Employment opportunity - Director of Sport Development

The Ontario Speed Skating Association’s strategic approach is athlete centered and coach driven with its administration designed to support that approach. As such:

The DIRECTOR OF SPORT DEVELOPMENT is responsible for the professional operational leadership and management of the Association and demonstrating leadership in the implementation of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.

The DIRECTOR OF SPORT DEVELOPMENT is also the day-to-day operational face of the Association. As such, the DIRECTOR plays an important role in the promotion and marketing of speed skating, new clubs and the Association amongst its clubs, members, and other stakeholder support organizations.


The DIRECTOR OF SPORT DEVELOPMENT, reporting through the President, is responsible to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Speed Skating Association. On a functional basis, the DIRECTOR OF SPORT DEVELOPMENT reports to the portfolio Vice-Presidents, with respect to the implementation of portfolio policies and programs.

Duties include the general administration and management of OSSA, the development of the sport of speed skating in Ontario, technical support, and such other duties, as may be assigned from time to time, related to the implementation of strategic sport development plans


1. Performs the duties of an executive director of the Association by being responsible for:

- Organizing and managing the business affairs of the Association in conjunction with the V-.P. of Finance and Administration to ensure sound management and accurate financial and operational information to the Executive;

- Assisting in the administrative and evaluative mechanisms, program planning, and financial management of the Association;

- Co-ordinating and managing the day-to-day operations of the Association;

- Maintaining positive relationships and liaising with, and reporting to, where it is required, provincial and municipal governments in Ontario;

- Maintaining positive relationships and liaison with the Speed Skating Canada and other member branches of SSC;

- Co-ordinating the public relations efforts and information sharing with internal and external sources;

- Communicating and distributing accurate information to the Association's Executive and to the constituent membership;

- Organizing, attending, and participating in meetings of the Association as required; and

- Preparing applications to the provincial Ministry for grants and participating in fundraising activities and applications to other organizations.

2. Is responsible for sport development on an operational level, by:

- Implementing club and membership development programs and policies established by the Club and Membership Development Committee for the identification, establishment, and growth of new and existing clubs;

- Ensuring that the V-P, Club and Membership Development is assisted in executing other activities designed to encourage the growth of membership in Ontario;

- Ensuring assistance and support is provided to the Officials Development Committee in the implementation of its policies and programs,

- Maintaining a database of information on officials necessary to support the development programs of the Coaching Development Committee;

- Liaising with various skating organizations, sponsors, municipal parks and recreation departments, Trillium Foundation, Club Presidents, associations, organizations, SSC, provincial and municipal officials, as required.

3. Is responsible for providing technical advice and guidance by:

- Providing assistance and support to the Technical Committee and the Provincial Coaching Coordinator in implementing athlete development and training programs and plans established by the Technical Committee consistent with the Long Term Athlete Development Model;

- Acting as an ex-officio member of and staff liaison to the Technical Committee;

- Ensuring assistance and support is provided to the Coaching Development Committee and the Provincial Coaching Coordinator in the implementation of policies and programs established to develop coaches and coaching programs;

- Maintaining a database of information on coaches necessary to support the coaching development programs of the Coaching Development Committee;

- Maintaining a database of information on athletes and their performance, including records, necessary to support athlete development programs and to provide data to support establishment of team selection criteria and competition entry criteria, and the conduct of competitions;

- Representing the Association at the Ontario Short Track and Long Track Age Class Championships, any Canadian or North American Age Class Championship, or any National Open or Junior Canadian Championship or International short track event held in Ontario;

- Liaising with the SSC, provincial and municipal officials, as required.


- Post-secondary education

- Proven management experience with demonstrable financial and budget skills

- Experience in a provincial, national or international sport system

- Excellent team player with strong organizational and interpersonal skills who enjoys dealing with people and the public

- Self starter with the ability to prioritize tasks and work well under the pressure of deadlines

- Willingness to travel through the Province of Ontario and work some weekends

- Experience in speed skating would be an asset


Please forward your resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) by April 15, 2006 by mail to:

Personnel Committee

Ontario Speed Skating Association

Box 1179

2 Queen St. 2nd Floor

Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0

or by email to: stephen.j.arnold@sympatico.ca