The National Ski Patrol (NSP), founded in 1938, has followed its creed of “Service and Safety” since the establishment of skiing as a popular sport in the United States. As the leading authority of on-mountain safety, the NSP is dedicated to serving the outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers.
With a primary focus on education and training, the organization is a non-profit that includes over 31,000 members serving 650 patrols primarily in the US. Our members work on behalf of local ski/snowboard areas and bike parks to improve the overall experience for outdoor recreationalists.
As the industry has grown, so too has our need for expertise and leadership. In response to this demand, the NSP is seeking a full-time Education Director to join our organization. The Education Director works with the NSP education-based committees to coordinate and support the design, delivery, and ensure the quality of NSP’s educational programs and services. This role stays abreast of current and emerging trends and technological advancements as they pertain to future opportunities to serve the industry and the organization’s membership. This role serves as a member of appropriate industry organizations to ensure NSP’s interests are adequately represented.
The ideal candidate is an organized visionary and effective communicator who seeks to support NSP’s mission, vision, and core values alongside the volunteer leadership and national staff.
- Work with the CEO and NSP’s education leaders toward the fulfillment of NSP’s educational strategic plan pillar: Education programs are relevant high quality and meet the current (and future) needs of our members, customers, and other stakeholders
- Provides leadership for NSP education programs and works to build their visibility and credibility within the outdoor recreation industry
- Collaborate with NSP’s Education Committee; and work with the National Program Directors and Advisors to guide the creation of accessible, engaging, and inclusive online learning environments that support program missions.
- Works with IT Manager to support standard operating procedures regarding the educational credentialing system as well as participate in the development of new learning systems, new learning delivery systems, and the infrastructure to support the distribution of modern-day content.
- Regularly seeks input from the broader education community (board, committees, members, outside organizations) to identify program needs and coordinates the development of programming accordingly
- Gather data and apply metrics to assist with continuous program improvement
- Edit documents and materials for programs as needed and requested from National Program Directors and Advisors
- Serve as staff liaison for appropriate education committees as required
- Manage the education department team made up of full time and seasonal staff
- Manage intellectual property including copyrights, trademarks, and other NSP education assets
- Special projects as assigned
Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledgeable and passionate about adult learning, generational learning, and performance-based training programs
- Capacity for strategic visioning to ensure the ongoing relevance of education programs and the organization
- Ability to utilize technology and current learning managementcontent development platforms
- Strong organizational, management skills; and strong verbal and written communication skills
- Team player and collaborator, able to work productively and collegially with NSP’s constituents, volunteer leaders, and paid staff
- Positive attitude with a willingness to take on special projects and fill in when needs arise
- High energy and ability to manage multiple priorities in a busy work environment
- Commitment to creating accessible and equitable learning opportunities
Qualifications – Required:
- Advanced degree in education, training, and development, or related field
- At least five years of professional experience in the association (or similar) education field
- Demonstrated expertise in working with learning management systems, electronically mediated instructional materials, and credential databases
- Experience in the development and delivery of certification or credentialing programs, with particular expertise in training and development of the instructor core
- Basic medical knowledge (EMS system, pre-hospital emergency care, and/or Outdoor Emergency Care), training, certification
- Experience as an outdoor recreational athlete – Skier/Boarder/Biker—intermediate level recommended
- Five years or more of experience leading and managing staff
Qualifications – Preferred:
- Experience in pre-hospital emergency care and in instruction training within the outdoor recreation industry
- Patrol experience
- Knowledge of, and experience in, the ski and mountain bike industries
- Experience in business processes, including budgeting, project management, and negotiation
- Ability to participate and support on-mountain snow sport and mountain bike programs
- Ability to travel and to lift up to 25 pounds
- Ability to travel on occasion, including some overnight travel
- Salary range for this role is $70,000 – $85,000 depending on experience.
- Benefits include health insurance, 401(K), holidays, vacation, sick leave, a wellness benefit, and industry pro deals.
NSP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation.
- Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please put “NSP Education Director”, and type your name.
This position works generally in the office but may be temporarily modified depending on COVID restrictions.
Local (Denver area) candidates only, no relocation funding