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Associate Director of Officiating

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Indianapolis, IN

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Function:  Oversee the day-to-day management and operations of officiating initiatives and services for all sports that the NCAA conducts championships. Responsible for improved collaboration throughout the officiating ecosystem.

 Job Responsibilities   

  • In collaboration with conferences across all three divisions, develop and manage implementation of curriculum for officials’ education, and training programs for all sports that the NCAA conducts championships.
  • In collaboration with conferences across all three divisions, develop and manage officials’ recruitment campaigns and retention programs.
  • Establish and grow strategic alliances with officiating stakeholders in all sports and levels (youth, high school, collegiate, NGB, and professional) of officiating. Develop and grow relationships to optimize the focus and resources in addressing the officiating crisis.
  • Address the systemic cultural challenges regarding the treatment of officials.
  • Manage officials background check program.
  • Provide guidance and support to national coordinators and serve as a resource to conference coordinators.
  • Manage officiating improvement budgets, including national coordinator agreements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements      

  • Education Required Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in intercollegiate athletics administration.
  • Minimum of three years’ officiating experience, or experience managing officiating related initiatives/projects.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint as primary skills, additional system and software skills preferred. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NCAA structure, function, and mission.
  • Estimated Travel Required <50%
  • This position will be based out of the national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Current work environment is hybrid; 3 days in the office and 2 days are remote.

    Key Competencies (Core Values) 

    • LEADERSHIP| We actively listen and continually strive to provide vital solutions, counsel and advocacy for student-athletes and intercollegiate athletics.
    • INCLUSION| We seek and incorporate different perspectives and experiences to drive innovation and impact.
    • COMMUNICATION| We commit to an environment of openness to build trust and make timely decisions.
    • COLLABORATION| We work together, based on mutual respect, to lead and serve our stakeholders.
    • ACCOUNTABILITY| We take ownership for our actions and results to add value every day.


    The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. NCAA schools award nearly $3.5 billion in athletics scholarships every year and provide vast support to help student-athletes graduate at a rate higher than their general student peers.

    Nearly 500,000 college athletes across all three divisions compete for about 1,100 member schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and even Canada. Regardless of where they start, student-athletes strive to end each season at one of the NCAA’s 90 championships in 24 sports.

    The employees at the NCAA’s national office oversee all championships, manage programs that benefit student-athletes and support member committees that make rules and policies for college sports. Member schools and conferences ultimately decide which rules to adopt for their division — everything from recruiting and compliance to academics and championships.

    The NCAA’s diverse members include schools ranging in size from those with hundreds of students to those with tens of thousands. The NCAA’s current three-division structure was adopted in 1973 to create a fair playing field for teams from similar schools and provide college athletes more opportunities to participate in national championships.

    Among the three NCAA divisions, Division I schools generally have the biggest student bodies, manage the largest athletics budgets and offer the highest number of athletics scholarships. Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and a focus on service to the community. The Division III experience offers participation in a competitive athletics environment that pushes college athletes to excel on the field and build upon their potential by tackling new challenges across campus.

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