Executive Director and Head of School

Administrator / Full-Time

Waterville Valley Academy, Waterville Valley, NH

Mission

WVBBTS provides world-class competitive snowsports for club and academy athletes with exceptional coaches, educators, and training venues, in a family-focused community

Vision

WVBBTS will be a premier competitive snowsports organization rooted in a passionately engaged community of club and academy athletes and their families. 

Core Values

Integrity, Teamwork, Learning, and Excellence

Overview

Waterville Valley BBTS Ski Education Foundation (“BBTS”) is a ski club with a long and storied history. The club was founded in 1934 by a group of families trying to create a community of fellow skiers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since its earliest days, the club has been based in what is now the Waterville Valley area. In the 1960s, when the Waterville Valley ski area was established, BBTS agreed to share space on the slopes of Mt Tecumseh with the entity that would become the Waterville Company. Today, the WVBBTS community numbers about 200 current families.

Our weekend program includes programs for Mitey Mites (ages 5-7) where our youngest skiers are introduced to all disciplines of skiing; Freestyle (Moguls); Freeski (Slopestyle, Big Air, Halfpipe and Rails); Snowboard (Alpine and Freeride); and Alpine Ski Racing from U10 through Masters. At our home mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, the club partners with the resort to annually host races and freeski, freestyle and snowboard (FFS) competitions up to and including US Alpine and Freestyle Nationals and Nor-Am races, as well as events and races down to our youngest competitors.

In 1972, Waterville Valley Academy (“WVA”) was founded, as a 5-month program for aspiring student-athletes to support their snowsports aspirations, while continuing to remain academically engaged with their home (sending) schools. Originally, WVA enrolled “Winter Term” students only. In 2013, WVA evolved and added a “Full Term” program, which quickly received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The WVA experience is differentiated by the small size of the school, and a unique focus on Advanced Placement courses. AP courses allow WVA student-athletes to not only distinguish themselves athletically through our world-class snowsports programs, but also academically by demonstrating a level of objective rigor in our courses. Today, WVA enrolls student-athletes at the middle school, high school and post-graduate high school (PG) levels for both full and winter terms.

Waterville Valley BBTS seeks an experienced, dynamic, and enthusiastic leader as its new Executive Director and Head of School to oversee the full-time operations of this complex organization and lead it through a new strategic phase. This encompasses all aspects of both the weekend club and WVA. The organization is financially and culturally healthy, with significant recent infrastructure improvements.

The Executive Director and Head of School is the top position in this organization reporting into the Board of Trustees. The best candidates should be fluent in the operational details of both a school and a high level snowsports organization, and possess extraordinary communication and relationship-building skills.

Opportunities and Challenges

The Executive Director and Head of School of WVBBTS SEF provides strategic direction and operational oversight of all aspects of the organization including:

 

  • Working with the Board to develop multi-year strategic and annual operating plans, and carrying those plans to fruition
  • Leading, recruiting, and developing WVBBTS’s team of coaches, faculty and staff ensuring that the organization has:
    • the right school staff in place to work with all of our students and athletes in an independent school with a highly specific co-curricular athletic focus
    • a world class coaching staff to support athletes at all levels
    • administrative staff that is able to execute on strategic vision and maintain operational focus
  • Assuring that WVBBTS provides world-class winter sports programs to its full-time student-athletes and weekend athletes, including coaching, training (in-season and off-season) and competitions
  • Assuring that WVA delivers strong academic programming to its student-athletes in a positive and supportive environment
  • Strategically leading WVBBTS’s fundraising and advancement efforts in order to cultivate both financial and philosophical support
  • Energizing and leading WVBBTS’s ongoing recruitment of:
    • Student-athletes for our academy, WVA
    • Families and athletes for BBTS’s weekend club
  • Assuring the financial and operational health of WVBBTS including:
    • Sound and timely annual operating budgets and long-term capital budgets,
    • Accurate, timely and understandable reports on the financial results
    • Oversight, management and development of all physical assets and facilities
  • Maintaining and strengthening BBTS’s relationships with member families, alumni, the Waterville Valley Ski Area, the town of Waterville Valley, as well as applicable snowsports and educational governing bodies

 

Qualifications and Desired Abilities

 

In order to successfully lead BBTS, the Executive Director and Head of School must demonstrate the following attributes:

 

  • Superior leadership, interpersonal and organizational management skills to drive excellence in strategic thinking, day-to day operations, financial planning and reporting, and staff management
  • Exceptional constituent communication and relationship-building skills to maintain positive, deep and broad relationships with current athletes, families, alumni, Waterville Valley Ski area, and other key strategic partners
  • Proven recruitment management skills to lead the creation and maintenance of a robust pipeline of student-athletes and weekend club athletes appropriately matched with the offerings of WVA or BBTS
  • Advanced fundraising management skills to energize and lead fundraising efforts that will fund annual budgets and a long-term capital campaign in line with WVBBTS’s strategic plan
  • Competitive snowsports experience

The BBTS Executive Director search is being led and managed by CARNEY, SANDOE & ASSOCIATES, Inc. All interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter by email to the following address:

rbryan@carneysandoe.com

Attn: Rice Bryan

Office: (617) 542-0260

Waterville Valley Academy

Waterville Valley, NH
Elementary, Middle School, High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender