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University Liggett School’s faculty and staff of 126 includes master teachers, alumni, recent college graduates, and business, communications, and education professionals with decades of successful experience in independent schools. More than 50 of our full-time faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields. Many are also active as successful writers, artists, scientists, and lecturers in their own fields, as well as being committed to the community and social service in the Detroit area.

Our faculty enjoy the flexibility of small class sizes (with an 8:1 student/teacher ratio, the average class size is 14).

All teaching employees are supported by the Heads of each division, their peers, and the Head of School. Ample professional development opportunities are provided by school administration and faculty are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities at any point in their careers at University Liggett School. Successful teaching applicants are able to support the students through their involvement in the arts, athletics and after school programs.

University Liggett School is seeking teachers with a minimum of three years of teaching experience in their field. A degree in the teaching subject area is mandatory. We are looking for educators who are confident in their content area knowledge, adept with the integration of technology, invigorated by the process of collaboration and experienced in implementing inquiry-based lessons that put students at the center of their learning.

If you are interested in exploring employment with University Liggett School, send the requested information to the appropriate person listed on the job posting.

Faculty and Staff positions

The Position

University Liggett School seeks a dynamic, innovative, and energetic, physical education teacher to join the middle school physical education program. Candidates should be eager to work in a collaborative and team-based environment that is committed to educating the whole child while delivering robust curricula centered around general elements of fitness, wellness, and team sports. Additionally, schoolwide wellness initiatives are strategic priorities for the school, and the ideal candidate will bring a desire to partner in the implementation of this important institutional goal.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach four or five sections of middle school Physical Education
  • Create an equitable class environment which promotes integrity, empathy, and respect
  • Serve as a middle school advisor
  • Be a contributing member of a middle school grade level team
  • Serve as an active member of the Physical Education department, participating actively in advancing departmental curricular initiatives and The Liggett Approach
  • Ensure progression of skill development which challenges students individually and as a group
  • Communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and clearly with parents
  • Write thoughtful, articulate trimester comments that demonstrate a thorough understanding of each learner
  • Collaborate with colleagues and and engage in departmental discussions about pedagogy and other concerns
  • Be engaged in the life of the school by coaching two seasons of athletics based on experience and strategic need

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in Physical Education, kinesiology, or a related field with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • A minimum of three years of Middle School Teaching experience in a germaine content area is preferred
  • Enthusiasm for middle school learners and an understanding of their developmental needs
  • Competence in Physical Education curriculum development, instruction and pedagogy
  • An innovative approach to teaching, learning, and assessment
  • A growth mindset about instructional practices and an eagerness to work toward professional goals and development
  • A keen desire to work in a collaborative, inclusive, student-centered environment
  • An eager willingness to assist and be present in the life of the school
  • A strong sense of organization
  • Facility with integrating technology into the curriculum
  • Ability to connect with students and families of diverse backgrounds to develop healthy, supportive, and responsive relationships.

Physical Education Department Philosophy and Mission

The Liggett Physical Education department creates a safe environment, both physically and psychologically, for each of its students. Compassion, responsibility and acceptance of others are paramount on a daily basis through instruction, reflection and debriefing. Within a competitive situation each student can fully engage and build self-confidence in a comfortable setting regardless of skill level. Units are designed so that each student finds a role to experience success.

The Liggett Physical Education department promotes and upholds the qualities inherent in teamwork and good sportsmanship. Classes promote a cooperative environment in which students see the importance of communication and collaboration where both sharing and listening to ideas is encouraged. All students learn to recognize, accept, and value their strengths, as well as the strengths of others. Active participation and goal setting challenge students to achieve their personal best. Throughout this positive physical education experience, students gain the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to lead safe, healthy and physically active lives.

About University Liggett School

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 640 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passions and explore them in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering a lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Liggett Approach. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, educational philosophy, and resume to Paul Rossi, Head of Middle School, at prossi@uls.org.

 

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

University Liggett School seeks an Ice Arena Manager starting July 1, 2022. Reporting to the Associate Head of School and Chief Operating Officer. The Ice Arena Manager will oversee part-time employees, outside contractors, facilities, and maintenance workers while in the arena. They will also work in cooperation with the Director of Operations, Director of Athletics, Physical Education Department Chair, and Ice Hockey Coaches.

