Assistant Men's & Women's XC Ski Coach

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Classification:Athletics Coach 2
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Advancement & Outreach
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Athletics

Position Summary: The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position of the Assistant Men's and Women's Nordic Ski Coach. The nationally competitive Nanook ski team competes in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association. The Alaska Nanook athletic program is a multidivisional member of the NCAA, with 10 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels.


Knowledge of equipment related issues (wax, stone grinding, ski selection), technique, nutrition, sports science (physiology, bio-mechanics), training methods, NCAA rules, health, computers, and sports psychology.

Ability to coach classical and skating ski technique.

Ability to develop strength and endurance training plans.

Ability to demonstrate proper lifting technique and ski technique.

Ability to choose and apply ski wax in all conditions.

Required Experience:

A successful Assistant Coach will have a minimum of 3 years experience as a high level cross country ski athlete, preferably from a major college program or comparable program. In lieu of elite level athletic experience a successful Assistant Coach would need demonstrated past success in a coaching role of a collegiate program.

Typical Education or Training:

A Bachelor's Degree and successful relevant coaching experience is required.  It is hoped that the Assistant Coach will have earned their degree while participating as an athlete at their institution.

Other special skills/knowledge needed for this position:

Excellent physical condition, knowledge of sports science, knowledge of technique specific to skiing, knowledge of weight training techniques for endurance athletes, ability to operate a van in a variety of road conditions safely, knowledge of the latest ski waxing and stone grinding techniques (including the applications of hard waxes, klister, fluoro, and all paraffin waxes), ability to represent the program well to the public, knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to FIS, USSA, and/or NCAA competitions. Extensive traveling for competitions and recruiting is required.

Must be able to lift heavy wax boxes, travel for up to four weeks at one time, be able to drive all types of rental vehicles including large vans and trucks.
Must be able to stay up late and rise early for waxing and race-day preparation.  

The Assistant Coach will often make decisions with regards to the athlete's training, in the absence of the Head Coach, after consultation with the athlete.
The Assistant Coach plays a lead role in developing and implementing recruiting strategies.
Development and implementation of strength training plans.
Monitoring and compliance with NCAA rules regarding seasons, practice schedules, and competitions.
Technique teaching/correction during practices.
Waxing for practices and races.  

This position has no real peer position in the UAF athletic department. The assistant is one of two coaches for two teams and one of two coaches at UAF that must coach both men and women (rifle being the other). The assistant coach has the important task of acting as liaison between players, head coach, booster club members, Athletic Department staff and other coaches as well as assisting student-athletes with academic concerns. The assistant coach is a teacher, an advisor, a confidant, a recruiter, an event-coordinator, a travel agent, a banker, a motivator, a fundraiser, an emergency care provider, and so much more.  

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position:

Assistant Coach with 4 or more years of coaching experience. High degree of computer literacy, and demonstrated experience as an athlete and/or coach in an elite level collegiate ski program.
Knowledge of U.S. high school cross country and skiing.
Knowledge of USSA skiing and USSA and FIS points and race scoring.
Knowledge of travel in Mountain West.
Previous collegiate coaching experience at a National Collegiate Athletic Association member institution.  

This is a Grade 79; minimum starting pay $25.82.

Application Review Date:  Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on June 21, 2017 to be considered.  Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Special instructions to applicants:

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

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2017 and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

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

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action:

The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to:

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.


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10Public Relations/Community Outreach: Take a major 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. Represent UAF at Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks events. Teach clinics to public in rural Alaska. Provide information for the local skiing and running community.Essential
15Recruiting: Determine where and when to travel to locations across the country as well as deciding who to recruit and provide scholarship offers to. Take a decisive role in planning and recruiting travel and monitor costs and expenditures. Develop and implement recruiting strategies. Annually pass NCAA Division II recruiting certification exam. Evaluate prospective student-athletes within NCAA rules. Take the lead role in 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. Represent the University of Alaska Fairbanks professionally during recruiting trips. Fulfill requirements of the NCAA''s Compliance Assistant Internet program. Identify prospective student-athletes and plan, organize and implement official visits.Essential
20Academic Administration: Guide and promote academic success of student-athletes including their individual degree requirements, helping them determine a plan that balances the rigors of playing a competitive NCAA sport and being successful in the classroom. Monitor academic progress of individual players, 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. Monitor student-athlete study table and work with academic advisors, professors, and the NCAA compliance coordinator to ensure NCAA progress toward degree requirements are fulfilled.Essential
20Travel: Direct oversight of student-athletes when head coach is away. Ensure student athletes safety, health and well-being during travel time. Plan and prepare fundraisers, races, and other events. Arrange, organize and implement all transportation, lodging, meals, and all other logistics associated with away meets.Essential
35Coaching: One of two coaches for two teams. When head coach is on the road for recruiting, etc., the assistant coach is solely responsible for designing and implementing practice and solely responsible for the well being of all student-athletes. With the assistance of both the Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Athletic Trainer, design and implement physical training and conditioning program to reduce the occurrence of injuries and improve performance. Interpret and apply UAF, RMISA and NCAA Division II rules and regulations at all times. Oversight of practice hours to remain compliant with NCAA Division II standards. Instruct and evaluate the performance of current student-athletes. Communicate and work closely with UAF Athletic training, Sports Information, Marketing, Business Office, Student Recreation Center, Facilities and Equipment, and other university staff as needed. Administer practice sessions, giving training and technique advice, timing, video taping, and providing video analysis to student-athletes. The assistant coach will assist the head coach with coaching cross country running, as assigned.Essential

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