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Plain Valley Nordic Team - Program Director & Head Coach


Posted by Plain Valley Ski Trails on 06/04/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Snow

Job Categories: Outdoor Education

Company Type: Recreation

State: WA

City: Plain WA

Country: United States

Required Experience: 1 - 3 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $50-60K

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 25 miles

Job Description & Requirements

Job Opening: Plain Valley Nordic Team Program Director & Head Coach


Plain Valley Ski Trails (PVST)’s mission is to create and sustain a high-quality ski trail system that serves the community and funds barrier-free ski educational programs that motivate individual and team achievement.  PVST is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity. Our youth programs, known as the Plain Valley Nordic Team (PVNT), offer accessible year-round ski education programs, fostering an environment where we encourage each other to set and achieve goals within a supportive community. 


PVNT has the advantage of managing its own trail system, the Plain Valley Ski Trails.  These trails span the length of the Plain Valley, including 25 kilometers groomed daily for skate and classic. Grooming operations are tailored to meet the coaches' needs, ensuring optimal conditions for training. The valley provides excellent dry-land training opportunities, including running, roller skiing and biking terrain. 


PVNT is a well established club in the PNW (pacific northwest division). Its diverse youth ski education programs serve over 120 children from preschool to high school age, providing outdoor exposure and racing opportunities up to the highest levels, including Nationals. The accolades speak volumes about PVNT's impact. PVNT is a three year running top 15 club at Junior Nationals. From national championships to All-American honors and even spots on the US Ski Team, the achievements of PVNT skiers are testament to their dedication and the program's efficacy. Yet, beyond the medals and titles, Plain Valley Ski Trails harbors a deeper ambition — to shatter barriers and empower children to reach for the stars, fostering not just skiers, but resilient, healthy young adults.


Position: PVNT Program Director & Head Coach


As a full-time, year-round role, the PVNT Program Director & Head Coach will lead our youth ski education programs and oversee a team of 130 skiers and 20+ coaches. Responsibilities include communicating PVNT culture & philosophy, designing training programs, coaching skiers, managing communication, recruitment of coaching volunteers, and representing PVNT locally and nationally. The ideal candidate will have coaching experience with skiers aged 5 to 18, expertise in cross-country skiing, strong communication skills, and relevant coaching certification. 


See attached for detailed job description.


Salary: $50,000 to $60,000 with benefits.


How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to PVST Executive Director, Christie Saugen at Applications will be reviewed starting the first week of June until positions are filled.

About Plain Valley Ski Trails

I am reaching out to you as the director of the Plain Valley Ski Trails & Nordic Team. Currently, we are in search of our next Program Director & Head Coach. Our youth nordic team has flourished under the leadership of our current Program Director & Head Coach, Pierre Niess. Pierre has been offered and accepted the position of Head Nordic Coach at the University of Utah. While we are thrilled for him, we are now dedicated to finding a capable successor to lead our team into the next season.


Over the past three years, our team has consistently ranked among the top 15 clubs nationwide in Junior Nationals. As a community, it is paramount for us to secure a qualified Program Director & Head Coach to uphold the ambitious aspirations of our youth.


I'm reaching out to see if you would be willing to share our job posting.

Plain Valley Nordic Team Seeks Program Director & Head Coach –


Additionally, I invite you to watch a brief video outlining our mission: [].


We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this important role for our valley's youth team.  Thank you for considering.