The Director of Championships position is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the championships department. This position leads the championship department team and works with several NAIA departments to align and collaborate on championships related responsibilities and tasks. This person is also responsible for representing the championships department with pertinent stakeholder groups (coaches, selection committees, applicable governing bodies) to ensure that the rules and governance are created and upheld within the championships and competition.
Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provide oversight to Championship Department personnel including hiring, training, day-to-day leadership and performance management related tasks for the department
Direct annual departmental goal setting, budgeting and forecasting processes for the department and cross-functional alignment of shared goals. Responsible for creating processes and forums to drive achievement of goals and budget compliance
Ensure a consistent quality student-athlete and member experience at 28 national championships, invitational events, emerging sports, special events and opening rounds. This includes the oversight in the creation and adherence to event operations plans and proper documentation and assessment needed for the quality execution of each event
Collaborate with the Director of Athletics Communication on relevant planning aspects for championships events
Serve on the NAIA national office PR team representing the championship events and communications
Serve as Tournament Director for the Men’s Basketball Championship
Serve as Sport Manager for identified championships and events, as needed
Attend championship events as the NAIA national office representative in support of NAIA Sport Managers.
Oversee departmental processes to identify and secure hosts and sites for each championship, invitational, special events and opening round events. Work with national office senior leadership on host, hotel and other venue related contract negotiations and execution. Oversee host invoice review and approval processes
Represent the NAIA at identified national coaches’ association meetings. Collaborate with the coaches’ executive committees throughout the year, and advocate for issues from and with the coaching bodies to implement within the association
Serve as a representative from the championships department on relevant governing bodies and councils including NAC and its Executive Committee, and identified subcommittees. Responsible for ensuring all necessary documents are created in support of agenda topics for meetings.
Provide oversight to the execution of all relevant governance processes including Declaration of Intent and serve as a communication conduit with the championship department to provide timely and relevant updates of changes and impacts to processes and rules governing championships and competitions
Assist in communication to NAIA members regarding championship related matters and issues
Lead and ensure execution of revenue generation efforts and fulfillment for the championship department, as identified
Work evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill duties of championships department
Travel 70 to 80 days per year
The position is located in the KC metro area
Skills & Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, Business Administration, Marketing, Event Management, or Communication
5 - 7 years’ experience with directing or managing sporting leagues and/or large scale championship events at the club, high school or collegiate levels. Sport related events preferred
Demonstrated experience working with venue management entities and hosts to execute large scale events
5+ years’ experience in building and leading a department, personnel and/or volunteers in a relevant capacity including goal setting, budgeting and creating a culture of empowerment and accountability
Demonstrated knowledge of the NAIA and/or intercollegiate athletics and related sports
Experience in generating sponsors and fulfilling sponsorship assets to financially support events
Demonstrated strong organizational skills and experience with leading multiple tasks within pre-determined deadlines
Experience interacting with various groups of people, especially coaches, and/or athletic administrators
Strong written and oral communication including public speaking
Proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel and other business software programs
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.
Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall college educational experience.
The student-athlete is the center of all NAIA experiences. Each year more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.