OEC NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR: APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED (01/28/19)

Application deadline – March 1, 2019

The NSP is seeking a patroller to serve as the national program director (NPD) for the Outdoor Emergency Care Program (OEC). The qualifications, application requirements, selection process, and job description from the current National Ski Patrol Policies and Procedures have been included in this document. Candidates should thoroughly review these P&P sections to ensure that they are qualified for the position and willing and able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in each of the three sections of the job description.

The Outdoor Emergency Care Program is the gold standard education program of the National Ski Patrol. The NPD position is responsible for all aspects of the OEC Program, including, but not limited to:

  • OEC courses, instructors, and refreshers;
  • Creation of the yearly refresher materials, including the OEC Refresher Workbook and the online module for the hybrid refresher;
  • Yearly budgeting and spending related to the OEC Program;
  • Setting and overseeing the OEC Refresher Committee meetings and expenses;
  • Overseeing the OEC and Refresher committees and their related conference calls;
  • Is a non-voting member of the National Medical Committee and the conference calls associated with this committee's work;
  • Member of the Education Curriculum Subcommittee;
  • Participates in approximately 3-5 conference calls per month (division supervisors' call, Education Subcommittee call, National Medical Committee call);
  • Attends face-to-face meetings for the OEC Refresher Committee as well as the OEC Committee (at least two travel requirements per year); and
  • Special projects/tasks as required.

The OEC Program director is appointed by the national chair and confirmed by the national board of directors. Appointment coincides with the term of the national chair, or with a vacancy in the position, and serves at the prerogative of the national chair for up to six years, per section 2.3 of the National Ski Patrol Policies and Procedures, which states, "Any and all National Volunteer Staff/Program Directors/Advisor/Appointees can serve for a maximum lifetime of 6 years. Under exigent circumstances, the Board, by majority vote, may extend the term beyond 6 years until the end of those circumstances."

Application requirements should be sent to Dave Walker, OEC Selection Committee Chair, at cert372@yahoo.com, no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time on March 1, 2019. The OEC Selection Committee will review applications and schedule conference calls shortly after the application deadline. The national program director appointment will take place as soon as possible after all qualified candidates have been interviewed.

Qualifications:

  • See the Policies and Procedures language 2.3.5 and 2.3.5.3., available on the Governance page, "NSP 2019 Policies and Procedures (01/19)."
  • Candidates should also be familiar with Chapter 4 and appendix "D" of the NSP P&P.

Application Requirements:

  • NSP résumé
  • One-page vision statement for the National OEC Program
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a division OEC supervisor)

Job Description (NSP Policies and Procedures, www.nsp.org):

2.3.5 National Education Program Directors and Interest Group Program Advisers

2.3.5.1 Qualifications

a) Is a current NSP member.
b) For education programs, is an active specialist in the field of which he or she is to be the national program director.
c) For education programs, is a program instructor trainer.
d) Exhibits higher-than-usual interest and performance in the skills of teaching and quality management.
e) Has demonstrated a positive administrative track record, including written and communication skills.
f) Resigns any division positions upon acceptance of national program director.
g) Meets any additional qualifications as required by the national board of directors; program committee chairs and subcommittee members may be expected to meet additional requirements.

2.3.5.2 Selection

a) When a vacancy occurs, it will be posted and a selection committee will be formed to review candidate applications. Programs using this process will be Instructor Development, OEC, Transportation, Nordic, Avalanche, MTR, Certified, Women's, Young Adult, and Alumni.
b) The committee will be composed of two board members, two division directors, and one division supervisor from the program. Committee members will be appointed by their respective group.
c) Input should be gathered from division directors, division program supervisors, the outgoing program director, and others who may have knowledge of the candidates.
d) The committee will rank order the top 3-4 candidates from a review of the applicants.
e) The committee will submit this information to the national chair for final review and selection.
f) Is appointed by the national chair.
g) Is confirmed by the national board of directors.
h) Appointment coincides with the term of the national chair, or a vacancy in the position.
i) Serves at the prerogative of the national chair.

