Physical Education Department Chair University of California, Los Angeles
Requisition Number: JPF04627 Recruitment Period Open May 26th, 2019 through Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) If you apply to this recruitment by June 9th, 2019, you will have until June 25th, 2019 to complete your application. Description
The Physical Education Department Chair will be responsible for the design and delivery of an excellent program of secondary school instruction, participation, and preparation in Physical Education. This work will require expertise in athletics and sports pedagogies, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, and creativity. The Physical Education Department Chair will continue the recruitment of a team of educators with complementary skills and areas of expertise, so that the department offers a rich physical education program responsive to the needs and interests of the Academy's students. As a leader during the early years of the Geffen Academy at UCLA, the Physical Education Department Chair will need to be both a master educator and an educational innovator and entrepreneur. Geffen Academy at UCLA will embrace the questioning of traditional structures in secondary education. It will emphasize student inquiry in the learning process and the teachers will expect student-generated questions that respectfully and intelligently question protocols. The curriculum at Geffen Academy presents a multi-faceted exploration of Physical Education. Geffen Academy will provide a wide variety of opportunities for our students to be physically active throughout their work week and educate them on the positive benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their time on our campus and beyond. Physical Education will be a mandatory core subject at the Middle School level, and it will enable all students, regardless of age, gender, or ability, to participate in a discovery program that will provide physical activity, serve as a stress reliever, and be a stimulus to mind and body. All Upper School students are expected to take several trimesters of Physical Education, as well as a class in water safety. The opportunity for Geffen Academy students to experience many different activities and facilities throughout the UCLA Campus is key to our mission and vision. The Physical Education curriculum will incorporate many important life skills such as leadership, character development, grit, determination, collaboration, and teamwork. By incorporating a robust physical education program into our core curriculum, Geffen Academy students will be fitter and healthier and more productive citizens. They will learn life lessons that will help them to function at a higher level in college and to live healthy lives in mind and body.
Core Functions & Duties
Lead Physical Education Department collaboration with other faculty in creation of an Academy program that meets the needs and interests of the Academy's students
Lead Physical Education Department collaboration with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Academy's students to take advantage of the Academy's relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation
Lead Physical Education Department evaluation of and selection of equipment, PE uniforms, books, digital materials, experiential opportunities such as museum visits and theatrical performances, and other academic resources
Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to Dean of Students, academic advising and college guidance staff, Academic Coordinator, Registrar, counselor/psychologist, and athletic team coaches
Participate in department representation at parent evenings and recruitment events
Lead Physical Education Department assessment of the continued relevance and success of course offerings within the department
Participate in committee work, whether the committee's focus is solely within the department, or reaches to other parts of the Geffen Academy enterprise
Lead Physical Education Department participation in interdisciplinary instructional programs
Lead Physical Education Department service as instructors/mentors/advisers of student independent projects
Lead Physical Education Department's collaboration with and engagement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
Lead Physical Education Department orientation of new faculty and establish appropriate mentoring relationships
Convene meetings as needed with the department
Lead Physical Education Department continuing professional development activities
Be available to provide proper coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of colleagues
Be available to students and parents for any and all department related issues
Develop, organize, supervise, and evaluate a developmentally appropriate program of physical education classes and intramural athletics
Teach, analyze, demonstrate, and explain basic skills, knowledge, and strategies of formal sports, games, rhythms and dance, and fundamental body movement through varied activities and by example
Provide safety instruction to students and establish standards of student behavior to provide productive environment for physical education and to ensure the optimal condition and safety of all athletic equipment, facilities, fields, and courts
Cultivate in each student an understanding of and commitment to exercise and physical conditioning, health education, and personal hygiene
Identify and develop the talents of students in individual, dual, and team physical activities and sports
Organize and coordinate the school's intramural athletic programs
Prepare and implement an annual departmental budget
This list of duties is not exhaustive. Department heads will be expected to assure that all aspects of the Geffen Academy program within the ambit of their disciplines is led by capable staff who are carefully supervised and appropriately compensated
A Geffen Educator's workload may vary from term to term and year to year. Each Geffen Academy Educator's annual contract will reflect the workload anticipated for the time covered by the contract. Teaching or other duties beyond those set forth in a contract may lead to additional compensation.
Required Knowledge and Abilities (SKACs):
Bachelor's and Master's degrees in athletic administration, physical education, or a related discipline. Successful participation in competitive athletics would be a plus
Strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy's mission, vision, and values
A joyful embrace of teaching and coaching
A record of outstanding success as a secondary educator and a successful track record working secondary school physical education classes
The preferred candidate would hold current certifications in some, or all, of the following areas of expertise: o Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher or equivalent o ASFA Certified Self-Defense Instructor or equivalent o National Strength & Conditioning Association, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist [or equivalent] o Certified Health & Wellness Instructor
Candidates should have experience coaching a competitive team sport at the middle school and/or the high school level, and expect to coach as part of the Geffen Academy interscholastic program
Mastery of athletics, physical education, health, and wellness pedagogy, both as a teacher and as a manager
An excellent record of establishing and maintaining safety for all physical education program participants
The ability to think and act strategically combined with a strong commitment to providing an excellent experience for each student
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and families
Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption
Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with colleagues in the department and from other parts of UCLA and of the Academy staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern
Experience in a variety of managerial and supervisorial roles within a secondary school would be a plus.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (https://equity.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/UC-Nondiscrimination-Affirmative-Action-Policy.pdf).
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.