Application Deadline: January 3, 2012  

Starting Date: February 1 to March 1, 2012 (negotiable)

Position: Vice President, Sport

Job Description

POSITION: Vice President, Sport



STATUS: Contract – Full time 


  • Reports directly to the President and CEO of ACA.
  • Responsible for Athletic Performance for Alpine Canada. The VP will be in charge of, Alpine, Para Alpine, Ski Cross National Teams and the National Domestic Programs.
  • Responsible to lead and build the “sport culture” of the organization as directed by the President/CEO through his/her ACA Athletic Programs.
  • A member of the ACA Senior Management Group and the Executive Committee.
  • Provide guidance and standards of excellence for a coordinated management structure for all disciplines under ACA and the Domestic Programs.
  • Oversee and supervise the Alpine Athletic Director, the Para Alpine Athletic Director, the Ski Cross Athletic Director and the National Athletic Director and one Executive Assistant.
  • Develops the overall HP plan and vision and the Athletic Director’s build the detailed discipline plan within that vision and goals.
  • The VP will be responsible for Performance Reviews for his directors and their HP plans.
  • The VP will serve as the ACA lead on all Olympic/Paralympic team operations including as the ACA lead liaison to OTP and COC/CPC and be the ACA lead for all FIS Program Committees.
  • The VP will be responsible in conjunction with Senior Management Team to allocate Funds to the disciplines and National Programs.


Planning and Evaluation

  1. Responsible for strategic long term planning, implementation and monitoring, in particular the sport performance side of the Alpine Canada HP strategic plan.
  2. Working in conjunction with the discipline Athletic Director and Coaches, lead a thorough evaluation review process (including a performance gap analysis) for Alpine, Para Alpine and Ski Cross programs on an annual basis and the post-Olympic/Paralympic debrief.

 Domestic Development / System Building

  1. Oversee and provide direction on national Alpine, Para-Alpine and Ski Cross talent identification and development initiatives relating to club & provincial programs, coaching and athlete development programs and the Long Term Athlete Development Model.
  2. Act as an advisor to Alpine Canada technical committees including any international (FIS) committees.

International Performance

  1. Working in conjunction with the discipline Athletic Director and Coaches, establish performance measures and targets for Alpine, Para-alpine and Ski Cross programs.
  2. Oversees data collection and analysis systems for competition results.
  3. Oversees the planning and implementation of integrated support teams (IST) within national team programs.
  4. Oversees the planning and implementation of any scientific research projects
  5. Stays current and advises on trends internationally as they relate to development and HP programming priorities or opportunities.
  6. Serves as the senior advisor to the Alpine Canada President/CEO on all Alpine discipline HP and development programs.

Partnerships and Relationships

  1. Prepare annual operating reports, annual applications for financial assistance and other reports as required to all funding agencies
  2. Alpine Canada lead liaison to OTP and COC/CPC and FIS Program Committees
  3. Work collaboratively with the provincial sport organizations with regard to athletes, programs and high performance systems in and from their respective provinces/territories
  4. Liaise with all relevant committees of Alpine  Canada’s Board of Directors
  5. Alpine Canada technical lead liaison to all Canadian Sport Centres, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and FIS
  6. Develop positive relationships with high performance coaches and seek their input and feedback where appropriate.
  7. Member of Alpine Canada’s  Executive Committee (with the President/CEO, Vice President, Business Development and Vice President, Finance and Administration) representing  the Sport Department and contribute to the long term planning  and progress of the organization.
  8. Member of Alpine Canada’s  Senior Management Group (with the Executive Committee and all Department Directors) contributing to the strategic planning and implementation and management of day to day operations of the organization.

Personnel Management

  1. Manage Alpine Canada Athletic Directors for Alpine, Para-alpine and Ski Cross disciplines including annual objectives and appraisals, scheduling and supervision.


  • A strategic thinker, innovator and visionary
  • Superior leadership and organizational skills with the ability to direct and manage multiple projects concurrently while keeping to deadlines and maintaining attention to detail 
  • Proven success in developing HP plans and building a culture of “excellence”
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong sense of individual deportment and presentation, leads by example Intimate understanding of the alpine LTAD
  • Extensive experience internationally, including a comprehensive understanding of the International Ski Federation, familiarity with other NSF’s (National Ski Federations)
  • Stature within the alpine sport disciplines domestically and/or internationally
  • Thorough understanding of all levels of alpine – ski club to PSO to NSO to IF
  • Comfortable operating in Windows XP environment including Windows Based software or MAC platform
  • Good knowledge of budgeting, forecasting and controlling finances
  • University Degree in the field of Sports Performance or equivalent
  • Ability to converse in French and German would be a strong asset

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume and salary expectations by Tuesday January 3, 2012 at 9:00 am (MST) to:

Fiona Simpson-Kane, Executive Assistant to President Alpine Canada

Mailing address: #153, 401 – 9 Avenue SW Calgary AB T2P 3C5 Fax # 403-777-3213


Contact if more information is required:  Max Gartner, President Alpine Canada