Alpine Operations Coordinator and Ski Coach

10 Month Professional Position

 

Position:   The University of Maine at Farmington is seeking a qualified candidate to coordinate the new Alpine Operations Certificate Program and serve as coach for the ski teams. The individual will have teaching responsibility for introductory courses, as well as on-mountain ski instruction methods, and other courses not handled by other faculty within the program. The Alpine Operations Coordinator will work to maintain relationships with local recreation facilities to provide additional experiences for students and ensure internship and on-mountain opportunities persist. Coaching duties include directing all aspects of coaching and management of the men’s and women’s alpine ski teams. The Coordinator will also work on collaborations with Mainely Outdoors to help keep outdoor activities as a core element of the UMF experience. The ten month contract begins August 15th.  Additional program information, and job description, can be found at https://frc.umf.maine.edu and www.goumfbeavers.com

Salary range: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Competitive health and retirement package.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinates the Alpine Operations Certificate Program. This includes scheduling of classes, reserving hill space, managing applicable inventory and budget, and working with the Alpine Operations Council on direction and all aspects of program delivery.
  • Teaches courses as assigned, particularly on-mountain and introductory courses.
  • Coordinate and administer the local learn to ski program for area youth in collaboration with Titcomb mountain, by way of working with local paid/volunteer and alpine operation students in a manner that fosters continuity of this successful program and good rapport in the community.
  • a) Assists and participates in the recruitment of students into the program as a standalone certificate and as an additional course of study for regular prospective students. b) Recruits prospective student-athletes to participate on the competitive ski team.
  • Maintains and establishes relationships with area mountains and other recreational organizations to provide internship and guest lecturer opportunities.
  • Serves as an advisor for students pursuing the certificate.
  • Oversees internships for students working in snowsports industries.
  • Conduct all required aspects of coaching the competitive ski program, likely to include administering the local league.
  • Manage budgets relating to trips, staff and equipment.
  • Work collaboratively with Mainely Outdoors and the Community Health Education and Recreation Department to increase learn to ski opportunities/recreational opportunities for UMF students and UMF community.
  • Explore opportunities to promote and deliver the program to students at other UMS campuses and/or other partners such as local academies and possibly HS students who meet the normal criteria for the “aspirations program” as appropriate.
  • Works collaboratively with the Alpine Operations Advisory Council to assess and advise development of the program. 
  • Coaching in practice/training and competition (instructing effective techniques/mechanics and developing & implementing appropriate aspirational team goals & strategies)
  • Coordination of all aspects of hosting invitational/home event races.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred or a combination of equivalent education and experience.
  • PSIA Level III certification or ability to attain within the next renewal opportunity.
  • Significant experience in the snowsports industry.
  • A demonstrated ability to teach and assess materials inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Must be collaborative and an effective communicator, both orally and written.
  • Must have adequate fitness and skills to perform on-mountain and outdoor work as needed within the curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in coaching competitive ski team.
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends as schedules demand.
  • Must maintain current certification in CPR and First Aid
  • Highly desirable to maintain a valid driver’s license, successfully pass driving record check and be confident and comfortable driving a passenger van as needed

Additional Information: Hiring is contingent upon the successful completion of a background and driving record check, verification of required degree and eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Instructions: Please e-mail the following required information documents (best when saved as pdfs and sent as attachments) to Administrative Assistant, Linda Blodgett at blodgett@maine.edu

  • Cover letter addressing: reason for interest in this position, teaching experience, your coaching philosophy, qualification highlights, and why you would be a good fit for UMF.
  • Resume
  • Current contact information for three professional references

Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.  To receive fullest consideration, applicant materials must be received by noon on Tuesday May 5th, 2015. The search will remain open until a successful candidate is identified.  To preserve the integrity of process, only complete applications e-mailed to blodgett@maine.edu will be considered. Direct questions to: Jim Toner, 207-778-7494, james.d.toner@maine.edu or Clyde Mitchell at clyde.mitchell@maine.edu

 

Alpine Operations Coordinator and Ski Coach

Primary Purpose of Position

This ten-month position coordinates the Alpine Operations certificate program and serves as coach for the ski teams. The individual will have teaching responsibility for introductory courses, as well as on-mountain ski instruction methods, and other courses not handled by other faculty within the program. The Alpine Operations Coordinator will work to maintain relationships with local recreation facilities to provide additional experiences for students and ensure internship and on-mountain opportunities persist. The Coordinator will also work on collaborations with Mainely Outdoors to help keep outdoor activities as a core element of the UMF experience.