University Liggett School, an independent, coeducation school for grades PreK3-12, has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions that form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. Our charge is to be better than good enough and to understand that risk-taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Schedule rink rentals, and events, maintain records of revenues and hours rented
  • Schedule and maintain a record of all ice activities
  • Employ and supervise all part-time staff and provide training
  • Appropriately, execute rental contracts and collect fee revenue
  • Deposit receipts with the business office daily
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local ordinances for public health and safety
  • Recommend purchases & receive all supplies, keeping accurate records

Public Relations:

  • Maintain positive relationships with existing rink customers and generate new customer revenue
  • Supervise safety, security, and behavior of guests
  • Assist the public in a kind and helpful manner
  • Create and market new programs for the facility during non-student use time
  • Promote the school and its programs
  • Mediate and resolve disputes regarding rental opportunities

Facility Maintenance:

  • Coordinate the installation, maintenance, and removal of the seasonal ice sheet
  • Maintain a safe, quality ice sheet
  • Monitor the facility cleaning schedule
  • Supervise and perform the day-to-day cleaning of the facility in cooperation with the facilities maintenance department.
  • Implement a preventative schedule for monitoring ice refrigeration equipment and other building systems.
  • Review daily mechanical equipment logs
  • Coordinate and or perform snow plowing and grounds maintenance for the arena
  • Implement a program for regular inspection, repair, and maintenance of movable fixtures and equipment (including ice resurfacing equipment)

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in an ice arena facilitating maintenance
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with various personalities successfully
  • Organizational skills with the ability to multitask
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Ability to operate Zamboni

Please send cover letter and resume to Kelley Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer, at khamilton@uls.org.

University Liggett School seeks a full-time Upper School Divisional Coordinator beginning July 1, 2022.  This position serves as an executive partner, office manager, special projects coordinator, and administrative assistant for the Head of Upper School and Upper School Dean of Students.  The role of the Coordinator is rooted with versatility, multitasking, flexibility, and adaptability to changing responsibilities.  The position will offer interchangeable support to multiple departments throughout the school on an as-needed basis. The position requires leadership and professional maturity, discretion and professionalism in dealing with sensitive and confidential information, and experience managing operational team support in an exciting and demanding work environment.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Provide administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the Upper School office.
  • Answer phone calls, schedule meetings and supports visitors.
  • Manage daily and long-term attendance and student progress reports
  • Facilitate faculty coverage and substitute teaching responsibilities
  • Order, organize and maintain office and educational materials
  • Manage projects as assigned, both ongoing processes as well as independent projects.
  • Manage a variety of reports utilizing in-house systems, as well as Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Blackbaud programs.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with various personalities successfully
  • Organizational skills, ability to multitask
  • Professionalism
  • High regard for confidentiality
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to offer support throughout school departments
  • Prior experience working in a professional setting, preferably academic
  • Strong computer skills and willingness to learn a variety of programs and systems
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Knowledge of working with both Apple and PC computers/devices

About University Liggett School

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 640 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passions and explore them in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership, and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Liggett Approach. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School, Shernaz Minwalla, at sminwalla@uls.org.

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

 

University Liggett School seeks a Freelance Publishing Assistant reporting to the Director of Marketing & Communications. The Publishing Assistant plays an integral role in the production of the school’s bi-annual magazine, Perspective.

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 640 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passions and explore them in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering a lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

Responsibilities include:

  • reviewing documents and compiling and preparing files for school magazine production and publication 
  • organizing necessary data for production and publishing
  • managing page layout and image embedding
  • developing various content needs for school magazine
  • proofreading content for accuracy, consistency and quality
  • learning new technology systems and processes as necessary

Qualifications:

  • excellent command of the English language, with strong written and oral communication skills
  • highly organized, with the ability to manage a complex workflow
  • the ability to work with layout software and the capabilities to manage data files 
  • commitment to critically analyzing an assignment, asking questions, diagnosing problems and create practical solutions 
  • experience collaborating, interacting and working with others to produce high-quality products
  • excellent editing skills and a keen eye for details 
  • comfortable working under strict deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field

Please send resume, cover letter and work samples to Jane Berger, jberger@uls.org, Director of Marketing and Communications.  

