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 Intercollegiate Athletics
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Athletics

Position Summary:

The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Men's & Women's XCNordic Ski Coach. The Alaska Nanook athletic program is a multi-divisionalmultidivisional member of the NCAA, with 10 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels. This is a 9 month position located on the UAF campus.


10Public Relations/Community Outreach: Take a 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 the public in rural Alaska. Provide information for the local skiing community.Essential
15Recruiting: 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.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 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. 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: Oversight of student-athletes during travel. Ensure student athletes’ safety, health and well-being during travel time. Plan and prepare fundraisers, races, and other events. Arrange, organize and implement transportation, lodging, meals, and all other logistics associated with away meets.Essential
35Coaching: One of two coaches for two teams. With the assistance of both the Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Athletic Trainer, design and implement physical training and conditioning programs 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.Essential


  • Knowledge of equipment related issues (wax, stone grinding, and 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 year’s 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, and 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.  

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.  

Other Information

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.  

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.  This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on July 2, 2021.  To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 7/1/2021.

Term Position:

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


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

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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