Website Stratton Mountain Resort

Race Program Manager

ABOUT ALTERRA MOUNTAIN COMPANY

Alterra Mountain Company is a community of 15 iconic year-round destinations, including the world’s largest Heli-Ski operation. The company owns and operates a range of recreation, hospitality, real-estate development, food and beverage and retail businesses. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado with destinations across the continent, we are rooted in the spirit of the mountains and united by a passion for outdoor adventure. Alterra Mountain Company’s family of diverse playgrounds spans five U.S. states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Deer Valley in Utah; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Solitude in Utah and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. We honor each destination’s unique character and authenticity and celebrate the legendary adventures and enduring memories they bring to everyone.

RESORT OVERVIEW AND CULTURE

Stratton was established in 1961 and expanded rapidly into one of Vermont’s largest ski areas. Stratton sits at 3,875 feet and offers a beautiful view of the Green Mountains. Its ski area covers 670 acres and includes 97 ski trails for the enjoyment of skiers and snowboarders of all levels. One of the most powerful snowmaking systems in Southern Vermont, Stratton has snow guns on 93% of the mountain allowing us to offer impeccable snow conditions. Stratton has an average annual snowfall of 180 inches (460 cm). Stratton also ranks in the top 10 (SKI Magazine) for snow, grooming, lifts, terrain parks, service, lodging, dining, on-mountain food, après and nightlife.
At Stratton, we are a team of people who work extremely hard and take our jobs very seriously, without forgetting how to laugh and have fun. We choose people that display the talent and attitude that exemplify the high level of service our guests expect and deserve.
We are committed to creating a positive environment that is open and friendly for guest and employee alike. We strive to deliver a rewarding and enduring employee experience because happy, excited, highly motivated, loyal and productive employees are the secret to achieving our strategic goals, which create value for you, for our guests and for Alterra Mountain Resort.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Race Programs Manager will provide leadership, direction, coordination and guidance in developing and achieving Race program goals and objectives. This position reports directly to the Director Mountain Sports School and requires working well within a team environment with all other departments. Oversight of all program coaching methods & practices, curriculum development and execution, management of all Race program financials, and program related coaches, athlete and parent issues.
Provide a progressive, cutting edge on snow training program using the most current and up-to-date coaching philosophies and techniques in accordance with USSA coaching philosophies to develop a motivated and talented athlete base. Will directly coach athletes in an enthusiastic and effective manner that helps the participants set and achieve goals in advanced skiing technique and competition that inspires life-long enjoyment in sport.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s Degree. USSA licensed coach. Possess a current CPR certification or have the ability to obtain upon hire. Demonstrated successful alpine ski coaching experience as a head coach or an assistant coach at the professional level, or as a head coach at a junior college, elite club or high school level.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

• Lead, motivate, train, develop and manage race head coaches, coaching staff & event crews.
• Recruit, organize and manage program coaching staff including the scheduling, performance planning
and evaluations.
• Develop a plan that builds a strong program that creates smart growth through consideration of our stakeholders (internal & external), that continues to be a positive program in the Stratton Mountain Community.
• Maintain proficient understanding of legal and risk management issues as directed by the Director and industry.
• Provide communication of appropriate information to staff for implementation.
• Develop and administer a safety program delivering the highest safety standards for athletes, coaches
and resort guests in all training and race environments.
• Prepare and manage to current fiscal budget metrics and targets.
• Pro-actively manage labor and expenses, identifying opportunities and correcting irregularities.
• Maintain a strong athlete/parent relationship and employee engagement programs that ensure satisfaction remains at the highest level possible. Communicating effectively with parents, athletes and coaches.
• Prepare and implement technical teaching progressions, methodologies and curriculum for daily training for athletes in conjunction with the Mountain Sports School Director and Training Manager.

OTHER DUTIES

• Conduct coaches & athlete goal setting meetings at the start of the year, review throughout the season, and provide end of the season evaluations.
• Provide regular feedback and end of season evaluations to Race Coaching staff.
• Provide leadership of daily training for athletes.
• Set and maintain courses and closures, following course setting standards of the US Ski and Snowboard and FIS.
• Assure that all facilities and equipment are properly maintained and stored.
• Coordinate team travel to all events and other local, regional and national competitions.
• Responsible for athlete supervision, van transportation, team captain’s meeting representation, accommodation, lodging check-in/out, and on-hill coaching duties at these events.
• Manage the inventory of equipment and replacement timelines associated with the operation.
• In coordination with other departments, administer and enforce the articles of the Skier Safety
Act/Responsibility Code to ensure a reasonable skiing environment for guests and employees.
• Maintain proficient understanding of technological and philosophical advances in within the ski racing industry associated with areas of responsibilities to ensure changes are incorporated into department operations and/or issues are reviewed for future consideration.
• Actively participate and maintain relations with outside agencies that pertain to Ski Racing; VARA, USSA and other state and regional organizations
• Develop and communicate to staff the short and long-range strategic plan, program planning, goals, and objectives. Oversee the implementation of said strategies
• Conduct and maintain regular performance reviews on all direct reports
• Ensure staff receive an overall positive employee experience.
• Other duties as requested by the Director or Assistant Director of Mountain Sports School.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, Business or another related field preferred. Experience:
• Supervisory & proven leadership experience.
• 5+ years of similar program leadership experience
• Strong reputation and understanding of competitive winter sports program planning and experience in staff and parent/athlete management.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS

• Must be a team player and open to new ideas and changing priorities.
• Superior organizational skills are a must.
• Strong financial and business-related skills including budget administration and analysis, superior management skills and interpersonal skills.
• Must be a problem solver and strategic thinker, quickly grasping any situation and providing solutions.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Occasional travel for events, conferences and related training.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

This position may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

OFFICE ENVIRONMENT

• Able to lift, carry, or otherwise move and position a minimum of 50 pounds on an occasional basis.
• Manual dexterity to operate a computer and other common office equipment on a constant basis.
• Auditory and visual acuity to operate computers, phones, mobile devices and basic office equipment on a constant basis.
• Ability to work for extended periods of time sitting, bending, reaching, and speaking on a constant basis.
• Ability to work for extended periods of time standing, walking, kneeling, pushing and pulling on an occasional basis.
• Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with guests, supervisors and other employees.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily- reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT

• The primary physical environment in which this position works is out of doors with a high exposure level to cold, snow, wind, rain, bugs, sun, high altitude, extreme heights, lightning, etc…
• The degree of strenuous activity within the job is considered to be high. Often lifting a weight of 50 pounds throughout the day is common.
• Additional strenuous physical activity may include walking or hiking upon uneven, challenging terrain with heavy tools or equipment.
• Exposure to: Chemicals required for cleaning, de-greasing, and painting Ultra Violet radiation from the sun enhanced through lack of atmospheric filtration at work altitude. Fumes produced in activities ranging from cleaning to painting to fabrication of metal products. Noise generated by snowmobiles, lift equipment, and tools may require hearing protection to be worn.
• Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with guests, supervisors and other employees.
• Vision occurs continuously with the most common visual functions being those of near vision and depth perception.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily- reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter detailing why feel that you are the best person for the position, along with a current resume to:
Duane Stutzman, Director Mountain Sports School

To apply for this job email your details to dstutzman@stratton.com