About the American School of Guatemala/Colegio Americano de Guatemala (CAG)
The American School of Guatemala was founded in 1945 and is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, college preparatory institution that offers a rigorous academic program modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies of the United States of America. It is founded on the principles of a co-educational, bi-cultural (Guatemala-United States), bilingual (Spanish-English) program and is fully accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools and recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education as a Laboratory School. Respect for religious, political, social and cultural diversity is a fundamental part of the school’s identity. With enrollment of approximately 1,630 students, the American School of Guatemala focuses on continuity in a P-12 one -school model, committed to student-centered learning and community connectedness.
Overview of the Position
The American School of Guatemala (CAG) is an international school located in Central America. The School enrolls approximately 1630 students and has a faculty of 220 (40% foreign hires and 60% Guatemalan educators). CAG is a vibrant PreK-12th grade community that offers an Advanced Placement program at the High School level (65% of our students study abroad upon graduation). Student Life (including clubs, activities and camps) are growing opportunities at CAG, and Athletics plays a central part of Student Life. Currently, CAG Athletics consists of co-educational teams for Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field, Swimming, Volleyball, Table Tennis and Cheerleading at the Lower School, Middle School and High School Sections.
The Athletic Director is the leader who advances school mission through sports, physical and health development for students in all sections of the American School of Guatemala. As such, the Athletic Director leads the way with the PE Department Chairs to recommend the development of the educational program to support the growth and development of CAG students to ensure the program is aligned strategically in developing student-athletes for competitive readiness in the Middle and High School Sections, while also working with the Assistant Athletic Director to foster competitive readiness and opportunities for competition in the Lower School.
The Athletic Director develops and advances the standards for coaches and supervises coaches in meeting the standards, supports hiring of coaches and faculty within the school who can assist coaches, develops and advances a training and condition program for student athletes, oversees facilities and fields and the maintenance of those facilities, manages and builds a budget for athletics, promotes the program through effective communication and public relations and also leads and models the highest level of school pride to rally support from the school community and local community for our Hornet student-athletes and teams.
The Athletic Director reports to the General Director and the Deputy Director and is a member of the Educational Leadership Team. The Athletic Director works with the Section leaders, members of the Advancement Team (Communications and Development), the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and the Operations Manager to advance the department’s goals, strategic commitments and school mission. Additionally, the Athletic Director works with the school’s College Counseling Department to support student-athletes’ aspirations for recruitment for university-level sports programs. A key component of the collaboration of the Athletic Director is that with the CAG Booster Club, the parent volunteer organization that supports the school-wide Athletics program. The Athletic Director also collaborates with the Assistant Athletic Director and Dean of Student Life to design, staff, implement, supervise and evaluate the annual camp program.
● Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of athletic administration as it relates to secondary schools.
● Champions the Athletics Department, coaches and athletes throughout the school. Works with the sections to develop a “one-school” athletic program to ensure uniformity and coordination across the important areas of student-athletes’ responsibilities, coaches’ responsibilities and overall in preparation and development of CAG student-athletes.
● Develops athletics policies (especially regarding participation eligibility and recognition) with input from Deputy Director and Section leadership, Assistant Athletic Director for Lower School, and coaches and seeks input from the Booster Club.
● Employees the Athletic Department’s envisioning documents to achieve goals and establish priorities for the Athletics Department at the American School of Guatemala.
● Promotes active participation among athletes on all teams.
● Leads the parent and student community to value the student-athlete’s handbook, training requirements and overall characteristics of a CAG student-athlete.
● Develops and aligns with a “one school” athletic program policy and handbook. The handbook is updated annually and is communicated to student-athletes, parents, the Booster Club and school administrators so all stakeholders can support the expectations successfully.
● Values the partnership of stakeholders in the success of the department and developing a relationship with the parent APM and Booster Club organizations as important advocates for the Director's and the department's success.
● Partners with the academic sections to ensure all athletes meet the requirements for participation-conduct and academic support; this also includes working with the college office to support students who aspire to continue with athletics in college/university.
● Develops a master schedule for the P-12 Athletics program (including practices, tournaments hosted by the school, dates of communications and tasks associated with AASCA events, etc.) in conjunction with the Assistant Athletic Director.
● Develops and implements a “one-school” Athletic Department budget.
● Works with the Booster Club to promote the Athletic Department and to establish financial support and needs for the Athletic Department.
● Recruits, inducts, supervises, evaluates and provides training for high quality coaches and members of the Athletic staff.
