The Associate Commissioner, Governance is a senior management team member at the West Coast Conference (Conference). The individual will manage, coordinate and facilitate the Conference’s proactive engagement in a wide range of diverse and significant NCAA and national issues. Further, the individual will direct the Conference’s governance structure and operations with its Presidents’ and Executive Councils, cabinets, committees, and various head coaches’ groups.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide leadership and contribute to Conference’s vision. Advise and deliver research and recommendations to the Commissioner and institutional senior leadership on current and future strategic initiatives and significant Conference, peer Conference and national issues.
- Ensure that the Conference’s strategic plan is executed and collaborate with the senior staff and membership to strategically integrate strategic priorities into Conference operations. Track and report on the progress of the strategic plan (e.g., business performance management, analytics) to the Commissioner and key membership constituents.
- Manage the Conference’s governance structure and issues and facilitate all recommendations through the appropriate cabinets/committees. Serve as a staff liaison to designated Conference governance entities, including specified cabinets and standing committees. Support the Commissioner with matters related to the Presidents’ and Executive Councils.
- Provide strategic leadership and supervision of Conference member services, including student-athlete and compliance services.
- Create and sustain collaborative relationships with institutional personnel and other colleagues at organizations such as the NCAA national office, other Division I Conferences, NACDA, NACWAA, coaches’ associations and United States Olympic Committee. Apprise Commissioner of initiatives from these organizations. Represent the Conference and/or Commissioner at meetings, functions, appointments, etc., as needed.
- Serve as the primary sport administrator for assigned sports and head coaches groups.
- Serve as an active and collaborative team member of the Conference’s senior management team. Manage, supervise and develop/mentor staff.
- Other duties, including Commissioner delegated projects and championships support, as assigned.
Required and Preferred Qualifications
- Demonstrated understanding and achievement of the Conference’s core values of collaboration, inclusion, innovation, integrity, personal growth and performance.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or advanced/professional degree(s) preferred.
- Minimum seven years of full-time professional experience. Relevant broad experience in intercollegiate athletics is preferred.
- Discretion and sensitivity in handling internal and external confidential matters and materials.
- 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.
- Effective and professional communication, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated high-level proficiency in Microsoft programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other relevant software.
- Working knowledge of Division I intercollegiate athletics, the Conference and its institutions’ programs and/or higher education.
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 is 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.
About the West Coast Conference
Formed in 1952, the West Coast Conference has become a nationally recognized and competitive force in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics. The West Coast Conference’s vision is to provide premier educational and athletic opportunities to WCC student-athletes, and to be recognized nationally for achievements in the areas of leadership, student-athlete experience, competitiveness and exposure. 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 15 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, women's volleyball and women’s beach volleyball. Current West Coast Conference member institutions have combined to win 33 national championships.