Professional Position Announcement

University of Maine at Farmington

Part-time Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboarding

Job Description: Applications are invited for the position of Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboarding teams. The University of Maine Farmington is an NCAA Division III institution (North Atlantic Conference), and sponsors 12 NCAA sports plus USCSA ski and snowboarding.  Additional program information can be found at www.athletics.umf.maine.edu.

Salary range: $10,000

Duration: This position is part-time temporary with variable schedules to accommodate year-round recruiting and mentorship of student-athletes, as well as traditional/non-traditional seasons, fundraising and administrative responsibilities.

Required availability: It is critical that applicants personal/other work schedule allow them adequate time and flexibility to conduct all the responsibilities below and in particular to be present and conducting virtually all training sessions and competitions.

Dry land training begins in the fall and can be both indoor/outdoor. An October out-of-state day trip for a required member meeting. The ability to run a coach supervised training camp in Dec./Jan. is expected and possible early/preseason races in December is desirable. The team practices daily during daylight hours at Titcomb Mt, with occasional sessions at SUGARLOAF USA and competes on the weekends, primarily in Maine, Jan.-Feb. Nationals, should the team/individuals qualify and be authorized to attend, are a week long and require coach availability for the duration.

General responsibilities include:

  • Directing all aspects of the coaching and management of the ski and snowboarding program.
  • Recruiting talented and academically qualified and motivated student-athletes.
  • Leading and managing participants resulting in commitment, pride and competitiveness.
  • Coaching in games and practices (scouting, developing & implementing goals & strategies).
  • Managing the team budget, fundraising, alumni development, equipment and inventory, as authorized.
  • Coordinating the team strength and conditioning program.
  • Supporting academic & personal development of all student-athletes.
  • Hiring (as authorized) and supervising a part-time assistant coach.
  • Engaged and contributing member of the athletics department.

Requires the ability to negotiate training time at local venues, set training/race gates that meet safe standards and to coordinate a race schedule and staff racing/competitive events for Alpine/Nordic and to coordinate competitive training, supervision and competitive opportunities for snowboard athletes. Historically, the head coach has also managed the in-state Reynolds Division and Nordic League.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and relevant certifications, plus coaching experience is desired or a strong case made for comparable professional coaching/instructional experience in the sport applied for will be considered.
  • A minimum of three years coaching experience is desired, preferably at the collegiate level. Experience coaching NCAA Division III/USCSA teams as a fully engaged assistant and/or head coach is preferred.
  • Competitive collegiate playing experience is also desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed with recruitment of qualified & talented prospective student-athletes.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire student-athletes to develop to their fullest potential.
  • Strong commitment to the overall development of the student-athlete, department & University mission.
  • Consistent high level of integrity and personal conduct.
  • Outstanding work ethic and professional judgment.
  • Demonstrated coaching success, effective ability to teach sport, through sport and about sport coaching.
  • Knowledge of & commitment to NCAA Division III philosophy and USCSA rules & regulations as well as UMF policies.
  • Outstanding skills in oral and written communication.
  • Good organizational ability, ability to manage funds, long and short term goals and computer competency.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to successfully pass driving record check. Must be appropriately confident, rested and comfortable driving passenger vans as needed.
  • Ability to recruit, train, mentor/supervise and to work well with part-time assistant(s) paid/volunteer.
  • Ability to follow directions and complete administrative tasks in a timely fashion (including, but not limited to, proposing schedules and preparing budgets and managing funds according to all applicable policies.)
  • Ability to interface well with multiple constituencies: colleagues, all faculty, staff, administration, alumni, parents, opponents, officials, sponsors and community members.
  • Must maintain current certification in CPR and First Aid (we provide on-site training).
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States.

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

Application Instructions: Please email the following required information documents (best when saved as .pdf’s and sent as attachments) to Administrative Specialist CL2, Wendy Harvey at wendy.harvey@maine.edu.

  • Cover letter: Please address your 1) reason for interest in our position, 2) your coaching philosophy,         3) qualification highlights, 4) why you would be a good fit for athletics at UMF and 5) how you would contribute to the mission of the University in this role.
  • Current applicable resume.
  • Current contact information for three available professional references (direct supervisors are preferred).

Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. The search will remain open until a successful candidate is identified. To preserve the integrity of process, only complete applications emailed to wendy.harvey@maine.edu will be considered.

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 will come on-line fall, 2013. UMF has the highest graduation rates in the University of Maine System, has been named as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by US News and World Report for sixteen consecutive years, and has been recognized nationally for high levels of student engagement as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement. The campus culture has been described as one of “positive restlessness.” 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 does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. 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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