implementing middle school and high school athletic budgets.
Coordinates the purchase of athletic equipment.
Coordinates the establishment of admission prices for all athletic events according to league standards.
Prepares and submits required reports and maintains appropriate records.
Provides the middle school and high school with necessary leadership that fully enables the middle school and high school to develop their individual athletic programs.
Encourages to provide athletic opportunities to all students.
Supports and participates in the implementation of the school’s Strategic Plan.
Responds to inquiries or concerns in a timely manner.
Keeps the Head of School and the COO informed about potential problems or unusual events. .
Uses appropriate styles to motivate, gain commitment, and encourage positive change or task accomplishment.
Represents the school in athletic media coverage—serves as the “face of OCS athletics”.
Represents Oaks Christian School in a positive and professional manner.
Sets high standards and expectations for self and others.
Works with athlete and universities/colleges to procure scholarship opportunities
Develops and maintains relationships with major college programs, coaches and athletic staffs
Responds to professional teams on athlete recommendations
Negotiates and works with key vendor programs (i.e. Under Armor, etc.)
Performs other duties as assigned.
To be considered, an online application submitted through the school's website is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Ability to express facts and ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Strong leadership skills with effective willingness to collaborate
Be an effective mentor to young staff
Be humble and have a sense of humor
Calling versus career
High degree of personal integrity – Above reproach
Models an exemplary lifestyle
Able to mentor and navigate life’s hard decisions with youth
Highly effective team builder
Can be a Follower and a Leader and interchange with character and grace
Demonstrates a life dedicated to Christ through lifestyle; choices; commitment and language. Exemplifies self-control
Understands the critical nature of being a student “model” in behavior and personal choices
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to prioritize tasks and responsibilities.
Ability to quickly ascertain in-depth knowledge of CIF related statues, rules, policies, and eligibility transfer issues.
Ability to use computer tools to accomplish instructional and administrative functions.
Ability to interact effectively with professional staff, parents, and students.
Possess the ability to lead a diverse group of employees and parent volunteers.
Understanding of DI and DIII recruiting process is desired.
A Bachelor’s Degree is required; Master’s Degree preferred.
A minimum of 5 years in a leadership position within an athletic, coaching, or related educational/business environment.
About Oaks Christian School
Oaks Christian School located in Westlake Village, California, is a Christian, co-educational, college preparatory school serving grades 5-12.
Mission Statement: To dedicate ourselves to Christ in the pursuit of academic excellence, artistic expression, and athletic distinction, while growing in knowledge and wisdom through God's abundant grace.