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Jaelin Kauf

High Performance Specialist

High Performance Specialist (Certified Center of Excellence, Rehabilitation and Development)

Main Attributes:

  • Minimum Undergraduate degree (ideally Master’s degree) in Sport Science, Kinesiology, Strength & Conditioning, Athletic Training or related subject.
    • If in Athletic Training - Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA Certification Board)
  • Current certification from the CSCCa, NSCA, and/or USAW or equivalent and First Aid and CPR certified
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with elite/future elite athletes (ideally within a skiing and/or snowboarding context).
  • Knowledge and experience of working in a sports training/rehabilitation facility with a hollistical understanding of all aspects of sport science and medicine support
  • Excellent knowledge of international best practices in athlete development.
  • Proven experience of leading change within sporting environments.
  • Ability to travel locally with Utah frequently and nationally/internationally as required.
  • Legally able to work in the USA (USA citizen or existing Green Card/Work Visa without further sponsorship)

Position Summary:

As a result of a unique collaboration between the U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Intermountain Healthcare, U.S. Ski & Snowboarding has an opening for an exceptional individual to fill the role of High Performance Specialist, within U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s High Performance department.

The High Performance Specialist, in conjunction with the High Performance Coordinator, will educate, support and mentor the Certified COE site(s) in all aspects of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s High Performance departments systems and processes. This position will also work with national team developmental athletes (including but not limited D Team, National Development Group, Project Gold, Young Guns, Elite Aerials Development Program) across U.S. Ski & Snowboard sports. Finally, the position will play a critical role in working closely with Physical Therapists/Athletic Trainers and team Athletic Development Coaches to successfully rehabilitate injured athletes back into full performance programming.

Certified Center Of Excellence (COE) Coordinator to Intermountain Healthcare

  1. Learn, develop and help document U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s COE standard operating procedures in all areas of sport science and sports medicine support (including but not limited to: facility design and equipment needs, staffing structure/requirements and education/certification, athlete intake, testing and monitoring, injury prevention and return to snow protocols).
  2. Work with Intermountain Healthcare COE leadership team and U.S. Ski and Snowboard High Performance Coordinator to translate those U.S. Ski and Snowboard COE standard operating procedures into effective work practices at Intermountain Healthcare COE.
  3. Assist, support and mentor Intermountain Healthcare COE staff in all aspects of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s COE operations.
  4. Travel to Intermountain Healthcare’s 3 Certified COE sites in Utah (Park City, Murray, and Ogden), a minimum of 40 days a year (significantly more travel may be required).
  5. Conduct professional development sessions for Intermountain Healthcare COE rehabilitation and performance staff.
  6. Comply with Intermountain Healthcare policies for dress, conduct and identification in an Intermountain Healthcare facility.
  7. Where necessary assist Intermountain Healthcare COE’s with programming and training of athletes.

National Team Rehabilitation Support

  1. Provide Athletic Development programming, coaching, testing, and monitoring for injured/rehabilitating national team athletes in close collaboration with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Physiotherapists/Athletic Trainers and team Athletic Development Coaches.
  2. Athletic development coaching and coordination support for off-site rehabilitation/return-to-snow training camps.
  3. Stay at the leading edge of rehabilitation training research and techniques

Developmental Athlete Support

  1. Collaborate with U.S. Ski & Snowboard national development team coaches, Athletic Development Coordinators, and athlete ‘home’ coaches to provide in person and remote training plans/prescriptions, educational material, and athlete monitoring management.
  2. Lead athletic development coaching, education, testing, and support for U.S. Ski & Snowboard development team camps across multiple U.S. Ski & Snowboard sports.
  3. Provide athletic development support at national development team camps and lead regional testing for development team athletes, as well as conduct SkillsQuest Fitness assessments (field based fitness testing) as required across the country.
  4. Assist with club-based High Performance Center partnership program (program workshop scheduling, content development and delivery, and club liaising).
  5. Lead/assist in the continued development, education, and monitoring of U.S. Ski & Snowboard national physical fitness and movement competency assessments.

Contract Length:

  • 3 years - renewable depending upon performance and sponsorship contract(s)


High Performance Coordinator

Application Details:

For informal inquiries and questions please contact the Calin Butterfield (High Performance Coordinator) at

Revised: February 7, 2019


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