● Provides a growth mindset for the development and improvement of the athletic program at the American School of Guatemala bringing an ongoing spirit of reflection and growth to the department and inspiring the student-athletes and coaches to do the same.
● Champions and promotes best practices of safety, child protection and well-being of all those involved with the school’s athletics program.
● Leads an annual inventory assessment of athletic equipment and develops a plan for proper replacement of equipment to maintain safety and effectiveness.
● Coordinates the purchase of athletic equipment.
● Coordinates the maintenance of athletic facilities with the Operations department and aligned with budgetary needs.
● Serves as a consultant within the American School of Guatemala on all athletic fields and facility
● Monitors the School’s athletics program for compliance with best practice and handbook policies as well as coordinates practices according to the Association of American Schools of Central America (AASCA) guidelines and regulations.
● Balances needs for all athletes and teams, and ensures gender equity for student-athletes.
● Serves as the School’s athletic liaison for the AASCA and for local and regional athletic organizations; as such represents the school with the highest level of professionalism, excellence and expertise in the athletic forums.
● Coordinates the provisions of athletic training with local community agencies and organizations.
● Coordinates the provisions for physical examinations for all athletes with local community agencies and organizations.
● Participates in periodic Athletic Director meetings for the purpose of program planning and coordination with local schools and among the AASCA schools.
● Partners with the school’s College Counseling Department to foster opportunities for students eager to be recruited for university-level athletics.
● Designs, staffs, implements, supervises and evaluates the annual camp program in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life and Assistant Athletic Director.
● Assists the Sections and the Communications Office to promote all interscholastic sports. Fosters positive school wide relationships by keeping the community aware of and responsive to the athletic programs.
● Maintains a close working relationship with school leadership and school personnel to ensure timely communication, coordination, and support for the decision-making process and the collection of feedback concerning services.
● Responds to inquiries or concerns in a timely manner.
● Keeps School leadership informed about potential problems or unusual events.
● Promotes professional growth and enrichment by encouraging the Assistant Athletic Director and the coaches to be members of professional athletic organizations and to participate in approved clinics, conferences, and required compliance seminars.
● Supports coaches in keeping abreast of current practices, programs, legal issues, and care and prevention of athletic injuries.
● Keeps well-informed about current trends and best practices in athletic department leadership and promotion of department, coach and athletes.
● Maintains expertise in assigned areas to fulfill goals and objectives.
● Sets high standards and expectations for self and others.
● Prepares and submits required reports and maintains appropriate records.
● Supports the goals and priorities of the Athletic Department.
● Represents the American School of Guatemala in a positive and professional manner.
● Performs other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position. Provides sections with the necessary leadership that will enable all sections to develop their individual athletic programs to the fullest extent.
● Encourages Sections to provide athletic opportunities to all students.
● Establishes annual athletic program goals and objectives.
● Implements an annual evaluation of the athletic program at large and for each and all coaches. Supports and participates in the implementation of the school’s Strategic Plan.
● Utilizes appropriate strategies and problem-solving tools to make decisions concerning planning, utilization of funds, delivering services, and evaluation of the department and the coaches. Uses appropriate leadership approach and styles to motivate, gain commitment, and encourage positive change in the athletic department.
● Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervision / Child Protection & Safeguarding
The American School of Guatemala promotes a safe and positive community and takes its obligation to protect all students with the utmost seriousness. All CAG faculty, administrators and auxiliary staff have some responsibility for supervising students and assisting in maintaining a safe environment at all times. All members of the community are responsible for the safety and well-being of every child. At the onset of the school year and periodically, all employees and BCO Fellows assigned at the school are required to submit police clearance certificates and related documentation and participate in related training.
● Strong leadership skills are required, with the ability to assess the program, the coaches and other members of the athletic department
● Advocacy for mission and the advancement of the school
● Excellent communication skills
● Verbal fluency in Spanish is required; English and Spanish verbal fluency are preferred
● Approachable and welcoming of participation from various stakeholders; ability to interact effectively with professional staff, parents, and students
● Respectful of young athletes, their potential and skills
● Team player in the department and outside of the department
● Able to manage various needs and priorities at a time (facilities, coaches, budgets)
● Able to organize time and materials and has the ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities.
● Knowledgeable of child growth and development, learning theory, and current best practices
● Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred, education, leadership, sports management, physical education or similar fields
● Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as Athletic Director or Assistant Athletic Director in Guatemala or another international school in Latin America
● Substantial record of successful coaching experience
● Spanish/English verbal fluency (intermediate)
● Ability to travel among countries in Central America and to the United States of America
● Three professional references required for application