University of Alaska Fairbanks Seeks Assistant Men’s & Women’s XC Ski Coach

FasterSkierApril 13, 2022


The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Women’s & Men’s Nordic Ski Coach. The Alaska Nanook athletic program is a multidivisional member of the NCAA, with 10 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels. This is a 11 month position located on the UAF campus.

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Public Relations/Community Outreach: Run the Teams’ social media in a professional, representative and engaging manner. Take a strong role with fundraising, community outreach programs and club activities to promote men’s and women’s skiing as an integral part of the community and the University. Plan and prepare fundraisers, races, and other events. Spearhead volunteering activities to teach clinics to the public in Alaska. Provide information for the local skiing community.
Recruiting: Assist the head coach to determine where to scout and decide who to recruit and provide scholarship offers to. Develop and implement recruiting strategies for the US recruiting. Annually pass NCAA Division II recruiting certification exams. Partake on ensuring compliance with all rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University. Search, select and recruit highly skilled prospective student-athletes. Foster strong relationships with coaches on all levels, especially high school and club coaches within the U.S., Canada and Europe. Identify prospective student-athletes and plan, organize and implement official visits.
Equipment and Supplies: Periodically review wax and wax tools supplies to keep up with reorders. Follow the newest wax and wax tools development to keep the supplies up to par with high performance standards. Communicate with student-athletes about their gear needs. Foster positive relationships with suppliers. Support Head Coach to create the winning race day support.
Travel: Oversight of student-athletes during travel. Ensure student-athletes’ safety, health and well-being during travel time. Arrange, organize and implement transportation, lodging, meals, race registration and all other logistics associated with away meets.
Coaching: One of two coaches for Women’s and Men’s Ski Teams. Instruct and support day to day training sessions with minimal needed supervision of the Head Coach. Evaluate the performance of current student-athletes, giving training and technique advice, timing, video taping, and providing video analysis to student-athletes. With the assistance of both the Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Athletic Trainer, design and implement strength conditioning programs to reduce the occurrence of injuries and improve power performance. Oversight of practice hours to remain compliant with NCAA Division II standards. Interpret and apply UAF, RMISA and NCAA Division II rules and regulations at all times.
Academic Administration: Guide and promote academic success of student-athletes including their individual degree requirements, helping them determine a plan that balances the rigors of doing a competitive NCAA sport and being successful in the classroom. Monitor academic progress of individual athletes, assessing their needs and assigning tutors to assist them in fulfilling those educational requirements. Serve as a mentor to the student-athlete to insure graduation. All professional efforts must demonstrate and foster an environment of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Work with academic advisors, professors, and the NCAA compliance coordinator to ensure NCAA progress toward degree requirements are fulfilled.
Internal Relations Communicate with UAF Athletic training, Sports Information, Marketing, Business Office, Student Recreation Center, Facilities and Equipment, and other university staff as needed.


  • Knowledge of ski techniques, physiology, basic physics, ski waxing and ski selection, nutrition, and sports psychology.
  • Ability to coach classical and skating ski technique.
  • Ability to cooperate on development of strength training plans.
  • Ability to demonstrate very strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of flexibility and adjustability.
  • Ability to problem-solve in a high-stress setting.
  • Ability to cooperate on choosing and applying ski wax for college and national level of racing.
  • Willingness to keep up with the newest ski waxing trends and to learn new application processes.
  • Willingness to keep developing a coaching knowledge through US Ski and Snowboard certifications.



A successful Assistant Coach will have a minimum of 3 years experience as a high level cross country ski athlete, preferably from a college program setting or comparable program. Past experience in coaching junior or higher level of adult skiers preferred.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required.
  • It is hoped that the Assistant Coach will have earned their degree while participating as an athlete at their institution.
  • Cross country ski racing experience.
  • B.A. or B.S. in Physiology, Biology, Physics or similar equivalent experience is welcomed, but other majors are not excluded. USSS Coaches education L-100, or equivalent is preferred.
  • This position will provide further ski and NCAA related education.

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 11-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes excellent benefits including retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Review Date:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on May 09, 2022.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire’s start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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