The Director of Athletics at Portsmouth Abbey School performs a critical role ensuring our students’ athletic experience at any level is reflective of the mission of the school: to help young men and women grow in knowledge and grace. The school seeks candidates who understand and embrace all a Catholic Benedictine boarding school strives to be with reverence to God and the human person, a love of learning, and a commitment to community life. The Director of Athletics must exemplify this mission and understand the importance of athletics at all levels, supporting students and coaches equally and instilling a love of participation in sport as part of a balanced education. The Director must articulate the vision, goals and the unique opportunities of Portsmouth Abbey School and its athletic program to all internal and external constituents. With 25 varsity and 17 JV teams and top-notch facilities, the school offers a rich tradition of athletics as a member of the Eastern Independent League (EIL), the Evergreen League for football, and the Holt Conference for hockey.
The Director of Athletics reports to the Head of School and is a member of the School’s Senior Administrative Team.
Roles and Responsibilities
Maintain an athletics program that is committed to the School’s mission and strategic priorities
Assign, supervise, and support teachers and outside coaches for the full range of competitive and recreational sports
Provide supervision and support for additional direct reports including the Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Trainers, and Equipment Managers
Coach two seasons, serving as Head Coach for one or more programs
Collaborate closely with the Head of School and Dean of Faculty to identify department needs and to recruit faculty who will contribute to excellence in academics, residential life and athletics
Hire outside coaches when necessary
Manage the Athletic Department budget
Oversee the management of the School’s athletic facilities
Oversee the daily functions of the Athletics Office including the scheduling of all athletic contests, arrangement of transportation, and hiring of game officials
Ensure compliance with all school, NEPSAC, EIL, Evergreen League and Holt Conference policies and bylaws. Represent Portsmouth Abbey at all NEPSAC, District 3 EIL, Evergreen League and Holt Conference meetings
Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications in support of the School’s strategies
Serve as the primary athletics liaison to the Admissions Office
Collaborate and work closely with the school's offices of academics, alumni and development, business services, college counseling, communications, dining service, medical services, operations, parent programs, residential life and student activities to ensure efficient communication and operations
Regularly meet, lead, and supervise the athletics staff, coaches, captains and student athletes to align around the department's and School’s philosophy and protocols
Articulate the athletic needs (personnel, financial, and facilities) to the Head of School; prepare and update athletic capital expense requests annually
Oversee the athletic and after school program signups and rosters for each of the 3 seasons
Identify and implement risk management strategies for all sports activities and athletic facilities, and NOCSAE certification of protective equipment
Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational Catholic boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine Congregation, the School is located on a 525-acre campus along Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, less than 30 minutes south of Providence and 20 minutes from Newport.
Portsmouth Abbey combines a classical education in the Catholic intellectual tradition with Benedictine values. With 350 students, the School believes that the love of learning leads to the desire for God, and that the quest for intellectual understanding propels students to the search for ultimate meaning. The School is known for encouraging students to engage passionately in academic and intellectual pursuits, innovative electives and extensive opportunities in athletics and the performing and visual arts as well as a commitment to service and a focus on things that matter. Students are inspired to become the next generation’s leaders, stewards, innovators and problem solvers all the while grounded in Benedictine values of love of God and neighbor, humility, hospitality and a desire to serve the common good.
Portsmouth Abbey School Mission Statement
Portsm...outh Abbey School helps young men and women grow in knowledge and grace. As a Benedictine boarding and day school committed to excellence, we embrace the Catholic faith while nurturing reverence for God and the human person, love of learning, and commitment to community life.