University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Upper School mathematics teacher for grades 9-12.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach four or five sections of mathematics (with a focus upon integrated mathematics for ninth graders)
  • Build and maintain a classroom environment centered upon differentiated instruction, providing opportunities for every student to advance their fluency and other skills
  • Craft, adapt, and utilize quality assessment materials, analyze assessment data, and use that data to adjust instruction
  • Work directly with students to supplement and support their mathematics instruction outside of regular class periods when needed
  • Create an equitable and inclusive class environment that promotes integrity, respect, and empathy
  • Collaborate with colleagues and engage in department discussions about teaching and learning
  • Participate actively in advancing the Mathematics Department’s curriculum and the Liggett Approach to education
  • Serve as an Upper School advisor
  • Communicate thoughtfully, professionally, clearly, and frequently with parents
  • Participate actively and positively in the life of the school

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in mathematics, mathematics education, or an equivalent field
  • Enthusiasm for Upper School students, especially underclassmen, and an understanding of their developmental needs
  • A thoughtful and engaging approach to teaching (with a particular emphasis upon differentiation), learning, and assessment
  • A growth mindset about teaching practices and an eagerness to work toward professional goals and development
  • A keen desire to work in a collaborative, inclusive, and student-centered environment
  • An ability to connect with students of diverse backgrounds to develop healthy, supportive, and responsive relationships
  • Strong writing, reading, and speaking skills
  • Enthusiasm for reading a wide range of texts outside of teaching
  • Eager willingness to support and to be present in the life of the school
  • Facility with technology in the classroom

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send the following to Shernaz Minwalla, Head of Upper School, at sminwalla@uls.org:

  • A letter of interest
  • An educational philosophy statement
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Responses to the following prompts:
    • Describe a recent professional development experience you participated in and its impact upon your practice.
    • What is the most significant pedagogical shift you have made in your practice from the beginning of your career to today?
    • What role does assessment play in your mathematics classroom?
  • Please submit a sample lesson plan and a brief description of how you developed that plan based on your knowledge of your students.

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

The Position

University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Middle School Science teacher for grades 6-8. Teaching five sections of students, this teacher will steward students’ skill growth in the sciences, with a focus on inquiry, investigation, observation, collaboration, metacognition, and scientific communication. This position includes collaboration and planning with peers in all divisions. We seek knowledgeable candidates who are willing to teach students with a dynamic, student-centered approach to instruction. Ideal candidates will have experience with and delight in working with middle school and understand the unique needs and opportunities of the middle grades.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach five sections of middle school science
  • Create an equitable class environment that promotes integrity, empathy, and respect
  • Serve as a middle school advisor
  • Be a contributing member of a middle school grade level team
  • Scaffold assignments effectively and respond thoughtfully and prompt to student work
  • Communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and clearly with parents
  • Write thoughtful, articulate trimester comments that demonstrate a thorough understanding of each learner
  • Participate actively in advancing the Liggett Approach
  • Collaborate with colleagues and engage in department discussions about pedagogy and other concerns
  • Participate actively in advancing the Science Department curriculum, Department initiatives, and the Liggett Approach

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in science education or a related field, with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • A minimum of three years of Middle School teaching experience in a germane content area is preferred
  • Enthusiasm for middle school learners and an understanding of their developmental needs
  • An innovative approach to teaching, learning, and assessment
  • A growth mindset about teaching practices and eagerness to work toward professional goals and development
  • A keen desire to work in a collaborative, inclusive, student-centered environment
  • An eager willingness to assist and be present in the life of the school
  • A strong sense of organization
  • Facility with technology in the classroom
  • Ability to connect with students and families of diverse backgrounds to develop healthy, supportive, and responsive relationships.
  • Along with core teaching responsibilities, the candidate will be asked to take on extra duties that may include coaching or leading an extracurricular activity.

Science Department Philosophy

The Science Department believes the Liggett student should be engaged in science in such a way that they become intellectually curious and are inspired to use their knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their community and throughout the world.

  • Students will develop into scientifically literate individuals who understand that science is both a process and a body of knowledge. Practicing science in the lab enables students to organize and analyze information. Engaging in laboratory work facilitates a deeper understanding and enhances one’s ability to evaluate explanations. 
  • Students will experience age-appropriate material throughout the curriculum through exploration and active engagement. Their experiences will include place-based learning opportunities, the use of technology, hosting expert visitors, and the exploration of laboratory investigations and demonstrations, with the student being at the center of their learning opportunities.
  • Students will learn how to formulate questions, research and explore topics in a thoughtful and purposeful way, creating meaning to their understanding of concepts and communicating their findings to others.
  • Students will organically cultivate a passion and a skill set to continue their pursuits for future scientific inquiry.

