Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a progressive school on a pastoral 25-acre campus near Alexandria, Virginia, serving 275 children in junior kindergarten through 8th grade. Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world. For more information, visit www.burgundyfarm.org.
This position requires being devoted to students’ overall and physical well being, growth and learning. The role also requires being knowledgeable about physical education at this level and the development of young adolescents, and planning a curriculum in keeping with the progressive mission, philosophy, and values of the School.
The Athletic Director/PE Teacher must be able to: communicate well and in a timely fashion, be a positive role model, establish standards for fair play and sportsmanship, generate enthusiasm for fitness, and support the mission of the school, in addition to attending to the many details that make an athletic and physical education program run well.
The Physical Education teacher/Athletic Director position teaches all of the Middle School PE classes and assists with a few Lower School classes as needed while serving in a Middle School advisory and/or homeroom. S/he may be asked to coach one team per season and to take on any special projects and initiatives directed by the Middle School Head or Head of School.
The qualified candidate will have:
Genuine love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning
A degree with a major in Physical Education or a related field and coaching/AD experience experience
Good oral and written communication skills
Ability to organize and manage a positive classroom grounded in a belief that all learning begins with attending to children’s developmental social and emotional needs
Willingness to teach and adapt an active, well-rounded physical education curriculum
Commitment to teaching diverse learning styles and differentiated instruction
Interest in outdoor, hands-on and environmental education
Maintain an interscholastic athletics program, with jv and varsity teams as approved in advance by the Middle School Head and Head of School.
Prepare and regularly review and update a Coaches’ Handbook with coaching guidelines and procedures, including safety protocols, and directions to all league schools.
Hire as coaches qualified Burgundy teachers and parents or other responsible adults, always with approval from the Head of School.
Ensure that all coaches are properly vetted and trained
Plan and budget adequately, within approved budget and prescribed guidelines.
Manage loaning of uniforms and equipment
Meet with league representatives at least annually.
Post games and results on the webpage, internal calendar and in Constant Comment.
Take personal responsibility to see that field(s), running course, or gym are properly prepped, including water, first aid kits, ice for injuries, clock and benches, etc.
Ensure that season-concluding activities are held and all participants recognized.
Take responsibility for the ongoing condition of the gym, athletic field(s), and cross-country course by working with the Plant Manager and Director of Finance and Operations as needed.
Attend to other duties as directed by the Head of School or Middle School Head.
Support an advisory group daily for ten minutes, lead an advisory group of approximately 11 students for one period a week, and have other Middle School duties as assigned.
Arrive by 8:00 a.m., depart after 3:45 p.m. (or after last athletic contest or practice) Monday through Friday, except Tuesday, when faculty meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
The School is closed for most national holidays, as well as Winter and Spring Break.
Salary and Benefits:
Salaries are based on a competitive independent school scale with increases for advanced degrees and experience; $2,000 step increase for master’s degree.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School will contribute $7,400 each plan year to each full-time employee’s benefits bank and prorated for employees who work at a minimum 75% of full-time, via our Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. This benefit may be taken as payment toward the school’s medical/dental/vision plans; dependent care expenses, subject to an IRS imposed limits, or may be taken as after tax cash to be added to monthly salary.
Retirement plan with TIAA, with a 3% employer contribution for two years and then 6% employer contribution after two years, irrespective of employee contribution.
A tuition benefit (1/2 discount) is offered for one qualified child attending Burgundy for children of 70% to full-time employees only. (Fac-staff children eligible for additional financial aid also.)
How to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Jeff Sindler, Head of School, firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls please.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School actively maintains its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees. To fulfill this commitment, we recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals in all job titles without regard to race, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, or disability.