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:: Director, District Athletics ::


Position Code:
30023746 - Director, District Athletics

Work Hours:
1.0, 52 wks

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Position Description:


The District Athletic Director provides leadership and guidance in initiating, developing, overseeing, and improving a winning athletic program for all students by building bonds (positive and productive relationships) in the community for youth sports.

The Director is an inspirational visionary and objective manager in leading the MPS District Athletics Department, including, but not limited to management of staff, operations, purchasing, budget, financial operations, fundraising, and community relations.

The Director of District Athletics will also ensure compliance with all Federal, State, divisional, and district athletic policies and regulations, administering departmental funds and accounts in a fiscally responsible manner, and sustaining a culture of sportsmanship, professionalism, and respect at all levels.

Essential Functions

·       Develops a successful athletic program and solid business plan by assessing program effectiveness, based on the strategies of the District, including collecting data and analyzing program quality and participation

·        Directs and coordinates a variety of athletics, competition, sports, and recreational and educational programs in support of MPS goals.

·         Directs Athletics Department operations to maintain effective and efficient sports programs; assures compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations, policies and procedures.

·        Assists principals, assistant principals, and school athletic directors with the administration of a diverse and equitable athletic program including recruitment, hiring, and assistance with evaluation of personnel.

·        Builds effective community bonds through communication and cooperation.

·         Strengthens and maintains communication with and between school athletic directors, coaches, school administrators, parents, and the variety of stakeholders needed to conduct a quality district athletic program.

·        Coordinating communication with and among all officials, officiating organizations, and other local agencies to provide equitable coverage, fees, and services.

·        Oversees all revenue enhancement activities to include fundraising events, partnering with entities in support of youth sports, allocating money and contacting alumni entities for donations; makes presentations to grant-making bodies and/or relevant authorities.

·        Develops short and long range strategic plans and associated metrics, analyzes operational results and controls expenditures; ensures the effective allocation and utilization of resources; manages contracts for special services.

·        Provides oversight for planning, budgeting, controlling, and assessing athletic expenditures including transportation and officials’ fees.

·         Directs budgeting procedures and financial management; recommends efficiencies to keep costs within establish financial guidelines; analyzes costs of material, equipment, commodities and labor; accounts for revenues, manages finances and expenditures, and prepares financial reports.

·        Manages assigned staff, develops priorities, and assigns tasks and projects; assures that appropriate services are provided; enforces goals are defined and achieved; develops staff skills and conducts performance evaluations; meets regularly with staff to discuss and provide support for schedules, priorities, workload, and technical issues. Provides professional development and mentoring for new school administrators, site athletic directors, and coaches responsible for school athletic programs.

·        Provides team leadership and supervision on an on-going basis to establish general objectives; exhibits excellent independent judgment; assumes full responsibility for training, mentoring, evaluating coaches and athletics staff; acts as a resource person and coordinator for all coaches and school athletic directors.

·        Appraises the work of the Department staff to assure the work quality and timely accomplishment of assigned duties and responsibilities is in compliance with quality and safety regulation and standards.

·        Encourages public recognition of student accomplishments and facilitates public support for athletics.

·        Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, parents, customers, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment; requires regular contact with both internal and external persons and groups.

·        Establishes close working relationship with the administration of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota and other governmental entities.

·        Fosters good school-to-community relations by keeping the community aware and responsive to the athletic program; provides a channel through which students and the community may express their concerns about an athletic program.

·        Collaborates with MPS Communications in the preparation of press releases and the arrangement of media coverage for athletic events, and insure that the appropriate media is informed of the results of all athletic events; will work with PR staff to appear on local radio shows, participate in media interviews, and takes part in the district’s athletic promotional programs.

·        Reviews, evaluates, and recommends appropriate equipment, materials, and athletic facilities and coordinate improvement plans with engineering and maintenance departments to ensure facilities meet  local, state and national standards; manage the maintenance and use of indoor and outdoor facilities to expedite all activities and functions of the school athletic program; recommend new equipment and develop, improve, and maintain adequate, equitable, and safe facilities to enhance the athletic program.

·        Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Administrative Officer.


Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

·        Required Bachelor’s Degree in Athletics/Sports Management, Business Administration or relevant equivalent with a minimum of 3-5 years administrative and coaching experience, or a combination of education, training and experience.

Master’s Degree preferred.

Knowledge of:

·        Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, policies, rules, and regulations governing the conduct and safety of athletics programs and recreational facilities in an education environment.

·        Rules and regulations of the Minnesota State High School League and other governing agencies, including athlete’s eligibility, and rules for athletic games and sporting competitions.

·         Policies, regulations and guidelines of Minneapolis Public Schools.

·         Purpose, use and benefits of athletics and recreation programs and activities.

·         Legal liabilities and responsibilities for athletic program staff.

·        Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including records management, finance, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and employee supervision.

·        Risk management, philosophy and organization of programs and legal issues in athletics administration.

Skill in:

·         Interpreting and applying educational and athletic policies and standards.

·         Managing and coordinating sports and athletic support programs.

·         Understanding and applying best business practices.

·         Promoting, marketing, and fundraising for youth sports.

·        Endorsing a positive sports and recreation environment and good personal behavior.

·         Promoting and enforcing safety standards and practices.

·        Using courtesy and respect in interactions with students, athletes, parents, and the community.

·        Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve staff performance.

·        Promoting effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.

·        Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationship with co-workers, parents, booster clubs, community and governmental organizations.

·        Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

·        Strong decision making, analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

·        Proficient in Excel, Microsoft Suite, Microsoft Project, Visio, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

License and Certification Requirements

A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.  Specific training and certification may be required.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier material with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


Diversity is one of our core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.


SALARY: 1.0, 52 Weeks, Based on Experience


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Elizabeth Holz-Bergmann, Talent Acquisition Manager at

METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on employment). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested. Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:


· Cover Letter

· Resume

· On-Line Application



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.