Director Athletic Development
The Director, Athletic Development is responsible for leading U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athletic development team in delivering world leading athletic development services to all U.S. Ski & Snowboard sports, with a particular emphasis on Alpine skiing. Working collaboratively with multiple internal and external stakeholders the Director, Athletic Development will shape the philosophy and principles of athletic development for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, drive purposeful and innovative athletic development programming throughout the organization (both national team and through clubs/academies) and ensure U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes are optimally physically prepared to win medals on the international stage and help U.S. Ski & Snowboard achieve its Vision of “Best in the World” (most number of skiing and snowboarding medals at the Olympics Games).
Reporting to the High Performance Director and working closely with all U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Directors and Head Coaches the Director, Athletic Development will:
- Work collaboratively with the High Performance Director, Athletic Development staff, Sports Medicine staff and Sport Coaches to shape the athletic development philosophy and principles of U.S. Ski & Snowboard
- Mentor, support and manage all U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athletic Development staff
- Manage the High Performance Coordinator to successfully execute the goals of the High Performance Center Partnership program and develop a world-leading athletic development system at targeted clubs/academies
- Coordinate and manage the athletic development services to all US Ski & Snowboard sports, including the design and delivery of athletic development programs to allocated athletes/sports.
- Work closely with Sports Medicine staff to ensure a collaborative and integrated approach to injury prevention and return to snow/competition.
- Manage the athletic development areas of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Center of Excellence, including scheduling, budgeting, equipment ordering/maintenance and operational procedures.
- Lead on the on-going evaluative and iterative process of athletic development testing, including the translation of data into meaningful and relevant information to athletes, coaches and U.S. Ski & Snowboard leadership.
- Design and production of resource material for coach and athlete education programs.
- Assist with the preparation of budgetary information and projections for the fiscal management of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s High Performance Program as it pertains to these programs.
- Oversee the U.S. Ski & Snowboard's High Performance internship program.
This position works primarily from the US Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence. Hours – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Frequent weekend, early morning or evening work will be required to deliver athletic development services, especially when traveling with teams. This position is paid a salary and is exempt from overtime pay.
***For appropriately qualified and interested candidates there is the possibility of this position being employed in conjunction with the University of Utah (approximate time allocation would be 80% U.S. Ski & Snowboard / 20% University of Utah). Candidates must hold a PhD and relevant research/teaching experience to be considered for this option and should indicate their interest in pursuing this in their cover letter***
- A minimum of undergraduate studies in a high-performance related discipline, such as sport science, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning or kinesiology.
- Ideally post-graduate studies in one of these areas and for consideration for the joint position with University of Utah a PhD and relevant research/teaching experience.
- Current certification from the CSCCa, NSCA, and/or USAW or international equivalents
- At least 10 years of applied athletic development experience with elite (Olympic/Professional level) athletic programs.
- Specialist knowledge in the area of athletic development as it pertains to the demands of skiing and snowboarding (ideally with specific knowledge of alpine skiing)
- Experience of successfully managing, highly qualified staff and working with multiple/complex teams
- Experience of working as part of a support team supporting medal/championship winning athletes/teams
- Excellent competency in physical testing and data analysis
- Significant experience presenting to both small and large groups
- A strategic thinker with demonstrable experience of developing long-term performance plans and turning those plans into meaningful and impactful programs
- Excellent interpersonal, time management, and communication skills and use these effectively within this environment.
Athletic Development Coaches
High Performance Coordinator
The Director, Athletic Development reports to the High Performance Director.
Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2018. Any applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by completing the U. S. Ski & Snowboard job application (please refer to the References Section on the right), and attaching a cover letter with a three-page or less résumé and sending to email@example.com
The cover letter and résumé should be saved as one file in PDF format as “[Last name].[First name].Director Athletic Development”.
For an informal discussion about the role or for further information please contact Troy Taylor (High Performance Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org