ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER for CHAMPIONSHIPS and BRAND MANAGEMENT
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 1
Oversee and provide direction for 12 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championships, ancillary events, clinics, media days, and facilitate in-arena operations and logistics for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. This position is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures as determined by the Commissioner. Provide strategic support and direction to the Associate Commissioner for External Operations & Strategic Marketing. Primary championship responsibility: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Men’s and Women’s Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field, Bowling, Golf, Women’s Tennis and Softball.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversee the administration and management of 12 championships and assigned staff.
Assist with the coordination of select ancillary events for the Basketball Tournament.
Assist CIAA staff and consultants with the management of designated CIAA events, i.e. banquets, special events, clinics, and championship festivities.
Oversee and assist with community engagement initiatives for all championships.
Collaborate and manage bid process with member institutions and local organizing committees for championships.
Responsible for coordinating lodging contracts and assignments in host cities for all assigned championships.
Collaborate with official and medical coordinators to ensure proper coverage for championship events.
NCAA host coordination for assigned championships.
Assist Senior Associate Commissioner for Championships & Internal Operations with sport scheduling.
Serve as the primary in developing composite schedules for all CIAA sponsored sports.
Provide and oversee championship surveys and observation feedback.
Conduct championship staff meetings.
Assist Associate Commissioner for Strategic Communications & External Partnerships with marketing efforts for all championships.
Management of budgets for assigned championships and related operations.
Coordinate with public relations and governance for pre- and post-season championships (minimum requirements, certification, eligibility, conduct etc.).
Serve as primary liaison for assigned championships to include oversight of coaches’ calls and meetings.
Conduct championship committee calls and meetings for assigned championships.
Develop branding and signage strategies for all 14 championships & ancillary events.
Serve as the liaison to Learfield Licensing Agency to review and approve all artwork submitted by licensed vendors.
Responsible for all design elements and coordination of member institution awards, gifts and champion program.
Oversee championship merchandise and gift processes.
Oversee Advanced Online/Follett with the management and operation of the CIAA online store.
Coordinate with apparel partners for conference and membership fulfillment.
Assist with associated official coordinators as deemed necessary.
Work in conjunction with the Senior Associate Commissioner and VWSE for placement & approval of proper elements and deliverables in partner contracts, to include review of sponsorship decks.
Coordinate with all CIAA partners and VWSE to ensure sponsor deliverables are met and being executed during CIAA championships.
Oversee the design and coordinate distribution with the Business Office of CIAA season passes to membership.
Serve as the staff liaison to assigned CIAA Sports Committee’s.
Conduct regular meetings with the association chair and sport associations.
Oversee the development/preparation of materials for committee meetings.
Delegate and assign projects stemming from committee meetings.
Facilitate the review and discussion of regular season and championship operational issues.
Meet regularly with the Senior Associate Commissioner for Championships & Internal Operations and leadership.
Supervise Assistant Director for Championships and Events, select interns and graduate assistants.
Serve as the secondary administrator for the basketball championships while working closely with the assigned primary administrator to execute all planning.
Coordinates with the Business Office the service and upkeep of all company vehicles and storage facilities.
Represent the Conference as designated.
Other duties as assigned.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred. Minimum of 7 years of work experience with a management focus, and supervisory responsibility at a conference office, member institution or similar organization. Demonstrated knowledge of managing multiple tasks, key stakeholders to include leading committees and meeting management. Proven ability to deal effectively with senior management and subordinates, both internally and externally.
Excellent organizational, administrative and communications skills, including excellence in presentation skills. Proven ability to work with teams and meet project and communication deadlines. Knowledge of the CIAA structure. Flexibility to travel extensively (50 days per year), contact and availability on a 24- hour basis (after hours, weekends).
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:
About Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
THE HISTORY OF THE CIAA
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1912 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association; adopting its current name in December 1950. The conference is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and is governed by a Board of twelve (12) Presidents and Chancellors representing institutions from Pennsylvania to South Carolina; comprised of both private and public colleges and universities with enrollments ranging from 750 to over 8,000 students.
The CIAA is one of America’s oldest athletic conferences; producing championships annually in the following sports: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country; Volleyball; Football; Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Women’s Bowling; Women’s Tennis; Golf; and Softball.
Of the 14 championships produced by the CIAA, its annual basketball tournament has evolved from a 2,000 seat sell out in Washington, D.C. during the inaugural tournament, into one of the nation’s premier sporting events attracting over 190,000 fans during the course of the week, and now touted as... the third highest attended basketball tournament among all NCAA divisions.
The CIAA tournament is the quintessential cultural experience offering official events appealing to a diverse demographic of alumni and fans, to include educational programming, community engagement, Fan Fest, Super Saturday, step-shows, and most importantly, 22 action-packed basketball games. It’s also one of few basketball tournaments in the nation that features men and women competitions in the same facility, during the same week.
During its 15-year run in Charlotte, N.C., the CIAA generated over $656 million in economic impact and produced over $402 million in direct spending for the host city. With the support of the City of Charlotte and CIAA corporate partners such as Coca-Cola USA, Nationwide, Food Lion, Toyota and BSN/Under Armour, the conference has secured over $22 million in scholarships for its member institutions over the past 15 years, averaging $1.5 million annually. The CIAA Tournament moves to its new host city in Baltimore, Maryland in 2021.
Academic success is a staple of the conference. The CIAA recognizes the academic achievements of its student-athletes annually by naming its top student-athletes to the Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. The conference also recognizes the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for student-athletes who have excelled on the field and in the classroom.
A brand synonymous to none, the CIAA is a crown jewel within college sports. Its annual tournament drives the distinct familiarity of the conference, generating national exposure with media and major corporations who acknowledge the athletic association’s exceptional value. Powered by vision and innovation, the CIAA continues to pursue brand prominence in all avenues that will strengthen the foundation of this historic conference.
CIAA Mission Statement and Strategic Vision
Mission Statement: The CIAA is committed to excellence in everything we do in DII to support the total student-athlete well-being and experience on and off the court through meaningful relationships and strategic partnerships to make the world a better place.
Vision: To foster an environment that celebrates athletics and education while honoring the traditions of the past, acknowledging leadership in the present, and ensuring communities are positively impacted by the CIAA and its members.
Strategic Plan Components
Building the Value: Maintain the fiscal matters of the conference with transparency including annual audits and broad-based participation in the budget process and create additional innovative streams of revenue to include sports championships, membership, and corporate partnerships.
Champions of Character: To promote and support the growth and development of the student-athlete and the mission of NCAA Division II.
Our Identity With a Great Story to Tell: To be the most recognized Division II conference through its licensing, media rights and branding initiatives and to promote visible athletic and academic successes among the membership to enhance the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the rich legacy, leadership and community of the CIAA.
Virtue of Competitive Success: Identify educational resources for improved academic success, compliance and governance while promoting and supporting the development of the conference membership in alignment of NCAA Division II
Integrity, Respect, Passion & Excellence: To lead strategic partnerships and development opportunities to make an impact in the communities the CIAA serves.