About University Liggett School

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 640 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passions and explore them in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering a lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Liggett Approach. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, educational philosophy, and resume to Paul Rossi, Head of Middle School, at prossi@uls.net.

 

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by

applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

University Liggett School seeks a Director of Community Wellness and Student Support Services with a background in school counseling to join its Middle and Upper School faculty. The position will primarily work with students and faculty in grades 6-12 and the Student Support Services Department to address the needs of students with learning differences and proactively offer a specialized learning environment for students who are generally in the average to above-average range of cognitive and executive functioning. The Director makes regular reports and recommendations to the Head of School and Division Heads regarding students and families. The Director will work closely with the Director of Medical Services, the Division Heads, Middle School Dean of Students, and Upper School Dean of Students to build a positive environment and support the learning of all students through education, best practices, and culturally responsive, data-informed prevention and intervention efforts. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be empathetic, organized, thoughtful, enthusiastic, creative; possess a keen sense of perspective and excellent listening and interpersonal skills; be a demonstrated leader capable of proactively managing learning support faculty; and will have had significant experience working with children, parents, and teachers in a school setting. It is critical that the person who assumes this position be able to support students of diverse backgrounds and be a visible presence throughout the school community to build supportive relationships with all community constituents. This position reports directly to the Head of School. 

Applicants should have a Master’s degree or higher in school psychology, clinical psychology, counseling, or social work (MFT, LCSW, or certified school/clinical psychologist preferred). 

Responsibilities of the Director of Community Wellness and Student Support Services include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Navigate student well-being needs within the context of Middle School and Upper School academics

o   Outreach to students &/or parents as warranted

  • Establish recurring contact sessions
  • Keep open-door availability for impromptu contact sessions

o   Help faculty understand the impact of mental health on academics

  • Help faculty determine an appropriate level of accommodation, modification, exemption, and/or alternative assignment(s) and due date(s)

o   Provide professional guidance

  • Conduct classroom observations as requested
  • Lead professional development 
  • Facilitate parent meetings

o   Collaborate with school nurse &/or athletic trainer

Provide crisis management and support of the school community as needed

Serve as a liaison between school and treatment professionals in the external community

o    Provide referrals to private practitioners as requested

o    Coordinate services with the Grosse Pointe Public School System

o    Assist at-risk students and families in identifying day-treatment, inpatient and boarding programs

o   Report suspected abuse & neglect

Facilitate standardized testing accommodation requests with ACT and College Board

o   Educate students & families about this process, required supportive documents, & timeline

o   Coordinate proctors for school-based testers

o   Proctor school-based testers

o   Proctor students with accommodations when Liggett is a test center

  • PSAT-10 (spring), PSAT (fall), SAT (May)
  • Coordinate with Director of College Guidance

Manage student accommodations within the school

o   Meet with students to explain use of accommodations

o   Keep school-year accommodation list updated with narrative

o   Regularly distribute accommodation list to faculty

o   Provide support to faculty for students’ use of accommodations

  • Cover class, provide alternate location

Serve as Chair of Student Support Services Department

o   Plan US division meetings

o   Plan cross-division meetings

o   Attend MS & LS division meetings as needed

o   Coordinate learning support services across academic departments

  • Attend department chairs meetings
  • Serve on department chairs subcommittees
  • Meet regularly with academic department chairs to ensure curriculum and instruction meets all students’ needs

o   Collaborate with learning support faculty to:

  • Create individual instruction plans for students
  • Provide organizational skill enhancement
  • Provide access to supplemental resources
  • Train faculty in best practices related to accommodations and modifications

Serve as a consultant to the admissions committee, as well as providing input in admissions evaluation and recommendations

Teach or coach as needed

Desired Qualifications and Qualities

  • Licensed individual at masters level or advanced degree
  • 3+ years of professional school related experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and students while maintaining confidentiality
  • Proven record of ethical professionalism and prompt communication
  • Demonstrated capacity for high level of organization and leadership
  • Maintenance of records in accordance with professional standards 
  • Positive collaboration with others within and outside of the school 
  • Flexibility for extended hours  

About University Liggett School

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 600 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing graduates to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country.  Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Curriculum for Understanding. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, educational philosophy, and resume to Paul Rossi, Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School at prossi@uls.org.  

 

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

 

University Liggett School seeks a Director of Athletics for July 2022.  Reporting to the head of school, and serving on the administrative council, the Director of Athletics will oversee all aspects of the school’s co-curricular athletic program, PreK-12. 

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 640 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passions and explore them in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering a lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

ULS has a robust interscholastic athletic program at the upper and middle school levels, with teams fielded in cross country, field hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, football, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, and golf, with intramural offerings in strength and conditioning.   Despite the school’s small size, teams regularly compete for and win district, regional, and state championships across multiple sports, with thirteen state titles in the last eight years.  There remains ample place for learners in the program, with junior varsity and developmental opportunities for most sports.  Student participation rates are strong.  A key priority of the position is to evaluate how athletics can extend into the lower school program and to expand intramural and club offerings. 

Talented athletes and dedicated coaches perform and play in an athletic complex in which over $15 million has been invested in the last six years, with ten acres of all-turf fields, an eight-court tennis complex, a hockey arena, a traditional existing gymnasium and the 31,000 square foot John and Marlene Boll Campus Center which was completed in 2018.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement long-term strategy and vision for the PreK-12 athletic program
  • Set and monitor measurable goals for the PreK-12 athletic program
  • Consider, refine, and develop athletic offerings PreK-12
  • Develop, manage, and monitor the budget for the PreK-12 athletic program
  • Ideate and implement ways to drive revenue from athletic programs;
  • Supervise two full-time athletic department employees and the athletic trainer
  • Hire and supervise all coaches for athletic offerings PreK-12
  • Identify, promote, and provide professional development for coaches including monitoring required classes for MHSAA compliance
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of the school to MHSAA, the Catholic High School League, and all other appropriate leagues and ensure compliance with state association and league rules and expectations
  • Provide regular reports to the Head of School
  • Serve on the school’s senior administrative council
  • Work directly and collaboratively with senior administrative colleagues including the Associate Head of School and Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Admissions, the Heads of Upper and Middle School, the Chair of the PE Department, the Director of Summer Programs, and the Director of Medical Services (School Nurse)
  • Communicate proactively, positively, and collaboratively with athletes and parents creating a culture of excitement around the ULS program
  • Consider how non-athletes can be involved in the program, through sports information offerings such as broadcasting and journalism
  • Coach at least one varsity sport
  • Be visible and present at school events and athletic contests including evenings and weekends 
  • Maintain a non-athletic presence in the school community via teaching, advising, etc.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree preferred
  • 5-7 years experience in school athletic settings including substantial administrative and supervisory responsibilities
  • Significant experience in coaching varsity level athletics
  •  Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Demonstrated experience in hiring and professional development
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, communication, and follow-through skills
  • Familiarity, alignment, and commitment to school culture and values
  • High expectations for personal and team conduct among coaches, student-athletes, staff, other students, and parents
  • Flexible and adaptive, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a positive attitude
  • Enduring and unwavering commitment to the health and wellness of the whole child, including academic, personal, social, and physical development

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume/CV, and statement of educational philosophy to the attention of the office of the Head of School or msolak@uls.org.

If you are a highly qualified educator looking for substitute teaching work for all grade levels and subject areas, we are looking for you. At University Liggett School students are active participants in their learning experience. Substitute teachers at Liggett thrive in a dynamic, student-centered, collaborative environment.

Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree. Submit to a Michigan school employment criminal background and fingerprinting checks as required. Please indicate the grade level and subject areas that you are qualified to teach in your letter of interest.

If you are interested in being added to our substitute teaching roster please email your resume and a letter of interest to Melissa Buescher at mbuescher@uls.org

Contact us

For faculty positions, send a resume, letter of interest, and three recent professional references or for a non-teaching position, please send a resume and letter of interest to:

Bart Bronk
Head of School

University Liggett School
1045 Cook Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509

bbronk@uls.org

Liggett is always seeking out experienced coaches in all sports. For athletic positions, send a resume and letter of interest to:

Director of Athletics

University Liggett School
1045 Cook Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509
aparish@uls.net