National Program Director — Mountain Travel and Rescue Program

The National Ski Patrol is accepting applications for the position of National Program Director – Mountain Travel and Rescue Program.  We are looking for a motivated and committed leader to facilitate the development of new initiatives, and to oversee any revisions needed, to keep the MTR Program relevant and in line with the NSP’s Strategic Plan 2030.

Application requirements:

  1. Cover letter explaining why you feel you are a strong candidate for the position
  2. Patrol and work resume
  3. One-page vision statement for the National program: Where do you see this program in 5 years? What three goals would you have for the program?
  4. Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a division leader)

Deadline for submission of completed applications:

November 1, 2020.

Application materials should be sent to:

Interview and Selection Process:

An Interview will be scheduled with the NPD Search Committee via conference call for each qualified applicant.

Recommendations will be provided to the National Chair. The National Chair will make an appointment


The new Program Director will begin their term once the decision has been made by the National Chair and ratified by the Board of Directors.

Position description (please see current NSP Policies and Procedures):

The Mountain Travel and Rescue (MTR) program provides ski patrollers and interested members of the public with knowledge and skills that (1) enhance their effectiveness at ski patrolling, (2) build their outdoor leadership capacities, and (3) enable them to serve as assets and leaders in search-and-rescue operations, especially in winter settings and mountain environments.

For more detailed information about the MTR program, including the MTR Instructors’ Manual and a brief description of MTR courses, visit the NSP members’ website, under the heading Programs > MTR Program.

 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 a national program or committee, the director or advisor leads the team of division supervisors to develop the program.

  • Leads regular national committee calls and organize a face to face meeting every three years.
  • Member of the Curriculum Subcommittee or interest group subcommittee.
  • Manages the 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