 

Alpine Operations Coordinator and Ski Coach

Essential Duties

  1. Coordinates the Alpine Operations certificate program. This includes scheduling of classes, reserving hill space, managing applicable inventory and budget, and working with the Alpine Operations Council on direction and all aspects of program delivery.
  2. Teaches courses as assigned, particularly on-mountain and introductory courses.
  3. Coordinate and administer the local learn to ski program for area youth in collaboration with Titcomb mountain, by way of working with local paid/volunteer and alpine operation students in a manner that fosters continuity of this successful program and good rapport in the community.[1]
  4. a)  Assists and participates in the recruitment of students into the program as a standalone certificate and as an additional course of study for regular prospective students. b) Recruits prospective student-athletes to participate on the competitive ski team.1
  5. Maintains and establishes relationships with area mountains and other recreational organizations to provide internship and guest lecturer opportunities.
  6. Serves as an advisor for students pursuing the certificate.
  7. Oversees internships for students working in snowsports industries1.
  8. Conduct all required aspects of coaching the competitive ski program, likely to include administering the local league1.
  9. Work collaboratively with Mainely Outdoors and the Community Health Education and Recreation Department to increase learn to ski opportunities/recreational opportunities for UMF students and UMF community.
  10. Explore opportunities to promote and deliver the program to students at other UMS campuses and/or other partners such as local academies and possibly HS students who meet the normal criteria for the “aspirations program” as appropriate.
  11. Works collaboratively with the Alpine Operations Advisory Council to assess and advise development of the program.
  12. Manage budgets relating to trips, staff and equipment.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  1. Recruits, hires, trains, schedules, evaluates and supervises students who may be interns/employees, including but not limited to on-hill instructors.
  2. Recruits, hires, trains, schedules, evaluates and supervises specialty/assistant coaches[2].
  3. Supervising student athletes at practice, on road trips, and any other events and activities.2

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Director of the Fitness and Recreation Center

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Must possess a comprehensive understanding of the snowsport industry.
  2. Demonstrated ability to effectively instruct and coach employing sound pedagogy and methodology including on-hill and in classroom applications.
  3. Ability to guide development of an appropriate curriculum that meets industry and student needs.
  4. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with leaders in the snowsport industry, in particular, locally but also nationally and beyond.
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills and a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and others.
  6. Must be able to function cooperatively and productively as a member of a team and work independently with minimal supervision
  7. Must be highly organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work.
  8. Demonstrated interest and ability to effectively recruit and conduct all aspects of coaching a competitive ski team.
  9. Must possess a good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, general understanding of Google Apps and possess the interest and ability to quickly learn and implement new technologies such as various audiovisual presentation systems.

Qualifications

Required:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred or a combination of equivalent education and experience.
  2. PSIA Level III certification or ability to attain within the next renewal opportunity.
  3. Significant experience in the snowsports industry.
  4. A demonstrated ability to teach and assess materials inside and outside of the classroom.
  5. Must be collaborative and an effective communicator, both orally and written.
  6. Must have adequate fitness and skills to perform on-mountain and outdoor work as needed within the curriculum.
  7. Demonstrated ability and interest in coaching competitive ski team.
  8. Must be able to work nights and weekends as schedules demand.

 

[1] This portion of the job may fall away, change and be replaced with additional work or responsibilities when the program grows either in terms of enrollment or additional certification levels being added.

1 This portion of the job may fall away, change and be replaced with additional work or responsibilities when the program grows either in terms of enrollment or additional certification levels being added.

 

THE UNIVERSITY: Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, with historic and continued strength in teacher education and a contemporary role as Maine’s public liberal arts college, the University of Maine at Farmington offers undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, teacher education, and human services. A commitment to sustainability informs all facilities projects, including our LEED-certified Education Center, the Emery Community Arts Center, which opened in fall, 2011 and our 80 geothermal well field which came on-line fall, 2013. UMF has the highest graduation rates in the University of Maine System. UMF is a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which includes twenty-six public colleges and universities dedicated to the liberal arts tradition and quality undergraduate education. The Farmington area is rich in cultural offerings and recreational opportunities. The natural beauty of its mountains, lakes, woods, and streams draws people to the region. Please check out our home page at: www.umf.maine.edu.

NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE: The University of Maine at Farmington is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Kathleen Falco, Director of HR/Finance, 224 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938, (207) 778-7280; (207) 778-7000 TDD.

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