Bridger Ski Foundation seeks Nordic Development Program Head Coach –

job description

Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit ski organization located in the ideal outdoor adventure town of Bozeman, Montana. BSF provides and funds educational and competitive programs for all ages, year round, in Nordic, Alpine and Freestyle/Freeskiing. BSF works with over 800 Nordic ski athletes of all ages each year, focusing on inspiring a love of skiing, athletic excellence and personal growth. BSF also maintains an incredible network of community trails with free public access at six sites in Bozeman.

Job Overview

The Development Program Head Coach works with the Nordic Program Director and Development Program Coordinator to develop, implement and manage the Nordic ski program for athletes ages 9-15. In conjunction with the Program Coordinator, the Head Coach assists with the management and training of all Development Program coaches, weekly communications with parents, and additional program coordination duties. Additionally, the Development Program Head Coach is the lead coach for the Devo Progressive Team (the bridge between the Devo and Comp teams) and works closely with the Competitive Team coaches to plan and run weekly workouts, training camps, races and other events as required.

Ideal candidates are passionate about sustainable and holistic athletic development, have previous Nordic ski racing experience, and are inspired to teach life skills through sport.


Program development

  • Develop curricula, training plans and lesson plans that adhere to the USSS LTAD framework for development program athletes Develop and maintain coaching resources and manuals to improve practices
  • Help organize coaching development and education opportunities


  • Create weekly newsletters with practice plans for parents and community stakeholders as part of the development program
  • Assist the Program Coordinator with weekly communications with coaches, parents and athletes as needed via email, phone calls and TeamReach correspondence

Coaching Directorate

  • Serve as Devo Progressive’s head coach; develop and execute weekly training plans
  • Assist in the weekly planning of the competition team


  • Drive extra-curricular shuttles in a 12-passenger Sprinter van
  • Drive shuttles to training camps and races for up to 8-10 hours at a time (common destinations include Jackson, WY; Sun Valley, ID; McCall, ID; Park City, UT).


  • Assist in the planning of BSF events including training camps and races
  • Assist with waxing tasks as needed

Essential Skills, Knowledge, Abilities and Background

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Favorite Nordic running experience
  • Passion around BSF’s mission and values
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Strong managerial, administrative and organizational skills
  • Strong work ethic, willingness and ability to work long hours during race weekends and camps
  • Proven ability to plan, facilitate and adapt work structure
  • Thorough knowledge of Nordic training and technique
  • Basic Nordic waxing knowledge and preferred equipment
  • Computer proficiency in Google Suite (including Google Sheets) and ability to learn Constant Contact and SkiClubPro software

Training requirements

To be eligible to coach in the 2022/23 BSF season, you must complete the following:

American Ski and Snowboard Coaching Certificate

Core online training modules that cover a variety of training concepts for the sport specific aspects of skiing. Must pass a final online exam to complete the certification program. The cost is $135 with a $10 north division fee, which BSF will reimburse.

US Ski and Snowboard Level 100

Online modules and on-snow training that cover a variety of training concepts to the sport-specific aspects of Nordic skiing. Must pass a final online exam to complete the certification program, including a training basics course.

SafeSport Online Training

Required as part of the coaching certificate process. Series of online modules that train coaches to recognize and reduce misconduct in sport.

CPR and first aid training

If you are certified, please send a photocopy of your certification to Andrew Morehouse, BSF Nordic Program Director. BSF will offer a free first aid and CPR course for coaches during the 2022/23 season.

Availability conditions

The BSF season runs from June 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Additional work opportunities are available for interested coaches off-season from April 1 to May 31. The development program meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Athletes meet from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the summer, 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. weekends in the fall and winter.

Between participation in practices and planning tasks, the Development Program Head Coach should schedule approximately 20-30 hours/week of work. Travel and race weeks will require more hours of work; coaches are encouraged to take time off throughout the season to balance overtime.

Equipment and equipment

The Development Program Head Coach is expected to show up prepared with the appropriate clothing, gear, and first aid equipment. Workouts aren’t the time for you to work out, so keep in mind that you’ll need to bring multiple layers and dress warmer than you think.

At each practice, coaches should have:

  • A fully charged and accessible cell phone with the ringer turned on at full volume
  • Water and snacks for personal use
  • A fanny pack or backpack to carry first aid kits, emergency group contact details, etc.

BSF will provide first aid kits and any necessary equipment for backcountry (eg bear spray) or training (eg cones, balls, etc.).

BSF will provide additional uniforms and access to professional offers for the purchase of Nordic skiing and training clothing and equipment. Coaches are required to provide their own:

  • Nordic ski equipment (skate and classic)
  • Running shoes
  • Mountain bike (hardtail or hardtail will work well)
  • Helmet, sunglasses and other personal protective equipment
  • Roller skis preferred (BSF has additional roller skis to borrow if needed)

Compensation and Benefits

June 1 – August 31, 2022: $18-22/hour DOE

September 1 to March 31, 2022: $2,000 – $2,500/month depending on experience

This position is hourly throughout the summer and will transition to salary during the fall/winter and may be eligible for benefits after the first season.

To apply

Send a resume and cover letter outlining your values ​​and coaching philosophy to Nordic Program Director Andrew Morehouse ([email protected]).

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