SENIOR ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER
The Senior Associate Commissioner is a senior leadership position at the West Coast Conference (WCC) office, reporting to the Commissioner.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Strategic Plan Implementation. Ensure that the West Coast Conference's strategic plan is executed internally and externally, with particular focus on the foundational pillars of competitiveness and exposure. Develop and implement a system for tracking and reporting on the progress of the strategic plan (e.g., business performance management, analytics) to the Commissioner and key membership constituents.
2. Provide leadership and contribute to WCC's vision. Advise and deliver research and recommendations to the Commissioner and senior leadership on current and future strategic initiatives and critical Conference, peer Conference and national issues (e.g., men's basketball, championship access).
3. Act as a member of the Senior Management Team, including oversight for regular season competition administration and championships, broadcasting and strategic communications (e.g., television, digital network), and marketing and branding. Supervise and develop staff, as assigned. Manage and facilitate senior management team discussions and contribute to resolution of key issues.
4. Serve as primary staff liaison to general manager of WCC properties and sponsorships.
5. External Outreach and Relationships.
a. Create collaborative relationships with WCC membership and other colleagues holding similar positions at organizations such as the NCAA national office, peer Division I Conferences, NACDA, NACWAA, coaches associations and United States Olympic Committee. Apprise Commissioner of initiatives from these organizations.
b. Represent the WCC and/or Commissioner at meetings, functions, appointments, etc., as needed.
6. Conference Governance Support.
a. Under the direction of the Commissioner, serve as staff liaison or support governance groups such as the Presidents' Council, Executive Council, Strategic Planning and Leadership Cabinet, Basketball Cabinet and External Relations Cabinet.
b. Advise, manage and facilitate other Conference governance issues, as assigned (with internal governance management team)
c. Attend and participate in all meetings and conference calls of the WCC Presidents' and Executive Council.
d. Serve as sport administrator for assigned sports (e.g., men's basketball).
7. Apprise Commissioner and encourage innovation within staff related to all emerging technologies and trends, including those that might impact or improve office operations, membership support, website/digital platforms, television, communications and officiating.
8. Other duties, including projects and championships support, as assigned.
Required and Preferred Qualifications
1. Demonstrated understanding of the West Coast Conference's core values of collaboration, inclusion, innovation, integrity, personal growth and performance.
2. Bachelor's degree required. Master's or advanced/professional degree(s) preferred.
3. Minimum seven years of full-time professional experience. Relevant broad experience in intercollegiate athletics is preferred.
4. Demonstrated record of strong financial management required.
5. Discretion and sensitivity in handling internal and external confidential matters and materials.
6. Ability to demonstrate professional competency by establishing and meeting deadlines, balancing multiple responsibilities and working without daily direct supervision in a timely and high-quality fashion.
7. Effective and professional communication, both orally and in writing.
8. Demonstrated high-level proficiency in Microsoft programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other relevant software required.
9. Working knowledge of Division I intercollegiate athletics, the WCC and its institutions' programs and/or higher education preferred.
Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. A valid California driver's license is required and the use of a personal vehicle may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position. The candidate must be able to travel (e.g., airplane) and lift at least 30 pounds. The position may require work on evenings and weekends. The West Coast Conference is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for application is July 25, 2014.
About the West Coast Conference
Formed in 1952, the West Coast Conference (WCC) has become a nationally recognized and competitive force in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics. The WCC's vision is to be the most competitive and well recognized FCS/Division I conference in the nation, while delivering a premiere educational experience for all West Coast Conference student-athletes. Characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics, the WCC comprises 10 western, private institutions: Brigham Young University, Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, University of the Pacific, Pepperdine University, University of Portland, Saint Mary's College, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University.
The West Coast Conference sponsors 14 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. Current West Coast Conference member institutions have combined to win 33 national championships.