Skating Program Director

Opening: Immediate – Part-time – Open until filled
Locations: Bethlehem Area YMCA Ice Rink, Delmar, NY or Albany County Hockey Facility, Albany, NY.

Position Summary: The Club compensates the skating director for responsibilities and duties that directly benefit the Club. The skating director supervises the entire scope of the skating program and reports to the Board of directors. They are responsible for the planning, development, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of operations for the Albany Figure Skating Club skating programs, including annual ice shows and other related events.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in coaching skaters in groups and private lessons ranging from pre-school age to adults, beginners to advanced, and recreational to competitive
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all levels and facets of figure skating, U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) rules and regulations, and Learn to Skate USA curriculum.
  • Demonstrated proper safety knowledge and use of all necessary skating equipment.
  • Proficiency with applicable computer software and hardware and web applications (Word, Excel, Google Suite, Email, Facebook, website navigation, etc.)
  • Current concussion recognition training certification (required before employment start)
  • Current U.S. Figure Skating Coach and Learn to Skate USA Instructor Compliance, including SafeSport, background check, and professional liability insurance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years supervisory/management experience
  • Current Professional Skaters Association (PSA) Membership
  • Current certification in AED/CPR and First Aid

Nature and Scope of Duties:

The AFSC Skating Program Director reports to the AFSC Board of Directors and performs the following duties:

  • Needs to be available for 75% of scheduled AFSC ice sessions (evenings and weekends) and teach classes as necessary.
  • Maintain current Home-Club or Associate AFSC Membership.
  • Assist the Board with developing and scheduling skating programs (Learn to Skate, Learn to Freestyle (bridge program), specialty programs (clinics), and other opportunities for skaters to participate in new skating experiences.
  • Recruit and hire skilled coaching staff according to AFSC policy.
  • Manage coaching staff and the scheduling of coaches/apprentices/volunteers for club programs.
  • Maintain paper or electronic records, including contracts and timesheets for coaches, apprentices, and volunteers.
  • Prepare and conduct training sessions for coaches, apprentices, and volunteers.
  • Conduct program and coach evaluations and assessments after program sessions and provide recommended changes and improvements to the Board.
  • Actively recruit new skaters and lesson participants by marketing program offerings.
  • Maintain paper or electronic records of all program activities, including class assignments of skaters/coaches/apprentices, attendance records for skater participation, and the assessment of skaters’ progress (accurately record student in Learn to Skate USA).
  • Be available to meet with parents and discuss skater’s progress prior to lesson start time and after lesson time ends.
  • Prepare and conduct parent/participant education sessions.
  • Explain and enforce AFSC and ice rink policies and procedures professionally, accurately, and maintain a clean and safe environment for all.
  • Promote the use of the Club’s Freestyle ice sessions by coaches teaching in the Learn to Skate, Bridge, and other special programs.
  • Practice excellent customer service by communicating clearly and professionally with the coaching staff, other coaches, facility staff, skaters, parents, and board members.
  • Possess good organizational, excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Respond to all emails and phone calls promptly.
  • Responsible for completing all assigned tasks promptly.
  • Be an active participant in AFSC events.
  • Facilitate the transition to private lessons by providing a Board-approved list of coaches and guidelines for selecting a private lesson coach.
  • Plan and implement Learn to Skate group numbers for inclusion in the Club’s ice shows.
  • Assist in the planning of a Learn to Skate USA competition and AFSC USFS test session.
  • Meet with and provide monthly reports to the Learn to Skate Chair and upon request. Additionally, at any time, either the Board or the Skating Program Director may request that the Skating Program Director meets with the Board.

The position is paid hourly (rate commensurate with experience) based on timesheets submitted for on and off-ice activities.

Interested candidates, please email the Employment Application Form and any additional documents to:, use the subject of Skating Program Director.

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