Director of Hockey
Essence of the Position
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame has one of the most elite hockey programs in Canada for students who desire an excellent academic and athletic experience. The Hockey program at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame prides itself on development. The development of our student-athletics; their skills and training; the development of our teams and coaches; and the development of our people as persons on the pathway to growing in virtuous character; are all aspects of what constitutes a Notre Dame student who plays hockey.
The Director of Hockey is Athol Murray College of Notre Dame’s key strategic, operational and relational leader as it pertains to the delivery and success of the College’s hockey program. The individual in this position, with the support of the College President and College Executive team, is responsible for implementing the strategic direction, organization, administration and management of the Hockey program at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.
Reporting to the College President, the Director of Hockey is one of the key leaders at the school entrusted with the delivery of the school’s mission and vision for our students. As part of the College Leadership team, the Director of Hockey is tasked with ensuring that the hockey program is a significant component of an exceptional educational and boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe and caring community.
The Director of Hockey not only is the Director of the Hockey office staff and coaches, but is the person responsible for ensuring that the objectives of the hockey office align with the school’s goals and processes for academics, athletics, spiritual life, boarding life, student health and wellness, enrolment, development, finance, facilities and community engagement.
The Director of Hockey must be comfortable working in a very competitive market and must have the abilities, work ethic, experience, intelligence and engagement to keep the Notre Dame hockey program at the forefront of current trends. In short, this is a key position at the College entrusted with much responsibility and opportunity, as the number of student- athletes, parents, staff and stakeholders that one will encounter will afford this individual breadth of reach and influence.
The Hockey Program – a snapshot
Male: One Junior A, two U18 AAA, two U18AA, one U18A, one U17 Prep, one U16 prep, one U15 prep and one U15AA.
Female: one U18AAA, one U18AA.
The Director of Hockey collaborates with the Principal who is responsible for the teachers who coach hockey and also collaborates with the Nurse Manger who is responsible for the athletic therapist and training room.
Key responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Developing an annual and multi-year strategic plan for Notre Dame Hockey which includes:
a. Player development, retention, recruitment, and placement.
b. Coaches – professional development, recruitment, and placement.
c. Overall vision for the hockey program, its growth and development and positioning in the marketplace.
d. Development of goals (longer term, 5 years), strategies (medium term, 2-5 years) and actions (short term, one year) that will guide and direct the hockey program.
a. Overseeing the recruitment and retention of all Notre Dame Hockey teams for each academic school year to ensure sustainability for the program.
b. Developing scouting and recruiting network to be the face and voice of the Notre Dame College Hockey Program.
c. Scouting of potential prospect players having a minimum of 100 leads.
d. Creating and maintaining a list of names for potential student athletes after each recruiting trip.
e. Providing scouting information including rosters, names, birthdates, contact information, etc.
f. Following up with prospects to develop and maintain the scouting database.
g. Communicating with the Enrollment Management department and recruiters for new student prospects and registrations.
h. Collaborating with other Notre Dame departments i.e. Marketing and Communications, Academics, etc. as part of the recruitment and retention plan.
a. Directing the technical development of all teams by mentoring and developing a yearly plan, play book and regular evaluations of coaches.
b. Developing and formatting a curriculum for all hockey teams and players with the Principal/Director of Academics; taking feedback from staff and staff who oversee their own pods.
c. Placement of coaches for all teams and participate in the evaluation of those coaches.
d. Participating in player evaluation, selection, development; create benchmarks for player evaluation and progress.
e. Organizing and enhancing coaches’ development by providing them with the opportunity to attend seminars, off-ice development sessions and organize guest coach appearances.
f. Providing support to all coaches both on and off the ice when required.
g. Touching base with pod leaders who are the designated liaisons of their leagues in their pods.
h. Developing a library of coaching resources and professional development opportunities for all coaches.
a. Ensuring sufficient staffing in the hockey office and volunteer coaches occurs which includes participating in interviews and final selection of newly hired staff in consultation with Human Resources and the President.
b. Overseeing the administration function of the hockey office by ensuring job descriptions are in place for employees, management of and adherence to goal setting, monitoring job performance, conducting employee evaluations and other related matters such as vacation day tracking, etc.
c. Leading and coordinating regular meetings with all hockey office staff and coaches.
a. Having continuous communication with all hockey office staff, coaches and specific staff members at the College. This includes basic daily operational conversations as well as more difficult crucial conversations that are meant to improve ownership, performance, accountability and responsibility.
b. Ensuring staff have responsibilities and goals outlined on an annual basis and that the goals are aligned with the goals of the hockey department and school.
c. Creating and executing a communication plan with coaches, student athletes (hockey players) and their parents/guardians; participating in on-going communication with players and parents/guardians both present and future.
d. Being the main contact in resolution of conflicts that may arise in staff, parents, players, coaches’ situations or disciplinary issues directly for all teams on campus.
e. On-going communication with players and parents both present and future.
f. Being the face of the Notre Dame Hockey Program and participating in external communication with the media, scouts and coaches, general managers of University, College, Junior and Professional programs.
g. Communicating team schedule(s) and player movement information so all departments are in the loop.
h. Coordinate and communicate with other departments when required.
i. Contacting potential student athletes (letters, phone calls, meetings, etc.)
a. Assisting with providing support for graduating players in finding them a suitable level of hockey post Notre Dame.
b. Assisting the Enrollment Office with campus day visits.
c. Promotion of the Notre Dame hockey program, current players through social media.
d. Providing input, as requested, to the Financial Assistance Committee.
a. Reporting directly to the President and providing strategic input reporting to the Leadership team.
b. Attending Board of Regents meetings and works in concert with the Board and/or with any Board Committee as directed by the President. Also provides hockey reporting to the Board of Regents for each Board meeting.
c. Attending student (award evenings, graduations, concerts, etc.), alumni, and College and public events as appropriate.
d. Attending to any special assignment mutually agreed upon with the President.
e. Taking the initiative to participate in Professional Development opportunities provided by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools or any other similar organizations.
These competencies describe the required behaviors and expectations for this position:
Conflict Management: Successfully mediates conflict and disagreements between team members and other colleagues in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact. Has the ability to settle disputes equitably and anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• Three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in a managerial role.
• Hockey knowledge and experience in a hockey organization.
• Previous hockey playing and coaching experience is mandatory.
• Excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Must have a clean Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Ability and willingness to travel.
• Display a commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic nature, philosophy, principles, mission, history and strategic plan.
• A willingness to interact with the student body in a positive manner (i.e. coaching, student clubs, etc.).
To apply, submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org