Our Mission

Guided by Quaker principles, Friends Academy educates our students to discover and develop the best of who they are and who they can become.

We Believe…

At Friends Academy, we achieve educational excellence by committing to the highest standards of learning and living.

Our welcoming and diverse community is strengthened by our Quaker values, which empower our students to inquire, reflect, and engage in their classrooms, in their neighborhoods, and in the world.

Because when we inspire students to learn and live with purpose, they can achieve greatness without sacrificing goodness.

About Friends Academy Athletics

The Friends Academy athletics program promotes sound principles of physical, social, and psychological development through physical education, health, and athletics.  Interscholastic athletics begins in 7th grade, where all students participate in a variety of team sports.  In high school, all students are required to either participate in interscholastic athletics or take a physical education class each term.  80% of Upper School students participate in interscholastic athletics. More than half of Upper School students play two or more sports.  Friends Academy competes in the NYSPHSAA consisting of 49 boys and girls middle school, junior varsity, and varsity teams comprising 460 student-athletes in the following sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Crew*, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey*, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash*, Tennis, Winter Track, Track and Field, and Volleyball (*Not a NYSPHSAA sport)

Leading a staff of over 50 coaches with an average of eight years coaching experience, the department manages and operates the Athletic Facility and fields located on the Friends Academy Campus, 270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY  11560. The department also coordinates transportation to various sites for inter school games.

Friends Academy Athletic Highlights

In the 27 years Friends has been a member of Section VIII of the NY State Public HS Athletic Assoc., Friends Academy Athletics have earned numerous honors, including:

  • County Championships: 51
  • Long Island Championships: 23
  • Sectional Regional titles: 15
  • State Championships: 6

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Athletics sets the vision for the athletic department aligned with Friends Academy’s mission and values. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides clear vision, strategic planning, and leadership for the athletics department in pursuit of excellence and consistent with the overall mission of the Friends Academy
  • Develops long-range and yearly departmental budget plans within the budget parameters set by the Head of School and the Board of Trustees and ensure fiscal accountability.
  • Formulates a proactive approach to handling personnel and student issues by setting expectations to ensure positive performance. 
  • Provides direction to set goals, stimulate program development, allocate resources, assess student and other institutional needs, develop appropriate policies, foster open communication with and among campus constituencies, and promote effective evaluation methods.
  • Oversees the administration of the interscholastic athletics program while maintaining accountability for program design, operation, safety, evaluation, and improvement.
  • Maintains Friends Academy’s relationship with the NYSPHSAA, and other respective sport conferences to ensure compliance with institutional as well as local, regional and national requirements. Participate actively in NYSPHSAA, Section VIII, and other league meetings and activities.
  • Represents the department to appropriate internal and external groups, including but not limited to alumni, parents, civic organizations and local and regional government officials.


The Director of Athletics is a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team. The ideal candidate is someone seeking challenge, who thinks creatively, embraces complexity, and adapts to change. The ideal candidate should possess the following attributes:

Educational Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in athletic administration or other equivalent work experience.


  • Serves as an inspirational thought leader, as one who is a continuous learner and who looks to incorporate current best practices in athletics at Friends Academy.
  • Leads with the highest ethical and moral standards.
  • Fosters excellence in student success and development.
  • Learns and fosters collaboration and productive partnerships with a broad range of constituencies, both within and outside the School.

External Affairs

  • Engages and cultivates meaningful relationships with donors, alumni and key stakeholders to garner philanthropic support of the Athletics program.
  • Possesses strong marketing and communication skills, proficient at public relations and positively contributes to the overall reputation and image of the athletic department and the school.
  • Strong knowledge of or demonstrated ability to quickly learn and master applicable policies, rules, and regulations, including those of the NYSPHSAA and the NYSAIS.
  • Adheres to and complies with applicable laws, policies, rules, and regulations, including, but not limited to, association rules, and school policies.

Senior Management Qualities

  • Successes in strategic and financial planning, setting of priorities, allocation of both monetary resources, and the management of human capital.
  • Strong organizational and personnel management skills; strong analytic, strategic, communications, and interpersonal skills.

School Culture and Relationships

  • Successfully engages with a large and diverse set of stakeholders in a variety of settings, including student and faculty advisory boards, parents and caregivers.
  • Collaborates with Admissions, Enrollment, and Marketing to attract students and families to Friends Academy.
  • Coordinates with the physical education and health and wellness departments to develop a comprehensive student wellness program.
  • Appreciation of and commitment to the student-athlete.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and the active support of an anti-bias, inclusive campus culture.

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director

Grant Higgison, Principal

Parker Executive Search

770-804-1996 ext. 116 | 770-804-1996 ext. 118

DanielParker@parkersearch.com | ghiggison@parkersearch.com

FRIENDS ACADEMY is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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