Head Coach, Senior National Ski Team - Cross Country Ski de fond Canada

Cross Country Ski de fond Canada
Job Description
Position Title: Senior National Team Head Coach
Reporting Structure
High-Performance Director (HPD)
Job Family
Excluded, Coaching


Reporting to the HPD, the Senior National Team Head Coach (NST Head Coach) is responsible
for leading the technical delivery and alignment of Senior National Ski Team (Senior NST)
programs in order to achieve podium performances at Olympic Games and FIS World
Championships. The NST Head Coach will have the responsibility to plan, coordinate and
monitor the training and competition of NST athletes in line with CCC’s collective goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Plan, coordinate and monitor the training, race preparation and competition of Senior
NST athletes
• Collaborate closely with the Integrated Support Team (including sport science, sport
medicine) to design, implement and monitor yearly training plans and competition plans
for Senior NST athletes
• Collaborate thoroughly with the technical support team, including on ski selection, ski
preparation and staff scheduling
• Ensure long-term vision and periodization of training and racing to optimize athlete
development and performance
• Ensure alignment of Senior NST and feeder high-performance programs through
common strategies in the daily training environment and identify and implement
systematic links between plans
• Foster core team values and excellence behaviours
• Mentor all Senior NST athletes and associated coaches
• Plan and lead training camps and international and domestic competition tours
• Identify key initiatives and strategies to maximize sustainable performance of Canadian
athletes at the international level
• Provide reports and program evaluation for the Senior NSTand other NST program
activities to ensure program development and facilitate goal attainment
• Collaborate with high-performance team members to establish annual performance
benchmarks for athletes and programs


• University degree in sport sciences or related field or equivalent
• Coaching certification: Level 4 certified/CCD certified + CDAG trained and/or Level 5
certified/CDAG certified and HP trained or equivalent.
• Proven ability to inspire and mentor coaches and athletes within the national high
performance network and to deliver and integrate the key components of a high
performance program
• Success leading teams of athletes, coaches and support staff at major international
• Strong understanding of Cross Country Canada, Olympic sport and the Canadian sport
• Leadership skills to develop and contribute to the development of a high performance
team and to build strong relationships and credibility with athletes, coaches and support

Skills and Competencies

All performance attributes, values and related behaviours listed in Annex A and Annex B of the
CCC Staff Performance Assessment Policy, and, in particular:
• The ability to inspire and align many stakeholders to a common vision and plan through
outstanding communication, leadership and change management processes
• Strong organizational skills and demonstrated capacity to develop and implement
practical strategies, plans, and solutions to identified issues and problems
• Passion for learning and to sharing knowledge with others
• Work efficiently within a national team environment that is integrated and seamless
• Embrace a CCC image characterized by a commitment to excellence, inclusivity,
integrity, reliability, respect, courtesy and transparency

Working Conditions

• Required to work evenings and weekends
• Required to work outdoors, including on snow
• Required to travel extensively both domestically and internationally


The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Senior National Team Head Coach. The Senior National Team Head Coach will be required to perform other duties as assigned. This job description will be updated regularly to reflect changes.

Walter Woodroffe-Brown