Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
May 23, 2014

Head Nordic Ski Coach
Bobcat Athletics

Search Number     14-419
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) renewable fiscal year contract

Negotiable, depending upon experience. Non-tenured contract, with no faculty rank. Based on need, financial resources, and satisfactory performance, contract may be renewed annually on July 1 for 12 months.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Head Nordic Ski Coach reports directly to the Senior Associate Director of Athletics and is responsible for overall coaching, management, and excellence of MSU's Nordic Ski program.

Duties and

  • Adhere to and enforce all policies and procedures of the department and university, as well as the rules and regulations of the Big Sky Conference, RIMSA, and the NCAA.

  • Recruit student-athletes to MSU, both in-state and out-of-state.

  • Comply with NCAA rules and regulations, specifically regarding recruiting.

  • Promote academic achievement and graduation of student athletes with specific goals of maintaining a sufficient APR and GSR.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics, including fund raising, in pursuit of the goal of developing a successful Nordic Ski program.

    1.   Bachelor's degree.
    2.   Record of successful coaching or competing in a College ski program.
    3.   Demonstrated success in recruiting prospective student-athletes.
    1.   Masters Degree.
    2.   Experience interacting with a variety of constituents (i.e., the public, boosters, fans, administration, faculty, student-athletes, recruits, parents).
    3.   Record of successful Nordic Ski coaching experience in NCAA Division I.
    4.   Knowledge of and commitment to BSC and NCAA Division I rules, specifically regarding recruiting and academics.
    5.   Demonstrated ability in: scouting prospective student-athletes, management of academic programs, dryland & on-snow coaching, counseling student-athletes, and monitoring for NCAA Division I compliance.
    6.   Experience developing and motivating student-athletes for athletic and academic success, while protecting academic integrity.
    7.   Experience promoting student-athlete welfare (health and safety issues).
    The Successful
    Candidate Will

  • Have excellent communication skills, be a positive motivator, have demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities, and be able to clearly articulate a coherent plan and vision to build and enhance the MSU Nordic Ski program.

  • Have impeccable integrity with a strong commitment to NCAA, BSC, RIMSA, and MSU regulations.

  • Have ability to make sound judgments, and be able to relate to student-athletes, faculty, staff and boosters.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Screening of applications will begin on June 6, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
    • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-419" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Belinda Pence, Administrative Associate
      • Administrative Associate
      • Department of Athletics
      • Montana State University
      • Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
      • #1 Bobcat Circle
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3380
      • Phone:(406)994-5435
      • Email:

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

    Posted (05/23/14kw)