Snow Sports NZ Olympic Selector


Snow Sports NZ Olympic Selector 

Expression of Interest 

Snow Sports NZ are seeking to recruit and appoint suitably qualified and experienced people to our Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games Team Selection Panel for the period 2019 through 2022. This will involve selecting for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.  We are seeking up to six people, two as lead selectors and four as discipline specific (Adaptive; Freeski and Ski Cross; Snowboard and Snowboard Cross; Alpine and Cross-Country).

The role and function of the Selection Panel, as delegated by the SSNZ Board is to:

  • Assist SSNZ to determine the criteria for nominating athletes in their disciplines to the NZ Olympic Committee for selection to each Games, that is consistent with the applicable SSNZ and NZOC Selection Policy;
  • Select the athletes to the SSNZ team for nomination to the NZOC in each of the Games in accordance with the Selection Policy for those Games as approved by the SSNZ Board and the NZOC.

In appointing the Selection Panel, the SSNZ Board shall consider individuals with the following skills and attributes across each Panel:

  • an ability, and preferably experience, in developing and implementing selection policies and processes;
  • an international sport focus;
  • experience in making athlete selection decisions, preferably for international level competition;
  • experience in decision making through sports management, coaching or competition at national or international level;
  • wider knowledge of SSNZ and the sports sector in New Zealand;
  • credibility amongst the SSNZ members; and
  • knowledge of, and preferably experience in, coaching, administration, management in a high performance sporting environment.

SSNZ are looking for Expressions of Interest from candidates who demonstrate the above attributes and do not have conflicts of interest which might impact on their ability to perform this role in an impartial manner i.e. must be free of interests regarding athletes in the discipline under which you would be involved.

Note: the role is a voluntary one. Expenses incurred are covered as per the SSNZ Policies and Procedures. 


Snow Sports NZ Olympic Selectors

Role Description



Snow Sports NZ Olympic Selector


From appointment through to 30th June 2022




SSNZ coaches and sport managers

Private coaches
SSNZ High Performance Director



SSNZ High Performance Director


Organisational Background 

Snow Sports NZ are the national sporting organisation representing the interests of adaptive snow sports, alpine ski racing, cross country skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding. Our purpose is to lead the growth and success of competitive snow sports in New Zealand. Our vision is to have New Zealand athletes consistently winning medals on the world stage. We work towards achieving this vision through our strategic plan.

Snow Sports NZ represent the interests of our sports nationally and internationally. We are a membership organisation and recognised by Sport NZ, the International Ski Federation (FIS), the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Paralympics NZ, and other key international snow sports organisations.  


To nominate NZ athletes to the New Zealand Paralympic Committee and the New Zealand Olympic Committee for consideration for selection to the Olympic Games teams between June 2019 and February 2022.


There will be two lead SSNZ selectors, one being the convener.  In addition, each of the snow disciplines: Adaptive, Freeski and Ski Cross, Snowboard and Snowboard Cross, Alpine and Cross-Country (four) will have a dedicated selector who will join the two lead selectors to select the athletes in each discipline.  It may not be necessary to appoint six selectors in total, as some applicants may be suitable to select multiple disciplines.




  • Nominate athletes for selection by the New Zealand Paralympic Committee and the New Zealand Olympic Committee in accordance with all relevant policies and procedures;
  • Maintain appropriate level of contact with the other members of the Selection Panel and the Convener to enable fulfilment of the role;
  • Assist with input, reviewing and feedback regarding the selection criteria, plans, processes and policies as required;
  • Be available throughout all processes;
  • The two lead selectors will make the final overall decision on the team to be nominated to NZOC.




  • An understanding of the Snow Sports NZ sports and various disciplines;
  • Familiar with the capabilities of the relevant athletes;
  • An understanding of the selection criteria and relevant policies;
  • The ability to assimilate required and relevant information to make professional, informed and non-emotive decisions;
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships with those listed in Key Relationships above;
  • Familiarity with modern communication including email and phone systems;
  • Have the ability to work within a team environment;
  • A high level of attention to detail, is organised, accurate and timely with responses.

Personal Attributes

  • A keen interest in and understanding of snow sports;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Attention to detail and processes;
  • Discretion, ability and sensitivity to deal with stakeholder response to selection decisions.




All actual and potential conflicts of interest must be declared, including but not limited to:

  • Club membership;
  • Coaching relationships;
  • Administration or management relationships with SSNZ, athletes and /or coaches;
  • Business relationships associated with the sport;
  • Family or other personal relationships associated with SSNZ athletes being considered for selection.


Please let us know if you are interested by sending a covering letter and CV to

Applications close on

30th June 2019