Lexington, MA– October 12, 2010 – The Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams, Inc. (HSST) of Lexington, MA today announced that the organization has opened a comprehensive search to fill the position of Executive Director.  This new position has been created in response to the growth of the HSST organization and the opportunities for the growth of the sport of synchronized team skating. HSST up to this point has operated as a volunteer organization other than its professional coaching staff. 

The Executive Director position is initially conceived as a half-time position reporting to HSST’s President and Board of Directors. Primary responsibilities as the chief administrative officer include development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan encompassing marketing, expansion of sponsorships, strategic partnerships, expanding merchandising opportunities and other funding activities. The Executive Director will be the primary spokesperson for the organization with U.S. Figure Skating, sponsors, partners, donors and the media.

“The Hayden organization and the sport of synchronized skating are at critically important inflection points of opportunity,” said Gail Hanson-Mayer, president of Hayden Synchro Teams and long-time team manager of the Haydenettes. “For Hayden, we now have more than 200 skaters competing under the Hayden Figure Skating Club. HSST, a separate non-profit organization, has grown and now has an annual budget that exceeds $1.0 million with the organizational and administrative complexity that goes with that size.  It is now time for HSST to embrace a level of dedicated professional administrative leadership in order to solidify what has been built thus far, but more importantly to help propel the sport forward.  According to U.S. Figure Skating, 2010 was the first time that more than half of its individual members identified themselves as synchronized skaters.  This profile presents an unprecedented opportunity for the sport to grasp the mantra “Synchro – The Next Big Thing” in competitive figure skating,” noted Hanson-Mayer.

HSST has prepared a Job Description for the newly created position of Executive Director which can be found below.   “Ideally, we will be able to identify an individual that has strong administrative capabilities at the executive level with Board exposure and experience in a non-profit setting. Business development and marketing skills will be critically important to success in this position as will excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Naturally, knowledge of figure skating and synchronized skating in particular as well as a passion for advancement of the sport is a plus,” concluded Hanson-Mayer.