Director of Athletics and Activities at Graded - The American School of São Paulo in Brazil
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Director of Athletics and Activities
Graded - The American School of São Paulo (Brazil)

Sep 29, 21
Nov 15, 21





Director of Athletics and Activities

Position Objective

Lead, develop, and implement Graded’s Athletics and Activities Program, ensuring that it reflects the school's mission, vision, and core values.

The Role

The Director of Athletics and Activities provides administrative direction and oversight of all aspects of the PK-12 school's athletics and extracurricular activities program.

Reporting to the Superintendent and working in close collaboration with Divisional Principals and Associate Principals, the Director of Athletics and Activities serves as a member of the school's Senior Leadership Team. The Director of Athletics and Activities will:

  • Develop, implement, and coordinate programs and processes that support the Graded Athletics and Activities Program.

  • Exercise excellent organizational and managerial skills to motivate and lead coaches, instructors, and departmental staff.

  • Communicate effectively with students, faculty, parents, colleagues, and the broader Graded community.

  • Create an efficient, productive, and caring atmosphere in which all students and faculty have opportunities to be recognized for their best efforts.

  • Work collaboratively with appropriate personnel to ensure that security and emergency response systems are maintained at the highest standards.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Appoint, supervise, and evaluate coaching and Athletics support staff.

  • Work collaboratively with the Aquatics Coordinator.

  • Liaise with the Graded Booster Club and PTA.

  • Represent Graded by serving on the São Paulo High School League (SPHSL), Association of American Schools in Brazil (AASB), and (South American Activities Conference) SAAC boards.

  • Provide oversight and organization of all local and international games, tournaments, and festivals.

  • Oversee local and international travel for student-athletes.

  • Organize and supervise the hosting of visiting athletes. 

  • Establish and implement appropriate after-school program safety standards and student supervision practice.

  • Serve as advisor and mentor for SALT (Student-Athlete Leadership Team) and other student-led sports leadership groups.

  • Plan and manage the Athletics and Activities Department budget.

  • Organize the annual Athletics Banquet in collaboration with the High School and Middle School Principals and the Superintendent.


  • Lead and coordinate a comprehensive after-school activities program for Lower, Middle, and High School students in consultation with the Principals.

  • Evaluate programs and make annual modifications.

  • Appoint, supervise, and evaluate divisional After-school Activities Coordinator positions.

  • Support the recruitment and supervision of After-school Activities Program staff.

  • Promote all after-school activities.

  • Communicate effectively with students and parents.

  • Develop and update After-school Activities Handbooks.

  • Collaborate with Advancement Communications to promote offerings.

Student Trips

  • Lead and help coordinate the annual Classrooms Without Walls (CWW) experiential education trips in collaboration with divisional Principals and trip leaders.

  • Coordinate divisional field trips with the collaboration of Activities staff, Lower School Trip Coordinators, and Upper (Middle and High) School teachers.


  • Assist in the development of the master calendar for Graded.

  • Coordinate the use of school facilities and equipment with the Head of PE.

  • Maintain the master calendar and coordinate the use of Graded facilities by school and campus members in coordination with the Principals and Administrative Assistants.

  • Liaise with the Facilities Department to ensure safe and efficient operation of sports facilities.

  • Establish, implement, and develop a Graded Community Education Program that fosters educational opportunities for Graded's adult community.

  • Coordinate after-school facility use.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback.

  • Contributes to building a positive team spirit and puts the success of the team above one's own interests.

  • Ability to engender trust in their leadership.

  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal, listening,  and verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders.

  • Student-centered, positive, empathic, trustworthy, open-minded, approachable, dedicated, energetic, and supportive of school initiatives.

  • Excellent analytical, decision-making, consensus-building, and planning skills.

  • Certification as a school administrator/Athletics Director or equivalent.

Required Experience

  • Minimum three years experience as an Athletics Director/Assistant Athletics Director.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing athletics and activities programs.

Preferred Experience

  • Master’s degree in a related field.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Effective Date: July 2022

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2021

Please submit your application to

If you have any questions, please email them to the same address.

Your application should include the following:

  • Personal Statement - This one-page statement should describe why you would like to work at Graded - The American School of São Paulo and how you can contribute to the advancement of our school.

  • Employment History - Curriculum Vitae: Detailed outline of degrees, teacher certification, work experience, and other qualifications.

  • Name and contact information of at least three professional references - Contact information of direct supervisors familiar with your job performance. At least one of the contacts provided must be a current supervisor.

School History

Graded - The American School of Sa~o Paulo—or “Graded,” as it is better known—was founded shortly after World War I, when the city’s American Chamber of Commerce envisioned a local school that would prepare the children of American executives for repatriation and entrance into American colleges and universities. In 1920, two women, Ruth Kolb, the Brazilian-born granddaughter of an American immigrant, and Bel Ribble, an American, were appointed by the Chamber to open a two-room schoolhouse for 11 students in grades 1-12. The endeavor proved a success, and the school quickly flourished, growing to its current enrollment of 1,300+ students a century later.

The School

Today, Graded enrolls a student body of 1,311 representing 40 different nationalities. More than half of Graded students are international, and more than one-third hold citizenship in more than one country. Whether they are a part of the school community for just a couple of years or progress through all 15 years as “lifers,” students at Graded learn to embody the school’s values of intellectual curiosity, perseverance, respect, integrity, and kindness in all they do. 



The varsity, junior varsity, and Middle School sports programs include soccer, basketball, track & field, swimming, tennis, volleyball, futsal, cheerleading, badminton, and softball. 

Varsity teams are open to grade 9-12 students and junior varsity teams are open to all students under 15 years of age (including those in grades 8-9). Graded athletics teams compete in the following leagues:

  • SPHSL (São Paulo High School League)

  • AASB (Association of American Schools in Brazil) 

    • Little 8

    • Big 8

    • Big 4

    • AASB Final Four National Championship

  • SAAC (South American Activities Conference) 

The Eaglets Sports Program in the Lower School includes soccer, basketball, track & field, swimming, and tennis. Eaglets teams are open to grade 3-5 students.

Extracurricular Activities And Clubs

Students at Graded are encouraged to reach their highest potential beyond the classroom, as extracurricular engagement is viewed as an essential part of their overall educational experience. Focus is placed on the development of social and emotional skills such as cooperation, citizenship, sportsmanship, and allegiance.

Clubs and activities in the Upper School are organized into three categories: Academics and Leadership, Arts, and Service Learning. Opportunities are extensive and include Model United Nations, Robotics Club, Jazz Band, Honor Choir, Chess Club, Student Newspaper, Speech & Debate, LGBTQ+, Amnesty International —among many others. While faculty in the High School head many clubs, students also have an opportunity to lead, gaining valuable skills.  In the Lower School, the After-school Activities Program provides an atmosphere in which children can enjoy, grow, and learn. Lower School activities are organized into three categories: Academics & STEM, Arts, Dance and Culinary, and Athletics and Physical Activities. There are currently more than 60 activities offered to K5-grade 5 students every semester. Lower School activities are led by a mix of external teachers/organizations and  Graded faculty. 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.