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Missoula Ski Education Foundation

Head Coach

This is a 6-8-month position. Length of season negotiable, salary dependent on experience.

The Head Coach (HC) acts as the intermediary between the Missoula Ski Education Foundation (MSEF) board of directors, coaches, athletes, parents, and volunteers to develop and maintain the teaching or coaching aspect of MSEF.  The HC role is at the forefront of the MSEF, and the HC must act as the spokesperson for MSEF to the Northern Division, Western Region, and USSA.  The primary focus of this job is to create a teaching program that meets the needs of all MSEF programs, consistent with the MSEF뭩 mission statement:  

MSEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of skiing by providing quality alpine ski race training and competitive opportunities for young Western Montana skiers.  MSEF strives to create, in order of importance

  1. Good People
  2. A lifelong love for skiing
  3. Good/Technical skiers.

Furthermore, the HC must possess the proper clerical and computer skills needed to keep a high level of organization, communication, and professionalism for MSEF.  The candidate for this position must accompany a progressive attitude with the best interest of the future of MSEF in mind. This is to include providing the appropriate materials and resources needed to keep the MSEF coaching staff up-to-date with the most modern ski training equipment and ideas.  And simultaneously, encourage the coaches to engage in innovative ways to teach the fundamentals of ski racing.  This means to think out-of-the-box and not to be limited to the USSA Alpine Fundamentals Progression.

Specific Responsibilities of the Head Coach

  • Communication and relationship building
  • Communicate effectively with the Coaches, Program Director & the MSEF President.
  • Direct and oversee the coaches of the YSL, MST, Freeride team, and the Griz Program
  • Communicate effectively with athletes and parents regarding USSA registration, event specific gear requirements and make the schedule  
  • Build relationships with athletes, parents and coaches at all levels.
  • Attend Board Meetings.

Coaching & Program Support

  • Have knowledge of MSEF 2018/2019 Operating Budget.
  • Manage activities within 2018/2019 Operating Budget.
  • Establish and confirm coaching staff and organization for 2018/2019 season.
  • Establish preseason meetings and provide coaching staff with educational material and access to videos, articles and blogs to keep them learning and up to date.
  • Ensure staff meet certification requirements - provide clinics and training where needed.
  • Ensure all coaches have their level 100 (first aid and CPR), complete SafeSport training, and attend coaches clinic.
  • Establish and confirm staff race duties.  
  • Head coach must put the race on and ensure the race is run successfully.
  • Coaches Code of Conduct - alcohol/substance and sexual harassment policies.
  • Assist board in creating a Parent Code of Conduct.
  • Assist Program Manager with registration of athletes.
  • Create detailed coaching/training plan and goals for coaches and athletes. Ensure athletes have an opportunity to attend a FIS sanctioned competition.
  • Develop/create/revise athlete code of conduct.
  • Attend Northern Division meetings w/ Board Member. Facilitate Northern Division scheduling
  • Schedule and run seasonal dryland training and camp.
  • Schedule and Organize Thanksgiving camp and other pre-season training opportunities. I.e.; other area ski venues like Salt Lake City, Discovery Mountain, Look Out Pass, and Lost Trail Mountain.
  • Organize Christmas Camp - Training most days except December 25th.
  • Provide GST, YSL, and MST coaching clinic. Provide team building opportunities for all coaching staff, including the coaches party.
  • Provide afternoon and/or night training sessions.
  • Seek training opportunities at other regional areas. Specifically, speed training and GS training opportunities at Big Sky Ski area, Discovery Ski Mountain, and or Blacktail Mountain.
  • Provide regular training schedule weekly.
  • Goal Setting and tuning clinics as required for athletes and parents.
  • Update and edit MSEF website.
  • Provide club with avalanche training and education.
  • Manage and help further develop Freeride coach and team.
  • Ensure coaching staff, and overall wellbeing of Freeride team. This includes trampoline sessions, dryland training, summer camps, competitions, avalanche training, etc.
  • Ensure that the Freeride coach has IFSA certification.
  • While fundraising is primarily the responsibility of the Board of Directors, the HC will support such efforts with communication, presence at events, and assisting in dispersing raffle tickets and gathering money.

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Montana Snowbowl

  • Foster excellent working relations with Snowbowl.
  • Provide Snowbowl with general season schedule.
  • Secure training space, specific dates, and race dates.

Equipment Management

  • Provide MSEF gear/equipment inventory list at beginning and end of season.
  • Equipment - Start bag, tuning gear, gates, and safety items.
  • Maintain functional radio and video equipment.
  • Organize and maintain race shack and yurt at Snowbowl.
  • Oversee storage and proper maintenance of team equipment.
  • Assure proper tuning gear and supplies.

