Conference Carolinas, a NCAA Division II athletics conference currently headquartered in High Point, NC, invites applications/nominations for the position of Commissioner. With a rich tradition that dates to its inception in 1930, the Conference member schools are located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Members include: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, Southern Wesleyan University, and Chowan University (Chowan is currently an affiliate member and will become a full league member starting in the 2019-20 academic year). All conference members were founded with a focus on faith, are smaller, private, liberal arts institutions, share common values, and strive to attain excellence and virtue in all endeavors. Conference Carolinas is built upon the idea of offering challenging NCAA competition in an environment that fosters both the academic and athletic achievements of its student-athletes. Conference members believe that only when sport is properly directed towards the development and formation of the whole person, in body, mind, and soul, can each student-athlete realize his or her full potential. Conference Carolinas offers a full complement of athletic programs: 11 for women and 11 for men. The Conference holds championships in 21 sports: 11 for women and 10 for men.
Reporting to the Presidents of the member institutions, the Commissioner’s primary responsibility is to function as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Conference while providing strategic and operational leadership to all staff and conference members in the areas of marketing, promotion, publicity, athletic operations, financial matters, NCAA relations, and compliance. Working directly with member institutions’ Presidents, Athletic Directors and their staff, NCAA Division II leaders, and external partners/vendors, the Commissioner is responsible for ensuring the student-athlete experience and conference competition aligns with the Conference Carolinas mission, vision, and strategic plan. The Commissioner also serves as the business officer and chief compliance officer of the Conference, and oversees the coordinators for all the sports’ officials.
The successful candidate will be committed to the values embodied by Conference Carolinas and NCAA Division II athletics, and preferably have significant intercollegiate athletics administration experience. This strong strategic thinker and innovative leader will possess excellent management, communication, and interpersonal skills with the ability to relate effectively with a variety of constituencies. Marketing and fundraising savvy is strongly preferred along with experience working with the NCAA. With the ability to develop, motivate, and lead a group of individuals to successfully accomplish goals, this energetic, enthusiastic and professional individual will exhibit appropriate aggressiveness along with integrity above reproach. Appropriate educational credentials required; Master’s degree preferred. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, please submit a resume and/or vita, and cover letter, to:
Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc.
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28209