Job PostingsNewsLeavenworth Winter Sports Club Seeks Head Coach

FasterSkier FasterSkierSeptember 9, 2021

LWSC Mission Statement

Our purpose is to promote health, fitness, and fun through skiing and other winter sports by providing quality facilities, education, and activities to the community.

Nordic Team Mission Statement

Share the joy of skiing and an outdoor lifestyle within a supportive community.

Nordic Team Core Values

Together: Be inclusive.
Effort: Challenge yourself.
Attitude: Exhibit good sportsmanship.

Make it Fun!

NORDIC TEAM HEAD COACH JOB DESCRIPTION

Department: LWSC Nordic Team

Employment Dates: Year-round

Status: Part Time (750 – 1000 hours annually), non-exempt

Work Hours: Variable

Work Days: Weekdays and weekends

Work Locations: LWSC venues and offsite as required

Wage: $18-20 per hour

Reports To: LWSC General Manager & The Ski Education Director

 

Description Summary

This is an active coaching position whose focus is to set goals for the entire team, develop coaching programs and coordinate coaches across the program to ensure consistency of teaching and message across the program. This position also functions as Lead coach for the Senior group of Nordic skiers.

Ski-season practices are held primarily at LWSC facilities; however; during the early season, late season and in years with poor snow conditions practices may be held at the Stevens Nordic Center, Plain Valley Ski Trails or other venues as available.

Off-season practices may be held at a variety of locations, from Wenatchee (the “Loop”) to our LWSC multi-use trails and local hiking trails.

Essential Functions

  • Function as the Lead Coach of the Seniors group (grades 8-12) – including developing and leading training throughout the year.
  • Develop a dryland program for Seniors and Devos with assistance from the Devo Lead Coach and the Ski Education Director.
  • Coach Devos (grades 5-7) during the dryland season and occasionally during the winter to assist with their development and retention.
  • Develop training plans for skiers in all programs within the Nordic Team – including those who will be racing as well as non-racing Team skiers.
  • Identify different learning styles among your skiers and effectively demonstrate different teaching styles in response.
  • Identify ability levels of your skiers and adapt your teaching and demonstrations to your skiers’ developmental level and physical abilities.
  • Coordinate and schedule coaches and volunteers in the Seniors group.
  • Work with the Ski Education Director and Lead Coaches to hire coaches and assign to groups.
  • Coordinate Lead Coaches, provide annual training to all LWSC Nordic Team Coaches & be an available resource to coaches for ski technique and coaching related questions.
  • Host trainings for coaches, skiers and parents in waxing techniques.
  • Assist the Ski Education Director and Lead Coaches to schedule, organize and execute ‘game days’, such as the SkiSporten, where the entire Nordic Team can ski/ play together as a unit (at least once per year).
  • Work with the Ski Education Director on youth races and other events oriented to youth that the LWSC hosts. This could include overall organization, course layout, timing, race-day set-up and take-down, etc.
  • Coach at the Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races and at the Junior National race if elected to do so. Roles at these events include coach, communicator, and ski waxer.
  • Coach at the Washington Nordic Cup Races or delegate coaching duties to other LWSC Coaches.
  • Lead JNQ pre-race waxing nights to assist and guide skiers in waxing their skis.
  • Coach at Silverstar over Thanksgiving if enough interest is shown by LWSC skiers.
  • Assist the Ski Education Director with fundraising activities.
  • Work with the Ski Education Director on purchasing of equipment and supplies for the team.
  • Prepare weekly communications to Team parents and skiers and deliver via the LWSC website Team pages or other avenues as appropriate.
  • Maintain communications with the Ski Education Director concerning the Team and any issues that may arise.
  • Communicate with parents of your skiers concerning skier development or behavior, or relay those concerns to the Ski Education Director to work through any problems.
  • Attend PNSA meetings as the LWSC Coach Representative.
  • Attend LWSC Board Meetings or Youth Committee meetings as requested and at minimum, attend the annual LWSC Membership meeting – typically held in March.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for skiing.
  • Be an ambassador for LWSC to all Team skiers and their families.
  • Be a good example for the sport and industry by managing personal stress levels, having a positive attitude and communicating enthusiasm for learning.
  • Respond quickly and effectively to a wide variety of situations including possible emergencies while maintaining composure and keeping your skiers and fellow coaches calm.
  • Aid in Team orders of jackets, race suits, waxes and other items as necessary.
  • Be willing to take on other Team duties as necessary.

Experience / Requirements

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing and able to transport skiers in a team van.
  • Must have current SafeSport certification or the equivalent (in the case of school employees).
  • Must maintain US Ski and Snowboard Coach Certification at a minimum of Level 200.
  • Must be skilled in skate and Classic techniques and be able to demonstrate those skills to your skiers.
  • Must be knowledgeable of both glide and kick waxes and be proficient in wax application, including for race situations.
  • Must be able to assess the techniques of your skiers and aid them in improving their technique.
  • Must be organized, able to adapt to changing situations and be able to maintain composure and professionalism in uncomfortable situations.
  • Must have strong communication skills, motivational skills and interpersonal skills.Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to stand on skis for extended periods, run, reach, walk, bend and stoop.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend terrain and navigate uneven and or slippery terrain on foot and on skis.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to tolerate cold temperatures, at times below 0° F. However, practices will likely be canceled if temperatures go below 5° F (at least for the younger skiers).
  • Must be able to tolerate hot temperatures, at times nearing 100° F. However, practices will likely be held during early hours of the day during summer months to minimize exercising in the heat of the day.

Working Conditions

• The nature of this position requires working outdoors, sometimes in adverse conditions.

Attendance

• Must make a strong effort to attend all scheduled practices. If you are unable to make a practice session you need to find a suitable substitute coach (SafeSport or equivalent is required, even of parents or other volunteers).

Reimbursements/ Compensation:

  • You will be reimbursed annually by the LWSC Nordic Team for your US Ski & Snowboard membership & SafeSport certification.
  • You will be reimbursed by the LWSC Nordic Team for the cost of any Ski Education Director approved coach trainings (lodging and mileage included; pre-approval required). Please be cognizant of expenses and try to minimize and/or share costs with other coaches when possible.
  • You will be reimbursed by the LWSC Nordic Team for lodging and travel to races in which you perform an active coaching role. Please be cognizant of expenses and try to minimize/ share costs with other coaches or Team families when possible.
  • The LWSC will reimburse the Head Coach the equivalent of an individual LWSC season pass.
  • The LWSC may offer additional benefits, to be determined annually by the General Manager and the LWSC Board of Directors.This is only a partial list of the Essential Functions, Experience, Requirements and Working Conditions.

Please send a statement of interest along with your resume to info@skileaevenworth.com.

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