Race Organization

  • Make sure teams leave for races with all necessities.
  • Tuning kit, start bag, radios, video cameras and necessary charging devices,
  • registration packets, and checks.
  • Work with MSEF program manager to prepare for travel.

End of Season

  • Oversee final evaluation with each athlete and parent.   
  • Provide continuity and follow through with goal setting.
  • Request a coach evaluation from athlete and parent.
  • Provide an end of season self-evaluation, noting changes for next season.
  • Prepare a recommended off-season schedule: Provide summer camp options and training.
  • Hold awards banquet and work with coaches to choose recipients.

Discovery Ski Team

Race Coach

The Discovery Ski Education Foundation (DSEF), a member club of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Division, is currently accepting resumes for the Race Coach Position.

  • Prefer candidates with prior racing and coaching U8-U16 experience.  Candidates should hold a U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaching license and race official credentials, or show the ability to get those credentials by fall of 2014.  Candidates should have good communication and strong leadership skills.  

  • Coach responsibilities include mentoring athlete development, coordinating training and racing schedules, communicating with athletes and parents, and leading, administering and building the race programs.

  • Candidates must also be willing to travel.

DSEF has a long history of developing junior athletes that successfully compete at the divisional and regional levels.  The race and learn to race programs has approximately U8 U16 athletes with a strong parent and volunteer support base.

Interested applicants should forward their resume/bio, including:  years coaching; number of years skiing, and any special qualifications or certifications.  Please submit your cover letter and resume by September 15, 2014.  For questions, please contact Jennifer Williamson at paigeandmax@msn.com or 406-218-8273.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Openings

High Performance Coordinator

High Performance Coordinator (Certified COE & High Performance Club Partnership), High Performance Department, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Main Attributes:

  • Masters degree in Sport Science, Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, Athletic Training or related subject.
  • Minimum 5 years experience working with elite/future elite athletes (ideally within a skiing and/or snowboarding context).
  • Knowledge and experience of setting up/running world class sports training/rehabilitation facility and programs.
  • Excellent knowledge of international best practices in athlete development
  • Proven experience of leading change within sporting environments.
  • A motivation and drive to make a system-wide impact.
  • Ability to travel extensively, including extended stays in Lake Tahoe, CA (total travel expected to be 60-100 days a year).

Position Summary:

    As a result of a unique collaboration between U.S. Ski and Snowboard and Barton Health, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has an opening for an exceptional individual to fill the role of High Performance Coordinator (Certified Center Of Excellence & High Performance Club Partnerships), within U.S. Ski & Snowboard's High Performance team.

    This innovative role will serve two primary functions:

Certified Center Of Excellence (COE) Coordinator to Barton Health (~50%)

  1. Lead the development of a comprehensive criteria and evaluation process for the establishment of a 밬.S. Ski & Snowboard Certified COE designation
  2. Learn, develop and document U.S. Ski & Snowboard뭩 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).
  3. Work with Barton Health뭩 COE project administrative team to translate those U.S. Ski & Snowboard COE standard operating procedures into effective work practices at Barton Health뭩 COE.
  4. Assist, support and mentor Barton Health뭩 COE staff in all aspects of U.S. Ski & Snowboard뭩 COE operations.
  5. Travel to Barton Health in a Lake Tahoe, a minimum of 40 days a year (more travel may be be required)
  6. Conduct professional development sessions for Barton Health뭩 COE rehabilitation and performance staff.
  7. Comply with Barton policies for dress, conduct and identification in a Barton facility, and at Barton뭩 request complete a one-day orientation program tailored for non-Barton personnel who perform services in the COE or other Barton facilities.

High Performance Club Partnership Program (~50%)

  1. Work closely with U.S. Ski & Snowboard"s High Performance Director, Director of Sport Education, Club Development Manager and other U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff, lead the creation of a High Performance Club Partnership Program
  2. Develop and lead a High Performance Club Partnership steering group, consisting of Gold/Silver club coaches/executives, U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff and relevant subject matter experts, to shape a world leading programs in athlete development
  3. Develop and manage online and in person, communication and collaboration platforms between U.S. Ski & Snowboard and High Performance Partnership clubs
  4. Ensure best practices from within skiing and snowboarding (and across the whole of sport), are translated and applied to U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Partnership clubs and academies
  5. Lead in the development, education and monitoring of a national physical fitness assessment

Contract Length:

    3 years (Oct 2016 2019) in the first instance, renewable depending on extension of sponsorship contract


  • Co-supervises high performance club staff
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Specialists (as added)


    Primary - U.S. Ski & Snowboard's High Performance Director

    Secondary Barton Health COE Administrative Director

Additional Info




Please submit resume to HumanResources@ussa.org no later than: 
Open until filled.




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