Hockey – Technical Director

Status Full Time
Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Pay Salary, Commissions & Benefits
Closing Date Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The North Shore Winter Club is a celebrated family athletic club serving the Greater Vancouver Area. Home to a rich history of hockey, swimming, racquet sports and fitness, members at the North Shore Winter Club have enjoyed the benefits of a friendly social environment since 1958.

Ideally located at the bottom of Mountain Highway just on the north side of Vancouver’s Second Narrows Bridge, the North Shore Winter Club has become a prominent symbol of British Columbia’s proud tradition of inclusive athletics and family fitness. We offer a well-rounded approach to athletics and overall health & wellness with a complete range of social, recreational and competitive programs for men, women and children.

Key Objectives of the Role:

The Technical Director will be responsible for the NSWC’s overall long-term strategic vision of Minor Hockey and its development program.  The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership and support in all areas of player and coach development and the implementation of a unified plan for NSWC Minor Hockey which will serve the development of hockey players and hockey coaches at all ages and levels.

It is the role of the Technical Director to lead hockey development and its conditioning programs to members in a safe, professional hockey environment, utilizing effective training methodology, and support the best interest of the Club.  The successful candidate will be shaping the future of hockey at our Club, by designing a strong, sustainable hockey program that addresses the developmental needs and builds foundations for the coaches and membership, both recreationally and competitively.

Key Deliverables and Responsibilities:

Duties to include but may not be limited to:

  • Working with General Manager, Minor Hockey Committee & Hockey Department to identify, plan and achieve annual goals with regard to best-in-class individual and team athletic development priorities.
  • Responsible for designing and developing all aspects of player and coach development in the NSWC hockey program; implementation includes off-ice and on-ice sessions, mentorship & education.
  • Develop and implement appropriate programs for long term athlete development (LTAD), sport-specific development, both on-ice & off-ice that can be utilized for achieving short and long term goals.
    • Increasing player skill development at all levels, Hawks (C) to A1; improving programs; identifying high performance players and mentoring their transition to higher levels of play
  • Responsible for marketing, organizing and scheduling development programs/opportunities to Club members, with support from the Marketing Coordinator.
  • Responsible for updating the MH handbook (policies & procedures) and other technical resource manuals.
  • Strives to achieve revenue goals for programs and private lessons
  • Supports minor hockey tournaments and events
  • Communication Plan: regularly presents relevant hockey communications, core principals, curriculums, and development pathways to the membership (written, email, in person presentations, media etc.)
  • Delivery of Coach Programming
    • Expectation of considerable front-line support for on-ice program/coaching delivery: attends and runs with the coaches at least 1 practice per month per team and at the coach’s request; provides specialized skill sessions and clinics.
    • Designs and oversees the Cookie Monster program
    • Organizes and presents coaching workshops/clinics and professional development activities; fosters, educates and mentors coaches at all levels; creates and provides coaches a NSWC coach’s curriculum with a standard list of fundamental drills to keep practices and skill development consistent.
    • Responsible for implementing and managing player feedback/ report cards with coaches
    • Being available to meet with NSWC families throughout the year for constructive feedback on development
    • Contributes to Coach Selection Process for C, Rep & Development teams: recruits, manages, mentors and motivates coaches and volunteers at all levels; implements policy; implements contracts;
    • Recruits, manages & schedules all development coaches for Minor Hockey: Programs, MHC development sessions, and any team development sessions that are requested by managers; manages development with MHC team development sessions
    • Works with coaches and players with video analysis
    • Liaison with High Performance programs and Special teams (Zone etc.)
    • Provides technical support and leadership to the MHC and Director of Hockey Operations with Tryout evaluations
  • Follow departmental guidelines for the proper entry of contracts, billing, invoicing, and team tracking. (Works with Faculty Administrator)
    • Manages and delivers summer hockey camps, prep camps, Spring 3on3, Spring Development programs, Spring league
    • Communicates to membership and management; bi-weekly or monthly reports as it relates to all divisions
    • Regularly attends MHC meetings; BC Hockey/PCAHA meetings
    • Liaising with sport governing bodies and other hockey organizations

Other Key Attributes:

  • Excellent customer service and strong communication skills with both children and adults
  • A passion for hockey, youth and development
  • Cooperative leadership style and ability to be innovative and provide vision
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) & Hockey Canada’s Long-Term Player Development Model (LTPD)
  • Dynamic leadership with energy and an ability to build relationships with members, athletes and coaches; has 3+ years of experience supervising/leading staff teams
  • Demonstrable business skills including planning, budgeting and people management
  • Competent understanding of various computer software systems


  • A minimum of 5+ years of coaching experience
  • A minimum of high-performance level 1
  • A strong knowledge of hockey development programs and delivery structures
  • An understanding of players at all levels: beginners to high performance athletes
  • Successful past experience as a Head Coach and/or Development Coach
  • Previous successful high-performance coaching and playing experience
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and with volunteers

 Unique Physical or Mental Demands

The job requires that the person be creative and innovative in the areas of program design and implementation. Person must have strong communication and leadership skills and be experienced in conflict resolution. Experience in performance management, motivation, and delegation is a strong asset. The hours are full-time, but flexible and will require some early mornings, evenings and weekends. Interaction with the members is constant and therefore the person requires patience and excellent service skills. Will require the ability to perform on-ice coaching duties. This position requires an individual who is flexible, and able to adapt to changes quickly.

Sample Week – in season

  • 3-4 hours Coach mentorship/support interactions (practice, or competition evaluation). 3-4 coaches serviced per week.
  • 8-10 hours On-ice player development in Initiation Program sessions (development & cookie monsters)
  • 1-2 hours per week managing the development coaching team (recruitment, scheduling, communication, billing etc)
  • 6-7 hours per week On-ice player development in C Div & Rep (Atom-Midget)
  • 2-3 hours per week On-ice player development in specialized clinic programs (ie: position specific, shooting, checking)
  • 4-5 hours Other weekly tasks – Practice plan/curriculum review, video compilation and review, completing player development feedback/report cards, communication, marketing
  • 2-4 hours per week on individual meetings with players and their families about their development/playing pathway

Sample Week – Out of season

  • Developing an in-house spring hockey experience at the Club: skill development programs, league, special teams, 3on3, etc.
  • Potentially Coaching spring hockey team(s)
  • Organizing/executing Pro-D day, spring break & holiday camps
  • Developing Summer Camps & Summer programs; pre-season camps
  • 12-15 hours on-ice player development for Hockey programs
  • Tryout evaluation
  • Off-season coach development workshops


To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Human Resources at: