Saline Area Schools Posts for Athletic Director Position

 03/12/2018 - 21:53

Saline Area Schools is looking for a Director of Athletics.

The district posted the job on its website Monday.

Superintendent Scot Graden confirmed Monday that interim AD Scott Theisen does not wish to manage the athletic department on a permanent basis. Theisen, a long-time physical education teacher and baseball coach, became interim director last year when AD Kirk Evenson became a full-time assistant principal at Saline High School.

The decision to leave the Athletic Director job was Theisen’s Graden said.

“Certainly, if he wanted the job on a permanent basis, we would have had that conversation and we wouldn’t have posted the job,” Graden said.

Theisen will stay on as AD until June. His contract stipulates that he can return to his teaching job, Graden said.

An email to Theisen was not returned Monday evening.

The district will post the Athletic Director job until April 6.

The next Athletic Director will make $92,449 to $96,911 and begin in early June.

The job is posted below.

Director of Athletics

Position Purpose
To manage and coordinate the school district athletic activities and sports programs, to promote athletic and physical fitness as positive extra and co-curricular activities, and to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to participate and share in the benefits of the district's athletic programs.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises the District’s athletic programs in coordination with the Principal(s), Superintendent and others, including recommending policies and procedures relating to the athletic programs.
  • Evaluates Head Coaches following applicable laws and District regulations; ensures a system to evaluate sub-varsity coaches is in place and followed with fidelity.
  • Analyzes and evaluates existing athletic programs and equipment for the purpose of ensuring that they serve the best interest of the district and the students who participate, meet applicable laws and regulations, and ensure safety of participants.
  • Assists in the recruitment, selection, supervision and evaluation of all coaches.
  • Serves as a consultant to administration, coaches and students on matters pertaining to the athletic programs.
  • Analyzes student participation and develops procedures to ensure that the maximum number of students have the opportunity to participate in athletic activities and that the athletic programs do not discriminate against female or minority students.
  • Supervises the district's athletic facilities, oversees the scheduling and coordinating of practices and athletic events, and disseminates information as needed regarding the times and places athletic events.
  • Supervises and coordinates the district budget and finances for all sports programs and sporting events, including inventory and control of uniforms, supplies and equipment.
  • Serves as the school district representative and liaison to the SEC, the MHSAA, various  booster clubs and other related groups as needed.
  • Assists in ensuring that all applicable laws and regulations relating to athletics are applied and followed, including Title IX and other federal laws and regulations, state laws and regulations, and MHSAA rules and regulations.
  • Coordinates the transportation schedule and provides for safe and cost-effective transportation for off-site athletic or sporting events.
  • Assists in establishing and administering a program for passes for members of the community for athletic and related events.
  • Coordinates the selection and compensation of sports officials/referees for on-site events, and represents the district for the purpose of securing the highest possible quality of officiating.
  • Establishes criteria for awards relating to participation and demonstrating excellence in school district athletic programs, including eligibility requirements.
  • Creates materials to publicize athletic and sporting events, both in printed and electronic formats, for the purpose of disseminating information and fostering enhanced awareness among students, staff, and the community in recognizing and supporting the school's athletic programs and attending events.
  • Maintains professional relationship with media sources for the purpose of providing information regarding schedules, postponements or cancellations, sporting event statistics, records, and other relevant information.
  • Coordinates with others for the purpose of scheduling ancillary activities that occur prior to, during, and after sporting events, such as musical programs, press boxes, scorers tables, half-time programs, police coverage, ticket sales, availability of on-site medical care, concessions, custodial services, and other related activities.
  • Handles all accidents and injuries in accordance with school policies, and applicable laws and regulations, including reporting and documentation requirements.
  • Maintains records and documents as required and necessary to ensure proper documentation of athletic program activities, events, participation, and related information for the purpose of complying with school policies as well as applicable laws and regulations.

Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Superintendent.                
The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.


  • Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copier and fax machines, calculator and telephone.
  • Uses equipment and supplies related to sports, athletics, and physical fitness.

Travel Requirements
Travel to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Exemplary, regular and predictable attendance is essential to this position. Work in standard office and school building environments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of athletics, athletic programs, and physical fitness.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding school district athletic programs, safety and health, and other areas under responsibility.
  • Ability to understand, apply and use personal computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to evaluate, develop and implement athletic and physical education programs, activities and events, and make effective recommendations related to those areas.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks and conflicting time constraints.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to leadership, performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Qualifications Profile

  • Certification/License: Michigan Administrator Certification or working toward.
  • Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in related field.


  • Successful experience teaching physical education; managing or directing the athletic programs or a school district preferred.
  • Successful Supervisory experience preferred.

Terms and Conditions: Vacations, holidays, and full benefit package defined in Saline Area Schools Administrative Association collective bargaining agreement. 

  • Salary range $92,449 - $96,911 depending upon experience. 
  • Selected candidate will start in early June to ensure a smooth transition. 



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