TITLE: Director of Jr. Sharks Hockey
POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Exempt
COMPANY: Sharks Sports and Entertainment, LLC
LOCATION: San Jose, CA
REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Sharks Ice Hockey Operations
POSTING DATED: August 3, 2023
Pay Range: The pay range for this role is $70,000 - $82,500 per year
Actual base pay will be determined based on permissible factors such as transferable skills, work experience, market demands and primary work location. The base pay range provided is subject to change and may be modified in the future.
The Director of Jr. Sharks Hockey is a key member of the Sharks Ice Management team. The responsibility of the Director is to operate all elements of the San Jose Jr. Sharks Hockey Club through execution of a strategic vision, fostering a positive environment, and ensuring the development of players, families, and coaches.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Prepare Jr. Sharks Travel, Tier & Girls team budgets and leads operations to meet profitability objectives.
- Coach at least one club team in addition to leading the daily club operations.
- Own the recruitment, selection, development, and evaluation of all Jr. Sharks coaches in a manner which advances the quality and depth of our coaching staff.
- Manages essential club volunteer roles such as, but not limited to, the Club Registrar.
- Lead the Jr. Sharks club tryout process, providing on-ice as well as off-ice support, and recommends players to appropriate teams.
- Collaborate with all club teams to ensure they compete at the appropriate level, play the appropriate schedule of games and tournaments.
- Ensure all coaches schedule and conduct evaluations for each club player during and after the season to establish goals, feedback and accomplishments.
- Plan, develop and organize on- or off-ice clinics to meet the development needs of Jr. Sharks players in a profitable manner.
- Annually reviews and updates the club Policy and Procedure Manual to ensure contents are accurate and compliant.
- Develop and manage the execution of a content strategy for social media and website with the goal of growing the clubs digital footprint.
- Foster a strong relationship with Jr. Sharks families in a manner which encourages parental volunteerism and player conduct all the while upholding the elements of USA Hockey and Jr. Sharks program codes of conduct and club requirements.
- Develop a sponsorship and fundraising strategy to execute the most beneficial events and/or campaigns for the organization.
- Serve as the Chairperson to the Hockey Advisory Board so that board seats are occupied by influential members and that key club initiatives determined according to established schedule.
- Serve in appropriate leadership roles, representing the Jr. Sharks Club to CAHA, NORCAL, USA Hockey and other hockey governing organizations as required to benefit the advancement of the club goals.
- Through hockey industry contacts and networking, serve as a key contributor to the development, growth and attraction of teams to Sharks Ice tournaments.
- Create a plan that articulates a skill development path for players having aggressive developmental ambitions, including goals of playing Tier, Junior, NCAA or professional hockey.
- Develops a well-respected working relationship with the leaders of respective hockey interests within Sharks Ice and SSE to ensure club operations support “cradle to grave” opportunities for all participants.
- Own the relationship with our merchandise partner for annual team jersey and soft good selection to ensure our customers’ needs are exceeded.
- Systematically solicit feedback regarding the club’s effectiveness according to an established schedule so that annual club operations can be measured with actionable improvement targets.
- Serve the club liaison between Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Sharks Ice and the Jr. Sharks to ensure the club “story” is timely told.
- Knows emergency procedures for facility and guests to ensure a safe experience for all.
- Attend all management meetings and seminars conducted by Sharks Ice & SSE.
- Upholds and maintains the policies and procedures of the ice arena.
- Possesses a record of high achievement as a hockey player, a hockey coach or club president.
- Has previously organized, developed and conducted quality hockey camps, schools, clinics and hockey leagues.
- Outstanding interactive skills that will support the organization’s efforts to develop an acclaimed and productive community hockey facility and instructional/developmental program.
- Three years of previous experience as a Director or Program Manager.
- The candidate must be able an exceptional written and verbal communicator with the ability of delivering public speeches in a persuasive manner.
- Requires long periods of ice skating and standing on skates while giving instructions.
- Must have a coach or instructors’ training certification (USA or Canada).
- Must have a college degree in management or equivalent.
- Able to work well with youth and adults including parents of participants and have a positive relationship with customers.
- Ability to work well with co-workers.
- Projects a friendly, outgoing personality and enjoys being with people.
- Ability to sit, stand and utilize a computer for extended periods of time
- Communicate via phone and email with a variety of individuals
- Ability to bend at the waist, reach overhead and lift up to 15 lbs with or without accommodation
- Physically navigate stairs and catwalks at SSE facilities during normal work hours and events with or without accommodation
- Ability to work occasional extended hours including nights, weekends, holidays (all with advance notice)
What We Offer
- Competitive compensation
- Complimentary or discounted sports and concert tickets
- Other League & partner discounts
- Central office location in downtown San Jose at the heart of Silicon Valley; convenient access to Caltrain, VTA, major freeways and free parking
- An inclusive culture which values diversity of background and a passion to improve our SSE’s commitment to change with impact on our community and industry
- Potential for flexible scheduling and telework opportunities
This position is not eligible for U.S. work