2020 Election: Call for Nominations

NSP leaders are needed! Do you have:
• A desire to join NSP leaders from across the country in assuring the continued success of the NSP?
• A desire to expand your contributions to NSP by doing it at the national level?
• A desire and willingness to work hard and view and represent the entire organization rather than just your patrol, section, region or division?
• Knowledge and experience that will assist the NSP board in strategically leading and guiding the organization?

If yes, then NSP needs YOU!! In the search for qualified candidates to serve on the NSP Board of Directors, every NSP member is encouraged to participate in the process, either by applying themselves or encouraging a qualified fellow member to apply to become a candidate for one of the seats coming up for election.

Please review the list of needs below, then complete and submit the application.
List of Needs Final 3.2.2020

2020 Application

Completed applications must be emailed as Word or PDF documents to the Nominations Committee at elections@nspserves.org before 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on June 1, 2020.

Please note: Per the NSP Bylaws, applications received after the deadline noted above cannot be considered. Applications do not carry over from year to year; new applications must be submitted each year.

Following is the timeline for the 2020 election, as established in Article X of the NSP Bylaws:

September 15 – Announcement of nominees selected by the Nominations Committee
October 15 – Voting opens
December 1 – Voting closes
January 1 – New board members take office

National Ski Patrol Instructor Development National Program Director

The National Ski Patrol is seeking applications for the position of Instructor Development National Program Director to start in May 2020 or soon thereafter.

The National Ski Patrol is looking for a motivated and committed leader to facilitate the development of new initiatives in the Instructor Development Program, and oversee any revisions needed to keep the program relevant and in line with the NSP’s Strategic Plan 2030 and beyond.

Position description:

The NSP Instructor Development Program provides training in instructional and course management skills.

The program consists of three components.

  1. Instructor Development: this course only needs to be taken once.
  2. Instructor Mentoring Program: this phase of instructor development involves actual teaching in real course situations while being coached/mentored by an instructor/mentor of a specific education discipline, and is required before certification in that discipline.
  3. Instructor certification and re-certification through continuing education courses (see Policies and Procedures Section 4.4)

The ID program is further outlined in Section 4 and Appendix A of NSP’s Policies and Procedures.

Policies & Procedures Section 2.3 National Volunteer Staff and Program Directors

The national volunteer staff consists of the national legal advisor, national awards advisor, the NSP historian, the national medical advisor, and the national education program directors. They serve at the discretion and prerogative of the current national chair. The selection process outlined in Section is required for national program directors, and is optional for all other national volunteer staff positions. Any and all National Volunteer Staff/Program Directors/Advisor/Appointees can serve for a maximum lifetime of 6 years. Under exigent circumstances, the Board, by majority vote, may extend the term beyond 6 years until the end of those circumstances.

2.3.5       National Education Program Directors and Interest Group Program Advisors  Qualifications

  1. Is a current NSP member.
  2. For education programs, is an active specialist in the field of which he or she is to be the national program director.
  3. For education programs, is a program instructor trainer.
  4. Exhibits higher-than-usual interest and performance in the skills of teaching and quality management.
  5. Has demonstrated a positive administrative track record, including written and communication skills.
  6. Resigns any division positions upon acceptance of national program director.
  7. Meets any additional qualifications as required by the national board of directors; program committee chairs and subcommittee members may be expected to meet additional requirements.  Responsibilities – Education Program Directors

(1)   Education program representation

  • a.     Is an active member of the National Education Programs Subcommittee.
    b.     Chairs the national program committee for his or her education discipline.
    c.      Directs or participates in task committees and in training programs as assigned.
    d.     Develops and maintains a communication network with the national education department, national program directors, division supervisors, instructional staff, geographic line officers, and all others as necessary.
    e.     Works closely with the education and communications departments at the national office on program design, content, and production. Coordinates committee meetings and production of publications in conjunction with the national schedule, according to established board priorities.
    f.       Advises the national chair, the board of directors, and the membership on matters relating to the program. Suggests policy through motions to the board, but has no policy-making powers.
    g.     Represents the national level of the NSP program discipline on other committees, with affiliated associations, and at division functions at the request of the division director per national guidelines.

(2)   Education program promotion and delivery

  • a.     Promotes NSP education programs (courses, refreshers, and continuing education) within the divisions to maintain the integrity of NSP training standards.
    b.     Directs the division supervisors and is knowledgeable about the program in each division to assist when called upon.
    c.      Reviews all training materials for consistency with program objectives.
    d.     Submits articles, or suggests authors, for Ski Patrol Magazine, E-Pointers, and other publications of the NSP communication and education departments.

(3)   Education program administration

  • a.     Reviews administration for effectiveness and efficiency.
    b.     Submits an annual written report of the program’s activities, program director’s goals, objectives, plans, and expenditures to the national board of directors at its annual meeting. Is invited to attend (or may request to attend) the annual meeting or the midwinter meeting when activity in the program justifies attendance.
    c.      Prepares an annual budget request for the coming fiscal year and submits it to the national education director in a timely manner.
    d.     Maintains records on instructors, courses, and equipment during program director tenure, and transfers these materials to the successor.
    e.     Approves, or delegates responsibility for, instructor trainer and instructor appointments and forwards confirmations to the national office.
    f.       Develops a program-specific quality management system according to Section 4.2 and Appendix B, and coordinates division program supervisors in its implementation.
    g.     Automatically retains instructor certification and IT designation during term of service.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • As chair of the National Instructor Development Committee, the Instructor Development (ID) National Program Director (NPD) directs the team of division supervisors to develop the ID program.
  • Leads regular national committee calls and organize a face to face meeting every three years.
  • Member of the Curriculum Subcommittee.
  • Manages the ID program budget
  • Develops a plan for the future of the program in terms of SMART goals
  • Develops a routine of communications with committee members, including email, phone, monthly meetings, in-person meetings (every 3 years, approximately)
  • Develops a routine of communication with other NPDs, NSP Board and NSP staff
  • Establishes effective communications with all division, programs, NSP board members and NSP staff
  • Develops the program per NSP guidelines, utilizing the latest in technology to augment this development, including the development of online courses
  • Fully considers how the program is utilized in ALL NSP Divisions
  • Continually seeks to improve the program and its use by other programs
  • Considers the program in terms of the initial ID course, CE for ID and CE for other programs, mentoring, and establishing/tracking recertification for all instructors

Application requirements:

  • Cover letter explaining why you feel you are a strong candidate for the position
  • Patrol resume
  • One-page vision statement for the National Instructor Development program: Where do you see this program in 5 years? What are you goals for the program?
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a Division ID Supervisor)

To apply:

Applications should be sent to nationalinstructordevelopmentsearch@nspserves.org by April 30, 2020. The selection committee will review applications and start to schedule conference calls in May. The National Program Director appointment will take place as soon as possible after all qualified candidates have been interviewed.