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Technical Director Job Description – Maternity Leave

(Expected Start Date: October 2, 2023 – November 30, 2024)

The full time Technical Director (TD) is responsible for all LTAD stages of speed skating in

Ontario, the development of Ontario’s coaches and supporting Speed Skating Ontario’s High Performance Plan 2021-2028 through the Ontario Development Hubs Program, a program designed to address the identified gaps in the sport system, athlete development, coach development, and Speed Skating Ontario’s (SSO) competition streams.

Through the implementation of Ontario’s High Performance Plan’s Strategy 2024, Speed

Skating Ontario will be positioned to continue to build towards Vision 2028, where we are a leader in the development of Train to Train and Learn to Compete athletes and coaches, supported by a network of Clubs delivering quality sport.

This position will report directly to Speed Skating Ontario’s Executive Director. The TD will also work closely with Speed Skating Canada’s high performance program staff to ensure the SSO high performance athlete and coach development pathway is appropriately aligned with SSC’s high performance strategies and CSIO to ensure we meet the objectives of the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI).

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensure alignment of high performance priorities between SSO and Speed Skating Canada.

  • Responsible for the Ontario Development Hubs Program and the Ontario Development Coaches Program.

  • Responsible for implementation of the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) operating plan.

  • Implement appropriate metrics to assess the effectiveness of speed skating operations and programs, manage/monitor against these metrics and provide regular reporting on SSO’s approved High Performance Plan 2021-2028.

  • Develop with the Executive Director, High Performance strategic and operational plans within a clearly articulated and Board approved financial framework for speed skating operations.

  • Establish and manage effective working relationships with SSO’s Technical Committee, High Performance Committee and Coaches Development Committee.

  • Responsible for preparing SSO’s Technical Bulletin to ensure we are offering meaningful racing for all members.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate speed skating programs that will support excellence across the province of Ontario at all LTPAD stages.

  • Support the implementation of the Long Term Participant and Athlete Development Model and SSO’s competition model in Ontario.

  • Mange selection and registration for all teams, programs, and national competitions.

  • Oversee the management of athletes and coaches who represent Ontario at competitions across Canada.

  • Lead the Ontario Games program.

  • Contribute to a collaborative team.

  • Build and manage effective working relationships with technical partners and other sports in Ontario.

  • Keep abreast of new technologies and sport development systems within the speed skating community and across other sports to ensure Speed Skating Ontario remains a leader in athlete, and coach development.

  • Together with the Executive Director develop and maintain key policies and procedures including a succession plan for the High Performance Program.

  • Provide coaching for SSO athletes at select national events.

  • Complete or contribute to various funding applications and their associated reports.

  • Maintain regular correspondence with appropriate members of the association, including Coaches, Club Presidents, athletes and parents regarding technical plans and programs. This includes hosting meetings and sending appropriate emails or video mail.

  • Plan, program, and coach at development camps that support the High Performance Plan.

  • In consultation with the Technical Committee, prepare the annual technical bulletin and addendums, as required.

  • Collaborate with the Provincial Registrar to establish meet formats that align with the Technical Bulletin and provide quality racing opportunities.

Skills and Experience

  • Recent speed skating coaching experience, with athletes in the Train to Train and Learn to Compete and Train to Compete stages of development, preferably at a Regional or National Training Centre

  • Experience in leadership and organizational development

  • Experience working with skaters at provincial and/or national level competitions.

  • Strong knowledge of long-term athlete development and working knowledge of Speed Skating Canada’s Long Term Participant and Athlete Development programming

  • Understanding of sport in Ontario and Canada, sport safety, sport club environments

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

  • Flexibility to travel within Ontario and Canada on an agreed upon schedule with SSO.

  • Ability to work within a volunteer organization with coaches, athletes, and their parents.

  • Strong computer skills, working in a cloud environment using MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint and using web-conferencing and a variety of online collaboration tools.


  • English – excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • French – spoken and written are considered assets (athletes regularly compete in Quebec and French is the first language of several athletes)

  • Additional languages would be considered an asset.


  • Current Emergency First Aid & CPR (minimum) from a Canadian based accreditation body or willingness to complete within first 30 days of employment, at own expense.

  • Current, valid driver’s license.

  • NCCP Competition-Development (Level 3) Certified or relevant post-secondary coaching degree

  • Post-secondary education in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Sport Science or related fields would be an asset.

Applicant Screening

The successful candidate will be screened in accordance with Speed Skating Ontario’s

Screening Policy . Specifically, the applicant will be required to provide the following:

  • Professional References

  • Current, criminal record check, with local information check and vulnerable sector search

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply

  • Applicants must submit a cover letter summarizing motivations, expected salary range and candidate’s main skills related to the position  

  • Resume   

Please submit your resume electronically (MS Word or pdf format only) to by 11:59 PM on September 22, 2023.

SSO is an equal opportunity employer. SSO is committed to providing an environment that is accessible by all and will make all reasonable accommodations for job applicants with disabilities to support their full participation in our recruitment process.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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