2.3.5.3 Responsibilities – Education Program Directors

a) Education program representation

i. Is an active member of the National Education Programs Subcommittee.
ii. Chairs the national program committee for his or her education discipline.
iii. Directs or participates in task committees and in training programs as assigned.
iv. Develops and maintains a communication network with the national education department, national program directors, division supervisors, instructional staff, geographic line officers, and all others as necessary.
v. Works closely with the education and communications departments at the national office on program design, content, and production. Coordinates committee meetings and production of publications in conjunction with the national schedule, according to established board priorities.
vi. Advises the national chair, the board of directors, and the membership on matters relating to the program. Suggests policy through motions to the board, but has no policy-making powers.
vii. Represents the national level of the NSP program discipline on other committees, with affiliated associations, and at division functions at the request of the division director per national guidelines.

b) Education program promotion and delivery

i. Promotes NSP education programs (courses, refreshers, and continuing education) within the divisions to maintain the integrity of NSP training standards.
ii. Directs the division supervisors and is knowledgeable about the program in each division to assist when called upon.
iii. Reviews all training materials for consistency with program objectives.
iv. Submits articles, or suggests authors, for Ski Patrol Magazine, E-Pointers, and other publications of the NSP communication and education departments.

c) Education program administration

i. Reviews administration for effectiveness and efficiency.
ii. Submits an annual written report of the program's activities, program director’s goals, objectives, plans, and expenditures to the national board of directors at its annual meeting. Is invited to
attend (or may request to attend) the annual meeting or the midwinter meeting when activity in the program justifies attendance.
iii. Prepares an annual budget request for the coming fiscal year and submits it to the national education director in a timely manner.
iv. Maintains records on instructors, courses, and equipment during program director tenure, and transfers these materials to the successor.
v. Approves, or delegates responsibility for, instructor trainer and instructor appointments and forwards confirmations to the national office.
vi. Develops a program-specific quality management system according to Section 4.2 and Appendix B, and coordinates division program supervisors in its implementation.
vii. Automatically retains instructor certification and IT designation during term of service.

NSP seeks National Medical Advisor (01/18/19)

The National Ski Patrol is searching for a new national medical advisor, who will take over the position upon the retirement of David Johe, M.D., later this year. The new national medical advisor will serve as assistant national medical advisor, learning about the position from Dr. Johe until he steps down.

As provided for in the National Ski Patrol Policies and Procedures, Section 2.3.4, the national medical advisor must meet the following qualifications:

a. Is a currently-licensed M.D. or D.O. with an interest in outdoor/wilderness medicine and ski patrolling.
b. Is a current NSP Traditional Member.
c. Is an OEC instructor.

Section 2.3.4.3 sets out the responsibilities of the National Medical Advisor:

Responsibilities

a. Chairs the National Medical Committee.
b. Communication. Serves as a resource on current issues and concerns that relate to Outdoor Emergency Care and other medical issues for the NSP and its divisions, regions, patrols, and members.
c. Works with the national chair, education director, OEC Program director, and national legal advisor on pertinent issues.
d. Education. Participates in NSP education programs and continuing education on request as an advisor.
e. Actively participates in national meetings and national OEC instructor trainer/instructor meetings, seminars, and/or committees as directed by the national chair or at the request of the OEC Program director.
f. Participates in national, regional, and state EMS activities (meetings, conferences, etc.) as appropriate and directed by the national chair to provide general representation for the NSP in the interest of ski patrolling.
g. Interfaces with the national EMS system to ensure that quality emergency medical care is taught, and that management audits are conducted for the OEC care provided by patrollers.
h. Evaluates new medical equipment and techniques and assesses their capabilities for ski patrolling activities.

In addition, the National Medical Advisor will be responsible for keeping up to date the OEC manual (OEC 6th ed. is in publication at this time). The new national medical advisor will work with Dr. Johe and the OEC 6th ed. team to complete its publication and then take over the future editions.

The national medical advisor is appointed by the national chair and confirmed by the national board of directors. Appointment coincides with the term of the national chair, or with a vacancy in the position, and serves at the prerogative of the national chair for up to six years, per section 2.3 of the National Ski Patrol Policies and Procedures, which states, "Any and all National Volunteer Staff/Program Directors/Advisor/Appointees can serve for a maximum lifetime of 6 years. Under exigent circumstances, the Board, by majority vote, may extend the term beyond 6 years until the end of those circumstances."

If you have an interest in this position, please send the following:

  • Letter of application
  • NSP/work résumé
  • A one-page vision statement for the position of National Medical Advisor of the National Ski Patrol
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please send the materials to NationalMedicalAdvisorSearch@nspserves.org.

If you have questions about the position, please email National Medical Advisor Search Committee Chair Ken Kramer at kkramer@nspserves.org.