The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) is an NAIA college athletic conference that began play in the 2013–14 school year. The conference currently has eight full member institutions in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The institutions include Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE); Dakota State University (Madison, SD); Dickinson State University (Dickinson, ND); Mayville State University (Mayville, ND); Presentation College (Aberdeen, SD); Valley City State University (Valley City, ND); Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI); and Waldorf University (Forest City, IA). The aim of the NSAA will be to promote the development of athletics as an integral part of the educational offerings of member institutions by means of self-governing, equal representation at the conference level. The North Star Athletic Association will be committed to a professionally run full-time operation, to activities that enhance the student-athlete experience, and to the welfare of its member institutions.
The Association is seeking a Commissioner who will report directly to the member school Board of Presidents (BOP) and will work directly with the Board of Athletic Directors (BOAD) and other NSAA committees. The Commissioner, working in concert with the Executive Committee, will establish the future office location with the goal of maximizing convenience and cost-effectiveness for the Association but would prefer for its location to be located in the Association region. The Position: The Association seeks a leader of integrity with strategic management and relationship skills and proven success in the growth and management of complex organizations with significant understanding of athletic organizations. She/he will be responsible for long-term strategy and vision, growth of the Association, day-to-day management and the financial health of the NSAA. The Commissioner must display impartiality, transparency, honesty, and fairness in all activities. The Commissioner will be expected to represent and advance the academic and athletic prestige of the Association, especially in policy and membership discussions at the North Star Athletic Association and NAIA levels. The Commissioner will also be expected to be an active and engaged presence on member campuses and at Association meetings and athletic events. The Commissioner will work closely with the NSAA Faculty Athletic Representatives in matters pertaining to eligibility and compliance.
Salary and Benefits: Salary for this 12-month position is commensurate with qualifications and experience and authorized travel expenses will be reimbursed. Start date is projected as November 2020. The successful candidate is preferred on a full-time basis as the Association will be a full-time operation and the commissioner will perform duties as outlined in the CCA White Paper on NAIA Conferences.
Application: a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for at least three references to the Chair, North Star Athletic Association Commissioner Search. Submit application materials to: President@waldorf.edu. The review of applications will begin August 17 and the position will remain open until filled.
NSAA will be committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of employees and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation.
Bachelor’s degree and a working knowledge of intercollegiate athletics with demonstrated experience working with presidents and athletic administrators.
Minimum of four years of senior administrative experience in athletics or related fields.
Demonstrated experience in fiscal and budget management, marketing and promotional activities, and an acceptance of the importance of corporate sponsorships.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with internal and external constituents, other member conferences, the NAIA national office and beyond.
Demonstrated commitment to upholding the quality of academics and integrity.
Demonstrated experience in organizing and conducting championship events.
The candidate must demonstrate past and current leadership opportunities, strong communication and organizational skills and be able to work effectively with a variety of different institutions.
Working knowledge of the NAIA, advanced degree in athletics administration or related field (Masters, Doctorate, or Juris Doctorate).
Experience as a senior level athletic administrator.
Successful candidate will reside or relocate to live within a state in the conference footprint.
About Waldorf University
Waldorf University is a 4-year private college offering 20 bachelor degree programs in a variety of popular fields both residential and hybrid online.
Waldorf has upheld the Lutheran tradition of excellence in higher education since the college was founded in 1903. This tradition values service to the community, academic excellence, freedom of inquiry, a liberating education, and learning through the exchange of ideas in open conversation.
In January 2010 Waldorf University came under the ownership of Mayes Education, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Southern University. This relationship has allowed Waldorf to reach new students through distance education programs as well as strengthen its residential programs.