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Executive director/hockey director

Glacier Hockey Association (GHA) is a non-profit community youth hockey organization that provides an instructional hockey experience for youth ages 4-18 in a safe and supportive environment. GHA strives to promote an enriching environment in a community setting while providing foundational skills, in accordance with USA Hockey’s American Development Model program to foster youth development and encourage a lifelong love of hockey and team sports. Through its programs, GHA endeavors to impart the values of character, hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect that lead to player success both on and off the ice.

All youth hockey players and teams are registered with GHA and USA Hockey. GHA members benefit from affiliation agreements with the Montana Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), East Kootenay Hockey League (EKL), and USA Hockey. GHA follows USA Hockey's policies and guidelines, including the American Development Model, which provides hockey associations with a proven plan for age-appropriate athlete development. For more information on our organization and its affiliations, please visit:

GHA is currently looking for an Executive Director/Hockey Director to join its progressive and dynamic youth hockey organization that provides a full range of hockey programs to its members who live throughout the Flathead Valley. This position reports to the Board of Directors and is located at the Stumptown Ice Den Facility in beautiful Whitefish, Montana, a community known for its rich offerings in recreation, culture, and natural beauty.

This two-fold position is responsible for implementing the strategic direction and overseeing management of the Glacier Hockey Association’s youth programs, including but not limited to local and travel programs, clinics, camps, and tournaments. Administration is consistent with Board approved budget, policies, goals and objectives. This position also provides coach
mentorship, guidance and support to the coaching team.

The successful candidate will respectfully engage with its membership, the community, and associated organizations and play an active role in planning and steering a vision of the organization during a time of membership expansion. The position is assisted by two part-time positions, an Administrative Coordinator and Coaching Coordinator, as well as an active volunteer base on and off the ice.


This two-fold position has responsibilities under both the Executive Director portfolio and the Hockey Director portfolio as described below:

Executive Director

• Strategically develop organizational plans, providing information to the Board needed to implement policy, bylaws and vision for the organization
• Manage all operational and administrative activities of the organization
• Serve as the primary spokesperson of GHA, imparting the organization’s mission, vision, values and guiding principles
• Serve as primary contact for parents, coaches, players, referees, managers,
volunteers and GHA Board of Directors
• Actively engage with GHA volunteers, present and past board members, Board Committees, GHA alumni, other affiliate members and organizations, and the community’s donor base
• Provide a detailed monthly report to the Directors at monthly board meetings on all issues regarding youth hockey program and coaches in the GHA program
• Collaborate with GHA Administrative Coordinator on all GHA communications, e.g., monthly membership newsletter, website, social media
• Develop, promote, and maintain “new to hockey” programming to foster a sustainable organization, i.e., USA Try Hockey for Free events, School skating events, Learn to Play Hockey program, and the House recreation league program
• Work effectively and efficiently with GHA staff, coaches, administrators, and team managers as well as the ice facility directors and staff
• Develop, communicate and support the budget process with GHA Treasurer and Board President
• Represent GHA on collaborative efforts with affiliated hockey organizations
• Attend extracurricular activities to promote GHA, such as community events, school outreach programs, and fundraising events, being the voice for the organization and its mission

Hockey Director

• Plan and administer coach preparation and support of the GHA program
• Lead and facilitate educational opportunities and resources for member coaches
• Provide clear communication with coaches in terms of required information and for issues that may arise; keep Board President apprised as needed
• Educate, support, mentor and grow our coaching base at all program levels
• Responsible for hockey program development and implementation as well as the coaching team’s mentorship, guidance and support
• Serve as SafeSport, MAHA and EKL representative for GHA
• Collaborate with GHA Coaching Coordinator to manage player evaluation and team formation processes with support from coaches; attend team meetings as required
• Lead, develop, and promote positive hockey experiences for all GHA coaches, players, and families

• Serve as Scheduling and Referee Coordinator for all GHA activities
• Provide on-ice team instruction intermittently throughout the season
• Ensure that all GHA programming is aligned with USA Hockey ADM model standards

Qualifications and Experience

• 3-5 years’ experience in playing, coaching and evaluating hockey programs, preferably with a youth organization
• Preferred nonprofit administration and fundraising experience
• Up-to-date Safe Sport, CEP, USA Hockey Age Specific Modules Certification*
• Experience working with children of all ages in an athlete development role
• Experience overseeing, mentoring and supporting coaching personnel
• Superior verbal and written communication skills
• Intermediate computer skills using Google, Microsoft, websites and social media
• Flexible work schedule, ability to adapt to changing situations to meet program needs
• Strong interest and commitment to the growth and development of the GHA hockey program, our coaches and youth hockey in the Flathead Valley and state of Montana

This position has a salary range of $45,000 – $50,000, depending on experience, as well as a health benefits contribution percentage, both negotiable. The position is for 40 hours/week, which often includes evenings and weekend, especially during the hockey season.


*Please note this position does require a police background check and all certifications to be up to date prior to acceptance of employment.


Qualified candidates may apply by forwarding a resume and cover letter by 5:00 pm MST on January 12, 2024.

Attention: Hiring Committee

By Mail: P.O. Box 905, Whitefish MT, 59937

By Email:


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

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