Job Posting: University of Denver Seeks Assistant Nordic Ski Coach


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The University of Denver has a proud athletic tradition that complements the school’s academic endeavors. In its history, DU has won 34 national championships and enables student-athletes to compete on 18 Division 1 teams. The Pioneers pursue championships, excel academically, and represent both the University and their respective conferences to the best of their abilities.

Position Summary

The Nordic Assistant Coach assists the Head Coach in the administration of all aspects of the program, including, but not limited to, coaching, recruiting, event scheduling, supervision of program personnel, budget management, Student-Athlete mentoring, team travel, equipment, meals, technical logistics (software), marketing, and compliance with NCAA and the RMISA rules/regulations.

The Assistant Head Coach will embrace and model a positive coaching philosophy and associated techniques, insisting on a culture of respect and positive communication, as well as collaboration with internal departments of the division and the university. The Associate Head Coach will also demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of multiculturalism and diversity through hiring practices, training and development programming, campus collaborations, or involvement and participation in university/divisional multiculturalism and diversity projects or initiatives.

Essential Functions

  • Recruit quality student-athletes capable of pursuing a baccalaureate degree and achieving an exemplary graduation rate while managing a cost-effective and administratively efficient program
  • Demonstrate excellent teaching and coaching competencies with regard to: sport skill instruction, motivation, and tactical strategies, while also designing a competitive schedule that maximizes student-athlete development and performance
  • Provide leadership in the personal development of student-athletes by projecting a positive and professional image, including opportunities for social, emotional, and academic development that align with the University’s 4-D educational model
  • Coordinate various aspects of the program, including daily operations: team travel, recruiting logistics, equipment, meals, technical logistics of current and proposed software packages, etc.
  • Exhibiting the highest professional standards and ethical behavior about adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and the Division of Athletics rules and regulations
  • Proactively uphold the outstanding working relationships within the Division and the University
  • Assuming other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor of Athletics & Ritchie Center Operations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required, including communication (direct feedback) and public relations
  • In-depth understanding of the sport from the fundamental skills to advanced tactics and strategy, including the ability to teach and educate Student-Athletes and coaching staff. Stays up-to-date with new research and collaborates with coaching colleagues to learn and implement best practices
  • Modeling and implementing a personal and professional growth strategy for Student-Athletes and assistant coaches by learning and developing new techniques to support knowledge attainment
  • The ability to display passion and positively motivate/inspire Student-Athletes and coaching staff to generate the desire to excel in academics and athletics
  • Exhibiting the highest professional standards, integrity, and ethical behavior in regard to NCAA, Conference, University, and Division of Athletics rules and regulations
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to an ever-evolving athletic landscape

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Successful coaching experience
  • Successful recruiting of Student-Athletes committed to academic and athletic excellence

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Collegiate coaching experience

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate
  • Year round outdoor environment in various weather

Physical Activities

  • Ability to drive athletes to and from mountains for training sessions during the fall and winter
  • Ability to be out in inclement weather for long periods while training athletes
  • Ability to assist and load ski vans with necessary equipment for training and racing
  • Ability to perform physical tasks as related to Nordic ski coaching at the collegiate level

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. In season some early mornings, evenings, weekends, and travel.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) May 19, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number

The salary grade for the position is UG.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $50,000-$80,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non-discrimination-statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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