Northern Michigan University Seeking Head Coach

FasterSkierApril 24, 2021

Northern Michigan University is seeking applications for a Head Coach for Nordic Skiing. The positions will direct, organize, coach and administer the men’s and women’s Nordic skiing program.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. NCAA learning portal proficiency, or pass within one month of hire. Possess a current CPR certification or have the ability to obtain upon hire. Demonstrated successful Nordic skiing coaching experience as a head coach or an assistant coach at the professional level, NCAA Division I, II or III level or as a head coach at a junior college, elite club or high school level. Demonstrated commitment to the academic success of student-athletes. No prior involvement with NCAA major rules violations. On- and off-campus recruitment of student athletes.

Required knowledge/skills/abilities: Education and Training-Understanding NCAA bylaws. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management-Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Instructing- Teaching others how to do something. Oral and Written Communication-Active listening, speaking, and writing which ensures comprehension and understanding in both the speaker and target audience. Time Management-Managing one’s own time and the time of others. Social Perceptiveness-Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do. Coordination-Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions. Monitoring- Monitoring/assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Critical Thinking-Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. The ability to organize effectively. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The ability to come up with unusual or original ideas about a given topic or

situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to establish a good rapport and effective working relationship with student athletes, coaches, assistant coaches, administrators, college faculty and staff, alumni, professional colleagues, and the general public. The ability to actively look for ways to help people. Expertise with video editing systems. The ability to work effectively under stressful and high-pressure situations. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

The position is variable shift/variable days depending upon playing schedule, recruiting demands and department events. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Northern Michigan University, with 7,900 students and 177 degree programs, is located along the shore of Lake Superior in the vibrant, historic city of Marquette, consistently named a top

spot in the nation to raise a family, vacation, and enjoy an excellent quality of life. See more at For a summary of the benefits offered by Northern Michigan University, visit and under summary of benefits, select administrative professional.

Submit NMU staff application, cover letter and resume utilizing our on-line application process by accessing All required application materials must be submitted electronically by May 6, 2021.

NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff.

Ian Torchia (1) on the shoulders of Northern Michigan University Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim after he won the men’s 20-kilometer freestyle race at 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)


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