In its 26th year, the Centennial Conference, one of NCAA DIII’s most prestigious athletic conferences, seeks an experienced, highly qualified candidate for the position of Executive Director to begin late spring 2019. The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the conference, responsible for all facets of the conference operations, including budgets, rules enforcement and interpretation, meetings, scheduling, championships, awards, and officiating. The Executive Director reports to a council of eleven presidents and athletic directors (Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, and Washington College).
The Executive Director:
is the chief liaison between the Conference and the NCAA, serves as Conference representative at numerous NCAA meetings, maintains a thorough knowledge of NCAA rules, and is committed to the Division III philosophy;
administers, interprets, and enforces the Centennial Conference constitution, philosophy, bylaws, and regulations;
commits to diversity and inclusion in all its forms;
oversees all media relations for the Conference and maintains a vibrant website, video network, and social media presence;
schedules all conference athletic events and championships for the 24 sports of the 11 members and six associate members;
works closely with the Executive Committee of Athletic Directors to present a balanced budget for Presidents’ Council approval;
manages all aspects of the conference central office, currently located on the campus of Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, PA;
supervises an associate director and frequently an NCAA intern;
hosts meetings for various campus-based athletic support staff; and
initiates frequent and effective communication and strategic planning with a complex network of multi-campus constituencies and leadership groups such as presidents, athletic directors, coaches, student-athletes, FARs, and SWAs.
The search committee invites applications and nominations from accomplished and diverse leaders of high integrity who recognize the importance of competitive collegiate athletics at highly selective private colleges and universities. Significant athletic leadership experience at the college/university or conference level is mandatory.
Review of qualified candidates begins immediately. For best consideration, applications should be received by December 3rd. Select candidates will be interviewed at the January NCAA meeting in Orlando. Please email an application including cover letter, vita, and contact information for at least three references to the co-chair of the search, President Roger Casey of McDaniel College, at email@example.com.
About Centennial Conference
The Centennial Conference encourages athletic competition among national liberal arts colleges and universities that share similar academic aspirations and a commitment to the importance of the total educational experience of students engaged in sports. Intercollegiate athletics programs are an integral part of the life of the member institutions and flow from their educational objectives. Each institution provides a comprehensive, broad-based athletics program. All varsity sports are treated equitably, and every sport is important.
The Centennial Conference crowns champions in 24 sports and continues to sponsor intercollegiate programs of national prominence for women and men. Soccer, basketball, lacrosse and track and field are just four of the sports in which Centennial schools have been synonymous with national excellence. On the average, Centennial members boast of 21 varsity teams per campus, which is well above the national norm.